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Old 09-27-2011, 03:59 PM   #16
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:17 PM   #17
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Old 09-27-2011, 04:35 PM   #18
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Congrats

Greg,

Congrats on the future nuptials and great ride report.

How is Michelle liking the 800R as a sport tourer?
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:54 PM   #19
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I loved the bike and was a perfect sport touring ride for this trip. Plenty of power, handled beautifully and was able to carry what I needed for 9 days in the sidebags and top box without much struggle. Loads of fun and I'd definitely choose this bike again for the next trip.

Thanks for enjoying our story so far!

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #20
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was able to carry what I needed for 9 days in the sidebags and top box without much struggle.
For a woman? It must have HUGE storage
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:37 AM   #21
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Shhhhhhh......I was trying to sound very efficient.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:59 PM   #22
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Day Six

Great night in Torbole. The piazza was happening, and people watching fun. the hotel Santoni has a great bar to just sit & chill with a glass of wine, and talk about the next day of riding....

So we did

The plan:



We had said we were going to head south to Bologna to see the Ducati Museum. When we looked out the window (remember it's Sunday morning) it looked like the whole of Italy was headed south in cars! The night before we had discussed the riding so far, the weather, and the fun of being in the mountains... so time for a change of plans

the NEW plan was to take the high roads west and end up around Morbegno, but the weatherman finally said "you've had enough sun, time for rain". (I apologize in advance for a lack of pictures for this day) When we started off, it was just overcast.. no biggie. By the time we got to Mezzolago it was raining & we swapped gloves....as we slogged on up the SS 669 near Bagolino it was as if we were riding inside an automatic car wash.



We soldiered on though.
By the time we got to the rifugio Michelle suggested "zuppa" would be very good.

the warm place (great soup)



soup & cafe on-board (and pants liners installed) we were ready to face the road



OK, not too far now



we went down in to Breno and turned north towards Forno Allione. The main highway seemed to be awash, and of course everyone is in a hurry... a bit nerve-racking.

We stopped for more layers... I had to laugh, hiding out under an overpass. you can kind of see the rain off that house roof...



At this point the pass road was quite narrow and with the water running inches deep, I felt like a salmon swimming upstream. By the time we made it to the town of Schilpario we'd had enough. We looped down the main street, asked a chap at the local cafe where to go, and he sent us on our way. We ended up at Hotel Edelweiss and what a fantastic place!

Schilpario, even in the rain, is beautiful





our view as the rain came down



heat? nope... bummer.



off to get dinner



we ended up at Alpi

menu fantastic!
Michelle had deer (several different ways, including home made sausage). I had the steak.

after a long cold day in the rain.....



and a little:



means life is good!

it thundered & poured all night, but by morning the rain had gone. We resumed our trip west....but that will have to wait for the next installment.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #23
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:39 PM   #24
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Piss, I wanted to go to the Duc museum
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:15 AM   #25
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Piss, I wanted to go to the Duc museum
well a reason to go back?
a factory tour of Italy?

Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Ferrari, Aprilia?

maybe take in a GP? San Marino would be convenient....

the best of Tuscany thrown in for good measure.
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YES! I'm in!

I can be packed in an hour!
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:03 AM   #27
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Great Trip

I just wanted to thank the both of y'all for taking the time to share the pictures and detailed information. I plan on going next year, so it's been a fun event to watch.
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I just wanted to thank the both of y'all for taking the time to share the pictures and detailed information. I plan on going next year, so it's been a fun event to watch.
glad to have you along Bo
if you need any specific information, just drop me a note & I will do my best to hook you up.
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Day Seven.....

When the thunder had woke me up during the night, Michelle who was already awake said "don't worry, the rain will end tomorrow". I couldn't figure out at that moment if she meant Tuesday or Monday or....? All I knew is it was raining so hard I figured an ark would be better transport than a R1200-R!

But, true to prediction, it's a nice day. A bit cool, but clearing with the promise of some sun. As we set off I looked at the mountains and thought "I don't remember snow..." As I had that thought the Sena crackled to life & Michelle said "that snow is new". Damn... she's reading my mind

Our plan was to continue on the route we had discussed at Torbole, the high roads west.

Ready to roll



The valley leaving Schilpario was very nice, and the first climb, while littered with branches and rocks from the previous night, was uneventful.

Bathroom break.. captured for the US audience:



When we got to the bottom of Passo di San Marco we needed a bit more clothing. Stiff breeze, but sunshine. Life is sweet.







on the way up we stopped for a few snaps.







We pulled in to the rifugio... whats that white stuff? Thinking maybe a coffee? But Michelle suggested up & over and warm stuff in the valley... OK, sounds good. Off we go.



hmmm bit more white stuff



lot more white stuff!


at this point Michelle wisely put the camera away & we made our way off the mountain. I have to say that it doesn't seem like much snow in these pics, but by the time we had gone just a bit further there was only a tire track to follow. On a bright note the snow was quite slushy, so it didn't seem like death was imminent. The stares we got from hunters headed out in the morning were priceless.




... to be continued.....
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Day Seven continued....

We've made it off the mountain without a scratch

I have to say Michelle was laughing on the way down... but I wasn't sure if it was because she was having fun, or because her mind had snapped

Just outside Morbegno at a coffee bar we consult the map. (glasses on)



quite a change from snow





we decide to go see the Moto Guzzi museum since it's close & Michelle wants to see Lake Como.
So, off we go, armed with a waypoint the Garmin flies straight as an arrow



PS: I have my Guzzi hat on



Now what?

We decide to ride up the lake & see if we can find a small place to stay.
It's beautiful along the shore of Lake Como! We see a sign for zimmer / rooms / motorcycle & stop at Hotel MonteCodeno. The owner asks if we have been in town for the Guzzi rally, "ventimila moto" he says. I am thinking good thing we weren't, there would have been no place to stay.

Anyway, we get checked in and go for a walk.
The town of Varenna is amazing.. like something out of a story book Michelle says.

Narrow streets



Paths down the the water



or up



bicchiere di vino? si!!



the scene along the shore



sunset behind the mountains



not a long day of riding, but eventful!
great scenery, great dinner later that night, and another beautiful place burned in to memory

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