riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NSFW, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. beys

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    Objection sir! I agree with you on the package, but in southern France, the Cevennes and the Pyrenees you may find all that along with better roads, less traffic and cheaper prices. ;-)
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    Tuscany is great right now. Beautiful weather and way less crowds in the cities.

    Booked in a country villa for the next few days to visit the thermal springs!


    Dan
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    really happy to experience both the Dolomites and Tuscany.

    sorry you have to fly home but the memories will last forever

    i can't compare the two; they're different but both are great. there are more roads to explore in Tuscany.

    having a villa in Tuscany is a dream. why don' we all pitchin and buy one...:evil

    just like the one in this movie

    the Cevennes and Pyrenees possibly next year.

    keep it under $100 a day, i'll bite.

    nice pics Dan. we're actually very lucky to have beautiful weather and less crowd. you guys enjoy.
  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    2019.09.29 Tuscany - Siena - Umbria (Perugia)

    i bid goodbye to my host. of course, ms.merkel is ready and we're going south.
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    lots of hills
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    i noticed that the churches were built on the highest point.
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    that could be one of you!
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    this one is very popular
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    made it to Siena
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    wrong way, need to get around
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    still looking for the entrance
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    i soon realized that the Siena center is elsewhere. this should take me there.
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i found the entrance to the center but there's a red circle on white with words in Italian...?
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    i made it to the 2nd gate and no one said a word
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    pretty quiet
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    don't ask me how i got inside the plaza...of course i walked...:D
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    lunch time and they gave me this parking spot
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    spaghetti vongole and the signora who cooked it
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    that's a nice size crustacean
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    this is the Siena we know
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    racing heroes
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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Siena - Perugia

    the landscape dramatically changed
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    gone are the forests
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    this town is inside a walled fortification
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    another very old town
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    mostly in small towns in order to get gas, i have to use my debit card in that box
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    dammmmmm what a revelation.....finally it kicked in! there's a reason the gas cap is green in color....:baldy
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    what a revelation.....:fpalm
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    "what a revelation.....:fpalm
    joel"
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    after Tuscany, i made it to Umbria
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    towards Perugia (view from where i was staying for the night)
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Perugia
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    view from where i am parked
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    the town square
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    dinner before returning to my stay
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    one of my favorites, Quattro Formaggio
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    2019.09.30 Perugia - Assisi - Bevagna - Rome

    my stay in Perugia...a guest house in a villa
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    one more look of the view
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    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    after an hour of riding and getting lost, i see Assisi, also known as the birth place of St. Francis of Assisi - founder of the Franciscan Order
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    parking was tough, but the Catholics know where to find one...:nod
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    a clean looking cinquecento
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  16. BarryB

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    Sorry to interrupt such a great report, but what is the long term destination and duration of this trip? Thanks.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i continue riding looking for any
    thanks Barry.

    < 90 days is all i have to legally stay in EU. there's still so many places to see and ride. the goal is to visit all countries in EU and othe neighboring countries. possibly this adventure will continue for the next 3 years.
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    in the past, i even criticized BMW for the green color. there's nothing on the bike's aesthetics needing such color.

    duh!
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    found a back road out of Assisi
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    then to the next town Santa Maria degli Angeli
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    stopped here in Bevagna for lunch
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    spaghetti with wild boar meat
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    from google:

    "If you think the taste of wild boar is similar to pork, guess again. Although the wild boar is related to the domestic pig, they do not taste the same. Wild boar tastes like a cross between pork and beef, with a unique juicy succulence. The meat is a bit darker, perhaps due to the healthy iron content"

    a little sightseeing for a bit




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