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Old 08-30-2011, 06:51 PM   #31
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Hey Sports Fans, how about awarding some stars to Wildbilly's RR...
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:08 AM   #32
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:11 AM   #33
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5 stars well deserved! Keep it coming, this brings back so many nice memories and views!!
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:53 AM   #34
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Day 9: Innsbruck-Garmisch Partenkirchen-Oberammergau-Linderhof palace-Fussen-Namlos pass-Hahntennjoch pass-Imst-Solden-Timmelsjoch pass-Merano

Today is a difficult day. I have a lot of km to cover and I am already tired. I drive through town slowly and I take some day light photos of Insbruck.













So here I am, again on the road towards GarmischPartenkirchen and Oberammergau in Germany. The road is very nice, the nature wonderful and there are a lot of bicyclists, old people and whole families driving on the bicycle lane next to the main road…
I arrive at Garmisch Partenkirchen and later at Oberammergau. Driving around I admire the paintings on the houses and the nice and tidy area.

























I continue driving and after a while I arrive at Linderhof palace. I realize that I must leave the bike at the parking area and walk uphill and I gather courage to do so. The day is very hot and I am dressed in cordura clothes. On the top of that, I must carry my tank bag, which is very heavy (17kg)…You can image how that makes me feel like an idiot.





After walking 15 min, I finally see the palace in front of me and believe me it was worth the trouble getting up here.




















After taking some photos, I begin descending because I am short in time. I drive like a maniac and arrive to Fussen. The town is very nice and the castle also but in order to see it closer I must walk for over an hour or take a horse carriage and this could kill my day…













So I leave again and I get really fast to Bichlbach from where I start ascending the mountain…The route is magnificent, the tarmac is perfect and a lot of bikers on various bikes enjoy their ride.
I reach Namlos pass and continue towards Hahntennjoch pass, one of the highest Alps passes.



(Ha! Up to the right, flies from Balcans, down to the left, flies from Alpes)









Some rest for the traveller...



The scenery is breathtaking and I start to descent the mountain driving towards Imst in Austria. After a short break I continue driving. The road to Solden is nothing special but then I start ascending the mountain and the scenery is impressive. Passing the Timmelsjoch pass, I feel very tired but absolutely happy and moved at the same time. I am already on the road for 9 days and now, on the top of the mountain, I realize what I am doing. All these days I lost the sense of time, I left my problems back at home and somehow I feel relaxed now, I feel peace of mind after a long time!
































Full of images and emotions, I start descending towards Merano. The nature and the route are magnificent, I am driving slowly and enjoy the vineyards bellow!







After a while I arrive at Merano and I find my crappy hotel. After resting for a while I manage to find the city center at about 10 p.m., which is totally empty! I walk around taking some photos...













I feel a little bit lonely walking alone so I sit to a very elegant restaurant to fill my stomach. The waiter doesn´t speak English and there is no menu in English so it is complicated to order something. Problem is solved when another waiter comes and asks me if I am a lot of hungry or a little. I say “a lot of hungry” and he says “roasted meat, potatoes and salad, it´s ok?”. “Ok great and don´t forget the cold beers”…Cheers!
After that I am a walking dead so I beg my bike to drive me to my hotel…

TO BE CONTINUED...
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:04 PM   #35
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Hey inmates! I delay finishing my RR but I am away from home for some days. Now I am in Ljubljana Slovenia where I came yesterday after driving my suv for 1750 km! I will try though to continue...

Day 10: Merano-Stelvio Pass-Umbrail Pass-Offenpass-Punt la Drossa (tunel)-Livigno-Bormio - Passo di Gavia-Ponte di Legno -Tonalle Pass-Mendel Pass-Bolzano
I wake up and the weather is wonderful. After a substantial breakfast I hit the road towards the Stelvio Pass! I am very happy that I am finally going to get there after dreaming of it for a long time!

Here are some photos from the route...





And some photos from an art garden...
















The traffic is heavy, there are a lot of bikers, many cars and caravans and many cyclists! It´s hot and I wonder what´s happening and we drive so slowly…I start to ascend the mountain and I realize that there is a bicycle race up to Stelvio Pass! I am so disappointed that I can´t move at all! We are all driving v e r y slow. At one point, a group of crazy bikers begin to drive like nuts, overtaking everything that is moving so I follow them and I get on the top in no time. Unfortunately I don´t enjoy the ride at all but the view from the top is magnificent and there cyclists who manage to get on the top are in a festive mood! Very powerful images indeed when you see the enthusiasm in their eyes!



















It´s time now to start the descent and I am very happy that the Umbrail Pass is empty and quiet. The nature is OUAOU and the road is perfect. I am trying to catch the cyclists who descend with the unbelievable speed of over 80km/h. I like so much this route that at some point I turn back and start the ascend again just to enjoy this tarmac as much as I can. All the good things come to an end and unfortunately this route is not endless…











I pass the Swiss Offenpass driving fast and enjoying the nature…The road is wide enough and you can drive fast but you must be careful because the police here doesn´t play games…









I reach at Punt la Drossa tunnel and after waiting for a few minutes I drive through and here I am on the other side and in Italy. The man-made lake is nice, I drive around and I take some photos…













I continue and pass Livigno and later Bormio but I don´t like this type of towns…maybe during the winter time the snow makes them more interesting.









Being al little bit disappointed for the last 2-3 hours, I get on the road towards the Passo di Gavia!















This route is fantastic but it ends so I am heading to Bolzano through Passo Di Tonalle and Passo di Mendola...











Very tired I reach my hotel which is fabulous so I have a delicious dinner and I crush down on my bed for the night...
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:05 PM   #36
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TO BE CONTINUED...
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:26 AM   #37
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:54 PM   #38
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Old 09-17-2011, 05:23 AM   #39
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Day 11: Bolzano-Nova levante-karersee-passo di costalunga-canazei-passo di sella-passo di gardena-passo di camplogno-pordoi pass-canazei-passo di fedaia-passo di giau-passo di falzarego-passo di gardena-Verona
What a day! I feel great after a rich breakfast and I leave Bolzano. I haven´t seen almost nothing from the city but I must hit the road, Dolomites are waiting for me! I start ascending the mountain towards Canazei and the road is perfect, the nature around me calm me and I cope with the heavy traffic. I stop at Karersee for some photos, the scenery is breathtaking with the mountains reflecting on the still water of the lake!











I must continue though so I reach Canazei through passo di costalunga. The rest of the day is magic, driving on perfect curvy roads with lots of grip. Passing all that passes in one day is not ideal, I must come back again and stay somewhere for few days so I can enjoy riding my bike free of baggage and pass these passes again and again!





























































It´s getting late though so I must leave this magnificent place and start driving south to get to Verona. The GPS leads me and tired now I finally get to the autostrada



and 2 hours later to Verona and my crapy hotel…The emotions are mixed, tommorow I must drive to Ancona to catch the ferry to Igoumenitsa Greece…I rest for a while and manage to get at the city center (5 km from the hotel) oposite the arena and have a delicius dinner…



After that, I walk around eating an ice cream



and dead tired I finally crash on my bed…

Day 12: Verona-Ancona

Today I am sad! The trip ends and it´s raining outside. I have a lousy breakfast and start packing. Suddenly I realize that I can´t find a case where I keep all my documents and the ferry ticket and I start panic…
I hope that I forgot it at the reception desk so I call the reception and luckilly the case is there…
So I get on the bike and the GPS leads me through secondary roads until I realize that I didn´t set it to lead me through the quickest route! I also realize that I don´t have a lot of time so I drive like crazy, especialy when I hit the autostrada at Bologna and find a traffic hell! The cars and trucks are moving like snales so I take the risk to drive on the emergency lane…
Anxious I finally get to the check-in building 20 minutes before ferry´s departure and I find a big cue of passengers waiting. I am tired, hot and nervous but finally I manage to get on the ferry 5 minutes before departure. Now, relaxed after the shower in my cabin, I think about all these days I am on the bike, all the countries I have seen and I give to myself the promise to continue exploring our world on a motorcycle as much as I can. This trip was only a test for me, to explore the limits of myself which I have not yet reached, to prepare myself for a realy big trip, why not for a trip around the world…

Day 13: Igoumenitsa-Korinthos Greece
Today I feel tired but satisfied. The ferry reaches Igoumenitsa and now I am driving again on familiar routes. I drive these last 350 km slowly and I am very happy to finally see my house. 13 days, 5.300 km, 10 coutries later here I am again, the same person but much richer. It`s time now to play with the souvenirs-stickers I managed to collect from some of the countries I passed ...



and send my old gloves to rest…






THE END!


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Old 09-17-2011, 06:35 AM   #40
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:14 AM   #41
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Great trip, my kind of adventure. Thank you!
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:37 AM   #42
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #43
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Great ride, great pics!

I really enjoy every second of it

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Old 09-18-2011, 07:10 AM   #44
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Thanks!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us! This was particularly interesting for me! I haven't been in most of the places you visited and I would like to do a similar trip, but from Bulgaria and back. Alternatively I might buy a bike in Western Europe and just ride it to BG and leave it there. Anyway, great trip and excellent pictures and writing.
All best to you!
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:24 PM   #45
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Thank you all for your good words...I hope I will keep riding till I get old...
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