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    Quote Originally Posted by jsd View Post
    After much deliberating and research we ended up using Adriatic Moto tours and doing their Southern Italy tour. I have absolutely nothing but good things to say about both the tour and the tour operator. Except now future vacations are going to be disappointing in comparison.
    Thanks for returning to the thread and letting us know how you made out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsd View Post
    Except now future vacations are going to be disappointing in comparison.
    Simple solution, keep going back and stay for longer than the 10 or 14 days these tours offer. I have for 26 years. Life can be very short!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    Simple solution, keep going back and stay for longer than the 10 or 14 days these tours offer. I have for 26 years. Life can be very short!
    I second this notion, Alex... you were a great inspiration to me. My business did not allow me to take this amount of time off, but now that I am retired...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    My business did not allow me to take this amount of time off, but now that I am retired...
    I have read that so often about the amount of vaction time we get on this side of the pond. Yet how can Europe and other countries afford to give workers 6 weeks of vacation plus anther 2 weeks of national holidays and not go broke. We must be greedy or doing something wrong.

    Anyway, my days are numbered. I remember John Hermann running into me in 2002 on the Ofenpass and he was up there in age. This was easier when I was younger so do it while you can.

    2022 I was two-up with plenty of luggage and on a fully fuelled R1150 GSA sitting at about 1000 pounds, all top heavy and I found it a bit tough on the ultra tight switchbacks and 20%+ grades. Especially after a two year layoff due to Covid travel restrictions in 2020 and 2021. I took my girlfriend on some of the more technical passes: Zoncolan, Manghen, Kaiserjaegerweg, south ramp of Gavia, SplŁgen. Some 48 passes, never an issue. Then I pull into a Shell station in Winterthur and I fall over...go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    I have read that so often about the amount of vaction time we get on this side of the pond. Yet how can Europe and other countries afford to give workers 6 weeks of vacation plus anther 2 weeks of national holidays and not go broke. We must be greedy or doing something wrong.
    It’s called “entrepreneurialism” …

    The only vacation time a key man gets is when there is no business.

    Your advice over the years has really helped me in planning my own continental adventures. Norway is next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    I have read that so often about the amount of vaction time we get on this side of the pond. Yet how can Europe and other countries afford to give workers 6 weeks of vacation plus anther 2 weeks of national holidays and not go broke. We must be greedy or doing something wrong.
    It is called American Exceptionalism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Norway is next.
    Bring money and I hope you get a fog-free day in Nordkapp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider View Post
    Bring money and I hope you get a fog-free day in Nordkapp.
    Boy howdy, things are expensive there! Fortunately, I am breaking my pattern of riding solo and an old high-school buddy is coming along, renting a bike in Frankfurt. At least we can split the hotel bill… I also took advantage of the favorable exchange rate and bought a nice wad of Kroner at a discount! (Obviously the way to go there on a budget is to camp, but I am over that!)

    I made the decision not to go to Nordkapp. For one, I am not one of those “ride to the end of the roads” type and I am also concerned about the weather risk. I also wanted to spend a fair amount of time in the southern reaches of the country, the area south of Bergen. This ride will be a scouting mission for a future car-based tour with my wife. Maybe we will go up to Nordkapp then.

    There sure is no lack of fabulous riding in Norway, really looking forward to it.

    Ian

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