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Old 03-10-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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Location: Sonthofen, Germany
Oddometer: 350
4 days Southtirol, Dolomites, Italy

A weekend with the Alpenbikers! (www.alpenbiker.eu)

04.09.2007 began with an invitation, “Pentecost 2008 4 day trip to South Tirol!”. From 09.05.2008 until 12.05.2008 we were supposed to go to South Tirol, or more accurately to Haus Heinrich in Montan. The 10 double rooms were quickly reserved so I could focus on the finer details.

Tour planning:


1. Into the heart of the dolomites

2. Direction Caldonazzo-Sea

Since there was no objection or other suggestions we stuck to the original plan.
Petra and I decided to start on Thursday due to the high traffic expected on Friday before Pentecost.
The weather forcast called for nice weather.

Thursday 08.05.2008:

We met with Heike aka “Dirty Osirius” and Franz at Sonthofen and drove towards Italy! At the Oberjoch we met up with Thomas aka “Toutou” and Cathy. Through the Tannheimer Tal we went towards Namlostal (the Hahntennjoch was still closed). Unfortunaly construction stopped us after about 2km and we had to turn around since the road was closed. So we went back to Weissenbach and went to the Fernpass via Reutte. Light traffic made it quite a treat this time.
Through Nassreith, Telfs and Zirl we drove towards Innsbruck. From there we drove over Igls and Ellbögen to Matrei. From here it was a short drive towards the Brenner where we met up with Rita aka “Chili” and Helmut. Due to the detour in Namlostal and a few other holdups, we met up at 14:00 instead of the planned 13:00. On the way towards Sterzing we stopped for lunch and then continued on to Brixen. Here we left the Brenner route and took a right towards Feldthurns. There was supposed to be a right towards Latzfons, but I turned right too early and we drove through Schnauders, continually climbing.
Then the asphalt ended and we had to turn around. While turning around, Thomas stumbled and his new BMW K 1200LT fell on its left side. What is the saying: Only once you dropped your bike do you truly own it. Okay Thomas, you now own her!
With combined effort we righted the bike and so we could continue. Back to Feldthurns and this time we really went up to Latzfons. Going up the road it is nice and wide but after the town it becomes very narrow! We drove down towards Klausen through a narrow chasm. Here we parted ways with Rita and Helmut, they attacked the direct way towards Bozen while the rest of us drove up to Villanders. Wide roads with nice curve combinations kept leading us higher. Above Villanders there is a marked way to Barbian, we followed this road. The street is also very narrow and one has to be careful with oncoming traffic. Beatiful sights in the Eisacktal are the reward for this side tour.



We continued on through Lengstein towards Klobenstein and down towards Bozen. Here I wanted to follow the signage left to Trento but the traffic light was out and the cross traffic didn’t allow us to turn, so we decided to turn right into the center of Bozen. Here we got stuck in total rushhour, we continued at walking pace. Finally this adventure was over and we found our way towards Leifers and further on to Auer. At the climb towards Montan we suddenly met with Rita and Helmut again, they didn’t find the way to the guest house and were happy to see us. Together we drove up and quickly reached our destination, Haus Heinrich.



Due to the many delays it was already 18:15. Total distance from Sonthofen was about 340km. We quickly got to our rooms and got changed and met up at 19:00 for a relaxed dinner. In a relaxing manner we discussed the events of the day.

Best greatings from Germany
Rudi
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