riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought

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

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    if it wasn't for the weather, it won't be as good.


    here's one of the longer tunnels......LOL
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    one good reason to be an active member of the adv community. there are times we have to give and there will be a time we have to ask.
  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    the municipal hall
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    noticed they love flowers
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    at one time, i wanted to buy a mog
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    as i leave the town, the scenery just got better
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    back on the twisties
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    entering france at this border crossing....no guards!
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    Little St. Bernard Pass
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    Col du petit St. Bernard
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    everyone rides a big bike...no thumpers...:nah
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    a favorite place for locals and tourists...more pics here
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    thought of riding down but the sky was getting dark
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    more later....:nod
  3. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    a united europe is a good thing....hope the union endures the current strain. no different here in the states...the economically strong states support the less fortunate states.
  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    i have been riding and also need a bathroom break. found this nice place.
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    nice and friendly folks sitting outside. they saw my ca license plate and very interested to what i have to say.
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    we spent several minutes talking about the africa twin, the DCT version would been the perfect bike for me here.
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    as you know, my AT DCT is at home in pieces and not as fortunate as me...that's another story
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    ride on but have to a mandatory photo op
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    there were names and words painted on the middle of the road....remember seeing something like those on tv watching the letour

    have to stop here and put on my parka over my jacket, then started raining hard. my pants were drenched and good thing i have goretex boots.
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    the day ended with me looking for a place to eat lunch at 4pm. i ended up buying a fresh french bed, hard salami and prosciutto.
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    2018.09.13 Thursday - north thru Switzerland

    another empty guard house at the swiss border
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    made it to Geneva
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    the moto culture is everywhere...and a cool red/white scoot
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    all in a sudden, my gps telling me it wants to eat
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    found a place for a snack...not in the restaurant but on a park bench near my bike
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    there's my ticket to stay longer here in europe
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    some sort of a rally...and a big chair...i'm confused
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    i went in circles until the traffic became a nightmare....lots of traffic lights
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    i'm getting tired so i decided to leave the city and took the northern side of lake geneva
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    to be continued
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  7. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    Morgan Plus 4. I don't know the year. Somewhere in the late 50's. The car was used, and destroyed, in "War of the Roses" Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

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  8. AMEretired

    AMEretired Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the great report. I will refer to it in our travels.
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  9. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    TDF from the side of the road is one of my desires some day. If I were younger I'd consider riding a pass on the pushie. Not, maybe rent a moto and do it. :clap

    Loving the report. :thumb
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    mike, thanks and welcome aboard!

    i'm always a fan, started at the time of greg lemond, love to watch it on tv and not just the racing, it also shows how beautiful the country side. that influenced me to take the back roads.

    i passed a lot of cyclists and i admired each one of them, especially those on the alps. even met a 72 y.o. rider. made sure we have 1.5 meters distance. yes that's the passing distance in europe, and 1 meter in the urban area. meanwhile, here in the states is 36".
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  11. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    Joel,

    If I were you (single, young, retired, rich and handsome), I wouldn't come back to US and stay there...
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    lake geneva is huge with constant water flowing in from melting snow, the residents here will never see a drought
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    back to the small roads heading northeast into france
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    i like the way they leave the sidewalks open to bicycles and motos
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    then to the wine country
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    a reminder that i'm still in switzerland
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    yikes...that's 19 mph
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    pick what i want but where do i pay?
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    will never get tired of small villages
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    home with a personality, except for the ugly dish
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    more coming.
  13. Mr Head

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    A friend shoots the race and has since at least the late 70's. She got a friend and I an invite to pilot camera motos at the TDF back in the 80's. The tough part was it would use all my vacation plus more than twice, and we had to pay our way over and back. But, while we were there we would have paid for food and lodging and transport. We would have moto's there to use for personal and the TDF.
    I couldn't afford it at the time having just gotten out of engineering school, first job, and two kids.

    I got into bicycle racing through motorcycles when I was a BMW motorcycle mechanic while going to engineering school. Opened up a whole bunch of money pits and fun and friends for life.
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    saw the movie but don't remember.....good memory there todd.

    haha.....california still for me.


    young but broke and now loaded but bent..........dick i'm sure you heard of the electric bikes?
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  15. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    Yes, I am an e-bike hater. The point of the exercise, is exercise.
    Currently working through some health setbacks though. I figure I'll be back to pedaling in November but lightly. I intend to bang out a new annual record in 2019 for mileage. I want to hit 1,000 miles in a month again a few times and get a self-supported century under my belt. Maybe a few.
    I'll never be as fast as I once was, or even good once as I ever was, but I can work some fitness.
    Cycling is great for motorcycling. Aerobic work, low impact, plenty of balance work and you have to read the road/trail and watch out for everything, everywhere.
    Oh, and as a watcher of the TDF; "Bobke" was on our cycling club's race team in 1984. Somewhere I may still have a slide.
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  16. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    dick. i know exactly what you meant by your point. electric bikes is not an exercise machine, i see it as transportation even though it has pedals and gears. i met 60 + years old mountain bikers who are opposed to motorcycles from entering the national forest. their point is people exercise, build strength and endurance so they can enjoy the forest. i have a hard time accepting their mentality. hence, the national forest becomes an exclusive country club for the strong.
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    Great write-up Joel! 'Read every work and looked at every pic, but, well, it all looks so much like Panamint Springs.......mountains, valleys, convenient rooms and camping, lightly traveled roads and French/German language spoken regularly. :)

    Ken
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    still heading east and before i reach the city of Lausanne, i turned north towards France
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    then to this forest road
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    nice but if covered by trees, really nothing much to see
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    Switzerland is behind me now. next time will have to spend more time in that beautiful country
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    stopped here to grab lunch just to find out they only sell cheeze but they were helpful and pointed me to the right place
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    while i was sitting having lunch, an older french man came to me and we talked. he showed me pictures of his older bikes and told me he worked at team yamaha for heiki mikkola. haha, i then mentioned roger de coaster, and seen him many times here in Socal at the Supercross pit. he knew de coaster and told me roger is also the KTM manager for MX here in the states. though he's old and doesn't look he's wealthy, our short meeting brought him a lot of smiles reminiscing the good old days. i too enjoyed the moment.
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    it was late afternoon when i reached the next town
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    5 minutes later, i'm in the next town...haha
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    more coming.
  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    still no idea what's next other than i am heading towards Strasbourg
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    over an hour later...saw this nice building covered with glass windows....not sure what it is?
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    i stopped to read this sign
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    then i saw a car went inside the fortress, so i'm IN
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    there's an inner wall too
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    wow, there's a city inside
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    from the parking lot, i see this and a stone lion sitting at the base of the rock wall
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    if you didn't see the lion on the previous picture, here's a close up
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    funny the stop sign has to be in english...i guess it's for tourists like me
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    here's a link for Belfort
  20. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    I'm in Caen right now, and headed to go see the invasion beaches tomorrow. Your RR is absolutely outstanding, and I'm kicking myself for not bringing a bike over. Next time!!