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Old 10-20-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Tornanti_3...ABRACADABRA! (Western Alps Backroads Ramble)

TRAVEL!!

Strange places...weird customs











…local tradies and communications…





…BYO food?




Classy digs along the way…




At least some things are familiar….




And no, this wasn't a trip to Canberra






HELLOOOOO…and WELCOME to Tornanti_3, another 3-week adventure of a half-dozen Aussies stumbling around the European Alps in an attempt to try and make sense of a few things, find a bucket load of stumping roads , wonder about the magnificent countryside, pretend to mumble enough of the local lingo to fumble their way through room-bookings, menu-pages and whatever else the days, and fate, might throw up.


3 weeks…and a bit… of roaming the backroads of the Western Alps, stunning vistas, chasing the best of the local tucker and brew…laughing with the locals... and having the time of their lives.


After the original Tornanti in 2007 and the pearler of the 2009 Eastern Alps sequel, the brief this time prescribed a Western Alps loop from Zuerich in the industrial heartlands of northern Switzerland,
using the byways to discover some of the delights of the side valleys and hidden treasures of the Valais (Rhone Valley/ Wallis/ Southern Switzerland), tacking south along the Italian- French border to the most south-eastern pocket of France just north of Nice at the Mediterranean coast….to the stumping gorges and rock faces of the Vercors area southwest of Grenoble, the backblocks of Alpe d'Huez and the Bernese Highlands on the swingback.

Patching together the local single-laners where ever possible and some dirt and gravel where available, to string it all together, using the main tourist routes and Big Classics of the Route Des Grandes Alps etc. as commuting stretches.


And NO...this isn't just a ride-report but rather a travel-report.
Travel first, bikes second.



Just a quick note:
For more comments, pics and general banter incl. additional material and pics from the others that came along, have a peek at the original thread on AusTouring HERE
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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It'd taken another 4 years to get cranked up for the sequel, but time was good, the Aussie-$$ flying high, the September-October time slot perfect as ever after a wet European summer...and the third "Tornanti" rumbled away in its usual haphazard style.

This time is was the backblocks of the western half of the European Alps, discovering the southern parts of Switzerland, then follow the Main Alpine Ridge south to the Mediterranean Coast, bouncing back and forth across the Italian-French border on the smallest and most scenic roads and tracks to be found.

And in general, have the time of our lives.


From historical fetes at Swiss castles...




to delicious single-laners after some fresh snow high up...









Breathtaking vistas of the Main Alpine Ridge




Some weird rocks you can ride through





A bit of getting lost here and there









Cruising above Lake Geneva





Snoozing in some incredible digs in the vineyards oif the Lower Valais, own wine-cellar included.












Looking at the Roof-of-Europe...





...to being ON the Roof-of-Europe.














Oh yeah....and there were a few bends here and there.





















Some awkward encounters...






...and lunches









Laughs and guffaws until the tears came





Some "soul-food"

















A 3-week Tour-De-Force.... from bumpy goat-tracks...







....to tiny, local micro-breweries





and places too impressive for words











Staying in tiny hamlets...




...with awesome food...





...and excellent vino....





...some local wildlife








Stunning shots from stunning locations












Sometimes things turned to shyte...





...or soaking wet




Places











...and gobsmacking roads.
















3 weeks, 4000k's....and these two had enough... wonder why?








The whole "10 yards" with over 1750 stumping pics is right here:
Tornanti #3....ABRACADABRA

http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4857






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Old 10-20-2013, 04:31 PM   #3
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No idea what this means, but it looks cute and again it's a surprise that it hasn't been vandalised, painted or otherwise destroyed. Nice!
OK....got the goss.
It's an "insect hotel!!
Apparently to keep insects in the neighbourhood to keep the birds around.
Yo, makes sense...
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Should've stayed here…
LOL... I have said that more than a few times myself!
Did I happen to mention it was 75°F and sunny EVERY day in Spain

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LOL... I have said that more than a few times myself!
Did I happen to mention it was 75°F and sunny EVERY day in Spain
I think I read that somewhere...but wrote it off as a blatant lie
All that rain that day made the next day all that much sweeter...THAT one turned out a stunner.
Thanks for tagging along, we'll make a ride out of it yet :-)
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I think I read that somewhere...but wrote it off as a blatant lie
All that rain that day made the next day all that much sweeter...THAT one turned out a stunner.
Thanks for tagging along, we'll make a ride out of it yet :-)

no worries
its brilliant mate!
I can almost smell the frozen rain soaked air!
and yes the flashing "it's cold out" no shit!! BMW light is a laugh!
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this is a keeper pic Pete.. nice!

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If you don't KNOW it's there…or if you're another 200m away, you'd miss it altogether.
Yup - rode RIGHT by it in 2011. Never knew it was there

Or, for that matter, the climb out of Villargondran just south of St. Jean.

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Old 11-14-2013, 08:21 AM   #11
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Yup - rode RIGHT by it in 2011. Never knew it was there

Or, for that matter, the climb out of Villargondran just south of St. Jean.
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That is the beauty of the Alps, you can ride it year after year and never see all of it!

I rode many of those places last year, seems longer than that now. Great roads, and although it was France, I was not impressed with the food, prefer the Bavarian and N Italian meals better.

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That is the beauty of the Alps, you can ride it year after year and never see all of it!

I rode many of those places last year, seems longer than that now. Great roads, and although it was France, I was not impressed with the food, prefer the Bavarian and N Italian meals better.

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Of course, they've been building roads for a few more millenia than we have, too.

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Of course, they've been building roads for a few more millenia than we have, too.

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Also , they have to build roads in impossible places for military needs since the romans…

I still haven't rode them all .

(and began in 1978…)
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Also , they have to build roads in impossible places for military needs since the romans…


True...and some of those aren incredible pieces of road-construction.
Thinking of Castasegna-Soglio and the Septimer Pass for one...and there are many more liek it.
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