Last Day

Started the day with different degrees of hangover and got the special Canadian welcome

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Descended from the Alm and went home across Brenner

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Stopped at Garmisch-Partenkirchen for sight seeing and… …a meal of burgers

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The Autobahn was blocked, fortunately only for 10 minutes

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Returned the bikes with a nice enduro coating

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and finished the trip with a Weisswurstfruehstueck

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Day 12 – Heading back

Enjoyed the place and the breaking day.

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For me it was the first night with a Triumph – neither of us snored

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Had a great breakfast, fetching rolls with the little bike included

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Left the place without accident

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Showed the guys where we spend our Easter

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Had a coffee in Gargnano

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Along Lake Garda was great – showed us how lucky we had been so far with traffic.

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Got a good view from Bondone and another Spagetti

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Crossed Dolomites again. This time Karersee

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and beautiful Rosengarten

Spent the night on Enzianhuette in the dormitory

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The day in less than 3 minutes

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Day 11 – Passes above Lake Garda

Started the day with a good cup of coffee.
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Like most days we had breakfast in a bar with cappucino and brioce. Took a piece of motorway. This time, my coins got stuck – italian systems are always good for a laugh.

Emerged near Kaiserjaegersteig. Weather wasn’t good for fotos and Monte Bondone’s hair pins were wet, but we kept spirits up… … e.g. with Spagetti on Bondone.
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The passes from Croce Domini to Dosso Alto were a treat. Some gravel, no traffic and wild scenery
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Weather was bad enough to justify a stop for Campari

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Spent a great evening in Michael’s place with camp fire and music.

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See our day in 4:23 minutes

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Day 10 – No riding

By now, we lost our time completely. I think it was day 10 of our tour. We had a nice breakfast on our way to the train station, but not before a coffee “at home”.

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After a 30 min train ride we reached Venice bustling with tourists.
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Went to the quieter parts of town and started to get the idea of Venice.
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Had local snacks for lunch and enjoyed the views and the people.
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Of course we also did the hard core tourist things.
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Took too many pictures and at the end of the day we were exhausted. We took the water bus back from the Arsenal through Canale Grande – a nice finale to an enjoyable day.
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Gordon hat the Boot Beer ready. After that we took the 5 min walk and had another dinner near Piazza del Erbe

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A night out

Went to town and celebrated the aperitif. See and be seen…
Learned a lot. Campari Bianco is unknown, while if you say Campari con Bianco, the waiter knows it.
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All the nice old piazzas are just a minute away from our place and we had a very nice dinner.
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This morning, we’ll take the train to Venice.

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Day 9 – A day at the Autobahn

Started the day with a slightly overdone sunrise
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Got started in time, as always and had breakfast in Dolcedo
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Then we took some incredibly small roads – explicitly blocked for trucks, cars, motorbikes and bicycles!

The 350 km of motorway went OK, with some trouble at the toll station and a nice nap (I had, while the others had a coffee)
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Reaching the apartment via gps took some violations like driving along pedestrian zones, but we got there.
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Another long day of driving.
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A long day in under 2 minutes

Now we are in a 200 sqm apartment in the heart of Padua, ready to go out.

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Day 8 – All roads blocked

Had a bit of a false start with 2 out of the 3 passes leading south blocked for land slides and the 3rd supposedly only open for 1 hour around noon.
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So we went back to Jausiers for breakfast
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Turned out nobody was working on Col de Allos, so we made it. Still had to do a completely different route from what was planned
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Col de Champs was a big rough, but exactly what we like.
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Had lunch before going into Gorge Daluis (excuse any wrong spelling)
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Liked Gorge de Cians most and the small roads and villages

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Coffee was a bit slow to come
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Now we are high up on the Ligurian coast.

The day in 3:50 minutes

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A rainy day without riding…

Morning was poring with rain, so we resigned ourselfs to staying in bed or reading. Started to take pictures of the castle and the surroundings…
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Around 10, weather improved and we thought we could make it up one little pass…
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Turned out the weather kept improving with the mountains looking really dramatic with all the clouds. We went on and on… … had a fantastic lunch…
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Went up Galibier and even took a little gravel road and had a good time. On the way back, all the race track roads were dry!! Now we are back in the castle and celebrating…
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… and having another French Brotzeit
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The day in 4 minutes

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Day 6 – Racing takes its toll

Started the morning by doing some dirt and gravel across Colle Finestre – one of my favourites.
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When reaching Besancon, we realized John’s front tire was getting bald. Spent the most of the day finding a new one. Not easy on a Saturday in France. Some people gave us great help so we are OK, now.
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Checked into our castle turned hotel for a 2 night stay and had a great French Brotzeit with all ingredients from Pastice to Creme Caramel.
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The day in 3.5 minutes


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Intermezzo

Just to proof yesterday’s alcohol didn’t kill me, I took a little walk through the village
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Back to our hotel
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