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Old 06-24-2013, 07:52 AM   #16
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Im in Marbella (south Spain), near Algeciras (Ferry to Morocco), have cold beer for you.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #17
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What's your plan for the next weekend. Me and my friends are planing to go in Italian alps for a few days. On Saturday we'll be riding Stelvio and Gavia pass.

If it stops raining that is.
I'm currently in Lyon and heading that way. Having a tough time finding the sun. Was heading for the San Bernardino pass but rain and some snow forecast has me running south. I will hope for some sun so I can get off the highways-boring. Didn't even bring rain gear. I thank my lucky stars for the gear I brought especially since I sprayed it with water guard. leave me a start point and Mother Nature allows, I will be there.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #18
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Well, today even started snowing in high alpine passes ...
Two years in the planning and global warming screws up my plans. I guess that's what adventures are all about. Hoping to make it there later in July.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #19
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I am subscribed and looking forward to pics and reports. Any plans to make it to Ireland?
Is it raining there?
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:43 PM   #20
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Is it raining there?
Strangely enough, no. And a great forecast for the next week Sorry.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:33 AM   #21
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Sunshine....Finally

After four days of constant rain, I've made my way down to Marseille and some welcome sunshine. I'm not sure how you guys in the rainy parts cope with getting wet all day just to ride; I'd probably just take up car sports instead.


London was a trip. I'm amazed that nobody pay attention to anyone else other than their own group or their iPhone. In New York at least strangers will acknowledge you when you mod or say hello. Londoners turn away. Do I have food in my teeth or something?


On the platform heading for France


In the "Chunnel"

Getting to this point was a four hour ride through the maze of London traffic in snotty weather. Every five minutes brought a short downpour than the spray of cars as they whisked pass me trying to read my GPS while wiping my face shields and remembering to ride on the other side of the road. At least in the train its not raining....

So out of the tunnel and into France, and guess what ? It's raining! No not raining, it's friggin pouring. So much for my idea to make to Brussels tonight. I'm in Calais and as far as I want to ride. Yea in know..Pusey. I'm from the west coast. We ride in blistering heat. The stuff you guys melt in. Remember?


It stops raining long enough to take a few photos out my window. Now where did I pack my whiskey?


Leaving the next morning I start out dry. Quickly it became apparent that a northeastern route was not in the cards. I needed to head south to find some sun. Weather forecasts showed rain for the next week and even snow in the alps. I'm now thinking Baja might have been a better planned trip.


Made here to Paris after five hours of rain and the sun pokes through long enough for me to get my jacket off and snap a few photos. Then deluge, in central Paris, and I don't have a place to stay. So I took one of my lifelines. I called a friend. In this case, my wife who quickly booked me a hotel right next to this...



Heading to Lyon and then Marseille for the sun. I'm now considering a coast route around southern France and Italy until the weather changes for more favorable riding up in the alps and over to Vienna.

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Old 06-26-2013, 03:39 AM   #22
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I live in the south of Spain. In Seville.

If you need something round here...

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Old 06-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #23
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In...I was watching your posts in the other thread. Glad you got your ride, and are on the way.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:37 PM   #24
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Your adventure sounds cool . I am leaving Amsterdam tomorrow on my way to prague . Will be hopingto go to alps soon . If you guys know a good route or want to ride for a day let me know. Rob
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:52 AM   #25
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Go to Southern Spain and Portugal and go back in the Alps when weather clears.
Me and my friends canceled our four day trip to Italian Alps this weekend, cause today is snowing again, at least on Stelvio Pass.
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #26
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The "Holy Grail" of Euro alpine rides

Did the Grossglockner yesterday. Yep im jumping forward on my trip. Still have not loaded Vienna or some other stops but this section was by far the best time I've had so far on my solo trip. Did three passes in two days with the culmination of the Grossglockner. For those Americans who don't know, it's the Holy Grail of European Alps mountain motorcycle roads. Rivals the Dragon simply because of what you can't do on the Dragon. Very few Rocky Mountain passes equal this road either, I've done them too. The only regret I had was I was on my GS Adventure instead of a more suitable bike....although I did meet a group of bikers riding 50cc motorcycles to the top. Not nearly as high as the Rockies, coming in at only 8,432 feet, but way more fun. Some of the Italians and Germans I met were running full road width even with oncoming traffic. They cut corners directly in front of an oncoming bus with only an inch to spare. My testicles weren't big enough to do what these guys were doing. All in all, I rode 900 km of mountain passes and roads in two days. Weather perfect. Roads stellar, views awesome. Pics don't do this justice.

The crest of Grossglockner




These wacks made the "hill" on old 50cc motorcycles. An old Zundapp amongst others running the summit.


The soldier is standing guard over a museum that was a strategic alpine fort during WWI battles between Italy and Austria. He is in period dress
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:52 PM   #27
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try stelvio

I guess you should take stelvio pass this one is more than 9000 feet, and in the vicinity the umbrail and gavia pass
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:08 AM   #28
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Spent two days in Vienna last Friday and Saturday. The trip up from Rome was a bear the last hundred or so km's. Temp was 93 and the humidity was 90%. Well maybe not for some of you but being a Californian, we're not used to this kind of humidity, especially with adventure gear on.. Now I do understand this is a motorcycle forum, but in Venice, there isn't any roads to ride on so it's boat. I rented a water taxi for an hour to take the back waterway "gritty" tour. Interesting was all I could come up with. Here are some of my unedited shots. I don't have photoshop to make adjustments on my iPad.















Even in Venice, a world heritage city you see graffiti everywhere....and they don't clean it off.

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Old 07-19-2013, 12:38 AM   #29
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The howling is beginning to drive me crazy

27 days on the road today and the howling is beginning to drive me crazy. What howling you might ask? The Heidenau front tire on my GSA. Friggin' A, the damn tire howls so loud I can hear it through my closed helmet with earplugs. I'm in Berlin after spending a few days in Prague and the Czech Republic. By shear accident I found a back road out of Karlovy Vary that took me into Germany. A video as soon as I can edit. Deep forested road paved and only 10 feet wide. Tight twisty for over 60 miles of absolute fun......except for that Heidenau tire.

On the autobahn at 100 mph, it howled so loud I could here the noise with music pumped from my iPhone through earbuds. FAILURE!!! Pics by this weekend since everyone knows, without pics, "your thread is dead" Off to Hamburg and some more back road adventures.
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Online again finally with a photo uploader that works.

One thing constant on a solo motorcycle tour is, nobody tells me when or where to stop for lunch. With no place in particular to go each day, I have taken my time getting just about anywhere. Don't care, unless its a fun mountain pass then its throttle on. Another constant is the beer and cigar for lunch. Great way to stop and meat the locals. Seems they make fairly good beer here, and although they are a bit expensive, Cuban cigars are fairly easy to find. In fact, I'm having both as I sit and write this post.


As this trip doesn't have a schedule or an itinerary, know that I was there to take the images posted. Not always with my motorcycle as traffic in some of the cities I have visited make Times Square look like a country road. Then of course there the boat part. Tried as much as I could, I just couldn't get that damn GS Adventure to float.



No bike allowed here either




...or here.


But they sure did have some other interesting diversions.... Well it's time for another beer so I'm off to find something else interesting.



There's far more interesting places and things to see, but as a solo rider I seem to stop only when it's time to eat, drink, and sleep. Hey isn't that what motorcycle riding is all about?

Stopped here today...for a beer and a cigar.










Many more to come and my route as I can get fast enough Internet to upload GPS route info. Other than that its been "different". Not what I expected when I decided to "go it solo". I wouldn't do Europe solo again, not Western Europe. The farther east I go, the friendlier and more acceptance I get as an "American". Western Europeans don't give a rats ass about us, and they have treated me as such. No worries though, patience usually prevailed and I eventually found my way or I got what I needed. As they say in the UK, "push on"...
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