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Old 07-04-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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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...



and not so beautiful,...



nice off road,...



and very nice road parts.



There was some crossing problems,...


....



There was also peace of Erzberg,...



some friends from Africa,...



night adventures,....



and something white.



This is our trip on the map:


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.



After half our of trying to find the exit we are on the road again. Lunch in small place called Zaga.



Meat for me...



and fish for Ivan.



It is time for mountains...



Nice weather on the top



This is what we try to find







Down on the south side







Lets go to Mangart. The most beautiful road in Slovenian Alps.



It will be better, maybe...



...but not this time. Waiting for better weather.



After half hour the rain stops. Lets go!



On the way to Mangart.





And than...


...problems again. Where is the tunel?



More bikes are coming.





What can you do? Go back, nothing else.







Over the Predil pass to Italy...



...and in Pontebba on new pass to Paularo.





Until we didnt come here.





After one hour fight with the mud and snow we are on the road again. Thanks to T63.



One and the only pansion in Paularo. Thats it for today.







Dinner, few beers and after that, baby sleeping.


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

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Old 07-04-2009, 02:55 PM   #2
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Day 2: Dolomites

Wake up at 6, breakfast, lets go.





On the mountain again









No comment.

























We spend 5 hours on this mountains. Thats nothing. It can be days, not hours.













Going down





On the road to Dolomites







This is the track where I learn skiing many years ago.



Cortina d'ampezzo. Lunch time.



From Cortina to Passo di Giau. Maybe the best pass in Italy for riding.





Passo di Giau











Next: Passo Pordoi







Here, whats hapened when you try to follow Ivan on this passes.That XT is the "mean machine".
Back tire


Front tire



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.



Nice bungalows.10E per person. The owner, Peter, very nice guy.











Ivan Nobodyinfrontofme Knezovich



"Peter, we are hungry". He said: "No problem", take the uniform and become chief.



After few minutes...Wiener Schnitzel.



Peter is biker, too.



Tomorow will be long day, so the bed is calling.




...next: Day 3: Grossglockner - Erzberg - Slovenian Alps
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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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
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:05 PM   #4
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Magnificent, picoda!

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Old 07-05-2009, 03:57 AM   #5
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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
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:34 AM   #6
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Awesome report! First your dalmatian rides and now into the alps- thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:11 PM   #7
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Can't get too much of the Alps, will have to mark down your off-road sections.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:19 AM   #8
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Thumb Very nice

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

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Old 07-05-2009, 01:34 PM   #9
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Very good photos, nice trip
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:18 AM   #10
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Last day: Slovenia & Croatian off road


Luce, Slovenia, 7AM.



This apartment is for some basketball team.



On the mountains again. Nice off road.



Ljubljana. Bicycles. Hundreds. We must wait on this heat. Who ride this things any more.



Bicycles, again...


And again. Runaway from Ljubljana. This is not town for us, today.

Somewhere in Slovenia. "Mean Machine"





It is hot. Realy hot.


Back to Croatia.







Small problem. Can we do something?






Maybe with XT...





...but not with Tenere. The side case must go down.





Peace of cake.



Off road. Thats what we want.





Swiming...



...and back.



Folow the river...







...and over the bridge, again.





All the way home on the white roads. We come home in the night, very tired but very happy.


Thats all, folks!
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:57 AM   #11
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Thanks for the RR and pics

If I don´t go to US next year these areas are very tempting!
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Old 11-03-2009, 10:44 AM   #12
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:17 PM   #13
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I never get tired of trip reports from the Alps. Thanks for sharing.
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