Italian Alps offroad (TET) 5Days T7/SD650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by MotoSly, Jul 11, 2021.

  1. MotoSly

    MotoSly Been here awhile

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    Hello fellow adv lovers!

    This is my shot at " day trippin" !
    Excuse me for my weird English, as this is not my motherlanguage.

    This is me:JP the 32year adventure lover:
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    So this trip started somewhere around July 2020....
    There's a group (4 riders, me included) of friends where i chit chat with for a couple of years on whatsapp and real life. But all those guys ride onroad.....
    And i am the only dirt eater in the group... well, i was untill this guy came in the chat:


    Meet Cagaty: the friendly Turk on the T7.
    He lives in Amsterdam, wich is a 2hour ride to my place.

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    Little did i know in 2020, but this guy started riding adv...
    So when i found out he had a T7, i knew enough!
    This guy is going to be my adv buddy!

    So i copied his number on whatsapp, and took him on a " private" chat. (this sounds bad)

    We started chatting about adv riding etc, and we decided to ride some dirt together.
    I have a 60ish KM offroad loop close to home and asked him if he wanted to join me on that.
    He obviously did, as there are NO trails to Amsterdam within and hour of riding.

    fast forward: the ride was really good, and he got to play on my local playground with some dirttracks, small hillclimbs, some deep loose sand etc.

    It was after this day of riding we decided we had to get a bigger challenge on our bikes!

    So the plan was to ride some days in the spanish pyrenees on the TET.
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    The northern part of spain that is.
    We would also do the desert loop near Zaragoza.
    That way we would have dense forest, desert, hills, mountains and all in between!

    The plan was made: we would rent a van, drive it all the way to the border of france and spain at the beginning of the Pyrenees where i have friends with a house where we could park the van safely.
    Ride for a couple of days, and return to the van......

    Fast forward:

    4 days before the trip.........

    SHIT, spain is a red zone, and i can not afford to go in quarantine for 2 weeks and not get paid.

    Change of plans..... Italy is still an orange zone and would also have mountains etc! We would even get to see snow from up close. Just no desert, but that's ok!

    So we would ride TET Italy!!!!

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    The plan was to drive the van near Genova, park it ride the entire TET to Torino, get back to the van, and ride home!!!!
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  2. Geschift

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    Sounds like a great plan, eventhough you had to change it to another great plan.
    I’m just not sure if you’re still on tour, or if you’re already back home?

    Please keep us posted, love to hear more from you guys (maar voel je niet verplicht natuurlijk)!
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  3. MotoSly

    MotoSly Been here awhile

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    Currently not on the trip anymore!

    Wll keep you guys updated every day... or atleast once every 2 days!
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  4. MotoSly

    MotoSly Been here awhile

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    Allright, time for PART 2!!!

    It is June 6th 2021.. Day of departure!

    9AM
    Nerves are getting to me.. but that's just me, cause Cagatay is the most relaxed dude ever just before departure.
    It was time to load the bikes up the van and throw everything inside the van.

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    Ready to hit the road!

    We rode the van from my place to Aosta.
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    We didn't ride the bikes at all, because this was not the place we were going to put the van.

    It was a sketchy hotel on a sketchy truck stop.
    At least the views wasn't that bad!

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    June 7th

    We would ride from Aosta to Genova.
    We ended up in a small town called Carcare, cause the TET would come trough it and we would probably be better of parking a rented van in a small town than parking in in a bigger city.

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    We found a great spot to unload the bikes, park the van and start riding!

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    So, let the adventure begin....
    This is what we came for!

    The first leg of the day would be from Carcare to Upega on the TET.
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    It was a sunny how day, and after 10 minutes of black top, we hit the first dusty off-road trials, full of rocks and stones.

    After literally 5 minutes on the trail, we encounter our first water crossing...
    It was my first ever water crossing in my entire life!!!

    i HAD to get a good picture of course!
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    Just look at how HAPPY i am at that point in life.....
    But i was going to regret doing this......

    The trails were amazing, and we only did 2 of these water crossing, the rest of the day was above 1000m altitude and we would see some waterfalls and small streams, but no water crossing anymore.
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    The views were great!
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    Some trails were really really hard to get the bikes trough, but we managed to do it, and that is what counts!
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    A well needed rest after a really tough section where we did 2km in about 1 hour.... it was super rocky, there had been a land slide with rocks/boulders and loose dirt....
    Combine that with fully packed mules, and it is tough! But we enjoyed it allot!

    After the trail we had to do black top for another 40minutes....... in the pouring rain!
    That meant we had to put up our tents in the rain after a very long tough day of riding!

    we finally made it to camp at Upega.... this town was very isolated and quiet.
    We were the only people on the campsite, that was a big plus!
    But where was the desk? and where did we pay....?

    We searched for about 15min in the pouring rain to find this little sign;
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    But what is a Locanda d'upega you may ask... well, we didn't know either!
    So i just walked towards the village. ( campsite is just outside the village )
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    I just walked into the little pub 9 it's behind the ' camping' sign.
    And believe it or not.... but that was the Locanda d'upega!!!

    There were some elderly people inside the pub and a young couple with a little baby behind the counter.
    Very very VERY friendly people..!
    So with some broken english and some hadn gestures we got 2 nights on the campsite, and they told us to put the tents and bikes where ever we wanted!

    So we came up with a bit of shelter unterneath a tree....

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    We tried to keep everything dry... but that's hard while being soaked!

    And of course, after putting the tents and bikes underneath a tree, it started to thunder above us!

    Hell we don't care, we just wanted to rest and get dry!

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    I was soaked and getting cold!
    But the mood was still good and we were enjoying every second!

    THIS IS ADVENTURE!

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    After setting up the tents and getting some food inside our bodies, we decided to get some stuff dry.....
    We went to the bar and asked if we could borrow a hair dryer.
    and guess what!!!!??
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    Remember i was going to regret standing it a river with MX boots.....?
    I could't get them dry at all!!!
    I kept doing this for literally 3 hours straight, and nothing changed.... i was hoping to get them dry after a night of sleep...
    It took me 5 days to get them dry!!!

    The campsite itself was very basic, the showers were dirty, and the toilets were just holes in the ground.
    But we didn't mind! i wasn't here for luxery.. and the view and camping spot made it so good!

    We had a waterfall/run 5 meter from our tents !!! 9 not so good if you are a light sleeper!

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    We even filled up the bags with meltwater from the glaciers that were higher up the mountains!

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    We called it a day and got ready to go to sleep!
    We had a very tough day tomorrow!
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    MotoSly Been here awhile

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    part 3 and 4 will be uploaded tonight.
    Had a computer crash with all the pictures etc.!
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    DAY 3

    I had a great night of sleep, i was to exhausted to be kept awake from the thundering sound of the waterfall next to my tent!

    Opened up my tent, and YEAH it wasn't raining anymore!
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    Put on my shoes and started some stretching and strolling around on the campsite while Cagatay was still asleep.
    the weather looked promising !
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    We decided to get a better spot on the camping instead of the setup we had going on now, something a bit more cosy and open!
    We found a great spot a bit more uphill, and a bit more flat space to setup the tents better.
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    It was time to go ride again.
    We knew it was going to be a epic ride, with epic scenery challenging trails, and high altitudes! (snow?)

    We had a 45 min ride to the point where we got off the trails the day before.
    The beginning of the trail was allot of gravel, some muddy patches and some really nice scenery, but nothing different than the day before.

    After an hour or 2 we were in and above the clouds and came around a corner, and suddenly there was a big ass dog.. and a cow.
    I think the cow got separated from the herd and the dog was protecting it.
    That's why we took it easy... we didn't want to get bitten....
    The cow was a mountain-cow i think... it did better hillclimbs than G.Jarvis....
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    I do look a bit awkward don't i....? ;)
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    So at my awkward picture you can see a small tunnel going into the mountain top.....
    The view we got after that was breathtaking... i had NEVER seen anything like that before...

    BEHOLD!!!!!!!!
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    well.... i mean... what view????

    But then the clouds disappeared ....

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    The pictured aren't doing it justice... bit this was MAGIC!!!!! it was atleast 500m straight down... nothing but smooth grass, and a foggy forest all the way down there!!!

    After this stunning moment we had a very challenging few kilometers to go... with very sharp rocks for km's and big rocks in between, right next to the edge of certain death!

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    This was a thrill to ride!!!

    After this we had to lower our adrenaline.. cause.. well obviously!!!

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    Still time for goofing around ofcourse!

    A bit further down the trail after decending, we came at this lovely green lush hill, we had to get a selfie with both of us in it!

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    MotoSly Been here awhile

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    With some nice switchbacks... we only had about 400 this week.... ;)
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    Came back to camp when it was getting a bit dark ( that's why this is such a pixelated picture)
    And dried our clothes... or at least get them fresh!.... Wish my boots were fresh and dry....
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    MotoSly Been here awhile

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    will be posting day 4 tomorrow evening....! don't have allot of time at the moment! hope you guys kinda enjoy looking at my crappy pics, and short writing!
    I see this more as a dairy to keep the memories fresh, and i can have a look back at how great of a week we had!
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    Use your time wisely; enjoy the moment.
    And if there’s any time left, feel free to add to your diary … (and please pretend nobody’s reading it haha!)
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