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    Ill fated Alps trip.

    I've written this out a few times now, and can't seem to get the words right. I decided to just put the pictures on instead.


    Ready for the off.


    Waiting for the tunnel.


    Not everyone's favourite choice!


    Stayed there with Denise a couple of years ago.


    Breakfast stop. Took too long.




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    Not looking promising.


    Not entirely sure what this sign meant


    head for the bright bit!





    Well worth a visit.


    Starting to dry up.


    The fun starts now.....


    There's a Triumph just down there.

    Mark
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    Stop to take layers off as the temperature climbs.


    Shall we stop here for tonight?


    Go on then.


    Turns out that we are staying at the place highlighted on the front page of the map!


    setting off next morning.


    Looking good.


    Now this is the kind of scenery we were looking for!


    And this is what we found a little further on!

    Mark
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    It did the same to us in Sept on the Timmelsjoch, Mark..............with snow too
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    So many roads...........So little time......

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    Great weather, fantastic roads, glorious scenery. This is why Andy and I wanted to head to the Dolomites.










    Lunch stop.


    And what a lunch it was!


    Photobombed by a couple in lycra.


    Andy's first car was a Cortina.

    Mark
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    Great photos
    Thanks for sharing.......

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    We were five days into a nine day trip. We had just had an outstanding day of riding, and stopped to discuss where to go for the night. We left Pozza di Fassa at about 4.30, and were heading towards Ora when things went pear shaped.


    See that Volkswagen? Andy didn't.



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    Loved that
    Edited because I cannot type

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    So we spent a lot of time here.


    Not a bad view from the hospital window.


    New wheels?


    This is Andy's room.


    My room in the hotel nearest the hospital.

    Mark
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    What to do whilst your oldest friend is stuck in an Italian hospital for a couple of days?
    Why ride your bike of course!







    And explore the town.







    Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by earthmover View Post
    See that Volkswagen? Andy didn't.

    Only you could've written that so well
    KEA

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    Andy's wife and their eldest lad, Luke, managed to get to Cavalese at 10.00pm on the Wednesday evening. An emotional reunion all round.
    The next morning, after an early breakfast, I left them to head home.
    Fill tank, empty bladder, twist throttle, repeat.
    The weather was atrocious. In a peverse sort of way I enjoyed it.
    After the broom cupboard in Cavalese, I got an upgrade in Libramont- Chevigny.





    Sadly, the restaurant was full, and couldn't fit me in. Bastards. And on my birthday too.
    Happily, the breakfast next day made up for it.
    Got home that afternoon.
    Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    Only you could've written that so well
    Thanks Tim. I nicked it from an old joke about a vampire bat, but it works so well. One you'll probably hear plenty of variations of whenever I mess up a section.........
    Mark
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    Quote Originally Posted by earthmover View Post
    Thanks Tim. I nicked it from an old joke about a vampire bat, but it works so well. One you'll probably hear plenty of variations of whenever I mess up a section.........
    Mark
    Which reminds me..... See that steep bank? Mark didn't.



    Great RR, shame it went so tits up for Grimmy but seems like you still managed to salvage a good time from it
    KEA

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    Great report, glad it all eventually worked itself out and your mate is ok, just a bit of a heads up on the RED CIRCLE with Motorbike inside, it is just telling you no 2 wheel vehicules allowed from 10pm until 06.00am, this is common in Germany and a lot of places now to keep the noise down, thanks to the loud pipes save lives brigade, and also watch out for this new sign in the link below, it has just been voted on a popular Bayern area road, and it means no motorbikes Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holiday days, its just getting worse in Germany for riding.

    http://www.infranken.de/regional/bam...art212,2968272



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    Nice write up & pics
    I loves the Dolomites

    Shame your mate came a cropper
    Just 'cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you !

    Remember, experience only means that you screw-up less often.

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