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Old 02-03-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Route des Grandes Alpes en Moto

An enchanting river valley led me past medieval castles and tall church spires to where the land stretched up to the sky. The air became crisp and cow bells rang as the sun pierced through frosty trees at my side. As I scraped pegs left and right up tight hairpin turns an eagle screeched out below. In the clear sky above I took the rough rock-strewn path just to see what else I may find. On the summit I indulged on the shimmering view, and fell asleep beneath the stars.

Itinerary:
Mosel River
French Alps
Côte d'Azur
Gorges du Verdon
Swiss Alps
Liechtenstein
Black Forest
Autobahn

New toys and prep:
New Pelican Storm case top box
New LuxuryLite cot
New mount for Garmin 60CSx
New micro pump from ADV designs
Replaced kevlar jeans and boots from last trip
Repaired some small damage from the first trip
2nd oil change at 7,500 kms


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Old 02-03-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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Great pics.! That action shot of you on the bike is nice and clear. Great work by the operator.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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All the pictures are fantastic but the one with you in your bike is perfect
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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Great pics.! That action shot of you on the bike is nice and clear. Great work by the operator.
Thanks! That one was taken by a pro. I was thinking he should have picked one of the faster turns but I think on that cambered hairpin he can make everyone look pro! Turned out real nice
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Mosel Valley

First up was the Mosel Valley. I'd planned to get back there ever since I stumbled upon it the day I picked up my bike. I felt a strong déjà vu there and then I realized it was the scene of the WRC Rallye Deutschland! The river banks are covered in vinyards and dotted with quaint towns and high castle turrets. You always see these special narrow ships slowly navigating the winding river. I followed the entire Mosel through to France and spent the evening wandering around Metz before finding a suitable camp site.














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Old 02-03-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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Gorgeous ride and pics

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:05 PM   #7
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Wow, nice pics!
Any pics of Metz?
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #8
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Great photos! Reminded me why I love riding the Alps.

Question: what is that license plate on your bike? I know it ain't Canadian-Canadian.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:16 PM   #9
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looks like a great ride.....enjoying the pics, looks nice and warm.

i have a friend with a B&B in Zeltingen Rachtig, Moselle Valley, usually my 1st port of call off the ferry...next fav place is Dusseldorf, love that city,

like to have a ride through here, interesting valley and museum.

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:26 AM   #10
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Wow, nice pics!
Any pics of Metz?
Thanks! I can only find the one pic I have of Metz of the ginormous cathédrale. I knew it was the place to hang out when I saw all the bikes parked around there. I exercised my French skills with some local z750 riders (I used to have one myself) and even met a rider with a Québec plate on one of those Can-Am 3-wheeled things. I wandered around that area to stretch my legs and it's really nice!

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Question: what is that license plate on your bike? I know it ain't Canadian-Canadian.
Yes it is a Canadian plate I get a lot of questions of how I got the bike over here so now I usually joke that I crossed the Bering straight. Actually I live in Germany but have Canadian plates
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:40 AM   #12
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like to have a ride through here, interesting valley and museum.

Nice! I didn't know about that one, looks like a good day trip for me in the spring
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:28 AM   #13
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Neandertal Valley is near Mettmann, a few kms out of Dusseldorf

nice coffee here in the Valley a few kms after the Museum, popular bikers haunt....



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Niiiiice! I did a Rhine cruise from Boppard to Bingen back in '81. Seeing your map and pics brought back memories.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:25 PM   #15
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Neandertal Valley is near Mettman, a few kms out of Dusseldorf
Thanks I am maybe an hour away from there. Have to check it out
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