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Forum: Europe Today, 03:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Bouncy (bike-mounted cam) video here...

Bouncy (bike-mounted cam) video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPxue6n2JQQ). You can see the new road across the valley.
Forum: Ride reports Today, 02:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,014
Posted By MichaelJ
Do it while you're young. :wink: As you get...

Do it while you're young. :wink:

As you get older and aren't able to do stupid things, you'll have this to look back to and enjoy the memory.

When you get much older, and if you are able to...
Forum: Europe 12-17-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 291
Posted By MichaelJ
He will be there from late May to Mid June for...

He will be there from late May to Mid June for the TT. If he does his 10 days before the TT, everybody will still be at work and the tourists haven't really descended yet. Doing it after the TT, the...
Forum: Europe 12-17-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Do it before the Swiss decide that it's too...

Do it before the Swiss decide that it's too expensive to keep in repair! It needs a lot of work each spring/summer.

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2008-1/i-h3kFMQZ/2/L/DSCN0352-L.jpg
Forum: Ride reports 12-16-2014, 03:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,269
Posted By MichaelJ
The Nockalm is an absolutely lovely road. The...

The Nockalm is an absolutely lovely road. The secret is to ride it each way on your visit (once you've paid your admission, you're good for the day) and maybe a third ride back.

When I was there...
Forum: Europe 12-15-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 291
Posted By MichaelJ
Hah! Depends on what you want to see. If...

Hah!

Depends on what you want to see. If it's cities, the train is a wonderful way to travel (get a Eurail Pass* before you leave).

If it's back roads and smaller towns, the flexibility of a...
Forum: Ride reports 12-08-2014, 04:24 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
Big step! Not as big as getting married...

Big step!

Not as big as getting married though :wink:

Congrats on the house - both of my kids went through this recently.
Forum: Ride reports 12-06-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,269
Posted By MichaelJ
Over on the Alpine Roads site forums we had a...

Over on the Alpine Roads site forums we had a discussion a while back that we all seem to take the same pics.

Case in point (from 2001):
...
Forum: Ride reports 12-04-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
You have, I'm sure, made arrangements so you...

You have, I'm sure, made arrangements so you won't be parting ways with your bike on those days. You'd be surprised just how quickly denim evaporates when sliding down the road. :eek1

ATGATT!
...
Forum: Europe 12-04-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Just watch out for round white signs with a red...

Just watch out for round white signs with a red perimeter. There may or may not be words associated with it.

They translate into "No Motor Vehicles".
Forum: Ride reports 12-03-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,452
Posted By MichaelJ
Some are wilder than others. I passed this...

Some are wilder than others.

I passed this guy on the way up the Colle Agnello in 2009 on my way into France. I was at the top for a few minutes when he caught up to me.

Absolutely amazing...
Forum: Europe 12-03-2014, 03:22 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Yeah - but that's Switzerland. I find that...

Yeah - but that's Switzerland.

I find that things in Italy and the Tyrol tend to be more - shall we say - negotiable.

Or so I hear. :D
Forum: Layin' down tracks 12-02-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 622
Views: 83,209
Posted By MichaelJ
I didn't see this answered, but better late than...

I didn't see this answered, but better late than never.

You need a third party app - I use GPSU.

Save the Google Earth point with the "Save Place As" option in Google Earth.

Suck the...
Forum: Europe 12-02-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
You're not trying hard enough. :evil:wink:

You're not trying hard enough. :evil:wink:
Forum: Ride reports 11-30-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 2,477
Views: 1,306,557
Posted By MichaelJ
Of course not. If you could hear it, it wouldn't...

Of course not. If you could hear it, it wouldn't be mime! :evil:wink:
Forum: Europe 11-28-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Blush! Pic taken from here (yellow pushpin)...

Blush!

Pic taken from here (yellow pushpin) looking SE:

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Other/Miscellaneous-1/i-zktcn3W/0/XL/PicLoc-XL.jpg

This is NOT a road that one stumbles across. I was...
Forum: Europe 11-28-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Early to mid July isn't bad, but it does start to...

Early to mid July isn't bad, but it does start to get busy around the 3rd week.

OTOH - if it's July or not at all...

My favorite time is mid June to mid July, but he has to be in the States in...
Forum: Europe 11-28-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Gaaaaah! Thank you for that. I have bumped...

Gaaaaah!

Thank you for that. I have bumped up against the "No Vehicles" signs at both ends of that road!

From the other side (up from Innertkirchen) - access ends at the Schwarzwaldalp Hotel...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 03:18 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
Chiming in here - I travel with a laptop and dump...

Chiming in here - I travel with a laptop and dump my GPS and camera files to it daily. I also upload to SmugMug when I have the bandwidth (can't have too many backups).

If you don't want to carry...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,452
Posted By MichaelJ
Do you remember the name and/or address of the...

Do you remember the name and/or address of the hotel in Gargnano?



And then upload them into Google Earth :D

I save my GPS tracks daily to my laptop when riding.
...
Forum: Europe 11-27-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Nice shirt!

Nice shirt!
Forum: Ride reports 11-27-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 17,845
Posted By MichaelJ
The best thing is to upload your pics to a...

The best thing is to upload your pics to a hosting service (SmugMug is great :D) and link to them (the icon above that looks like a picture postcard).

On an entirely different subject, LOVE the...
Forum: Europe 11-26-2014, 04:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 875
Posted By MichaelJ
Depends. If you're going to be there for a...

Depends.

If you're going to be there for a while (i.e. working or similar), you would be importing the bike, and will have to make it qualify for importation and licensing. This can be difficult...
Forum: Ride reports 11-26-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
While we're busting chops - NOTHING is...

While we're busting chops - NOTHING is "waterproof".

What you get is varying degrees of water resistance.

IMHO.

O.K. - maybe a SCUBA Drysuit. :evil

You definitely want something with...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
+1 Consider the Firstgear Kilimanjaro &...

+1

Consider the Firstgear Kilimanjaro & Kathmandu - you can get 2 complete sets for the price of one Rukka jacket. I'm a Kili fan, and have been warm, dry and (reasonably) happy riding where I'll...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,452
Posted By MichaelJ
The Manghen is one of my favorite little passes -...

The Manghen is one of my favorite little passes - the Vivione is another.

Here's my contribution: Manghen's north ramp video (http://youtu.be/-Ui6BSsee6g). About 19 minutes - note the "traffic"...
Forum: Europe 11-22-2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Just stay out of France on Bastille Day and away...

Just stay out of France on Bastille Day and away from the coasts during August. You'll be fine (really).

But in the end I will likely book something in advance.



Not really (IMHO) - it looks...
Forum: Europe 11-21-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
Definitely agree with basing. Disagree with the...

Definitely agree with basing. Disagree with the necessity of reserving them in advance. The ONLY time I ever had trouble finding a room was on Bastille Day weekend in France - and even then, I did...
Forum: Ride reports 11-20-2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,452
Posted By MichaelJ
Tell me about it. My room there last year: ...

Tell me about it.

My room there last year:

http://www.fratellibrothers.com/Travel/Alps-2013-1/i-Gtg38CG/0/L/AlForte-L.jpg

You had to be careful sitting up in bed lest you bang your head on...
Forum: Europe 11-19-2014, 04:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
More on this later... You say that like...

More on this later...


You say that like it's a bad thing :D

I don't use mine much for routing on the road, but it can be priceless when you're trying to find a way out of or through some...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
Ah! You have multiple tracks saved? I was...

Ah! You have multiple tracks saved?

I was referring to the active track log, not saved tracks.
Forum: Europe 11-18-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,413
Posted By MichaelJ
WeegieBored pretty much nailed it, but I'll add...

WeegieBored pretty much nailed it, but I'll add in a few comments :D


The higher passes (Stelvio, L'Iseran, Timmelsjoch specifically, MAY still be observing winter. Stelvio's eastern ramp (from...
Forum: EMEA 11-18-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,587
Posted By MichaelJ
195/month for ADAC Green Card thru Stefan or...

195/month for ADAC Green Card thru Stefan or 105 at the ADAC office (as of 2013). I'd consider that an extra processing charge.


Not to be picky (OK - being picky) - closer to 250 meters :evil...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 03:36 AM
Replies: 355
Views: 82,793
Posted By MichaelJ
That pretty much sums up my experiences over...

That pretty much sums up my experiences over almost 55 years of riding. Seems like every time I thought that I had a bike nailed, it would spit me off. :huh

Usually with an audience. :eek1

Heal...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 03:04 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
10,000 track points, actually. These average 25...

10,000 track points, actually. These average 25 meters apart, or an average of 250 kms - NOT 20,000 kms. I lost the first 60 kms of a 360 km ride one day.

The trackpoints are stored in a FIFO...
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
What you want is the "Tracks" - this is the...

What you want is the "Tracks" - this is the breadcrumb trail that the GPS records as you ride along. You can ignore "Waypoints" and "Routes".

There is a finite amount of memory allocated to...
Forum: EMEA 11-17-2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,587
Posted By MichaelJ
If you can get it to Orlando in early March for...

If you can get it to Orlando in early March for Stefan's shipment, it's around $1.4K - and that includes ALL expenses.

From Stefan a week or two ago:

"We ship on the 6 March and the 16 March...
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 56,188
Posted By MichaelJ
California 1 north of San Francisco is nice. I...

California 1 north of San Francisco is nice. I finally got a chance to ride it this August on my way back to Virginia from Denver.
Forum: EMEA 11-16-2014, 04:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 820
Posted By MichaelJ
Like khpossum above, my Virginia-tagged bike has...

Like khpossum above, my Virginia-tagged bike has never generated any tickets that actually made it to me here in the US - and I KNOW that I must have triggered some - not that I'm a habitual speeder,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,473
Posted By MichaelJ
Coming late to this thread... About...

Coming late to this thread...


About halfway between the tunnel and the Gorges, in the village of Rencurel, there's a bike-friendly hotel "Le Marronnier...
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