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Old 07-22-2009, 11:48 PM   #31
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Andy,
Thanks for a great report It's given me some ideas for next year!
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:10 AM   #32
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Great report and pictures. Thanx!

Next year I try to join.

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Old 08-15-2009, 09:17 AM   #33
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What a great ride.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:00 AM   #34
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Thank you all for your nice comments!

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Old 08-16-2009, 05:16 AM   #35
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Great report - thanks. I need to get a small dirt bike to go exploring on. I've done the Tremalzo on a 1150GS and the Tende and Finestre on a 1200GS, but my legs are too short for the bike, so it makes switchbacks "interesting"

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...sometimes fine gravel, but you don't want to do any mistakes there. Few people, a long way to the next hospital (for European conditions at least...
Look into getting a Spot locator - http://www.findmespot.com - if you're going to go solo, it could save your bacon (as we say here in the USA). I can't vouch for Bacon, though
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:48 AM   #36
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Look into getting a Spot locator - http://www.findmespot.com - if you're going to go solo, it could save your bacon (as we say here in the USA). I can't vouch for Bacon, though
I've been thinking about that. But there are still some points against it. It's pricy and illegal in Germany. More important, there is a thread about the Spot over in the Europe-section where most people say that it is not reliable enough for a "save my ass" device. For this years trip to the Tunesian Sahara I'll try a satphone, maybe this is an option, at least as long as you are concious enough to read your GPS, dial and speak. Maybe the next generation of Spot is more reliable...

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Old 10-02-2009, 03:53 AM   #37
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Good report Andy. I've been looking at doing that LGKS track for some years now. Your photos show me that it's a deffinite.

So, This years Stella.......
I rode from England with a group of 5 and this year we stayed in Briancon as a change from camping at Bokki.
On the rally morning, Derek (zedtours) & I decided to try to find a way into Italy by dirt road. We spent a long time following a track on my Zumo that ended at a military zone....


We did spot a possible way through...


But it ended at some fortifications....


With the threat of being shot at, we turned back and retraced our route back to tarmac. This was making me late for my meeting with Andy to hand over Bacon. Photo of our meeting is in Andy's post.

So the Scrambler got to the snow line where we watched some hardy (idiotic) souls try to manhandle their bikes accross the snow....




After I got my rally badge we decided to ride down to do the Parpaillon Tunnel. This is quite a famous route for the dirt road enthusiast. All the signs on the route said that it was still closed but....



It wasn't and we completed the route as a loop through some stunning scenery....

Back to the N94 back to Braincon and a well earned beer.

I don't recommend Briancon. Not much happens there with limited evening entertainment. The only bar that stayed open late turned out to be a gay bar . You know what it's like? You walk up and see they're still serving so you grab a table.........and then start looking around. Hey, don't look now but....there's some very strange looking blokes in here.


Good luck in Tunisia Andy.
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