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Cooltours 08-17-2008 07:50 AM

Dolomites and Alps; Their original purpose
 
So the place this littel tale is about is the area of northern <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region> which, since the olds remember, doesn’t want to belong to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region></st1:place>, but still does anyway. Some call the place “Alto Adige”, others call it “Suedtirol”, again others just call it “Motorcyclist’s <st1:place w:st="on">Paradise</st1:place>”. It’s not about politics in this report, actually it’s not even a ride report but much more a brief overview about the history of origins of one of the loveliest places for motorcyclists I know.
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How ever one might call the place … All do know: This is the place where milk and honey flows. This is the spot on earth which God, the creator, did spoil so much with beauty, that arriving in the heat of this region indeed feels like arriving at the place one wants to remain for ever. Lakes, embedded between vineyards and rivers. The smell of grapes mixes with the perfume of millions of blooming flowers and the flavour of untouched forests. <o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 07:51 AM

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As, after creating all this beauteousness, god was scared that it soon might be discovered by awkward, rude and reckless human. He was quick with the decision to cover this place as good as possible. So he immediately built some huge piles of rock in the north and called them “The Alps” at the opening party. <o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 07:52 AM

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Though the rocks was very steep, very rough and though. They was covered by a dangerous white ice-shield which indeed worked as a trap for many who tried to get over it. Unfortunately it soon turned out that it anyway might not be enough shelter and protection for Alto Adige. Well, the place was just too beautiful and way too much temptation emitting that only a cover on one side could keep it peacefull. <o:p></o:p>
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So he decided to stretch the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Alps</st1:place> from the North in a long bow further to Southwest. This dramatic action did end up in a huge barrier made of rocks now bowing from the West to the North of Alto Adige. The Place now was covered extremely good and everybody felt quite happy, as, as a very positive side-effect this barrier kept away bad weather influence coming from the northern seas. <o:p></o:p>
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The place developed brilliant and did very much profit from this action. But this, of course, did make the place even more attractive to any kind of enemy. So the Lord one day decided, to take another, last attempt to cover the place and keep it as beautiful as it still was at that time. In a huge effort he built even more rough and even more sharp peaks of rocks. Hundreds and hundreds of the steepest and most authoritative structure one can imagine. And he placed them right to the east of Alto Adige and named this awesomely looking shield: “The Dolomites”. <o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 07:54 AM

Alto <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Adige</st1:place> was now covered on tree sides by a zillion of tons of the strongest barrier made rocks, stone, dirt, pure steepness and danger. By the time mankind slowly did arise, the place was still in the very best condition. People only very slowly populated the area and took very much care to wisely farm the land, water and air. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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But still, after another hundreds of thousands of years, the temptation for everybody else was simply too big. Everybody wanted to take at least a little glimpse at what was know as a paradise-like place since long. <o:p></o:p>
Back in the early years of the 18<SUP>th</SUP> Century, some even brave and likewise strong men started to build a path over the rocks. It was used for generations and it took very, very long until it finally got extended to a path in modern style…. <o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 07:59 AM

…to be used with modern vehicles either a) uphill....<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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<o:p>... or b) downhill, usually anyway in a combination of a) first and b) right after.</o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:00 AM

Anyway, it still was not very easy to undertake the journey down to Alto Adige, the land where children say “Pizza” and “red wine” long before the say Mom and Dad and the land, which offers more twisties than all the rest of the whole European continental plate together can offer. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Rellik 08-17-2008 08:00 AM

It sure sounds good!

Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:02 AM

To ensure, that everybody who would be willing and powerful enough to do the great journey into that place will even find the right way, people placed markers on the most important spots of the way southbound. Some of these markers ended up as less…<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:03 AM


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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:05 AM

How ever: There’s three clear signs to recognise people who managed to find their way down to Alto Adige: It’s the light in their eyes…<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:06 AM

…their excitement …<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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… and their pure bliss having done it finally.<o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:07 AM

More and more, small groups of brave and presistant young men and woman try to get over these mountains today. It’s just still the same undertaking for theme as it has been for the prospectors, back in the 1800’s when they climbed Chilkood pass by feet to get up to the Yukon. Only not gold is tempting nowadays' prospectors, but the outlook into pure freedom for a bunch of days, sun, crystal clear lakes, ruby red wine, deliciouse food and endless twisties is what they are grasping at. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:08 AM

Lots of tears have been shed so far. Tears of pain, doubts and fail, but also tears of pleasure, felicity and pride. Many in the meantime have done it in big ….<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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...or in small teams
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:10 AM

….and it’s only a question of time who’ll be next! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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Cooltours 08-17-2008 08:11 AM

Have a seat and a breath, you might want to think about it first.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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