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Old 09-11-2013, 05:57 AM   #1
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Laugh In the heart of Europe

190 km from Venice, 30km from the Alps, 95 km from the first sea island. I'm really lucky bastard to live in such a beautiful environment and I would like some of these beauties to share with you. Firstly , a few pictures to get a grip
(Some images are not from motorcycle trips but anyway)

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With my son in the Alps


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Old 09-11-2013, 06:13 AM   #2
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You are very lucky indeed. I hope you will post more pictures and a ride report soon. Thank you for sharing with us
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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I will start with Grossglockner as a travel Mecca for motorcyclists in these places. From the house I can do in one day (not counting the pain in the ass after 600km) but i wanted to see some Tyrol beauties so I finished it in two days.

Start was a little boring, but as soon as I turned off the highway things become much better.




I passed Treviso, Pontebba and climbed on the Pramollo pass


Weather was fine, maybe a little too warm for my taste.
BTW: Sorry about the lack of motorcycle posing pictures, but until now I did not intend to publish them, and I look at my thumper every day.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:36 PM   #4
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Pass



Going down. There is a small cosy city with unpronounceable name. C-M and something.


ups and downs


This valley leads to the Grossglockner. The weather was becoming increasingly hot


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Old 09-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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Since my wife and daughter are watching southamerican lemonade i have plenty of time to post some more pics

Finally Heiligenblut (holy blood) , I read a lot about the construction of this road to the GG and Heiligenblut was important logistic centre.


and up we go


Looking at this I felt so small
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #6
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No words needed



Someone's comment on this pic: It is like scene from Far Cry




Finally my bike


And typical tyrolian hut (i think so)
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such beautiful vistas.
I hope you will post many, many more pictures.
Thank you again for sharing with us
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such beautiful vistas.
I hope you will post many, many more pictures.
Thank you again for sharing with us
Thanks and don't worry my friend. I have much more to show.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:54 PM   #9
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I received my winter setup yesterday Contis TKC 80


But we are still a long way from those days, at least few weekend trips on tarmac, I hope.

Probably now is the right time to introduce myself. I am over 40, family man, love sports and bikes of all kind (even MTB).
Me and my wife


I've been driving serious bikes only for four years, and i tried all kinds of them.
Bike before current one:


But eventually I realized that thumper is the right kind for me. Agility, lightness and raw power. Yes it's hard to drive and it vibrates like a sledgehammer, but i love it.
Pic from our early days
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:04 AM   #10
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Time to go on with my report:

Finally on the F-J hohe. There is a glacier in front of us. And crowd!


GG peak


One more


Then backtrack a little and via Edelweiss spitze.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:31 AM   #11
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Edelweiss spitze is the highest pass in this alpine road.




And the down on the other side. I slept at this hotel. Very old, food quality was rather poor, not something i would write home about.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:45 AM   #12
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Last weekend we did daytrip at seaside. It's matter of one and a half hour ride each way.

Slovenian coast is cliffy


A short boat trip




A friend, my son and me.

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Old 09-12-2013, 06:25 AM   #13
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Back to Grossglockner.

Next day ,after some Tyrolian sightseeing i went back through tauern tunel


In Lienz they had a kind of public event. Sun heated as insane and standing in motorcycle equipment in the heat is not something I want to do often.


So, getting to the Carinthia lakes was top priority. But Austrians have a strange habit or hobby of creating as many as possible obsticles to make free acess to the lakes imposible. (jap, english is not my first language). Therefore public facilities are the only way to get wet


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Old 09-12-2013, 07:19 AM   #14
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Hi Darel! This is a great report! More please I am always envious of rides through the Alps....and was one of your first set of photos a shot of Plitvice Lakes? I was fortunate to see them a few years ago. Looking forward to many more reports from you!!
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Hi Darel! This is a great report! More please I am always envious of rides through the Alps....and was one of your first set of photos a shot of Plitvice Lakes? I was fortunate to see them a few years ago. Looking forward to many more reports from you!!
It is the Bohinj lake. A little bit norther
Thanks for reply. More will come, I promise.
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