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    riding the bike(s) grasslander's Avatar
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    Back from Germany


    One heck of a trip.

    First, a huge thanks to Beemerdons, GlobalRider, Stefan Knopf and franze. Wouldn't have tried this without your help. Anita agrees with me that in 28 years of traveling together, this trip was by far the most interesting and satisfying we have made to date. We will return.

    I learned enough German to break the ice. In Germany and Austria it was fairly easy to work in english. The Germans got a kick out of my accent free mid-western english and my very basic German skills. In Merano nobody knew any language but German or Italian except the 16 year olds. We always got a room, never went thirsty or hungry (on the contrary - we ate and drank well!), and only got lost once a day (GPS is a wonderful thing).

    We had one day of real rain traversing across west Austria to north Italy. We traveled in Germany, Austria, Italy, and touched Switzerland and France. More will come to this thread as time permits.

    My biggest thrill was climbing this pass 2 up with loaded bags, top box, and tank bag

    Passo dele Stelvio. 48+ hairpins. Not for beginners. Anita commented that she intimately knew the logo on the back of my jacket after this climb.

    What a wonderful adventure. More later got to get some work done...
    Last edited by grasslander; 06-24-2008 at 11:39 AM.
    Jim Doyle
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    Small road corner junkie pffog's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by grasslander View Post

    One heck of a trip.

    ................ We will return............................................

    Welcome fellow Alp-aholic, It is one addiction you will have no desire to cure, but will be obsessed untill you get another fix.

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    Thanks for sharing, and I'll be looking forward to many more photos.

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    Passo dele Stelvio. 48+ hairpins. Not for beginners

    Wow, this makes Pike Peak look like childs play.We have so many wonderful places to ride, it seems rather hard to determine which one is the best. It's member like yourselves that makes it possible for others to dream and plan on seeing new places they have never been. Guess I'll jump on Big Red and take a putt around the block to cool myself off.

    Keep smiling
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    hey Jim,

    Glad you got some good weather! I tip my visor to you for going two up on Di Stelvio. Looking forward to hearing more about your travels.

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    Registered User dancogan's Avatar
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    Beautiful pics. Thanks for the post. Now I'm so jealous ... we're going to Austria but can't work in the motorcycle part. I'll just have to be content taking pictures.

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