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Author Topic: European Vacation...Abracadabra  (Read 584 times)
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« on: April 11, 2017, 01:00:24 AM »

It had all started on a stinking hot Melbourne night, enjoying a couple of coldies on the verandah.
" Hey, some of the AusTouring guys have been prodding me in the ribs about another Tornanti-jaunt….whaddaya reckon?"
BIIIGG grin, no words…another beer then.



Many months later....

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It'd taken another 4 years to get cranked up for the sequel, but time was good, the Aussie-$$ flying high, the September-October time slot perfect as ever after a wet European summer...and the third "Tornanti"-Ride rumbled away in its usual style.

This time is was into the backblocks of the western half of the European Alps, discovering the southern parts of Switzerland, then follow the Main Alpine Ridge south to the Mediterranean Coast and Les Alpes Maritime, bouncing back and forth across the Italian-French border.

And in general.... have the time of our lives.


From historical fetes at Swiss castles...




to delicious single-laners after some fresh snow high up...









Breathtaking vistas of the Main Alpine Ridge





Some weird rocks you can ride through





Some farmtracks here and there









Cruising above Lake Geneva on old military roads





Snoozing in some incredible digs in the vineyards of the Lower Valais.... own wine-cellar included.










 

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2017, 01:03:50 AM »

Looking at the Roof-of-Europe...





...to being ON the Roof-of-Europe.














Oh yeah....and there were a few bends here and there.





















Some awkward encounters... smile






...and long lunches...










Laughs and guffaws until the tears came





 "Soul-food"

















A 3-week Tour-De-Force.... from bumpy goat-tracks around the Ligurian Ridge







....to tiny, local micro-breweries





and places too impressive for words











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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2017, 01:05:10 AM »

Staying in tiny hamlets...
 



...with awesome food...





...and excellent vino....





...some local wildlife








Stunning shots from stunning locations












Sometimes things turned to shyte...





...or soaking wet




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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2017, 01:05:58 AM »

Places











...and gobsmacking roads.
















3 weeks, 4000k's....and these two had enough... wonder why?








The whole "10 yards" with over 1750 stumping pics is right here:
Tornanti #3....ABRACADABRA

http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4857














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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2017, 01:14:03 AM »

@Kosmic
Posted this under  "Photos" as it's not the complete ride report, which is absolutely MASSIVE and....some will find it just too much.
To post up the whole thing here would take a couple of months worth of weekends and nights, changing all the emoticons, font-sizes etc.
to compliment the text.
Hope that's ok.

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2017, 02:23:25 AM »

Howdy Glitch! Thank you very much for sharing your excellent photos with us! So much mouth-watering beauty to experience!
Two weeks in Spain and France will just be an appetizer, but perhaps in a few years I will be able to experience the main course!
I'll check out your Austouring.com site as well.
Cheers, Kosmic  clap clap
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2017, 05:20:03 AM »

It's a breathtaking place, those pics are just a feeble attempt at trying to catch a little of it.
Then again, I guess that goes for many places...
Thanks for looking in and the kind words.
Yes, that fortnight of yours should be mindboggling.
Only ever had a single east-west run through the Pyrenees as the Picos were the key target before drifting towards Porto.
The Spanish coast to Barcelona is familiar, but I try to avoid it, half of Europe in jamming up the place.
The hinterland is sweet, but the coast, full of Krauts, Brits and Scandaholics.  yikes lol

Should put up a post from around "home" I guess...
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 02:05:12 AM »

Wow, glitch_oz!

Here's a mind-blowing eyeful of an RR if ever there was one! BEAUTIFUL...

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more from you, Sir!

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Rally on,

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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 05:49:02 AM »

Hi Stovey

Thanks for looking in and having a gander at this.
Glad you like it.  thumb
If anyone wants the full-res version of any of the pics, just holler.

Happy travels

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2017, 12:25:53 AM »

You have the photographer artists' eye, to be sure. Telling a story in wonderfully graphic detail is an art, and few possess it; although there are a number of fantastic photographers and story tellers on RDS forums, myself excluded.

Cheers mate!

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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2017, 02:20:57 AM »

You have the photographer artists' eye, to be sure. Telling a story in wonderfully graphic detail is an art, and few possess it; although there are a number of fantastic photographers and story tellers on RDS forums, myself excluded.

Cheers mate!

Stovey

 



Thanks for the praise... which goes to everyone of the group who chips in with their shots when it's time to put the post-trip yarn together.
Been tripping over some pretty glitzy shots here, those RR's are a treasure trove  clap
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 05:42:03 PM »

Amazing pics and story. The sceneries look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 08:32:41 AM »

Great ride and pictures!
If you really like tornanti..next time i'll wait for you in Italy for a full-tornanti-immersion  smile beer
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