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jjustj 06-03-2008 07:02 PM

Trials, Trails, and Tales Italy '08
Several weeks ago I had the honor of visiting close friends of mine in Italy. The host was Dario, a friend I have enjoyed knowing for years.
He is an accomplished rider with many adventures to his credit including trips to Morocco and also exploring many routes around Italy via Trials Bikes or his enduro bikes. My Trip would include Rome, enduro bike riding near lake Bracciano North of there, Some trials riding in the Mtns.
Competing in a local trails event near Rieti and topping off with 4-5 days enduro ride on a borrowed xr 400. on the island of Sardinia.
Choosing the best pictures is hard and most of the pictures from Sardinia are compliments of the other generous riders I was with.
there is also some video worthy of Americas Dumbest home videos . Wait and see! enjoy! [IMG][/IMG]MY very special hosts Dario and Giovanna at 85 KPH then norm, most might be eating as well
Castle St Angelo ( i think)[IMG]%3Ca%20href=%22 2%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22 ee%20an%20ADV%20%20sticker%20on%20those%22%3E%3C/a%3E[/IMG]

Garand 06-03-2008 07:05 PM

Sounds like a fun trip!!

Green Stainz 06-03-2008 07:17 PM

more, more, more


jjustj 06-03-2008 07:25 PM

I am trying to add multiple pics but.....
[IMG][/IMG]What? no ADV stickers? No it's not me![IMG]%3Ca%20href=%22 2%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22 %20%20in%20%20the%20%20distance%22%3E%3C/a%3E[/IMG]

jjustj 06-03-2008 07:28 PM

I would rather own one of these than a scooter
[IMG][/IMG]parked inside the Vatican

jjustj 06-03-2008 07:35 PM

Next up. Enduro riding
[IMG]%3Ca%20href=%22 blank%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22 20serve%22%3E%3C/a%3E[/IMG]Lake Bracciano is Noth of Rome a few miles and would be the starting point of a ride with new friends, Marco (whos house we left from)
Danielle, and Dario. This was my first chance to ride like a Roman IE; lane splitting, going to the front of the pack at stoplights, and treating stop signs as merely a suggestion and make sure no one is coming! etc. at least on the way to the off road portion. What a gas!
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jjustj 06-03-2008 07:39 PM

self serve problems
well don't blame it on the rookie American, most automated stations only take cash and well ... er ... anyone could fill their bike with diesel.Glad Dario and mines were full of the right stuff and we didn't need any.
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jjustj 06-03-2008 07:45 PM

On the trail we rode past some ancient tombs..
that were dated to be around the second half of the sixth century bc, a good place to investigate and take a break. My pics were dark in the heavily forested area so we continued. later abandoned railroads and train staions long forgotten.

jjustj 06-03-2008 07:47 PM

taking abreak with the Med
in the background.[IMG][/IMG]

Chanderjeet 06-03-2008 07:49 PM

Looks good, :thumb
Cant wait to see the videos ;)

jjustj 06-03-2008 07:50 PM

ok, lets see if Tami taught me how to do this.....
The ancient Romans building Aquaducts, that stretched for miles to carry water to Rome. It's hard to see in this video but halfway through. if you look hard enough! you can see it!
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Bonnie Abbzug 06-03-2008 08:02 PM

:clap J! It looks like our little lesson has paid off! I can't wait to see the rest! Good job so far!

jjustj 06-03-2008 08:05 PM

what a host Marco was
after the ride we changed, realxed, watched dvds of riding in Brazil as we quenched our thirst with quite a few beers and some snacks, No i didnt get pics of the food sorry But Then Real Italian woodfired oven type pizza and after dinner drinks. Dario, help me out with this! any way Im working on the next set of pics Riding Trials bikes in the Mtns. :beer

jjustj 06-03-2008 08:19 PM

after a45 minute drive... UP. UP. AND up!
Dario was on his 08 Sherco fourstroke and he was kind enough to lend me his 08 sherco 2 stroke Both great bikes, as it had been a bout 6 weeks since being on a trials bike it took a few minutes to get back into the swing, and the trails were not for beginners! Dario taking a break and checking his gps[IMG][/IMG]

jjustj 06-03-2008 08:22 PM

great views, good temps, sweet running bike.
and me sweating like a pig being used to the 9000 ft air of Colorado.
but what a view![IMG][/IMG]if you could see over the far mtn ridge you might see Rome

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