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Old 03-07-2013, 01:16 PM   #76
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Furka

The day I rode over the Furka pass the sky was overcast so I didn't actually take any photos, but the GoPro images turned out quite alright





















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Old 03-07-2013, 01:44 PM   #77
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I really like this report! I miss my Alps...

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Old 03-07-2013, 11:05 PM   #78
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next fav place is Dusseldorf, love that city,

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

Next time you're around drop me a line. I'm just a few klicks away and there should be at least time for a coffee or beer.

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Old 03-08-2013, 04:42 AM   #79
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This little gem of a report needs to be enjoyed by more readers.. stickied for a bit to give it more exposure. Thanks for the continued updates and the visual feast.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:34 AM   #80
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Glad to see this stickied! Hey Squawk77, that shot with the bus next to you gave me the jitters! Looks like some oncoming car was trying to pass and then the bus was passing you so to reduce the chances of a head-on with the car the bus nearly grated you against the guardrail! Scary.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:41 AM   #81
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OK Wow it's really a bit embarrassing to be stickied after the last truly epic thread! I get so much inspiration from this forum and I just wanted to give a bit of that back to others

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Glad to see this stickied! Hey Squawk77, that shot with the bus next to you gave me the jitters! Looks like some oncoming car was trying to pass and then the bus was passing you so to reduce the chances of a head-on with the car the bus nearly grated you against the guardrail! Scary.
At that moment I was really like wtf and baffled because I'm quite impressed with most drivers in the Alps. Now that you point out that car's position, I think you're right and more impressed than ever! Where would I have gone if not for the bus driver
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:53 AM   #82
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Bingo RTB

So far on my two trips around western Europe I've felt quite blessed with good weather and nothing but great encounters and experiences. It's not a hair-rising trip by ADV standards, but friends and family do worry and call me crazy to ride so much solo none the less. I'm feeling quite comfortable with the new bike and gear now to explore the more "adventurous" parts of Europe in the future, but to ride the Alps was a truly astounding experience I will never forget! I rode home on the German autobahn in a bit of rain but feeling quite thoroughly satisfied, dreaming about the next escape.















Liechtenstein


Liechtensteinian traffic commando?












Back into Deutschland, where speed has no limit


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Old 03-08-2013, 09:01 AM   #83
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Things I learned on this trip

1. September is the PERFECT time to go to the Alpes! It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, most of the tourists are gone, and the mountains tops have that dusting fresh snow.

2. The drastic changes in altitude, temperature and pressure cause condensation almost immediately inside the sealed GoPro case = 1000’s of ruined pics

3. Never ask for “stationnement” for your bike in France. They will look at you as if you have 3 heads.

4. Never order a Cappuccino in Italy after breakfast. It seems to be the equivalent of ice cold beer in Germany. You’re doing it wrong!!

5. Moldy blue cheese is actually damn good stuff

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Old 03-08-2013, 09:28 AM   #84
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Sorry about the loss of Gopro pics, the ones you got are awesome,
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:38 AM   #85
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This little gem of a report needs to be enjoyed by more readers.. stickied for a bit to give it more exposure. Thanks for the continued updates and the visual feast.
I thought so too and was subscribed. Spectacular traveling.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #86
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Originally Posted by Wal2
next fav place is Dusseldorf, love that city,

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


Next time you're around drop me a line. I'm just a few klicks away and there should be at least time for a coffee or beer.

Cheers

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thanks....will do
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:50 PM   #87
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Wolves

I would like to know the story on the wolves, they look almost tame and as if they were inviting you to eat with them, or maybe be eaten,

Fantastic photos though, absolutely beautiful, in fact
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:58 PM   #88
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Wolves and Marremas

From what I understood (hard for me to follow all the French about wolves) gray wolves returned to the French Alpes naturally in the '90s. Now people and wolves have never really got along.. and lots of farmers have sheep graze these mountains high and low. This park has several actual wolf packs in large enclosures with a few subtle viewing points. You can see the packs behave like wolf packs, I could very easily tell who the Alpha male was (the one with the broad head who distinctly led the group) The guide told me they're having trouble to get them to breed though and you can rarely add a new wolf to a pack... so this park may have to be closed to visitors in the future.














Now the Italian Maremma is bred specifically to fend off the wolves. Although they bond with people, they can't really be domesticated as they prefer to live independently outside with lots of freedom. Like the wolves, they seem to be very adaptable and strategically minded. These dogs don't run up to you for some petty attention or follow any command, they evaluate you as a potential threat and just wait for you to leave. I found them really interesting to see as well. When you think about it, the Maremma allows the supposed hundreds of wolves to live free in the Alpes today! (by keeping them away from human contact)

A very young Italian Maremma I met in the Alpes


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Old 03-09-2013, 01:41 AM   #89
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1. September is the PERFECT time to go to the Alpes! It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, most of the tourists are gone, and the mountains tops have that dusting fresh snow.

2. The drastic changes in altitude, temperature and pressure cause condensation almost immediately inside the sealed GoPro case = 1000’s of ruined pics

3. Never ask for “stationnement” for your bike in France. They will look at you as if you have 3 heads.

4. Never order a Cappuccino in Italy after breakfast. It seems to be the equivalent of ice cold beer in Germany. You’re doing it wrong!!

5. Moldy blue cheese is actually damn good stuff

Thanks for looking
Hello again,

Thanks for the nice Ride Report !

1. I completely agree : first 2 weeks of September are the best to ride the Alps. (you don't get too much ice inside the Parpaillon tunnel) But it can be cold at night. It was freezing at night when I camped in Val D'Isere last September...

3. . The usage is to park anywhere where you don't block the way to pedestrians or vehicles.

5. You are beginning to understand French Culture : Moldiness is not always a biological weapon ! Roquefort with a nice Bourgogne !
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:30 AM   #90
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Awesome RR!

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