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picoda 07-04-2009 01:02 PM

The Alps...
 
The Alps...

Erzberg Rodeo is only something what we want to see quikly. The main point are the Alps. Not that fancy passes. We want to do some off road there.

It was four days of everything:

Beautiful scenery...
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and not so beautiful,...
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nice off road,...
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and very nice road parts.
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There was some crossing problems,...
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....
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There was also peace of Erzberg,...
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some friends from Africa,...
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night adventures,....
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and something white.
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This is our trip on the map:
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Legend:
- red: all the roads
- blue: all the off road
- black: sleeping points



So, lets start from begining...

Julian Alps - Day 1

Thursday, start at 5AM. Me and my friend Ivan. Tenere & XT. Off course, we start at 6. And a half.
Fast to Slovenia: Trogir - Sibenik - Benkovac - Maslenica - Rijeka - Rupe.
In Slovenia we put our friend Zumo to avoid everything except off road.
You can see whats hapened after that.
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After half our of trying to find the exit we are on the road again. Lunch in small place called Zaga.
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Meat for me...
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and fish for Ivan.
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It is time for mountains...
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Nice weather on the top
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This is what we try to find
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Down on the south side
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Lets go to Mangart. The most beautiful road in Slovenian Alps.
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It will be better, maybe...
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...but not this time. Waiting for better weather.
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After half hour the rain stops. Lets go!
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On the way to Mangart.
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And than...
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...problems again. Where is the tunel?
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More bikes are coming.
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What can you do? Go back, nothing else.
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Over the Predil pass to Italy...
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...and in Pontebba on new pass to Paularo.
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Until we didnt come here.
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After one hour fight with the mud and snow we are on the road again. Thanks to T63.
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One and the only pansion in Paularo. Thats it for today.
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Dinner, few beers and after that, baby sleeping.


...next: Italian part of the trip: Dolomites

picoda 07-04-2009 02:55 PM

Day 2: Dolomites

Wake up at 6, breakfast, lets go.
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On the mountain again
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No comment.
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We spend 5 hours on this mountains. Thats nothing. It can be days, not hours.
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Going down
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On the road to Dolomites
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This is the track where I learn skiing many years ago.
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Cortina d'ampezzo. Lunch time.
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From Cortina to Passo di Giau. Maybe the best pass in Italy for riding.
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Passo di Giau
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Next: Passo Pordoi
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Here, whats hapened when you try to follow Ivan on this passes.That XT is the "mean machine".
Back tire
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Front tire
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Next: Gardena - Corvara - San Martino - Brunico. From Brunico to Lienz in Austria.
We will sleep near the famous Grosglockner. Tomorow is saturday, so it will be busy day on Gross and we want to do it early. We find beautiful camp in the bottom of Gross.
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Nice bungalows.10E per person. The owner, Peter, very nice guy.
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Ivan Nobodyinfrontofme Knezovich
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"Peter, we are hungry". He said: "No problem", take the uniform and become chief.
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After few minutes...Wiener Schnitzel.
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Peter is biker, too.
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Tomorow will be long day, so the bed is calling.
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...next: Day 3: Grossglockner - Erzberg - Slovenian Alps

on2wheels52 07-04-2009 03:11 PM

Can't get too much of the Alps, will have to mark down your off-road sections.
Jim

funhouse 07-04-2009 08:48 PM

Great Report........
 
We have great roads and trails in the US ... but no good restaurants at the top of the passes or out in the wilderness...... nice set up on the Yamadog....Bruce

Bimble 07-04-2009 09:05 PM

Magnificent, picoda!

:thumb

ClearwaterBMW 07-05-2009 03:57 AM

an incredible thread
fantastic imagery
wonderful descriptions
thanks for taking us along on your journey

i greatly appreciate it
i cannot wait to read more

Flood 07-05-2009 04:34 AM

Awesome report! First your dalmatian rides and now into the alps- thanks for sharing!

UpST8 07-05-2009 05:58 AM

:lurk :lurk Great Report thus far, the pics are flippin amazing!! :thumb

picoda 07-05-2009 07:36 AM

Thanks everybody! Soory, becouse my english in not so good.


Day 3: Grossglockner - Erzberg - Slovenian Alps


Wake up early. We want to be first up there.It is cold, very cold.
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Gross
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Someone looking for mother
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Lets go on the other side
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What are they doing...
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Lets see...
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Breakfast on the top...
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This parking will be full in few hours. Its saturday.
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Something white...
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Down, after the breakfast...
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On the way to Erzberg thrue Austrian small places.
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Erzberg Rodeo 2009
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What can you write about Erzberg. Crazy place. 1500 riders want to do it. Only 23 finished the race this year.
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KTM is number one here.
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Somebody famous...
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Interesting.
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Guys from South Africa on the way Durban - Dublin.
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We are hungry now...
I wait for beer,....
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...and this suspicious man for food.
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Big forces of Austrian secret police come to see him....
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...and he run away with something in his hands.
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More Erzberg....
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Who is the boss here?
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My favorite in yellow pants..
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Few photos from one of the races...
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Arround Erzberg
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On the road again. We want to come to Slovenia before night.
At the end of day we are somewhere in the north Slovenian Alps. Mr. Zumo want to take us...
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...here...
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No way Mr. Zumo. We will do it without you. After few hours we find the way out. No more fuel in XT. Only for few km more. And we find this place...
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Somebody said that the first pansion is few km avay. Lets try. And we did it. Pansion in place Luce with very nice slow food restaurant. We are lucky this time.
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next: Last day: Slovenia - Croatian off road

GB 07-05-2009 08:01 AM

:bow :bow

Wow!! What a gorgeous ride! thanks for the details and the superb pics :clap

:lurk

TwilightZone 07-05-2009 08:14 AM

Awesome photos and trip. Very different way to see the Alps than the usual hairpin turn highways.

UpST8 07-05-2009 08:23 AM

More Of Yellow Pants!!!! :d

Andy G 07-05-2009 08:36 AM

Funny how some places attract people to taking picutres...

Yours:
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Mine:
http://agrimm.net/reisen/slowenien2008/bilder/slo49.jpg

exactly at the same spot, just a few meters difference.

Nice report!

Cheers, Andy

picoda 07-05-2009 09:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy G
Funny how some places attract people to taking picutres...

...exactly at the same spot, just a few meters difference.

Nice report!

Cheers, Andy

:thumb Yes, the same spot. Very nice.

GSThor 07-05-2009 11:19 AM

Very nice
 
What a beautiful ride ..... I'm so jealous! Nice ride report, thanks for sharing with the resy of the asylum!

:clap :clap :clap


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