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Old 03-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
Krime OP
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Location: Toronto, Canada
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Europe - 9 Countries in 10 Days (From England to the Alps and Back)

While working in London England for 4 months last year, I had 10 vacation days set aside for September. There were two options, 1) fly back home to Toronto or 2) Have my girlfriend join me in London, rent my dream bike and ride it through Europe two up. The choice was clear - we'd meet in London and set out on what would be the most beautiful and inspirational ride I'd ever been on! All said and done we tallied up that we had passed through 9 countries in the 10 days on the road - and yes, this was after cutting down some of our original ambitions (thanks to pre-trip fellow ADV rider wisdom).

The route took us from England - across France (including the D-Day beaches and Chablis) - Swiss Alps (too many mountain passes to count!) - Italy (including the Stelvio Pass) - Liechtenstein (unintentionally) - Germany (Lake Constance and the Black Forest) - Luxembourg - Belgium (the Ardennes Forest) and back. Approx. 3,250km after all said and done.

A video preview from the trip:

Trip highlights in 1080p HD.

Here's some preview photos from the trip:

And here we are:

Megan (Day 1 - ferry to France) and yours truly / Erik (Day 5 - Stelvio Pass, Italy)

It all starts here:

After taking the train from London to Bournemouth we walked with luggage in hand to the rental location in the suburbs of Bournemouth - no IMTBike here! The adrenaline kicked in when I saw the bike waiting in the driveway.

We rode to the nearby Orchid hotel - we had a good hunch that at 39 euro it would be by far our cheapest stay of the entire trip. We started prepping the gear (helmet cam, Sena headsets, GPS, etc) before starting our first day on the road early the next morning.

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