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Old 09-30-2011, 04:03 AM   #31
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"... she said "Yes" "

OMG!!!!!!!!!! Greg, Chelle...! Stelvio, tornato #48....!?! What the hellufa cool spot for this kinda conversation!!! CONGRATS, that is awesome news! I hope it's going to be a huge motorcyclist's wedding than and the slideshow will be posted here in separate thread!

Knowing how the "...maybe meet for a drink with Cooltours"-story ends, I'm very much looking forward to the Montemagno part and to hear about what the menue has been at Capa & Tage :-)
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:03 AM   #32
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"... she said "Yes" "

OMG!!!!!!!!!! Greg, Chelle...! Stelvio, tornato #48....!?! What the hellufa cool spot for this kinda conversation!!! CONGRATS, that is awesome news! I hope it's going to be a huge motorcyclist's wedding than and the slideshow will be posted here in separate thread!

Knowing how the "...maybe meet for a drink with Cooltours"-story ends, I'm very much looking forward to the Montemagno part and to hear about what the menue has been at Capa & Tage :-)

hello Rene!

Ah yes I thought a perfect place. Memorable no doubt! Of course after such an event I hadn't thought through the fact we'd need to ride down. Luckily that went OK too.

I apologize for the "non call" upon reaching Zurich, we were dead tired, and we suspected with new bikerista Vivien top priority in the Cooltours household that it would be kinder to take a pass for this trip. However after this trip went so well, there are many more trips in the future!

The balance of the story continues shortly.

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Old 09-30-2011, 10:13 AM   #33
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Day Eight

time to leave Varenna
why can't we win the damn lotto? *sigh*
We needed to decide, south or north. South to see Tage, and then tomorrow a long slog up the autostrada to Aarau or north towards Switzerland with a shorter day tomorrow. With regret we have to opt for north. Of course this means we need a new trip with Tuscany!

OK.. time to get the bikes out



Michelle is happy



the shore road north









no snow up there



girl in tow? check



top of Maloja Pass





a bit quiet for bikes



breathtaking





who's that scruffy old bastard? no glasses for Michelle!







Riding along the lakeshore



I think winter came a bit earlier than these boat owners expected







Girl still back there? You bet. "I'm not letting you out of my sight" she says







not much traffic







By this point we had gotten almost all the way to St Moritz when Michelle said "we should have a video"... so I snapped on the GoPro & we went back for another pass.



Song selection by Michelle as she says "I felt so GOOD!" second selection from me.. 'cause it's cool to see the girl gettin' her groove on

... to be continued....
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:45 AM   #34
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Day Eight continues....

on the way back towards St Moritz after the GoPro run





We head up into the Julier Pass, and I have video of this.. but no pics (video coming shortly).
Basically we rode up into the clouds! So visibility was pretty much nil. It got quite cold, but the pass road is wide and smooth, so it wasn't long until we came back down to earth.

Stopping to adjust music



all set



waving like Simoncelli



did I mention it seemed to be road-works season in Switzerland? Plenty of gravel bits for Nan-Lo



still waving



still back there



getting tired of following Michelle shows me how its done



speed limit restriction ends..... GASSSSSSSSSSS!





beautiful Swiss villages on the way to the Oberalp Pass





climbing the Oberalp





as Michelle disappears into the distance



we arrive in Andermatt & decide to try a different place



the street outside



Oberalp in our backyard



a bottle of red "smuggled" in from Italy. 3.54 and very tasty!! with prices like that it'd be every night



a little local culture on the TV.... seems vaguely familiar... hmmm





we walk down to Drei K霵ige und Post for a bit of dinner. Wouldn't you know they have.. wait for it.... "hunter's specials"

Of course Michelle orders that right away.

the "before" I think she is having second thoughts....



the "after"

one happy camper!!



our route for the day has taken us back to Switzerland. we go to sleep with the knowledge that tomorrow is our last riding day

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Old 09-30-2011, 06:22 PM   #35
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almost as nice as BC and we have real shitters, but damn the wine costs a LOT more here
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:10 PM   #36
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Thanks for sharing. My type of adventure, who needs dirt roads and gravel.

Congratulations, you make a good team, I noticed Michele has a perpetual smile. Wishing you the best of luck and a great life.

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Old 10-04-2011, 04:33 AM   #37
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a video of the Julierpass.



a bit foggy... a bit cold.

I was wishing I had my heated vest. Michelle was wishing she had hers too!
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:48 AM   #38
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Thanks for sharing. My type of adventure, who needs dirt roads and gravel.

Congratulations, you make a good team, I noticed Michele has a perpetual smile. Wishing you the best of luck and a great life.

Ciao
Thank you capriccio for reading and for the good wishes. Yes, life is wonderful and smiling is required. I am extremely lucky. :-)

Hope you have the same.

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:38 PM   #39
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Day Nine

*sigh*

It's another beautiful day in Switzerland, but there is a cloud hanging over us... it's our last day
We go down for breakfast and get our feed on. We (meaning me) finally figures out the way to make a soft-boiled egg properly... I wasn't turning up the heat, so it never really seemed to cook right. Took the whole trip to think that one through.

Anyway... no harm done, I'll know better next time.

After breakfast we pack up & I get Michelle to roll down to the traffic circle for a shot under the signs.



beautiful day







it was a bit chilly in the shade at first, but eventually we popped out into the sun



random snaps along the road



flat calm, not a breath of air





my girl still in tow



even through the construction sites



we got back to Moto Mader at "lunchtime....."

which meant no one was around... that's OK, we weren't in a hurry at that point

we use these for training bikes:



snapped this for Nan-Lo... she's a big fan of Rossi, and would likely have been licking the window if she was with us



good trip?



and yeah, I'm pretty damn happy too



it was a short day of riding, but in many ways, that was OK. We stuck to the back roads on the way north & avoided the highway. It was a very mellow ride up.



I have a pile of video to edit and a few more comments to sum it all up, but essentially that is "g容g & Michelle's European Adventure 2011"

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Old 10-05-2011, 04:11 PM   #40
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FANTASTIC! Great trip, great roads, great report, and what a place to propose, Congratulations!
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:30 PM   #41
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I just saw this & read the whole thing. Fantastic trip with great pictures. Finally able to see a street ride on here.I have a couple of videos of some of the passes you went on done by a couple of guys from Norway. Very nice to see the surrounding countryside

How did the F800R do on the trip? I have been looking at that bike. Seems like a very nice ride.

Best wishes for a happy life for the two of you.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:28 AM   #42
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I agree....it was an absolutely perfect place to propose, provided that we took a little time for my knees to stop shaking before the ride down. If anyone has a girl that enjoys adrenaline, I would definitely recommend this scenario.

The F800R was a GREAT bike for this trip. Plenty of power for the climbing, took off like a shot when asked and made the twisties and tornanti easy. Nice wide bars for pushing into the turns and the luggage was convenient. I hadn't originally thought I would want the top box but would not go without it after having it. Riding position was comfortable. When we first arrived, they had a lower version of the seat on the bike and I asked them to put the higher one on. This made the knee bend when riding less extreme and was more comfortable. I have long legs for a girl (31" inseam), and this was a comfortable way to ride for long stretches.


Thanks for the good wishes. I don't have any doubts that we will always be happy.


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Old 10-06-2011, 07:04 AM   #43
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Great report, excellent photos.
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:49 PM   #44
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You guys did almost the same roads we did. It was our first time over the pond and we had a blast. It was worth selling our DS bikes for this trip. We were over there at the end of August and had great weather. I need to start a trip report. We were on 2 G650GS bikes.
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You guys did almost the same roads we did. It was our first time over the pond and we had a blast. It was worth selling our DS bikes for this trip. We were over there at the end of August and had great weather. I need to start a trip report. We were on 2 G650GS bikes.
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