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Old 06-08-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
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European Joyride on a Caponord - IT, A, D, CZ, SK, H, SRB, FYROM, GR

The 2009 ITT (International Transalp Meeting) took place in the middle of the Bavarian forest, from the 21st to the 24th of May. 258 participants from 11 countries answered this year's call and an astonishing number of 58 travelers from Greece jumped at the opportunity to happily burn hundreds of liters of gas and ride through varying routes all the way to Germany and back.

My group was consisted by two Caponords '03, one TA600 '97 (two-up), and one TA650 '07..


On the way back only the two Italian Capos enjoyed an extra week of touring as the rest had to head home to return to work..


The detailed route:

Day 1: Arrive in Venice by ferry and reach Moena in the Dolomites by night

Day 2: Explore the Dolomites without luggage and experience their unique beauty

Day 3: Head for Insbruck, Austria via passo di Resia (missing the Stelvio as it was to stay closed for another 7 days)

Day 4: Reach Salzbourg making a dream detour through Grossglockner pass

Day 5: Reach Bischosmais in Bavaria via small, scenic minor roads

Day 6: Conquer the notorious autobahn and visit Regensbourg, doing a little motorbike gear shopping along the way

Day 7: Join an official ITT09 route, entering the Czeck Republic briefly and back to Bishosmais

Day 8: Check out the Brno racetrack and the city, and spend the night there

Day 9: Discover how amazing Bratislava is

Day 10: Re-discover how amazing Bratislava is and head to Budapest

Day 11: Budapest sightseeing and run for Beograd

Day 12: Relax in the White City and charge up for our longest ride

Day 13: Marathon stage. Beograd to Thessaloniki. The mystical art of radar-avoidance

Day 14: Break every possible speed limit on home soil, and safely reach the end of this journey back in Athens


I will slowly add daily reports with photos and comments about this -once in a lifetime- experience, prepare drool - wiping equipment to save your keyboards from short-circuiting from your saliva...

Enjoy!
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:01 AM   #2
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:10 AM   #6
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DAY -2 and ferry connection

Thank you for your eagerness, let us begin!

The actual Journey started on Friday the 15th of May, when we were scheduled to reach Patras by 23.00h to catch our ferry for Venice (~200km). The route well-known and notoriously dangerous (Corinth - Patras), by far the most fatal national road in Greece, nevertheless much safer on a bike, since one can overpass much more quickly and stay within the single lane of each direction.



If only it was like this all the way (Athens - Corinth part)


The ride is over pretty soon, and we anxiously await the rest of our trip under far better road conditions..

The ferry trip is very long, ~33 hours, but it is one full day plus two overnights so one reaches Venice at 8.00h with fully charged batteries and an early start, as opposed to Ancona where one is disembarked at noon, some 400km south..

The trip is slightly boring but intense planning and reading (plus the Eurovision final ) make it enjoyable and swift..

A little stomach-upsetting toe action we could do without...


Sunday morning eventually comes and it's time for the real fun to begin....
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