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Old 05-08-2010, 06:44 PM   #61
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Thanks for the post guys, I was beginning to wonder where you were. Just figured you were having too much fun. Down pour, hail, rain, snow and mountains you should feel right at home .

Weather reports show central-southern Italy and Greece as sunny and warm so maybe this will be the worst of it for a while.

Keep those pictures coming Paul, .

Are you going into Florence?

Ride safe.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:42 AM   #62
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Envious!

Very nice report and attarctive writing and pics.

I am hugely envious except for the cold. Us Africans don't do cold.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:34 AM   #63
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If you guys get the chance, Orvieto is a very old and beautiful town built and carved into the top of a volcanic bluff. Worth a look.
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:30 AM   #64
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A few more pics over the last few days- riding south, then east through the hills of Italy.
7 May 2010

One pic from a coffee shop on a brick street in a town whose name I don't remember. This town is beautiful, all the woodwork recently stained and the plaster freshly painted. This was in northern Italy in one of the many ski towns. The lifts are closed and the towns are all deserted right now.



8 May

It rained all night at our campground near Feltre, IT. We broke camp in a drizzle and headed South for more warmth. We rode up a one lane mountain road past Mt. Grappa. The road disappeared in a heavy fog shortly after I took these shots of an old ruined stone building.

2010



No pictures of us riding with face shields open, struggling to see the road through the fog ,or one of the BIG BLUE BUS that came around the corner filling up the tiny road. That was little more thrill than I needed at that point.

10 May 2010
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Morning in Buonconvento. I think Karst is asleep standing up.



Roadside castle on the way to Pienza, now a winery/bed & breakfast.



On the castle grounds.



Later in the day at the walled city of Pienza.






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Old 05-11-2010, 02:56 AM   #65
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A few more pix

The rain has us holed up in a delightful campground run by a Dutch couple, so lots of time to post pix, etc.

Here are some shots of the La Grancia castle turned B&B. It looked like a super place but probably a bit out of our price range.




Our route so far:


Our first roadside repair when Karst lost a bolt on a his bash plate. It will probably be our last...



The countryside here is incredibly beautiful (and overpoweringly green for this bunch of Colorado boys). Here's a panorama from our campground.


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Old 05-11-2010, 03:05 AM   #66
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enjoy and good luck on your trip, colorado guys
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:13 PM   #67
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11 May 2010

Staying at a campground near Perticara, Italy. It's overcast with off and on rain, but not too cold and there's a nice covered porch to sit under to sip our Latte Macchiatos. Life is tough.

Here's camp.



View from the porch.



ProfTom on the porch, "Oh come on.... can't you just take your helmets off for one picture."



Tower in Sant'Agata Feltria near Perticara.





"BMW's are better"



"No, Suzuki's are better. Japanese, like Toyota Landcruiser."



Partly reconstructed Patrella Guida Castle near Perticara.



Bronze statue in the ramparts of the Patrella Guida tower.



Ready to ride off in the rain from the castle, Karst noticed my taillight was flopping around. Tried to get inside it to put in some screws but ended up having to take off the lower half of the fender to get to them. Still couldn't get to the screws (they go in from the inside of the fender unit. Two options: 1. remove the panniers, pannier mounts, luggage rack, seat, fender, and who knows what else, or 2. do surgery on the taillight assembly. I opted for number 2. Now I have the 'lightened racing version" of the taillight assembly. (See the little mounting screws inside?)



Mission accomplished, back to camp.


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Old 05-11-2010, 07:30 PM   #68
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Thanks for the update guys lots of great shots.
I really love seeing those Colorado license plates all around Italy.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:40 PM   #69
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Ready to ride off in the rain from the castle, Karst noticed my taillight was flopping around. Tried to get inside it to put in some screws but ended up having to take off the lower half of the fender to get to them. Still couldn't get to the screws (they go in from the inside of the fender unit. Two options: 1. remove the panniers, pannier mounts, luggage rack, seat, fender, and who knows what else, or 2. do surgery on the taillight assembly. I opted for number 2. Now I have the 'lightened racing version" of the taillight assembly. (See the little mounting screws inside?)
Mission accomplished, back to camp.
......................shu
Ah yes, the wonderful DR tail light! No worries, it would have come apart anyway in a few thousand kms. on rough roads or dirt. They separate and water gets in. Looks like yours is no longer water proof. This may cause a problem ... or maybe not? Dilectric grease anyone?

Maybe someone can send you the preferred DR250 low profile tail light
replacement? If not, I have two stock DR tail lights sitting in my parts box. (complete assemblies) Pay the shipping, I'll send it your way ... FREE.




This is the one that seems to work best.

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Old 05-12-2010, 12:04 AM   #70
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Unfortunately here in Italy it's still cold, usually starting from March the weather is very hot, but this year seems to go in a different way, the weather forecast says rain til the 18 May
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:38 AM   #71
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I have two stock DR tail lights sitting in my parts box. (complete assemblies) Pay the shipping, I'll send it your way ... FREE.


Such a deal. I might take you up on that when we get home' ADVGrifter. Thanks.

Until then I think it's a job for duct tape.


................shu

ps: coming up: the Ferry to Igoumenitsa, Greece as we work our way eastward.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:48 AM   #72
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Great RR! That you are all posting gives more depth and personality! good pictures and maps too! I will be checking up on you guys every morning!
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:35 AM   #73
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:18 PM   #74
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Nice pics!

I'm printing off a couple to take to the club meeting tonight. We'll start spreading rumors about your lusting after a statue already!

Great pictures, just keep it up. A couple a day is good enough to keep the frustrated adventurers at home happy til you get back.

Your weather has been a banana belt compared to Colorado...snow on the ground today and frost warning for tonight. You might practice riding some glaciers over there, as there is sure to be several here when you get back!

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Old 05-13-2010, 01:55 PM   #75
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This is awesome Karst. Good luck and be safe. We're all following your updates here at the Inverness Offices. Hopefully we'll all catch up once you're state-side again.
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