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Old 09-30-2012, 12:31 PM   #16
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Subscribed! I'll be curious to see if our routes intersected each other, since we just got back from Italy. Looks like a great time.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:00 PM   #17
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Subscribed! I'll be curious to see if our routes intersected each other, since we just got back from Italy. Looks like a great time.
Well, I just clicked on your link to check out your report and it looks like we did indeed cross paths.

Don't you remember, I waved at you?

I'll try to remember the dates and post them on the report.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:05 PM   #18
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Who knows, maybe I caught you on my gopro :). I will also stick in some dates on my next update.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:49 PM   #19
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Day 4, leaving Barcelonnette and heading north along La Route des Grandes Alpes. That means lots of high cols, or passes. This day would have me going over Col de Vars, Col d'Izoard, Col du Lautarat, Col du Galibier, Col de l'Iseran, and maybe some others I can't remember.
This day would have been September 8th or 9th I think.






Perfectly maintained roads, beautiful scenery, cyclists, and European riders going really fast.







Trying to be creative here with a glacier in the mirror.






I always loved when there was a view of the road ahead (or behind), I wasn't always able to stop and get a photo but here's one:



I like the slate roofs and the colorful flowers in window boxes in this little town.



Looking down at the village of slate roofs after climbing up a few switchbacks.



Another slate roof up in the mountains.





This was a day where I didn't have a set destination when I took off in the morning. I was going to stop in Aime but I felt like going a little more. A little turned in to a bit more than I wanted but it was worth it as I ended up in the beautiful town of Saint Gervais. This is next to Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps at almost 16,000 ft.



The view from my room.



What a day. Probably the best single day of riding in my life up to that point. But I was just getting started......

Day 4, 390 KMs (242 miles)

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:13 PM   #20
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that's Galibier isn't it?
we were sat at that light waiting to get back thru the tunnel September 12th.... in the snow. We never made it down the side you are coming from. We came up from the other side via Col de Telegraphe and had to turn back. Your weather looks much nicer
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:22 PM   #21
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Great ride!

Great scenery and pics! Now you're getting really close to some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. Keep the pics coming and most of all enjoy the ride!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:47 PM   #22
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Amazing stuff. We are going to have to push further west next time . There is just so little time, so much to see.
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Great scenery and pics! Now you're getting really close to some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. Keep the pics coming and most of all enjoy the ride!!
Well, I'm back home now but I'm enjoying it all over again as I tell the story and post the pics!!

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that's Galibier isn't it?
we were sat at that light waiting to get back thru the tunnel September 12th.... in the snow. We never made it down the side you are coming from. We came up from the other side via Col de Telegraphe and had to turn back. Your weather looks much nicer
I think so. By the 12th I was in Andermatt sitting in the hotel and walking around town while it rained. When the clouds lifted the next day you could see all the snow on the mountains. That part of the story is coming.....

I had great weather the whole month except for that day and a half.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:20 AM   #25
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I think so. By the 12th I was in Andermatt sitting in the hotel and walking around town while it rained. When the clouds lifted the next day you could see all the snow on the mountains. That part of the story is coming.....

I had great weather the whole month except for that day and a half.
LOL
we ended up going a bit east & south & hit the Italian sunshine.... we were quite close to crossing paths!
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we ended up going a bit east & south & hit the Italian sunshine.... we were quite close to crossing paths!
Oh, Italy. Italy is absolutely amazing, and I only saw a small part of it, from the Dolomites to the coast at La Spezia and Cinque Terre. I enjoyed the food, the people, the prices, especially coming from Switzerland! Never mind the incredible scenery and fun roads.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:35 AM   #27
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that's Galibier isn't it?...
Yes it is. Love the cols d'Izoard and Galibier. For me, the Route des Grandes Alpes is one of the best rides in Europe. YMMV.

Great pics, John.
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Oh, Italy. Italy is absolutely amazing, and I only saw a small part of it, from the Dolomites to the coast at La Spezia and Cinque Terre. I enjoyed the food, the people, the prices, especially coming from Switzerland! Never mind the incredible scenery and fun roads.

LOL no kidding about Swiss prices.... we were staying in France & Itally for €60 - €70 / night including breakfast (well the four star at Torbole was more of course...) but back into Switzerland? "yes sir we have a double room.. that'll be CHF 170"



anyway... enough of the distraction, I have to write my day 08, and you have o keep on w/ this one too.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:12 AM   #29
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It just seems like... this is maybe not the best place to put a road.

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We were checking out some marble quarries near Carrara, and I scrambled up some similar-looking scree to take a leak behind an outbuilding. It was unwise. I got a little worried on the way up, and even more worried on the way down, that the mountainside was going to let go on top of me. Note to self. Bad plan.
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It just seems like... this is maybe not the best place to put a road.



We were checking out some marble quarries near Carrara, and I scrambled up some similar-looking scree to take a leak behind an outbuilding. It was unwise. I got a little worried on the way up, and even more worried on the way down, that the mountainside was going to let go on top of me. Note to self. Bad plan.
Yeah, I wonder how often that section has to be repaired.
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