Austrian Alps september 2020

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:32 pm

well you would, wouldn’t you!!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by The GOAT » Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:19 pm

Looks epic!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:08 pm

It is, I’m now at the to of Passo giau 2242 metres 13 miles from Cortina. now must be off.... Photos:
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by bonio » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:42 pm

Amazing views!
Italian tarmac :-(
Looks fantastic though
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:37 pm

bonio wrote:
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Amazing views!
Italian tarmac :-(
Looks fantastic though
It’s not been that bad, gotta stop the skiers chipping their teeth on the transit coaches. To be honest it’s better than I remember. There seems to have been some serious investment going on. Better than the Vercors. And definitely better than Belgium. Anyway tents up and sorted in the nick of time and I’m sure there’s a pizza waiting with my name on it. They also sell Erdinger - what’s not to like. Been a good day all in all. Glad to be here at last after all the doom and gloom and ‘it’s not going to happen’ malarkey - from different quarters since the world went mad!! Now.... food!
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Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:02 pm

Well that’s a downer. They no longer sell Erdinger, have to make do with Franziskaner. Was quite epic the ride up Giau, 29 hairpins..., less coming down. Last time I went up there was with Snoddy. It was bitter cold with snow on either side of the road almost all the way. Still good fun though. We only had one day here. I’m probably going to stay until Monday at least. And generally bimble. Food has arrived!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:04 am

Not a bad view from the tent, bikes just separate on some hard standing. Until I’m told to move it. Been offered espresso by an elderly Russian lady who only speaks Italian!! All very civilised. Later off to ride passo Duran then wind my way round to Sella. (Maybe) though it’s a horrible tourist trap so a pass I might pass.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:59 am

The campsite is next to a river and so there’s a big embankment and wall on that side, it’s year round so flooding is a risk they have had to deal with. The view from that side standing on the wall though.., my Russian adopted mother has offered me lunch and it would be rude not to. Anyway the view
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Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:27 pm

Turns out my adopted mother has been in Italy since Gorbachev and turned native. Never been back. But she still has a funny accent (apparently) she made a very simple salad and then calamari with red peppers and pasta in a garlic sauce. How these people create something wonderful from the simplest ingredients beats me. Anyway, let that go down and then a ride later.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:04 pm

Today I went to lago missurina (I think that’s how it’s spelt) didn’t stop, then the fuel light came on., it’s very conservative and comes on with 60 miles remaining! So, rather than pay for extortionate Italian petrol I popped into Austria, as you do. 40c cheaper!! Then I realised I wasn’t all that far from a certain campsite that once upon a time I limped into with a broken clutch and also not far from the Pustertaler high road, where I believe someone had an oopsie which resulted in a broken indicator lens. Fun times all round on that trip so anyway this was a road I just had to go up again. And I did. Not many photos this time as I’ve been on multiple missions. Apparently 28c tomorrow and thunderstorms. We’ll see. Chance anyway to wash a weeks worth of dirty laundry! The things we have to do eh? It’s a trial. ODO is now at 1544 miles from home.

The photos are rather less impressive than the reality at some points there was a massive slope to my side and no barrier!!! And the bottom of the valley was an awful long way down.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Snod Blatter » Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:50 pm

Please, it's been done.. :roll:

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:18 pm

Yes. By me twice, the first Time was before the first ever Eifel trip, so... 10 years or more. That time I rode it west to east, this time the other way. I also saw signs for the grossglockner. But hey ho. Maybe next time. I’m far too tight to pay the toll just for a couple of hours. All day or won’t pay!!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:08 pm

And a funny thing, just after crossing into Austria at the first village a speed trap. A line/up of very unhappy looking sports bikers all at the side of the road with the polizei, I was ignored and carried on at the correct speed until the NSL sign. #smug

No beer or cake today!

I’m debating heading north on Sunday rain forecast for here and Monday too. Up there sunny all week. See if there’s a change to the forecast tomorrow. I was considering Slovenia but it’s the same there.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:38 am

Another glorious morning. The threat of thunderstorms has now moved to this evening, after 8pm. Right now not a cloud in the sky 16c rising to 24 later. Oiled the chain last night when I got back and it was still warm. In the dark with the help of my LED lightbulb. Almost a full tank of Austrian petrol, so far I’ve only used Austrian and Luxembourg petrol! So cheap. A 300 miles range has some benefits, Even treated it to two full tanks of premium 98 at €1.12 to give it a good clean with the added detergents. The bike hasn’t missed a beat and the DCT, which is impossible to stall has made riding the extremely twisty roads round here a joy. I’ve been riding it mostly in fully manual mode. Which is great fun!! Took a walk into the field behind the campsite for another view. On the edge of a very expensive town to stay in (hotel) at €8 a night this place is unbeatable.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:52 pm

Out for a ride, pulled in at a refuge to buy a bottle of Fanta and this is my view from a shady spot.
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