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From Germany to .... -- our Europe rides

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by franken, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. franken

    franken Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    430
    Location:
    near Munich, Germany
    Hi all and FYYFF!! :-)

    Over the years i had some differend ride-reports here in epic rides and one in day trippin which now runs over 3 years.
    The idea is to collect my longer rides here in "one" report.

    so we have so far:
    From Germany to ...
    .... the balkans in 2007
    .... the Pyrenees in 2008
    .... Kerkira (Corfu) in 2008
    .... the western alps in 2009
    .... the eastern alps and Romania in 2010
    .... the Pyrenees in 2011
    .... Sardinia and Corsica in 2014
    .... Spain Camino de Santiago in 2016
    .... the Pyrenees in 2017
    .... the Pyrenees in 2018
    .... to Greece in 2019
    .... started .. to Finland in 2020
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  2. franken

    franken Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2006
    Oddometer:
    430
    Location:
    near Munich, Germany
    ... to Balkans in 2007

    Orginal was:
    y.a.b.a - yet another balkan adventure
    link to original here

    Hi all,
    after being at the ATIC-Meeting in Tarifa, we joined the second meeting in Handlova in the Fatra montains.

    Here's a overview of our tour first.
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    :-) fine, all done yet - so lets start storytelling. :-)

    DAY 1:

    We started on sunday to get some time to prepare our things on saturday. So no hurry - everything was packed well on sunday and we could start without a hurry.

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    first day is mostly the day you pass the area you know very well. So we did. We went to lake Achensee and on to Zillertal. First small highlight was Gerlos-passroad. Through Mittersil we went on to the Felbertauern-tunnel. We passed it and went on to Lienz.
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    Next step Spittal and Villach. The we took the Wurzenpass to reach Kranska Gora in Slovenia. Some km later we found a nice small private pension near Bled.

    DAY 2:
    Starting with good weather, first we went to lake Bled.
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    But we had to hurry. Rain was comming out of the montains. So we made a little race against the rain. Short before Ljubljana we lost. Rain snapped us. So we passed the city quick and tried to escape south. It least until some km before Croatia. With nice warm sun we crossed the border.
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    Now we took some smaller roads and found a little lake. Heres the view.
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    The weather direction Rijeka didn't look well so we went more east and found a Ski-Hotel in the Mountains. Quite impressing on such a small road in such a small village.
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    With a good meal and a little walk we ended this day. Next day will bring some off-road-riding. :-)

    DAY 3:
    At the end of the little village a gravel road starts. The nice lady in the Hotel told us we should follow the mountain-bike signs. So we did, and failed at the first crossing. 2 km we were in a dead end. So go back and try the other one.
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    Next crossing next wrong move. ;-) who cares. we had fun.
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    After round 20 km we reached the next road, still we won't go to the sea so we went on to OGULIN. In the middle of the town you can watch a river disappearing in the ground. About 10 km later the river will come back visible.
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    Next highlight to come Plitvice lakes. Some km before the first Mine-fields are visible near the road. No good area for pissing behind a bush or going off-road.
    At the beginning of the national park
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    I realized that we are going to loose our clutch. A few km later using the clutch had no effect anymore. We stopped some km later at the crossing to the main-road Zagreb / Split and called for help.
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    After 2h of phoning with KTM (no help possible), ADAC (German car help) and my dealer and waiting I called ADAC again, asking how long it will take untill they pick us up. They told me that they have no case for me. So I let them open a new one.
    2h later - we are still waiting. Meanwhile we are a perfect tourist-information. All 10 min someone stops and ask us for gas-stations, pensions, national-parks and directions. :-)
    A dutch biker ask if he can help us and italian bikers leave us a bottle of water. (THANK YOU VERY MUCH AGAIN IF YOU READ THIS).
    1h later a small car with a small trailer picks us up.
    We are going to Karlovac. Half the way he stopps. And you know what. I know the house we are stopping. We spent a night there on our tour 5 years ago. The wife still knows us. Unbeliveable!! great. We share a lot of stories and fall asleep late at night.

    to be continued :-)

    have fun
    Andreas + Bettina
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    Day 4:
    Fucking early in the morning they brougt us to Karlovac. Some talks and 1h of work later the clutch was fixed. The mech told us, that he is not sure if the part will make the rest of the travel, but with a little luck ...

    We went on with our tour going south-east. We decide to visit a small national park nearby.
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    Then we crossed the border to Bosnia. On our way to Bihac we had to pass this beautyful river.
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    After Bihac we went back to Croatia and Plitvice lakes. Tina didn't feel well and it started to rain. So we made again a little race against thunderstorms. Through flashes we moved south-east. Short before Gracac we found a nice apartement. Some hunters were hanging around. They showed us some cool pics of some bears they meet in the woods.

    DAY 5:
    First we passed some nice hills on our way to Knin.
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    Knin was touristic, with a nice castle at the hill. For us it was too hot to visit it, so only a pic from the backside.
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    Next target was KRKA-National park. Through Siritovci we reached the park. A guard stopped us and asked for tickets. He explaint what we can watch all around. So we get some tickets and went for an 1h walk. The guard promissed to watch our bike.
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    One liter water later we went on and
    and
    and lost our clutch again. :-(

    Next bigger town was Sibenik. We passed the industrial DC and suddenly Tina saw a big sign of a Mc Donalds restaurant.
    No - A KTM-Dealer. We had luck. :-)
    The boss told us, that we have to wait 5 days, because importer is in holiday. OK, we wait. Then they organized an apartement in the neighbours house for us. We called the ADAC to get something to drive. We get an Volkswagen Polo. :-).

    Next replay will show some pics from our Bikeless-Time.

    Andreas + Bettina.

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    next Post was...

    Does this count? it not - remove it. :-)
    So we get a Polo and moved around a lot. On and off-road. :-)

    Pics:
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    Our Polo
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    Krka - national park at south-end
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    waterfalls
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    boat trip on krka
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    canjon near Zadar

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    Winnetou-movie (germans know well)

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    near Zadar

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    on the beach

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    at night near Sibenik

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    coast

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    backland

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    holy

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    boat

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    Pag

    So we watched a lot. And finaly the bike was fixed. :clap

    Next to come - Bosnia - Serbija - Romania - Slovak republik
    Watch out
    have fun
    Andreas + Bettina

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    next post was

    DAY 11:
    :1drink the part arrived. Yep, yep, round 13:00 all has been done and we could go on. Thanks to ADAC Croatia Zagreb and the nice KTM Dealer.
    Lets make some km. (btw, no more problems untill the end).

    We went from Sibenik to Trogir and Split.
    Impressions:
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    also you may find this
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    view to Trogir and Split
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    We started very late this day, so we decide to stay in Croatia, but close to the border. Behind Split we left the coast and went via Cista Provo to Imotski. At the beginning of the town we found a **** Hotel with this parking view.
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    Tomorrow we will enter Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    DAY12:
    Through the bikeless time it was clear that we will not reach the Black Sea, because we had to meet our ATIC-friends in Slovakia. After breakfast - 5 km later we reached Bosnia. Next stop was Mostar. Still you can see many heavy destroyed houses. We found a guarded parking and went on for a little walk (at 40°C)

    The river
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    the UNESCO-Bridge
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    a typical shop
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    The we went on direction Sarajevo. We followed a nice river and passed Jablanica.
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    Finally this day we passed Sarajevo and found a small guesthouse some km behind direction Pale. Was fun there, because the two serbs spoke french with us.

    DAY 13:
    Through Pale we went on. After some km we found a small gravel road to Gorazde.

    Typical church
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    gravel
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    Again we followed a very nice river direction Serbija.
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    Near Vardiste we crossed the border. First stop was in Titovo Uzice. Wow - impressive. Very friendly people everywhere - helping us as good as they can.
    On to Cacak and Kraljevo - a bit boring through the bigger towns. Up to the hills again. We visit an other monastary. Poor Tina - she was not allowed to enter.

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    watch out - so many restrictions. :-)

    We followed a beautiful valley direction south to find a hotel. Finally at Baljevac we found one. - Sometimes it's difficult to find a place to sleep in Serbija, sometimes you have to drive a while.

    DAY 14:
    First we visited a small national park incl a ski resort.
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    the valley we followed so long

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    the entrance - signs in kyrill

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    flora

    Also we found some more monastarys during the day between Cuprija and Krepolin.
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    And finally in the afternoon the rain caught us again. We were looking for a hotel. Asked some people they told us we have to cross the mountain and then where will be one in 40 km. So we did, but none. We asked again at a gas-station. He told us the next will be 40 km left or right - doesn't matter.
    So after some more 40 km we found a nice one. :-) rain had stopped.
    One last pic from this day.
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    Day 15:
    from Serbija to Romania. Along the river Danube.
    We didn't take the "one point for a country option" and missed Bulgaria.
    We did Petrovac, Krepolin, Zagubica and Maidanpek. When we reached the Danube. Wow - great views there. Fuel was nearly empty when we reached a border-crossing over a dam to Romania.

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    first look

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    view 1

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    overview.

    First thing in Romania was refilling the bike and then getting some money. All done we went on to the Carphatian mountains. South of them in Targu Jiu we found a Hotel.

    to be continued
    have fun
    Andreas + Bettina

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    next post was...

    So, let us take you the rest of the story. Here we go.

    DAY 16:
    Romania - Enduromania - what a country.
    Traffic - sometimes nearly no rules. :-) Many dogs near the road, you never know in which direction the dogs will run.
    Roads - the main roads are in good condition. If you leave the main roads you get tarmac with big holes or gravel. When I say big holes - i mean big holes. :-) -- Good for your Enduro.

    We left Tirgu Jiu (Targu Jiu) direction east to pass the carpathian mountains. At Rimnicu Vilcea we turned north. One road later to the north the highest pass road will take place, but the weather was too bad there, so we took a low main road.

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    south of mountains

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    north

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    bad weather in the mountains

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    end of a smaller road - replace everything

    Before Sibiu we heat east again. Quite boring - a straight road. Nearly no curves. At Fagaras north again. Small road - big holes. In the villages no tarmac. Children waving hands all the time. Chicken, pigs, dogs on the road in the towns.
    Hotel near Sighisoara - some km outside the town. Very quite there. A tourist group from israel had a good chat with us.

    DAY 17:
    Where is the sun? We started in rain. :-(( and it was colder than all the last days. Tina was freezing. :-(
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    Church in Sighisoara

    Hole day direction north, close to the Ukraine. We didn't go up the mountains. Weather was too bad and too cold.

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    typical view of the day

    We passed Tirgu Mures and Bistrita.
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    Bridge

    We reached the hills in the north of Romania. A nice pass road brought us to Viseul de Sus. Here we saw the first tourist since a long time. :-)
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    top of the pass-road

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    view

    Some more km down we reached Sighetu Marmatiei. Most Hotels here booked completly - we found one at the end of the town. Personal told us the highlights around we had to visit. :-)

    DAY 18:
    Die happy. :-) first we visited the cementary in Sapinta. Passing the border to Ukraine was not possible. No road. We had to reach Hungary and than go back to Ukraine - we didn't do this.

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    what a beautyful place

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    too bad we can't read the stories

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    the guy who made the most?

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    good wife, good farmer, good lovers, good hunters and and and

    After some hours at this place we ride on to Satu Mare. Here we visit a KTM shop - the owner is a Dakar rider. Wow.
    When we entered Hungary. Flat in the south. Strong wind came up and it was getting more cold. Late at Tokai the rain grapped us once more. We found a Hotel.
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    View from Hotel.
    Later at night 3 Bikers from Poland arrived on their way to Romania. They told us they had snow in the Tatry mountains. Let's see what the next day will bring to us.

    DAY 19:
    Cold and wet. Out of Tokai to Miskolc. Heavy wind - difficult to drive. And cold and wet. :-((

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    behind Tokai

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    can u see the wind? Can you see how cold it was?

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    still cold and wet

    We passed the border near Banreve and entered Slovak Republic. On to Lucenec and Zvolen. Finaly we reached Banska Bystrica. A 5* Hotel in the center of the town gave Tina a smile back - I think the more smile came from the dinner later. :-)

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    In the center.

    Tomorrow we will not ride very much. We only have a few km left to the ATIC-Meeting in Handlova.

    DAY 20 to DAY 24:
    Details see on my webpage www.atic-meeting.org. Choose Meeting-gallery to see the pics. (no login needed).

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    DAY 23:
    The long way home. 700 km to go. Tomorrow we have to work. First 100 on small roads. Than we took the highway to make some km. We passed Bratislava, Vienna and Salzburg. At Irschenberg we left the highway and 40 min later we reached home.

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    Lake Mondsee, close to Salzburg

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    close to home.

    So friends - that's it.
    Hope you enjoyed our report. Feel free to ask us whateveruwanttoknow.

    Have fun

    Andreas + Bettina
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  3. franken

    franken Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    430
    Location:
    near Munich, Germany
    ... to Spain (Pyrenees) 2008

    Original was:
    Pyrenees 2008
    link to original here

    Hi all
    we can't join the Meeting in Sort, so we have been in the Pyrenees the week before.
    Here's our small report. Enjoy

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    First a little overview:
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    Normaly, when we do this tour, we went on the highway for 2 days and reach Spain. This time we made it differend. "Holiday from the first day on".
    Se we went to Plansee - Lech Valley - Hochtannbergpass - Lake Konstanz on small roads.

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    Still a lot of snow at 1700 m at this time of the year

    From Lake Kostanz we start to cross Swiss in the more north area. This is lower but even fun.

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    before Luzern

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    Luzern center

    from Luzern to Interlaken, place of Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch.
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    Lake Brienz

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    Tina resting

    After 2 slow days we reached the Rhone Valley.
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    Les Diablerets

    Hopping over the Col de la Forclaz takes us to Chamonix. Place of Europe's highest mountain - the Mont Blanc. Here some impressions:

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    Mer de Glace

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    far high

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    big

    From here up to Megeve. We wanted to pass Col de la Madeleine, but still was closed, because too much snow. :-( - So we went to Grenoble.
    In the mountains behind the first thunderstorm tried to catch us, but we won with a 5 min advance.

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    Thunderstorm comming from left side

    Next day we took the highway for a short while to reach the pyrenees. On a break we saw this.

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    not 501 - a 403

    At Narbonne we left the highway torwards the Pyrenees. We followed the beautyful D 613 to reach Ax les Thermes. Normaly we would went to Andorra from here, but not this time.

    Impressions between Narbonne and Ax
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    Flora

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    small houses

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    Cols

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    fantastic playgrounds for children

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    comfort - instead of tent

    Next day we wanted to follow the route of the great pass-roads of the Tour de France. But some heavy rain let us go out and use the highway between St. Gaudens and Pau.

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    Tinas new friend

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    Fabio Casartelli died here - Tour 95

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    near Pau

    From Pau on we decided to go to Spain. Next days we played with the rain. Most time we won - sometimes rain won. We take some time in the area "Embalse de Yesa" - Pamplona - "Valles de Roncal".

    here some pics

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    french - spanish border looking to France

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    this is not Aragon

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    this is Navarra

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    near Roncal

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    down to Yesa

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    Embalse de Yesa

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    looking for vultures (Gyps fulvus)

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    we spent the night in this town

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    impressiv

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    I think we have only 4 of 3000 pics of Tina without helmet. :-) this is one.

    We tried to meet up with Aurel, but the weather was too bad in his area. Even sometimes in our. So next day we reached the spanish desert. A favourite place of Aurel. Pics from our crossing of "Bardenas Reales de Navarra".

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    warm

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    most photographed

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    in the middle

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    far to go

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    wow

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    rain shows up

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    impressiv

    We had a great time there. So next was to go in small steps to "Jaca-area" - "Sort-Area" and of course "Castellbo".
    Next set of pictures taken between Bardenas and Campo.

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    Uncastillo

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    more Flora

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    Mallos de Riglos

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    typical fun sports

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    Mallos from other side

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    breathtaking "San Juan de la Pena"

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    Geologists love this

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    I love this view

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    some towns are empty since a while

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    snow - still a lot for this time of the year

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    water

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    other fun sport - Canyoning

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    near Ainsa

    We spent 2 nights in Campo and had a good tour in the area. To Ainsa down to Barbastro and up on the other valley - so much differend locations. Landscape changes so often. Here some pics.

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    Sierra de Guara

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    Salinas de Hoz

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    Graus

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    down from Barbaruens (we wanted to go off-road, but locals said "too dangerous").

    Last small step was to go to Castellbo. The place we spent so many times. It's a small jump to Andorra from there for shopping and filling gas. We know the most tracks in this area. "Mucho aqua" was what we get told first, so some tracks might not be possible. Let's see the pics.

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    near Espui

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    Col de Canto - Sort in the Valley

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    Castellbo - our view

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    behind Civis - going to Andorra - avoiding border-control :1drink

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    Andorra - going to Ordino

    So much tarmac - but, here it is - our off-road-day. Down to Col de Nagro - passing Col de Boixols - going to Tremp - and then crossing Serra de Boumort - End in Organya. Pics please - yes

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    above Tremp

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    begin of the Serra

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    rocks

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    view

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    typical curve

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    at the top

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    better view

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    over the top ;-)

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    the way down

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    not so wet

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    Tina is preparing the track

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    She thinks it is not wet enough, so more please

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    down in the valley

    :-( finally - time to go home - 4 days left, so we are not in a hurry. We get down to Perpignan (in rain and very cold) - followed the Med. Sea - crossed the Camargue - visited the film festival in Cannes for 15 min - passed Monaco - and followed the italian coast to Savona. Next day in Rain up to Milano - Como - St. Moritz and last night in Zernez (Swiss).

    Home via Ofenpass - Reschen - Landeck - Fernpass - Garmisch.

    Last set of pics:

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    La Grande Motte

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    Arles

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    near Cannes

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    Indiana Jones - next door - didn't see him

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    looking down to Monaco

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    Italy - typical look

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    last night at the "south"

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    Zernez

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    Reschen - lost town.

    So - that it was. We hope you enjoyed the pics. If you have any questions regarding this tour - feel free to ask us.

    have fun

    Andreas + Bettina
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  4. franken

    franken Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    430
    Location:
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    100 pics rule -- second part here

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    next Post was ...

    @ vander: Maestrazgo - have been in Albarracin - close but not in the "real area"

    @kktos: you inspired me with your ride-report - traces of kimangao. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319704&highlight=traces (for the others don't know the link)

    ok, got some more pics left. :D

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    Fernpass - close to home

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    Rapperswil - Suisse

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    les Diablerets

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    for Olirider and funhouse

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    2 at Col de Port

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    Oloron Sainte-Marie - close to the Pyrenees

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    near Roncal

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    3 big birds - sorry for shaking - no stativ

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    rice - not in Asia - near Bardenas

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    2 more - waiting for dead animals

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    this is fun -- near Ainsa

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    historic bridge

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    behind Espui - typical style - watch the roof of the house in front

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    Col de Canto

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    for those loving flower pics

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    another view of La Grande Motte - kktos - watch the alt. 6m below sealevel. ;-)

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    Flamingos and Salt

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    Aigues-Mortes

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    Lake Rose - Senegal ;-) --- no - Southfrance

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    one more from Arles

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    even Arles - you know who painted this?

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    Franken van Gogh

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    Italy - Imperia

    we hope you enjoy our "little extra".

    have fun
    Andreas + Bettina
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  5. franken

    franken Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    430
    Location:
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    ... to Corfu in 2008

    Original was:
    Andreas and Bettina ride from Germany to Kerkira (Corfu), Greece
    link to original here

    We wanted to go to "hyvää Suomi" this summer. Did the planning, bought a map of Poland and the Baltic-States. Checked the ferry from Helsinki to Travemünde, was close to book it, when Tina saw the weather forecast and sayed "NO - i don't wanna go into that rain and cold".

    So we decided to give Finland a chance and start to ride east first. So the final decission should be made in Slovenia.

    DAY 1 (Penzberg - Kobarid)
    we started relaxed round noon on small roads east to take the highway at Irschenberg. Heavy traffic forced us to leave the highway at Rosenheim. On small roads again along lake Chiemsee. Short before Austria back to the highway. We bought a "pickerl" (Dam Austria - want money for using Autobahn - i hate this).

    Near Villach we jumped into Slovenia - This area is so beautyful - The Soca-River - fantastic. We spent the night near Kobarid.

    DAY 2 (Kobarid - Celje)
    Crossing SLO fron West to East - Tolmin - Kranj - Velenje - Ending up near Maribor in Celje. But i know - i should not bor you with too much text - u wanna see the pics. :-) Here we go

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    Behind Tolmin along a nice valley

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    Dobrodosli - Hello

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    In the north of Slovenia we had to go to Austria again for some 15 km. Here's the view to Slovenian montains.

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    Celje - late afternoon

    DAY 3 (Celje - Ogulin)
    Leaving Celje we followed some very beautyful valleys and rivers. We went south direction Croatia - Weatherforecast for north europe was still bad - so we decide to go south now.

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    River Save

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    Nice old bidge - Very nice bar nearby

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    the bar


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    At the end of the day we ended up in Ogulin. The Touristinfo informed us about witches and places to sleep - we found both.

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    here we spent 2 nights - It's even a good restaurant.

    Day 4 (Ogulin - Senj - Ogulin)

    Plitvice lakes we did the year before - so we made a little ride to see the sea.

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    Island Krk

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    great water - isn't it?

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    beautyful beaches - problem, you will not find much beaches along the coast - it's very "Rocky".

    DAY 5 (Ogulin - Imotski)

    So more south we go - We decide to make some km and went on the highway. We passed Velebit (see Damirs report).
    Near Zadar it started to be very hot. Highway ends some km behind Splitt.

    Normal road takes us to Imotski direct at the border to Bosnia.

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    In the mountains near the sea

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    Krka - river and national park

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    firefighters at work - impressiv

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    View from our Hotel in Imotski direction Makarska.

    Ok - enough for the beginning - as we came home yesterday from this tour - give me a little time to continue. :-)

    have fun
    Andreas + Bettina.

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    next post was

    And on we go :D

    DAY 6 (Imotski - Niksic)

    The Montenegro - days (Crna Gora). We passed Bosnia this day south of Mostar, because we visited most of Mostar (and Sarajevo) last year. Imotski - Stolac - Trebinje - Niksic is the Tour Outline.

    Here the pics.

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    Behind Stolac - if you look close you can see a forest-fire at the hill (you see nothing - your are too close to your monitor)

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    After Trebinje you pass a beautyful valley following a deep blue river

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    After a while you go up - towards Montenegro

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    view short before the border-crossing

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    After the border - Niksic in the background.

    We found one Motel (and one Hotel) in the town. Reception told us that they have a water restriction at the moment - we may get water at 20:00h. And we got it then, later water was closed again.

    DAY 7 (Niksic - Zabljak)

    We went north to reach Tara-canyon (highest canyon in Europe - second in the world).

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    Durmitor

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    Tara river

    DAY 8 (round Zabljak)

    fucking WATER RESTRICTION - Tina get angry :ruskie You may know how bad it is for a lady having no chance for a shower after a hot day on the bike.

    We tried to reach the ground of the Tara by bike - we took a gravel-road down from 1500m to 600m - no chance - we didn't reach the river.

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    View-point at 1900m

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    at a side canyon - here we could reach the ground and go up at the other side.

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    locals called this "Panorama-road" - here we went down on gravel

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    Deepest point we reached - some farms there. Typical hay storage.

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    road was a dead-end. Here on the way back up.

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    After passing the side-canyon - view to we side we came from

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    and view down - no river to see

    After some more km we reached gravel again. We followed some roads - had lunch and went on to Durmitor mountains.

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    On the road up to Durmitor

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    realy great views

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    between the two highest points of the road

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    View down direct. Zabljak

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    last view.

    A Story nearby: In the middle of the town we meet 5 Africa Twins - Polish number-plate - Africa Twin Poland T-Shirt. I stopped and asked them if I know them from the internet. He replied maybe - I asked if he knows Sambor - he said "Yes, it's a friend - on his way to China at the moment". The other was from Bratislava - and a member on my webpage. :-) We talked a lot - until they moved on, on their way to Albania.

    DAY 9 (Zabljak - Kolasin)

    We followed the Tara river to Mojkovac and then the main road to Bijelo Polje. On to Berane and Plav to watch the lake.

    We stopped a view km outside Plav - suddenly a jung guy (farmer) came to us and asked if he can take a photo of the bike. We where suprised and told him "yes, no problem". He took some pics with his mobile - asked if we want to come with him for a drink.

    From Plav we could reach Albania on a gravel road, but we went back on the main road and ended up in Kolasin.

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    Tara river again.

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    In the mountains on the way to Kolasin

    DAY 10 (round Kolasin)

    We found a very nice place to stay at Kolasin and spent 2 nights there. We visit Biogradski national park and take some small roads around the area.

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    Biogradski national park

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    In the mountains

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    our hut

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    our view

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    Center of Kolasin

    DAY 11 (Kolasin - Tirane)

    We left our nice hut and went to the capital of Montenegro - Podgorica. We passed it quick and reached a nice lake short before the med. sea. Next was Bar. At Vladimir Kollekater we crossed the border to Albania.

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    Valley down to Podgorica - impressiv

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    The lake (Skadarsko jezero).

    ok adventures - next to come -- Albania. Hope can make it tomorrow.

    have fun
    Andreas + Bettina

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    next post was

    Still DAY 11 (Kosalin - Tirane)

    Remember Vladimir Kollekater - the last gas Station before Albania. We asked some Bikers "How is it in Albania?" -- Good - cheap - nice people.

    So we went on to the border. At the crossing the officer told me that I have to pay 20 € tax to go in Albania - I told him that I don't know anything about paying something and I'm not willing to pay something. He asked how many days I wanna stay. I told him that I don't know yet, but if he goes on talking about money I will go back to Montenegro. Then he was telling something about 2 € - 2 € - ok, I gave him the money and we could go on.

    Road was realy bad at the beginning. Than much better. We meet 2 from Austria and asked how much they have to pay on the border -- 10 € each. I was smileing. :-)

    We followed the main road from Shkoder along the coast and reached Tirane at late afternoon. I ride direct into the center hopeing to find some Hotel. We stopped and Tina nearly collapsed because of the heat. I asked some young locals for a hotel - they told me there are some in the next road. There was Rogner and Sheraton - we choose the 5* Rogner one and Tina felt better after some hours.

    Walking into the city later at night didn't work, because Tina was still knocked. So we went back to the Hotel.

    Let's go on with pics.

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    Tirane Center

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    More of the Center

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    5* Hotel

    DAY 12 (Tirane - Himare)

    Due to Tina was so knocked on yesterday we decided not to go inside the montains to the bad and heavy roads - so we followed the coast hopeing for some cooler wind.

    The Traffic in Tirane is heavy - it took us a long time to get out. We went to Durres than down to Fier - on to Viore and along the coast to Himare. Street was mostly good - a bit boring because too straight. :-)

    Lot of Speedtraps on the road, but it looked like that they don't put foreingers out, only locals have been taken out by police.

    Pics again.

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    Beach at Viore

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    Along the Coast. This road takes 140 km all time along the coast - 40 km are new - 60 km bad - 40 km gravel. (they build the hole road new at the moment).

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    down to the sea

    In Himare we jumped into a touristic Hotel. Haven't seen much more offers than this Hotel.

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    Sunset

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    Pool

    DAY 13 (Himare - Paleokastrisa (Corfu))

    Tina's back start to hurt heavy - She had problems to climb the bike. We made the decission to go to Corfu and have some quiet days.

    We went on to Sarande and Butrint - close to Greece border. Last km, after a cool car ferry, on Gravel. Albanian Bordercontrol told us that the border is closed until 16:00 - I'll start to wait, after 5 min an officer told me that we can go. A bit later we entered Greece. On good roads again down to Igomenitsa to catch a ferry.

    More Pics

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    bunker - there are lots of them - funny smal they are

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    old Castel

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    near Sarande

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    View to Corfu

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    Kerkira - from the ferry

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    Our Camping

    DAY 14, 15 ..... The Corfu-Days

    The Camping we found in the Northwest was great. When we arrived the lovley greek lady at the reception told me in here nice accent. "If you go on that road we have a beautyful bitch" -- Only one? -- if you go on to this place we have more bitches" -- ok, thats fine. :D :D :D

    The lady was great during all days - she gave us a lot of tipps.

    PICS, PICS and Pics.

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    bitch near the camping :-)

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    Taverne in the mountains - fantastic view

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    One of the best beaches in the north

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    Closer look

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    Islands in the north

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    Our "Base-Town"

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    On the beach - german style ;-)

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    Can u see - Tina without helmet

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    Hunting for shade - 30 something degrees

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    This beach you can only reach by boat

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    Fantastic roads in the mountains - you will find more curves than in the alps. But be careful - roads are sometimes very small and a lot of tourists driving crazy.

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    Other beach more southwest

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    near Pelekas

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    Going south at the westcoast

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    Another good one

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    Sand in the south

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    View from the highest mountain. Off-road possible

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    View to Albania - We crossed the river some days ago

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    Rocks

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    Views are fantastic

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    Gravel

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    Albania in the background

    Greetings to the 2 Dutch on Scooters we meet every day somethere on the Island. They even did a great job.

    THE "Going Home"

    Ferry-Day -- first back to Igomenitsa - we used the time until 23:00, when our Ferry to Ancona leaves, for a small ride along the greek coast.

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    We found this beach round 50 km south of Igumentisa.

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    reaching Ancona after 15 hours on a fast ferry (53 km/h shown on my GPS)

    We wanted to visit a friend in Marradi near Imola, but he was busy. So we went on the Autostrada and made some km. Traffic was horrible, everybody raced home or into the weekend. We left the Highway near the river Po and searched for a Hotel. We found one in Reggiolo.

    Big surprise - the owner was a great bike traveler - the hotel was full of pics from his travels to Asia, Lybia, Morocco, South-America -- we had a lot of stories to tell.

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    Reggiolo

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    Albergo Ristorante Cavallo bianco (dinner was fantastic)

    THE LAST DAY

    First we went to Mantova because of this

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    old Palace

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    Church

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    Center

    Autostrada again to pass Lago di Garda. Too much traffic again. We went off the highway and through Cles

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    near Cles

    Passo Palade to Meran, on to Passaier valley there you find this

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    Andreas Hofer's birthplace (famous fighter for freedom)

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    rebuild Moto Guzzi

    and on to Timmelsjoch to reach Austria and Oetztal. Some more 100 km and we were back at home.

    the last pics.

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    View from Timmelsjoch-passroad to Oetztal

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    Church in Oetz

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    :rayof:nomystery

    Too bad - shop already was closed. ;-)

    ok - thats our tour

    have fun

    Andreas + Bettina
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  6. franken

    franken Been here awhile

    Joined:
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    430
    Location:
    near Munich, Germany
    ... to western Alps in 2009

    Original was:
    western alps - or how to visit a turtle farm in south france
    link to the original here

    Hi all,
    just back from a 20 day tour through the alps to south france and back.

    Let me show you how it was and how we visited a turtle farm in Gonfaron (south france).

    Day 1.
    lazy start, we decided not to go to south france in a one day rush - just go in small steps. So we moved to Plansee and into Lech-valley. Wanted to pass Hantenjoch, but road was closed by police - 2 bikers crashed and get killed. So had to go on along the lech and then to Reschenpass. Start to look for a place to sleep there, but all was fully booked incl. campings. Found the last free space in a hotel in Suisse just behind the border.

    Pics.

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    at the end of Lech-valley

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    the most photographed church at Reschen-pass

    Day 2:

    After Tinas breakfast i got mine - 500m behind the hotel the road up to Umbrail-pass started - and after some more curves we've been up at Stelvio (Stilfser Joch). (as many others also) - we went down to Bormio and did Paso di Gavia as next step.
    On to Edolo and did Passo di Aprica to reach Bernina Passroad. Davos to Maloja and down to Chiavenna to find a place for the night.

    Pics.

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    quite crowded at top of Stelvio

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    down to Bormio

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    look down

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    22 of .... :evil

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    How to go through a curve

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    Top of Gavia

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    down the Gavia

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    center of Edolo

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    Top of Bernina

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    St. Moritz

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    Waterfalls near Chiavenna

    Day 3:

    First pass in the Morning - Passo Spluga which leads you direct to Passo del san Bernardino - down to Belinzona and then the long way up - not to take Gotthard, just to take Nufenen (Passo d. Novena). At last down to Brig on a Camping.

    Pics.

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    at passo Spluga

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    lake near the top

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    Tina waiting to go on

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    down to Bernardino

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    again with a lake

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    sometimes you find strange things on passroads

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    top of Nufenen - also a lake

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    view from Nufenen to Rhone valley

    Next days we spent near Brig to change rear-tire and visit some very beautyful places. Let me show you.

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    Center of Zermatt

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    So you cant do this by bike - we took the train up to the Gornergrat -- and this is like it looks then

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    Matterhorn - or Toblerone hill :D - most photographed in Europe (maybe).

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    Monte Rosa

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    Ice World

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    ice climbing at his best

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    Glacier

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    huge and fantastic (but melting a lot)

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    Tina enjoys (the silence?) the view

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    Rescue dogs - first aid bottle at the right place

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    Men at work - swiss style

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    ADV-Rider Salut

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    more impressions

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    dinner with this view - simply great

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    nature

    So we went down with one of the last trains - next day to Saas Fee valley

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    Saas Fee

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    typical town

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    on the way up to Weisboden

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    first off-road part in our travel - we didn't reach the top - we went down to visit Aletsch-glacier

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    UNESCO world heritage - melting glacier, still very impressive

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    Overview

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    Tourist work

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    Tina looks for Turtles??? :evil

    tbc...

    ...........................................................

    So - enough for the start - will go on with the story the next days. Hope you enjoy the story so far. Still a 120 pics to come.

    CU soon

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    next post

    Hi all

    let's go on with the story. First think today - should give you an overview where we where. So let's put in a map of the area (A mapsource screenshot)

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    If you ask me for the traks - feel free to do so -- the zipped gpx has 2 mb - the orginal 21 mb - wuff, what a big track. But also could sent you parts of it. I'll have it day by day on my sd-card.

    Enough talking - back to the ride. So we left Zermat and went on the Rhone-valley. Passed the big dog pass (big San Bernhard) and reached Italy. So we went to the italian site of Mont Blanc. So we call him Monte Bianco. :-)

    Pics.

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    again these big dogs with rescue packs - at the place they come from.

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    Monte Bianco - italian view

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    At Courmayeur you can enter 2 valley's - so you are very close to the montain. This is Val Ferrer - other is Val Veny

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    This is the little brother of the big San Bernard

    We went on to Briancon our next Base-camp though Roselend, Col de la Madeleine, Croix de Fer and Col du Lautaret.

    Pics.

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    top col - very nice to ride

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    when going down - beautyful blue lake

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    Pic nic near the lake

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    up the Madeleine

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    left into cellar, right to the rooms :evil

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    if you have no space for a banana in your tankbag - do it like we did

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    at Croix de Fer

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    behind the last village

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    way down - and a .... yes - a lake

    So we spent some nights at a camping in Briancon. So let's see what we did during these days.

    Pics.

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    first work after breakfast - Izoard

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    way down - then left to Italy

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    Col Angel - a bit cloudy

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    cheese and ham into bread

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    begin (or end) of Valle Vareita off-road track

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    no good sight

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    we went back after some km - didn't make sence - couldn't see much

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    only sometimes a little hole

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    track between easy and a bit difficult

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  7. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    430
    Location:
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    100 pics rule .. continue

    back to base-camp - Col Angel down

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    next day - off road - some of you might know this curve well ...

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    we will reach 3000m at the end. You know the waterfall?

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    half the way up to ....

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    Stella Alpina is hold here

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    View down from ...

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    pnte. Sommeiller. :D

    Note - in this area more and more roads are closed for riding. Sommeiller is also closed on weekends. Ask the locals if it is possible to go - otherwise you might loos a lot of money if you get catched by police.

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    Tina on the way (in)to the lake

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    The way down

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    easy - a bit difficult only at the top and if you have snow

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    others on the way up

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    closer

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    after Sommeiller we did Colle delle Finestre. Assietta was closed

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    big fort in the valley

    We left Briancon and visited parc national des Ecrins

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    dead end road

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    to see this glacier

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    next Col du Vars - first rain in the valley - the second catched us

    We escaped over Col de Larche to Italy - no rain there

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    Down Coll de Larche

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    passed a town with big walls

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    Col de Tende - next day -- if you don't take the tunnel.

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    Fort with cloud - begin (or end) of Ligurische Grenzkammstraße - off-road track.

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    at the fort (not Ford)

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    entrance

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    another cloud shows up

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    often taken pic - upper part of way down

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    Tina, the bike and ...

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    details of the way down

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    lower part - paved - 20 something hairpins :1drink

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    resting in Tende

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    the city of Tende

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    refilling

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    Strange thing at next pass road -- a grill????

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    Going to Col de Turini

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    Ralley Monte Carlo. - Col de Turini -

    So - this for today -- 68 pics and of course Turtles to come. Think will make it tomorrow.
    (Question -- are the pics too dark?? if yes i will correct them next days)

    have fun

    Andreas + Bettina

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    next post

    So - last night i worked a bit on the pics -- just adjusted the Histogram to have a korrekt light.

    Now lets go on with the story and closer to the turtles. :-). Next Base-Camp was Grasse. (the capital of parfume). See what we did.

    Pics.

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    First day we went to Grand Canyon du Verdun. One of the top targets in the area.

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    One viewpoint

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    the view - to the river

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    near the end of the canyon. ( :evil a lake)

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    Verdun river

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    way down to the lake, nice weekend house

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    a bit crowded (yet they don't know what heavy rain will come in 30 min)

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    change of departement

    We wanted to go back on the other side of the canyon, but heavy rain moved in - so we escaped south.

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    passed villages like this one.

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    Our Basecamp was at the route Napoleon (as you can see on the wall of that Building)

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    South france decoration - always impressive

    Next day we went to the TURTLES!!!! :clap
    Took the highway from Cannes until Le Luc. 10 km to go to Gonfaron after 3 more km we reached the "Le Village des tortues".

    If you are interested you may find more info here ... http://www.villagetortues.com/ (sorry found only a page in french).

    In this project they try to rescue the local turtles like the project in Spain and Corse.

    PICS

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    Lets go - it'S ouvert :1drink

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    Entree (and overview)

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    Locals (fence is to protect visitors from the beasts)

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    resting (btw. it was very hot this day, round 38° C)

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    dangerous

    Ok - just a short impression - but this is a bike-forum -- so let's go on with the riding. (lets say if i get a 15 requests for more turtle pics - i'll post some more -- actual count = 2).

    So we didn't take the highway back - we went down to the coast.

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    St. Maxime beach - on the other side - St. Tropez

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    we followed the coast a while - then away into the hills

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    In the area between Grasse - Nice - Toulon - Aix - Digne you will find beautyful curvy roads - a lot of fun to ride there.

    Next day - smal tour only (planned).

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    round Grasse - but after this pic i destroyed my objective - tankbag crashed down

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    so we had to move to Cannes - buy a new objective to go on with photos - first pic with new EF 50 1:1,8

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    from Cannes up to Grasse we found this Castle

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    view in the hills

    So time to go back - but not fast -- still some more to see

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    more Canyons (between Grasse and Roquesteron)

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    cool road

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    Next UNESCO stop - Entevaux

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    impressiv

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    love this style

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    only allowed transportation vehicel in the city :D

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    local prison

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    a bit outside we saw this

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    on the way to Col de la Bonette

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    nice roof

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    la Bonette - close to the top (Europes highest legal pass road - you reach 2800 m).

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    view near the top

    We spent the night at Barcelonette (not Barcelona) - next day we moved to Grenoble area.

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    Behind Gap

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    When we reached the mountains near Grenoble we found this

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    and saw 30 of them.


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    After the pass - some valley's and this

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    In WW II the french resistance was based here - you can find many places in this area and learn about this time.

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    next great view.

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    Highlight - Col de la Machine and Combe Laval

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    incredible road with fantastic views. (so you don't need the highest mountains for highlights).

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    Sunset at our camping in Royans

    Next day i wanted to go direction Annecy, but the rain forced us to go to west, back to the higher "Cols". We did Col du Lautaret for a second time, didn't go to Briancon - made Galibier (2616 m) and Col du mt. Cenis - down to Susa and then visit friends in Turino.

    Pics.

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    La Meije

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    short break

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    view dirc. Briancon from Galibier

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    parts of the road - from top

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    uff

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    a lake :evil - Mt. Cenis at the top

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    bike also wants to have a look

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    Col de Lis - near Torino

    Our friends came back from Honeymoon just the night before, so we had a cool dinner - next day we started for the finals steps - First highlith - the road between Biella and Lago di Orta - Simplon pass - one more night near Brig and then Grimsel - Susten and Klausenpass. At Susten first heavy rain catched us. Next at lake Konstanz - last step in dark and rain - german highway to Munich and back home.

    last set of pics so far

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    italian roads can be crowded

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    near Lago di Orta

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    Top of Simplon pass

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    Swiss style - near our last guesthouse

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    View to Furka - we went left to Grimsel

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    Top of Grimsel

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    Tina loves cheese
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  8. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    and last part :-)


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    down the Grimsel

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    small extra tour - near "Kleine Scheidegg" (Eiger, Jungfrau, Mönch) - very small road up from Meiringen

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    to see this

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    rain at Susten

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    begin of Klausen pass - Wilhelm Tell Museum and statue

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    rain made a break - clouds still impressiv

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    typical house in the area

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    Klausen - last view we had - a view km later we could see only next 20 m

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    at lake Konstanz (swiss side) - the heavy rain which catched us 20 min later

    OK - so that it was -- hope you enjoyed this report.
    Comments, critics and Turtle-pics-request :wink: are welcome.

    if you have questions about this tour - feel free to ask.

    have fun

    Bettina + Andreas

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    next post

    A small addition

    highest points in the alps to ride (legal) - Top 10 of top 100

    1 - Colle Sommeiller - Italy - 3050 m -- Gravel - done
    2 - La Colletta - Italy - 2830 m - Valle Vareita - Gravel
    3 - Ötztaler Glestscherstraße - Austria - 2803 m - done
    4 - Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi - Italy - 2802 m - Gravel
    5 - La Bonette - France - 2802 m - done
    6 - Col d' Iseran - France - 2770 m - done
    7 - Weißer Boden - Swiss - 2768 m - Gravel - done half
    8 - Stilfser Joch - Italy - 2757 m - done
    9 - Kaunertaler Gletscherstaße - Austria - 2750 m - done
    10 - Colle dell' Agnello - Italy - 2746 m - done

    have fun
    Andreas
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  9. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    ... to eastern alps and Romania in 2010

    Original was:
    eastern alps 2010 and Enduromania Borlova Team Picknicker
    link to original here

    Hi all,
    after doing western alps last year (see http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=503649) we did the east side this time (mostly the Dolomites). This holiday was a bit strage - first time since many years we could not spent the hole time together. So we made 2 weeks alps - when came home for a day - Tina needed to go to work and i joined my old friends for Enduromania.

    But stop talking to much - let the story begin.

    and let me show u pics.

    Day 1: Not a big distance. Highway to Garmisch - Seefeld - Ötztal - Timmelsjoch pass road - Jaufenpass - Pustatal

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    traditional first pic - ready to go

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    at Timmelsjoch

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    down Timmelsjoch in Italy

    Day 2: Staller Sattel - Grossglockner - Lienz - Pustertaler high alpine road - Cortina

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    at Staller Sattel near Antholz

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    View to Italy

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    View to Austria

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    Grossglockner - from Kals high alpine road (other side of normal Grossglockner road)

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    Some cake and coffe - nice place for a break

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    passing a waterfall

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    typical in the area

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    tre croci - Drei Zinnen

    Day 3: forgot my passport yesterday at the checkout - so first back to last Hotel. Than into the main area of Dolomites - and passroads passroads .....

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    near 3 Zinnen

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    wild animals near the road

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    Sella

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    Grödner Joch - View to Sella Group

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    very close to the montain

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    fantastic views

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    in all directions

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    Sella

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    another great view this day.

    Day 4: Going more south and doing some pass roads

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    found this one at a coffee break

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    Crossing wild rivers

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    tonns of memories of WW I

    next Days - Camping at Arsie - and pass roads

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    Base camp

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    lake nearby

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    view
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    view 2

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    river Brenta canyon behind the lake

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    very nice road

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    other direction

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    Top of Monte Grappa ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Grappa )

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    some min. later we could see anything

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    Vaiont dam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaiont_Dam)

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    Beluno - main city in the region

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    Passo Maghen

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    view to south

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    view to north

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    water

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    Rosengarten

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    closer look

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    next pass

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    warm seat

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    Passo Rolle

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    waterfall

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    and another coffee break

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    next day great view

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    more wild animals

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    beautyful montains

    Next day weather went into bad - snow fall down to 1500m - 4cm snow at the passroads we've been the last days. So we decided to go more south for 1 or 2 days. We visited a friend near Marradi.

    It's late now in Germany -- i will go on with the story tomorrow and bring you the next 45 pics.

    CU tomorrow

    have fun

    Andreas

    ...
    next post was

    so let'S go on.

    We left Arsie in rain and went more south to visit a friend in Marradi. After going with one hand over the Po we had a little celebration.

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    nearly ready to eat

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    we had a great evening with our friend @ Marradi

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    Next day we went on direc. Solvenia. First we went into the hills (where GP rider Rossi and Capirossi grow up)

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    nice views - after the flat - the Med. Sea.

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    Here you will find curves, curves, curves

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    and nice weekend houses

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    near Venice.

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    watching the birds

    At late evenig we reached Gemona di Friuli and took our next basecamp at the local camping. Downtown Gemona we found great Pizza and much greater "Gelati" (Ice-cream).

    Next day we spent some time in Slovenia. I love it. Here the pics.

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    On the way to the border - last town it Italy

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    Target is behind the hills

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    nice bridge they have

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    Soca - my favorite river - best ever seen.

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    After rain - not soooo blue

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    Virsic pass road

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    Down to Kranska Gora

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    A big hole

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    Julske Alps

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    lake Bled - romatic place - and good fish at restaurant some km later

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    typical smal town in Slovenia

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    Church

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    Up to Kobarid - along the Soca

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    from Dusk till Dawn - in Gemona.

    Next day we did some very small off-road. Up to Monte Paularo. Very nice road.

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    In the middle - up to Paularo

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    Tina is lookin for ???

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    Easy to ride - bike wants to go on

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    and we found -- Marmotts - round 10

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    view from close before top

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    View 2

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    some meters to go

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    Adventure.

    So one more day left to explore the dolomites. We did our last big slope before riding home.

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    Pisa? hm?

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    zzz - Sella di Razzo

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    Dam - a dam

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    quiet impressive - and deep

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    Tina likes to look the other side (break on through to the other side ;-) )

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    Near Gemona - This parrot is dead - no, it's resting (are you old enough to understand this parrot gag?)

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    Duck hunting

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    Still dead - no, resting

    So, time for Tina to went home. She had to work next week - for me one day break at home - then on to Romania.

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    typical houses in this part of the Dolomites

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    3 Zinnen again - this time seen from Sexten

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    close to home - fresh snow near Innsbruck

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    down the brenner pass to Innsbruck - then up again to Mittenwald and back home again.

    Next post will show you my Enduromania ride with my friends.

    have fun

    Andreas
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    franken Been here awhile

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    continue

    Sodala - to let u wait not tooooooo long - let's go to Romania stuff.

    ENDUROMANIA - my first one -- more info here http://www.enduromania.net/

    Saturday - day of resting -- Sunday on the bike again. Bad Tölz - Irschenberg - Salzburg - Graz - Vienna - Hungary - most on highway. Between Györ and Budapest the night starts to catch me - so off the highway and found a Hotel at Tata.

    Next day passing Budapest - on to Szeged - Crossing border - arrive at Caransebes late afternoon. Borlova is not on my Garmin - Start looking around and see 2 Endurobikers - follow them and catch them next at village.

    "are u going to Borlova?" i ask them - "yes, u also want to go there, with this bike?" -- jep, sure -- "ok, follow us"
    they leave the road, cross a river and go up a hill. I follow - then a deep mudhole - i follow them - and drop the KTM into the mud.

    They help me out and tell me that the next section is more hard i should take the paved road. -- "ok, there is a paved road?" -- -

    30 min later i arrive at my friends in Borlova - my Zega is flooded. No problem, we have a house and beds. I don't need my tent. uff.

    Enough writing - let's see the pics.

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    first town in Romania

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    Our base camp in Borlova

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    Time to ride

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    park ferme

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    Security stuff

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    easy off-road

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    quite a huge mix of bikes - we've been 10 in the team - 3 woman, 7 man - 1 Africa Twin, 1 KTM 950, 1 BMW HP 2, Rest was TT 660, Domiator, DRZ 400.

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    difficult to find the way

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    after a difficult part - easy to ride -- mostly u don't think of photos in difficult parts.

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    beautyful landscape

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    ah - action

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    passed some mud

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    Team Picknicker - preparing for a picknick

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    todays collection

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    typical houses

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    Enduromania GPS point found here.

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    view down - very steep road

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    more mud - i stocked in a hole here.

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    next km have been hard to ride with the big bikes

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    the result of the next km

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    found a nice lake to get the next point

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    view from checkpoint

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    view 2

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    u often pass little villages - the children are great - always forced us to ride wheelies.

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    20 km to get the next point - at the beginning easy

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    u can go fast even with big bikes here

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    getting more wet later

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    locals at work - collecting trees to get a warm house in winter

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    with team Picknicker they did it in much less time

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    road much more difficuld to ride

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    give me a small bike :evil

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    difficult to show u how deep this (sometimes) is

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    sometimes u need to wait a while (rope crashed 3 times until they get the trees of the road)

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    Muntele Mic - round 1700 m high - very windy this day

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    main mountain area

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    train museum at Resita

    Friday night we celebrate our missing the podium. Saturday everybody leaves. For me 1200 km way back on my KTM.

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    close to Hungary

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    strange roadsign

    At Szeged it starts to rain - passed hole Hungary in rain - At the Austrian border rain was over. Went to Vienna and spent the night in a Hotel.
    Next day - Salzburg - Chiemsee - Sudelfeld pass road - Bad Tölz - Back home.

    So - hope u enjoyed my small report - feel free to ask, if u want to know more.

    have fun

    Andreas
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  11. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    ... to Spain 2011 (Catalunya, Andorra)

    Original was:
    Pyrenees - Catalunya and Andorra only
    link to the original here

    Hi all and FYYFF's!!
    this is our RideReport # 19 and it is about Andorra, Pyrenees and Catalunya.

    And we nearly start all our reports with a picture like this. :D

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    The 950 is packed and ready to go. Making this pic is like a ritual to me - It's a "ok - lets go" thing.

    So day 1 and we took highway to Garmisch, Fernpass, Reschenpass and then this one.

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    No, not the one you see in the Background - na?

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    Jep - now you got it - Umbrail - not Stelvio. Umbrail, the one with the gravel section.

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    A lot of snow - it is 3rd June - normaly we expeced less snow here.

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    Ortler Group

    Next day - no pics. First we went to Lago di Como, then Milano to Torino. Wanted to go into the alps again, but weather looked real bad. So went down to Nice and took a Hotel a few km later. Next day - Rain until Spain. So we reached our Base Camp in Castellbo quiet wet.

    First ride - St. Joan de L'Erm. For a few Cafe con Leche more.

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    green roads

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    old villages

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    great views.

    Cool Start

    Next Day -- Sierra del Cadi

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    Planet Claire (B52's)

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    the way to Tuixen

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    Tuixen - to have a Cafe con Leche and a Bocadillo.

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    Next little town, nearby Park natural Sierra del Cadi

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    Impressive views. Here at Coll de la Trapa 1321 m

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    Tunnels (good for parking)

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    mucho aqua - and very impressive - it's high in the montains, not in a valley

    A bit later we dived into the Cadi Tunnel and took the main road from Puigcerda back to La Seu. A good day.

    The 1st Andorra day

    normaly you hate to drive into Andorra. nu - but sometimes .... :deal :D

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    Overview

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    Ordino - a quiter place

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    Andorra la Vella - main city

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    Pyrenees - Shopping

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    more shopping

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    you need money

    So - you have a first impression? :clap

    The tour to Tremp

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    So this is the correct opposite to Andorra - at Coll de Boixols (1380 m).

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    more

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    down there is Tremp

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    Up to Sort and here at Coll de Canto. Great view again.

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    Zoom to Sierra del Cadi.

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    the 100 - 400 brings far things near. :-)

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    the day ended wet - very wet

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    the night was ok.

    to be continued ....

    ....
    next post

    uff - back home from work - so lets go on with the RR.

    So -- next stage in our Ride Report -- St. Joan de L'Erm - Eremita - Tavascan and back

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    In this mountains you often see Horses. The old ones know where and how to block a road to ask for sweets. The very young ones are running like crazy when a big bike comes.

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    This is a easy track from L'Erm to Roni.

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    uff - Terraforming - years ago it looks like this

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    a pic from 06/ 2007

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    from the other side.

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    walls

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    still easy off-road

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    Tina still loves to be creative - (or still is a Terraformer)

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    and on we go - to reach the tarmac before Roni


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    have to pass "huge" waterfalls. :-)

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    End of the road above Tavascan. On the other side of the hills is France.

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    leo.org gives me "broom", "furze", "gorse" and "whin". One of them might be correct for german word "Ginster" (this yellow plants).

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    way down the same way to Tavascan i had to stop here

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    What a nice garden.

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    Time for -- yes - Cafe con leche and Bocadillo. Here in DownTown Tavascan

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    The old road (typical bridge)

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    Looks like the little cat want to join us on the bike - but she didn't.

    So back to our Base Camp and join the excellent Food we get there every day.

    The LLES - Days

    next area - Lles - is La Seu - Martinet and then up. But before you must stop in Martinet. Why - because there is a chocolate factory.
    You can buy Croissants, Bread, and kg's of chocolate - with milk, without milk, brown, white, with nuts, with whatever. Fantastic.

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    first - learn the name of the Pics of Sierra del Cadi

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    then - explore the mountain

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    finally - escape the rain. :-)

    Next day Lles again - but

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    fantastic weather conditions

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    water the way we like

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    have some chocolate

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    Following the track for a while -- a nice lake (even with min. 2 fish inside)

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    what you not see on that pic -- the cars and the picknick-area. :-)

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    next Waterfall

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    Horses - of course

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    the highest point for us - and

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    Sierra del Cadi - Horses

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    Tina and the Horses

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    who finds the cow in that pic?

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    98 Horses

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    the way down to

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    some more cows and

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    cool views and

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    Bescaran. Where we get more ... Yes - Cafe con Leche and Bocadillo.

    Next day -- La Seu - close to Coll de Nargo then left - up to Coll de Jou and Berga -- That means -- Curves, curves, curves, curves, curves, curves, curves, curves and not much pics.

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    at Coll de Jou

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    Berga

    Next day - on and off road -- St. Joan de L'Erm - Rubio - Sort - Gerri de la Sal - up to Els Castells - Taus - Noves de Segre - Castellbo

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    On the way to Rubio

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    Terraformers playground

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    TIA - Tina in Action

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    The way up to Els Castells.

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    the way we came up

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    a few km to go up

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    Cordero - Sheeps -- Jam, jam (when grilled)

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    Still not reached the end of gravel

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    Vulture (capitallist? :-))

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    At the top - a "high valley" and a gravel highway

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    the way down to Noves de Segre - the last sun in Cadi - the rain catched us again.

    Still more to tell - to be continued...

    ...
    next post
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    franken Been here awhile

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    last part - let's see the rest of the story

    the "uphill - downhill" Day -- St. Joan l'Erm - Pic l'Orri - Rialp - Espui

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    From Castellbo 25 km up to St. Joan - from here you can choose 5 differend gravel roads. Today we want to reach the highest point - Pic l'Orri. It's still wet on the tracks.

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    Still a lot to do for Tina

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    The top of the hill. (2 437m)

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    First view down

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    view down part 2

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    Clouds come close

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    The hills we ride around

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    view dirct. Andorra

    So now down to Roni and Rialp, and up the next hill to Llesui.

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    Crossing the next ski area.

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    Top of the hill - Down in the valley the next target -- Espui.
    Normaly we take the 30 km track to Espot - but this time we wanted to go down because we never did before.

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    Parking at top

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    l'Orri in Background - the one we've been before.

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    the way we came up

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    on the way down

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    half the way down

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    last section (like Col de Tende). You cross this part 5 times

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    Some km more down at L Pobleta de Bellvei we take a small road to Gerri de la Sal and get some more fantastic views. - Here we look down the first part.

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    nice lake is next

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    Montcortes

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    Desfiladero de Collegats (the main road takes you through this valley)

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    Bretui

    The last Andorra Day

    So - time is running out - we won't ride much today - so we decide to visit Andorra one more time.

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    of course - this is Andorra - our style. -- the way up to Canolic from St. Julia de Loria

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    view down

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    After an Cafe ... and a B... in Os de Civis we entered the next valley and reached this church.

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    view down to Andorra la Vella

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    Closer look to the Jungle

    The way home

    La Seu - Puigcerda - Prades - Perpignan - Highway - Orange - first day
    Next day arround Mt. Ventoux to find this

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    and the pics i wanted to take

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    Lavender - Lavande - Lavanda - &#1083;&#1072;&#1074;&#1072;&#1085;&#1076;&#1072; - <big>&#34224;&#34915;&#33609;</big>

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    and Poppy

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    playing with perspectives

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    which one is better?

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    Lines

    Next we reached a nice valley close to Gap

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    impressive rock

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    near the End of the valley. Rain again

    Heavy rain until Briancon. We decide to do one more pass -

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    Col de Galibier - 2645m

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    Rain stopped

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    but it's cold

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    our last stay - Hotel in St. Michel.

    Next day - still rain - we took Frejus-Tunnel to escape to Torino. At Torino sun - Highway to Milano and on to Lago di Garda. (33° C) Then the rain comes back.

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    At Lago di Garda

    At Sterzing it is raining like hell. And windy. Took Passo Brennero in 2nd gear very slow - saw nearly nothing - 6°C - fresh snow on the mountains. Rain until Mittenwald - Last km in Sun at Kochel and than back home.

    Hope you liked this report - CU at # 20.

    have fun

    Bettina and Andreas
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  13. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    ... Sardinia and Corsica in 2014

    Original was:
    Sardinia and Corsica 2014
    link to original here

    Hi all and FYYFF.
    after some years without writing here - selling my KTM 950 - and get a 1200 GSA - i decided to place the next rr now and here.

    The first trip with the Gummikuh took us to Sardinia an Corsica.

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    Every tour we do starts with an "at home - pic" (belive me or check my other reports).

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    First stop at famos Umbrail pass in Switzerland.

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    The way down to Genova we passed Lago D'Iseo

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    and reached Genova

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    The rest of the day we spent around Genova and than entered the overnight ferry to Sardinia.


    The next morning we left the boat and started our tour around the beautyful island.

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    first beach -- near Arbatax

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    Following the beautyful SP11 road.

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    Going more south

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    nice birds

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    Tina as always - with helmet

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    more birds

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    east coast - still going south

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    the helmet is also a sun-protection

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    beaches

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    in the south - westcoast

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    close to the sea

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    swimming? rideing? swimming? hmpf

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    beautyful beaches

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    crowded beach

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    Tina can't swim here

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    with less zoom

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    going north at the westcoast

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    salt production

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    away from the coast from time to time - nice villages

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    camping

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    still going north

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    might be Castelsardo

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    very hot every day - looking for shadow

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    inside Sardinia

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    impressive rocks

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    Maria

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    to our highest point

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    great view

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    impressive rocks again

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    Lago del Coghinas

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    other end of the "lago"

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    eat the rich :-)

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    the ferry to .. Corsica.

    ok - thats enough for today - to be continued .....

    have fun
    Andreas

    ...
    next post

    so - here we go with part two. After spending the first week in Sardinia we went on to Corsica.

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    this small boat followed our ferry for a while. (saving energy?)

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    close to Bonifacio

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    view to Bonifacio

    This time we spend the days only at the east coast, with some curvy tours into the montains.

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    one of my favorite beaches. White Sand, turquoise water.

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    a rosto :-)

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    where are many of them. Drive carefuly

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    nice towns in the montains

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    and rivers

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    Tina collects pine cones.

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    nice town

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    typical german beach outfit!!! :-)

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    expanding shellfish collection

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    GS at beach

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    nice old church

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    details

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    other view

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    after a small curvy road through the montains we found this mini wonderland by luck.

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    detail - nice work

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    if you know our old reports - you know we love turtles. (and visit turtle farms if possilbe). This is A Capulatta - Turtle reproduction farm.

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    baby turtles

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    from Bastia we took the ferry to Livorno (Italy).

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    exhaust (of our ferry)

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    leaving Bastia

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    open water ;-)

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    the other well known ferry company.

    ok - in the next part we finish our little tour -- ...

    have fun
    Andreas

    ...
    next post

    so we had - first week -- Sardinia; second week - Corisca -- third week -- Itlay, visiting friends in tuscany and join our Africa Twin meeting in Arsie at Monte Grappa area.

    here are the pics.

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    looking for flowers

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    nice farm

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    old town between Livorno and Siena

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    Siena

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    witch in Marradi

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    Pisa

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    the tower the most people know. ;-)

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    typical tuscany view

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    A Gummikuh

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    our Africa Twin meeting at the top of Monte Grappa

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    the lake - the camping - The Base of the ATIC-Meeting

    Finaly - on our way home - in the Dolomites -- we fond

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    this beautyful flowers

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    So. - That's all for our first tour with the Gummikuh. We did not much off-road, i had to get familar with the GS.

    View attachment 1145522

    to get an idea of our tour - a pic of the track.

    have fun
    Andreas
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  14. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    to Spain (Camino de Santiago) in 2016

    Original was:
    Spain 2016: pilgrims and vultures
    link to original here

    Hello and FYYFF,

    the second longer tour on our BMW Gummikuh took us to spain in 2016. As we reached the wonderful Pyrenees, we started to follow the Camino de Santiago on the north route and back on the central route.

    Camino de Santiago? More Info here -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago -- In 2017 more than 300 000 people reached Santiago de Compostela. If you start in France it is a nice 800 km walk.

    Here's an overview of our tour - to give you an idea.

    So let's start - as somebody said years ago - this thread is nothing without pics. :-)

    Every log tour starts with a "start-pic". :-)

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    First part is making km - but we went on small roads along the alps, crossed black forest in the south and entered the highway in France. We passed Clermont Ferrand and went to Bordeaux.

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    Terrasson - very nice town - Impressions

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    near the river

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    flowers and old town

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    blue, withe, red (and green)

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    bridge

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    swan

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    explore

    We moved on and reached the Atlantic. We placed our tent at Mimizan.

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    Camping Mimizan (Camping Mimizan plage was complet)

    Near the Camping we found a very beautyful "way of flowers" and a lake. Lets see.

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    Mimizan lake

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    lake

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    Promenade Fleurie

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    Flower

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    we also found 3 of these ones

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    End of lake

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    typical view in this area named "Landes"

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    so we went on to reach Spain.

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    Bayonne, Biaritz, Border -- direction San Sebastian. We followed the Coast. (not on Highway)

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    Impressions of the Biskay

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    beach

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    near Zarautz

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    and we found the first .... Vulture

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    look, look, they are there.

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    small detail on a wall nearby.

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    in August north spain is very crowded. The Spanish people spent their holidays in the "colder" north.

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    take a swim

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    old town on the way to Santander

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    crossing rivers "rias".

    Then we left the coast and went into the "Picos de Europa".

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    first view.

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    nice road

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    deeper into the Picos

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    find the vultures in this pic. :-)

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    nice work by nature

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    Mountain

    ok -- next -- more vultures. or pilgirms, or ...
    to be continued

    have fun
    Andreas

    ...
    next post

    so - let's go on with
    vultures? pilgrims?

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    It's Tina - looking for....

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    Vulture. - Very cool ones. Sitting in the sun, spreading their wings.

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    a dead mine nearby

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    let the sun shine in

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    hey - something is comming

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    the police came - all birds gone away, but ... 2 min later ...

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    police gone - bandada de buitres back. -- maybe the think - "fuck the p..." ;-)

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    we went on to the heart of the picos de Europa

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    near Potes

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    monument of a bear

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    Fuente de

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    Tina is looking for ....

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    no, not what you think - she looks for the cable

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    some years ago we've been up there with our Africa Twin - is no longer allowed to go up by moto

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    huge cloud

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    in a old small town near between Fuente de and Potes

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    was cold here

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    puerto San Glorio

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    close to Cares valley

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    leaving picos - going west

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    Riano

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    going more west

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    easy off road

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    near Puerto San Isidro

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    into a ski resort

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    high mountain road

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    Embalse de Casares

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    landscape changes often

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    Embalse de los barros de luna

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    nice modern bridge

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    going north again, near Cangas del Narcea

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    other view

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    Embalse de Salime

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    following this river for many km

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    to reach the sea again

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    along the coast going west. Camino de Santiago nearby.

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    Cantabrian coast

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    still followed the coast until Viveiro

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    breaking the waves

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    near Viveiro

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    Viveiro

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    close to our Hotel

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    from Viveiro we went south-west and reached the target. Santiago

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    place before the church

    It started raining, and we went on our way back home. The way back followed now the main ...

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    Camino de Santiago. We saw pilgrims every day - sometimes it was difficult to find a room -- when you need a Hostal - you should leave the main route for some km. :-)

    so -- in the next part we will write about ...

    pilgrims?, vultures? pilgirms? bikes? Tina?

    have fun
    Andreas
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  15. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    next post

    and on we go.

    Tour-outline for the way back -- Santiago de Compostela - Orense - Ponferrada - Astorga - Leon - Palencia - Logrono - Pamplona - Roncesvalles (Startpoint in spain for many pilgrims).

    enough reading - here are the pics.

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    Ponferrada

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    Church

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    pilgrims ??

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    mirror

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    between Ponferrada and Astorga you cross higher mountains.

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    some cursader wait here for the pilgrims

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    a few km later - highest point of the part - easy with bike, hard if you walk

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    info

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    more info

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    hard to get lost

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    criticism

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    give aways

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    look down dir. Astorga

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    art near the road

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    sunflowers

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    Astorga

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    gift shop

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    main church

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    broad land

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    very broad

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    Palencia

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    also Palencia

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    Palenzuela

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    Cool birds on a farm

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    totaly crazy

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    3 m span

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    Santo Domingo de Silos

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    for a short break

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    you know this bird?

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    the boss of the valley

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    fossilized trees of Hacinas

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    Hacinas

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    where are the curves?

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    lake

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    close to the Pyrenees

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    Roncesvalles - one just started his walk - it's motivating to see only 790 km left.


    ok - here we left the Camino de Santiago and went into the Pyrenees. So still one more to come

    next -- no pilgrims -- vultures - ...

    to be continued.

    have fun
    Andreas

    ...
    next post

    Now let's go into the Pyrenees.

    First let's have a look at some ....

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    birds. :-)

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    good explained

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    more

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    and a real one. All seen in a valley near Lumbier, not far away from Embalse de Yesa.

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    Changeing the region on small roads

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    into Valle de Roncal.

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    In this area we saw vultures the first time round 20 years ago.

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    they are still here

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    sometimes close to us,

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    sometimes a bit away.

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    find the one in this pic

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    Huge

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    beautyful anyway

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    impressiv

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    Tina found more

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    some easy off road near Torla, at the famous Ordessa Nat. Park

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    from here only walking

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    or cool your feed in the river

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    always good info in spain

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    Bujaruelo, also the name of our hotel in Torla

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    so much things to see

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    way down

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    easy offroad - but not much - road block at the national park

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    near Fanlo

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    last look dir. Torla

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    you find often little towns where all people have gone.

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    easy off road from Chia to Plan

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    easy to ride

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    a bit shadow for a short brake

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    still we have ... :-)

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    observer

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    La Pobla de Segur

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    Camping Castellbo -- we stay there since more than 25 years.

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    Castellbo

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    most times cold water. :-)

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    we know the most gravel roads in this area

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    view

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    the other typ of animals we love to find - horses

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    Leaving Castellbo to reach home

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    we went south dir. Prades.

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    berries

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    Perpignan - Nimes - than we decided to stay at the Med. sea. -- enjoying french coffee and Croisants

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    short break at the highway

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    french info

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    above Monaco

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    watch the rich

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    ferry to .. ?

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    Following the coast till Genova

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    impressions

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    as you all know -- German beach outfit

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    sometimes you are very close to the Med.

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    Italian coast

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    Savona - here you also can take a ferry to Corse, or Sardinia

    So -- check our last day --

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    South tyrol - apple region

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    back in the crowded alps - for a small ATIC-Meeting (we meet our Africa Twin friends in Arsie)

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    dolomites -- Passo Manghen

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    Bike point near the top of the pass

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    passo di Lavaze --

    on to Sterzing - Passo Brennero -- Mittenwald -- Kochel and finaly -- at the Geramn Camino de Santiago (close to our home) back home.

    Hope you all enjoyed our little report.

    have fun

    Andreas
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  16. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    to Spain in 2017

    Original was:
    2017 Pyrenees
    link to the original here

    Hi all and FYYFF,

    my last big tour on an GS Adv. last year, as i decided 3 weeks ago to switch back to an KTM.

    Tour outline:

    View attachment 1160573

    So here we go with my obligatory start pic.

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    Albula Pass - Suisse -- so we decided to go slow to spain. If we go fast, we take the highway and aviod switzerland.

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    Next highlight -- Viamala Valley

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    Impressiv - can you imagine how they build the bridge may years ago?

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    Next two passroads we saw nearly nothing. At the top of Furka -- sun came back. View to Grimsel

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    Two historical steam trains meet at the pass.

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    Tina watching the trains

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    Next day in Italy - piccolo san Bernhard pass

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    Mont Blac not far away

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    Pass Statue

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    going to the highest pass roads in the alps

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    great views

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    most photgrafed - Col de L'Iseran

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    Iseran Parking

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    down to Susa

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    Susa - Centre.

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    On to France - short before this pic nearly a flash catched us. Rain all day. No fun for Tina

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    Next day - sun and Croissants. jam.

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    Next highlight - The Ardeche - well known

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    than to the Tarn river - first vultures to watch

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    Near Millau - rain again.

    to be continued...

    have fun
    Andreas

    ...
    next post

    next part - here we go - we come closer to the pyrenees. :-)

    We spend another 30 min in rain near Millau, watched the famous bridge and went on on small roads dirc. south to reach Perpignan.

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    small, nearly empty roads between Millau and Narbonne

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    First look at the med. sea

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    out of the rain clothes in this nice old town

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    the name of the village is "Lunas" - even very nice.

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    view dirc. Perpignan. Hills of the pyrenees in the background

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    we passed Perpignan and followed the curvy coast road direc. Roses. It was very crowded.

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    At Banyules we decided to leave the traffic

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    a small road - nowadays paved - lead to Col de Banyuls. A few km later we found a Hotel in the middel of nowhere with a Spa. Time to rest a bit.

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    Rest-day with Tina - means visit the Turtles at Garriguella.

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    yum

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    Babies

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    live porn

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    old one

    we spent some hours - talking with the staff and watching turtels running through the bushes.

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    an unpaved road takes you to this place - with a nice Restaurant (behind me, not on Foto) - very good meat.

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    our Hotel was at the other end of these lake in the forest

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    the dam (damm?)

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    the Hotel - realy a quiet place - totaly relaxing.

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    the next day we dived in -- into the pyrenees. last look to the med. sea

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    old road - foto taken from the new one. Cows love the shade.

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    next stop after tons of curves - the area called Cerdanya (between Puigcerda and La Seu)

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    uphill we go

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    easy to drive

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    a mixed zone (cows and horses)

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    nice views

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    Sierra del Cadi nearby

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    muchas curvas

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    easy offroad - for near 20 km - 1900 alt - Andorra nearby

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    real easy

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    pasing small villages

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    Sierra del Cadi

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    other side of the valley

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    impressive views

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    and little animals

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    next day - uphill again

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    into Andorra

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    Pas de la Casa

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    the lady with the helmet. ;-)

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    Andorra - Ordino

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    the road to Castellbo - where we spent always some hours or days since more than 20 years. This time we just said "Hello" - had a small talk and went on.

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    up to St. Joan l'Ern.

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    easy offroad again

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    Parking at the ski resort. Then we went town to Sort.

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    Sort and surroundings - famous for rafting (and much more).

    so far for today ...
    to be continued ...

    have fun
    Andreas

    ...
    next post
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  17. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    and on we go. We are @Sort. (you can translate it with "luck"). A lot of people won in the x-mas lottery years ago.
    At the Camping in Sort we meet some other german GS Bikers. On joined us the next day at a little easy offroad tour. So we go on with ....

    pics.

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    Going south form Sort - to la Pobla de Segur

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    Watching Vultures

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    upcoming thunderstorm

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    near the off-road section from La Pobla to Organya - pasing the Sierra de Bourmont

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    Collegats

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    View direct. Sort

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    in the Sierra

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    Next day we went on - Puerto de la Bonaigua

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    Pyrenees without horses is like ...

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    View direc. Viella

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    did i say that pyrenees without vultures is like ....

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    between Castejon de Sos and Campo

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    Mountain view

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    Isabena valley - next stop

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    south end of the valley

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    on small roads

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    rare ones -- Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

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    it was hot

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    love this

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    a bigger group

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    sitting in the trees close to the road

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    Chia to Plan - easy offroad

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    surprise - 500 m no easy offroad at the top.


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    view down to Plan

    Next day we went to France to meet a Friend

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    Col du Portillon

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    Airport Bagneres-de-Luchon. Our friends son spend the day in a glider.

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    we did the famous Tour de France Cols

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    Pic du Midi in the back (Toumalet)

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    zoomed

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    other direction

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    playing with the wind

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    at Tourmalet

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    way down

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    We ended up in Lourdes

    Lourdes?

    oh - ja --

    known for this

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    no matter if you belive or not - is impressive to view

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    Next day first up to Luz Ardiden

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    than more famous Tour de France Cols

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    And back to Aragon

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    Panticosa

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    Banos de Panticosa

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    close to Ordessa National park

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    behind Roncal

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    short break on another very hot day

    Next night we spent some km away from Pamplona - a place we been on our tour to Santiago de Compostela

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    close to the Atlantic.

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    Tina playground


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    horses again

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    the fog from the sea

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    be careful

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    last km to finish the "crossing" -- going to Hondariba (with a GS)

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    done

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    a small road to San Sebastian

    than the way home through france. not soooooo much pics.

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    Near Langon

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    old french town

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    historical market

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    gardening

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    on the way to Clermont Ferrand

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    Following the river Dordogne

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    Mont Dore - Puy de Dome

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    vulcan area -Puy de Dome

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    old Castle

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    last small road. Than we took the Highway to reach Germany at Moulhouse again. We spent one more night at the black forrest and reached home the next day.

    So - hope you enjoyed that report.

    have fun

    Andreas
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  18. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    to Spain in 2018

    Original was
    Spanish Pyrenees 2018
    link to the original here

    Hello and FYYFF,

    Tina and me love to spend holidays in Spain. This year we combinate it with an Honda Africa Meeting (ATIC-Meeting) in the Isabena valley in the spanish pyrenees.

    Lets start with an Tour-overview to give you an picture.

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    We spent 3 weeks on this 6500 km tour on our KTM 1290 SAR. First week to visit mostly France and North Spain. Second week to meet our friends at Isabena Valley and 3rd week to go home via Andorra and France.

    All my ride-reports begin with my "start-pic". I do it on every holiday. (a kind of superstition). Enough talking -- here are the pics. :-)

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    First time we did not take camping gear with us. The 2 rolls are filled with sleeping gear for the 2nd week at Isabena and some adds for Tina. :deal

    Let's have a look on day 1. I had the idea to go slow and more north then the last times to spain. I had an track planed by "kurviger.de", wich is a good tool to get tracks with tonns of curves and to avoid bigger cities.

    Map Day 1:
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    We went to the highway at Landsberg and left them near Memmingen. So we avoided the 30 km/h zones at the little villages at lake Konstanz and all the speed traps there. :-)
    Late evening we reached Donauwörth and the Black forest.
    This time we had a look of the northern part of the black forest.

    Proflie of day 1:

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    Storks love the hot german summer

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    Lake Konstanz in the distance

    We spend the night in a small guesthouse in the north black forest and had some Pizza in the town.

    Day 2: Into France

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    So we went into the Rhein-valley down to Freiburg and on to Colmar. So we reached "Südelsass".
    So first suprise - we meet some history.

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    A musem which showes the allied forces reached Germay in this area and crossed river rhine.

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    near Colmar - direction Col de la Schlucht. Hills of the vosges (Vogesen). Southern Alsace.

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    we get up the first hills through wineyards and passed a very beautyful little village.

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    Katzenthal near Colmar

    and reached the next big history -- WWI monumental -- fight area of "The Linge".

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    Tina reading all the info

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    trench

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    only some meters to the enemy

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    blue = the french, green = the germans

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    round 17 000 soldiers died here.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_Memorials_and_Cemeteries_in_Alsace

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    very impressive

    we went on via Col de la Schlucht and found some very nice curvy and small roads. I realy enjoyed the nearly empty roads behind the tourist hotspots.

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    After some 200 km i start to get nervous. Haven't seen a gas stations since them. So i decided to leave the small road track and get a gas station. Found one after some more 50 km.

    We spend the night in Troyes and again some good Pizza near our Hotel.

    Add. -- Back home i got a ticket for speeding -- 45€ -- found the speed trap on google street view. (time of picture with time of my gps-track). 93Km/h instead of 80 km/h - new rule on french small roads - my french friends say: "F.CK 80"

    Day 3: to Orleans
    So, not New Orleans, no - we go to Old Orleans. But it was not the target. The Loire-Valley and its famous castels.

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    :-) Looks like huge mountains - but was flat all day.

    Leaving Troyes with a good breakfast in an Boulangerie. Weather was good, but...

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    Oh no - rain catched us -- so we spent on hour in a Supermarket. :-) -- Can you see that Tina realy hates rain on a bike holiday.

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    Bäh

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    Rain stopped, we left the Supermarket -- at the other side of the town -- some art.

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    so we reached the Loire River.

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    very nice

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    Tina took a rest.
    We get off our rain - clothes and went to a Hotel some km back near Orleans.

    Next day we gonna watch some Castels. but --- enough for today.

    to be continued..... (slow and in small steps). ;-)

    have fun
    Andreas

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    next post

    Some additional pics taken with my smartphone (so not the best quality). Taken on Day 1 - 3.

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    Troyes Center - our Hotel was close to the center - so we walked arround a while.

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    Troyes Center

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    Leaving Troyes - finding breakfast

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    Pain ou chocolate, Croissant, Canele, Cafe au lait -- I always order it in english -- "give me some pain"

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    How was this "Woodstock - no rain chant"?

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    If you don't want to search for good restaurants in the Hotel and Industrial district - there is mostly a "grill" nearby. This on was good......

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    La Boucherie - new opend - good team - good food -- luck for us.......

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    mostly luck for Tina. :-) :clap:lurk:dukegirl

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    next post

    let's go on. From Loire-valley down to spain

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    Not far after leaving the Hotel near Orleans, we found the first large Chateau. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Château_de_Chambord

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    Some km later next one was ... https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Cheverny

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    allee

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    not much to see, if you don't get in and pay for entrance

    We left the Loire and went more south. Next highlight

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    St. Aignan - very nice old town at the river "le Cher".

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    closer look

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    City

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    next stop - Azey le Ferron - small Chateau and a nice church.

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    Le Blanc at river "La Creuse".

    The hole day we passed very nice old towns and Chateaus. We had not much traffic and i felt relaxed. One more highlight was planned for this day.

    Inspired by #rtwpaul and his ride report on this page:

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    Oradour-sur-Glane.

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    Memorial

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane_massacre

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    642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company.

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    Not a nice chapter in German history. We did not walk inside the village. (was too hot this day to walk around with all the bike gear).
    We went on some km and found a Hotel in Angouleme. Next day we will reach Spain.

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    At Angouleme i decided to make some km and we choose the highway dirc. Bordeaux. So soon we passed the famous wineyards of the Bordeaux - St. Emilie - Area. Behind Bordeaux we get stock in the first and only traffic-jam. Everybody was on his way to Arcachon. Behind the Arcachon exit, we could ride normal speed on the highway torwards Spain.

    Short before the border i needed a gas stations, so we left the higway. On small roads we get into Spain an get some (cheaper) gas.

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    San Sebastian - La Concha - the famous City beach

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    other side of the bay

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    typical german beach outfit -- No --- Tina hates this -- being near a beach with bike gear.

    behind la Concha we took a very small road uphill and found a very good Restaurant where we talked with spanish bikers and had some very very good Tapas.

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    along the coast

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    nice views.

    We went on and found a Hotel 70 km away from the coast with a good price. At the cost everything was booked or too expensive for our budget (200 - 3000 € for one night).

    We spent the night in Durango - which has a very nice city.

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    We enjoyed Durango very much. Next plan was going south to Canyon de Rio Lobos and on to Bardenas Reales.
    When we left Durango, some km later we saw Fireworks -- Fireworks? at 10 in the morning? -- jep - Fiesta - Partytime

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    we stopped at the main place - at the bar and had breakfast

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    btw. U2 is here -- (at this nice little basque-town)

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    we went on - and the track again took us on very small roads -- beautyful forest (Park Natural de Urkiola)

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    we get higher and higher after the coast . (Parque Natural de Izkiz)

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    Going down here - and the sun won the fight against the clouds from sea.

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    near Kripan we found an old grave

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    hill grave

    We passed Logrono and went to Parque Natural Sierra de Cebollera - where we ran into the next Fiesta

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    Party

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    Invitation - to get some grapes

    Near San Leonardo de Yague we reached ...

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    Canon del Rio Lobos

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    watching vulters here

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    Parking with a view

    We went on to Burgo de Osma - time to look for a Hotel -- next was in

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    Berlanga de Duero.
    I had booked it via Booking com. Unfortunaly the girl at the reception didn't know anything about it. So we decided to cancel an go on 50 extra km to Soria where we spent the night.
    (whith 4 cool bikers from UK).

    to be continued ....

    have fun
    Andreas

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    Next set of additional pics from my phone. Day 4 - 6

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    San Sebastian -- La Concha and City. (and poor Tina in riding gear)

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    Our Hotel in Durango (and Tina without Helmet (a rarety)) :raabia:sweeti

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    walk into the City of Durango

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    Church (with a Pax)

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    much more people one hour later

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    city

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    typical balconies in basque country

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    some cool art at the former market hall - now a sport center

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    more

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    inside

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    more art

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    other side of the hall

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    a roof construction near the church -- impressive

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    bar and nightlife - (left side)

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    spanish breakfast - our version - (cafe con leche, Pan y tortilla)

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    at the end of canjon del rio lobos - view dirction Burgo de Osma (Thunderstorm on the left - did not catch us). Can u see the castel above the mirror at the rock?

    have fun
    Andreas

    next - Bardenas Reales and Isabena valley.

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  19. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    two more stages to Camping Isabena, where we meet with our Honda Africa Twin friends. Last part we ended up in Soria.
    Next mornig we went on to reach Bardenas Reales.

    Business as usual -- here is the map of day 7

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    at this profile you can see how impressive you go down from the "Meseta" to Ebro river area.
    Behind Soria we passed nice farming areas. First photo with

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    sunflowers.

    We followed some very small roads for a while. Next pic

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    Small town - nice church.

    For the next km's the landscape -- i mean the colors - changed a lot. Watchout what i mean.

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    corn

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    with a church

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    then the decent to Ebro valley began.

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    more and more down.

    Close to River Ebro we passed Alfaro. Next place with a fiesta. Watch

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    Main road was closed for the bulls. In this road we heard music and saw a King and a Queen.

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    on their way to central place

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    nice old building nearby

    Then we crossed rio Ebro and came closer to

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    bullshit, äh some bulls -- torros.

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    near the entrance to Bardenas Reales

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    the dessert -- north part

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    you can visit the national park by car, bike, bicycle, guided horse-tours or foot. Road is unpaved. 20 - 40 km round-tour

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    the most photographed place @ Bardenas - no, not the KTM ...

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    ... Castil de tierra.

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    Walking on the moon

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    more

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    impressions

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    huge

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    and easy off-road

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    different light - different color

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    space

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    a rock

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    a bit like pics from the US

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    on the road (don't leave a road in a national park)

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    on the way out.
    We spent the night in Ejea de los Caballeros where we found a very good Restaurant and Tapas bar.

    Next day - we need to reach our booked camping in Isabena. So here we go.

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    Again we followed small roads, mainly direction Barbastro. Landscape was still pretty cool. (typical spain - so impressive for a german)

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    look to Ebro area and the hills we came down

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    not good to see on this pic -- in the center of the pic, in the dust (above the word dust in the backmountains) - Mallos de Riglos (link to spaish Wiki - more info than other language)

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    differend to Bardenas - near Barbastro -- Sierra de Alcubierre - Monegros

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    Impressive rocks

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    close to Barbastro

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    great view

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    and nice curves

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    and many options to go "easy off-road" (for big adventrue bikes)

    At Barbastro we refilled gas, get some drinks and went on - to follow again very small roads. -- and very cool, we followed an small canal

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    from Salas Bajas to El Grado.

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    we crossed the canal round 3 times

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    time to inspect the area

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    the great curve

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    under the bridge

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    Tina and the orange beasts.

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    close to El Grado

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    50 km later, near Graus -- Embalse de Barasona

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    and at the end of this again very nice day - Camping Isabena - where we meet our friends -- for our ATIC (Africa Twin Internetional Connection) - Meeting. In here it might be called an Adventure Rally.

    This ist part of the next set -- in a few days

    have fun

    Andreas

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    some small amount of add. pics

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    Bardenas Reales - Castil de tierra -- beautyful place.

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    Restaurant at Ejea de los Caballeros - the Tappa-bar was crowded and excellent. We were in the Sale de Comidas to eat. (Lomo, Entrecot, Beer, Postres).

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    Ejea de los Caballeros - two minutes before this pic we saw 3 storks landing at the roof of the church. Looked fantasitc how they played with the wind. Impossible to make a pic of this.

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    Our basecamp for the next seven days - Camping Isabena. We meet up with Ingo, Udo, Kai, Hartmut, Adi and Gabi and their Africa Twins and KTM's and BMW. One of our friends didn't make it, because an french gas station eat his credit card.

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    we ordered a new KTM Power Part -- Super fast dry -- article number: 009123322 - fitted perfect and worked propper.

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    finaly -- out little Gekko-friend at the camping.

    Next installment - comming soon -- The ATIC-Meeting days in the Isabena area.

    have fun
    Andreas

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  20. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    The Isabena Days.
    One year ago, when i left Isabena Camping i asked if it will be ok to organize a small motorbike meeting. (a rally). They told me that it is ok end of August, because they will have an XT600 Rally early in August. So we planed for end of August, and 9 of my Africa Twin friends would join. (ATIC-Meetings are always small - max should be a 50 bikes).

    enough talking - here are the ....

    Map Day 9:

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    After reaching the camping we captured a washing machine and decoraded our hut.

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    Ingo, Hartmut and Kai wanted to make a little off-road. So Tina and me told that we try to follow, but if it will be too hard, we take the road - and so we did 4 times. :-)

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    the off-road party.

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    some good small food here in Vilaller

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    small dirt collection
    The tracks in the mountains where too heavy for me with Tina in the back. But we had a lot of fun.

    Next day - map day 10

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    Tina and me went south today.

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    Direction Benabarre - view to Isabena valley.

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    Benabarre

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    Benabarre - from the other side. And one km later we found a

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    Chocolate factory -- and it was great. they offer chocolate in all varities. up to 99% cocoa. Our favorite was coffee with chocolate and cream. For me chocolate with cream.

    Refreshed and strogen we arrived some km later

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    at Embalse de Canelles and its beautyful blue water.

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    we found Atlantis?

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    by foot you can enter a beautyful canyon. We went on on a small curvy road. Passed San Esteve del la Sarga.

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    on direction Tremp

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    with great views

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    View to Panta de Terradets - south of Tremp

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    closer look

    we didn't go down to the ground of the valley - we follwoed the next small road to

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    Tremp area

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    Castel de Mur

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    Tina needs some shade.

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    me - walking arround the castel/ church

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    nice

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    View down to Tremp

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    area to explore

    We tried to do a shortcut to Isabena, but we didn't find the road. (next days we learned, that the road was a off-road-track).

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    We wanted to revisit Barbastro - where our AT was at a Honda garage so many years ago and visit Park Natural Sierra y canyones de Guara.

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    Graus (wich means something like horror in german language - but Graus is very nice)

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    the road to Barbastro leads through a nice canjon

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    we took a small road up to (look down) Olvena

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    View dir. Barbastro

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    nice river

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    the road we came up

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    very old and old bridge.

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    Monasterio El Pueyo - near Barbastro (N240)

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    Azara - In the background the Sierra de Guara

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    Bierge - Entrance to the Sierra

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    Waterfall near Bierge

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    Salto de Bierge (waterfall)

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    Rodellar - end of the road.

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    on the way back from Rodellar to Bierge we did ---- 10 k :clap:clap:clap (60 km from Barbastro -- Trip 1 - last Gas station)

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    on of the Canjons in the Sierra.

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    Information table (like almost in Spain)

    From Bierge we get north direction Ainsa - a very nice curvy road for many km. Next stop - next Canyon.

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    Mirador del Vero -- and .....

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    a great view and ....

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    Vultures -- i love this big birds - this one was very close --- We count a group of 20 here.

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    some vultures sit here

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    fantastic

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    and one more ... (can't wait to get back to Spain and watch more of them)

    We passed Ainsa and Campo and went back to our Camping.

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    A slow day - not much km - something like a rest-day. First we get up to Merli where we saw rate vultures last year - this year - no luck

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    Merli - dead end of a small road - possible to go on off-road to the next valley direction Campo - but we get back the way we came up.

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    view to Isabena valley and the road we came

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    more down

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    the mountains we go next

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    Rio Isabena - at Isabena

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    Roda de Isabena

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    short behind Isabena the road turns into gravel

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    close to the top (for rent or for sale?)

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    Cajigar - end of gravel - beginn of next gravel section

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    we followed a mountainbike route

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    the gravel ended for us after a while, so we get back to Cajigar

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    3 km paved - than next gravel section. Very nice.

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    you never know of somebody lives there or not. - Road down to Isabena valley.

    to be continued .....

    coming soon - some more AT days and the route back home via Andorra.

    have fun
    Andreas

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