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Jun212011

Alps Ride - Crew, Enter the Alps

Riding with Kiwi (New Zealand) and a few fellow Yankee friends.  The Kiwi couple who put the ride together used to work for an Alps motorcycle tour company, so the they know the best back- (and-front) roads.   Mostly couples, with a few singles, a large span of riding abilities, though we share a common passion for riding.  Ride in groups or peel off on your own, whatever suits your mood for the day. 

Munich was alternating sun and rain, the ride to Salzburg was stunning, though wet and  9 degrees C.  Two nights in beautiful Salzburg, had a great day ride to picturesque Hallstatt (a village) on Gosausee (a lake), finally seeing some sun between rains.  Dinners in old restaurants in old cellars in old Salzburg...the food is very good, and I repent my former belief that German and Austrian cuisine can't compete on the world stage. 

Today's ride from Salzburg to Villach took us through the hairpins, zigzags and sweepers of the Grobglockner, an incredible pass road adjacent to the Alp's highest peak.  Sunny and hot, most of Europe turned out to ride, crazy passing of slower cars and motorcycles, stunning views when you could spare a glance.   Pasterze Glacier at Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Hohe was beautiful, parking area packed with bikes.  Explored a few additional passes before landing in Villach. 

As we meet up for the ritual of drinks after a day's ride, I'm still hangin' in with the Kiwi's, though I'm not sure if I can keep up this pace (drinking) for the whole trip. Kiwi's have a well-deserved reputation in this pastime. 

Four bikes have already hit the pavement, fortunately only a few bruises for the riders and passengers. Getting into the groove of the F800GS, it's well-suited for these mountain roads, though a bit hard on the butt.

 

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Thanks for letting us all hitch a ride on your adventure Rayner!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercatherinesinger

Julie Byram told me what a great adventurer you are and I look forward to reading about your adventures! Love to have you read about mine!

Kathryn O'Gould

June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn O'Gould

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