Black Saturday imminent

If you really MUST go to France, then so be it. But if you can avoid it, do NOT hit the road the coming Saturday, July 30th, because you’ll be on the road with just about half of the French population, mixed with a good deal of Nordic people all longing for the sun of the Mediterranean !! Same goes for south of Germany and Switzerland. If you can….. WAIT. Or go NORTH ! :-) Keep an eye on the website of the French Road Conditions, called Bison Futé. Nina and I will be riding south in France, but wait…

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In the Alps again

Yep, we’re back on our Alpine Base in the French Alps. Unfortunately it is not really riding weather, with the Galibier Pass having to be cleared of SNOW today, so the Tour de France can pass over it on Friday ! This is one FREAK Summer so far and we’re sitting here watching the rain come down. But the BMW is ready for touring, albeit down in the garage, and we’re hoping for some dryer spells in a few days. We’ll keep you updated of new tours and new places to visit. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check our ‘Partners and Links’…

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Passo Rolle, Dolomiti, Italy

  I found yet another nice ‘motovideo’ on Youtube. This one shows the Passo Rolle seen from the top case of a V-Strom, looking backwards ! We did this nice and ‘docile’ pass by mistake two years ago. Weather wasn’t so good and we decided to go further south than normal. The Passo Rolle turned out to be a very nice route! We’ll be leaving for the Alps ourselves in a few days again and will post our own reports in a bit. But until then, enjoy the nice videos and other things we find for you on the Net…

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Tourstart Startup

 Some time last year I was approached by a gentleman in Denmark, who is trying to get a new website off the ground. It is all about motorcycling, and more precisely, about getting people to contribute their tours and make them visible using Google Maps. The site has some merit, but needs lots more contributions. As with any Internet Project, if things remain unchanged for longer than 20 seconds, they’ll die! So if you’re interested, HAVE A LOOK HERE and see if you can input your ride report or route to add to the collection !

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We’re off to the States

Yes, and sooner than expected. When we did our wonderful Florida Trip back in 2007, followed by our visit of Seattle and Vancouver, we didn’t expect to ‘be back ‘ so soon. Although, soon….. it’s been 3 years already since our wonderful meetings with BMW riders (and fellow pilots). This time we’re heading off to Aruba first, to celebrate Vivian’s birthday there. After that it’s off to Florida for a few days (family and business), and then on to Seattle again where our friends Della and Barry are waiting for us. We’ll hop into Alaska together and do some flying…

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Road conditions in Umbria

Nina and I just returned from a 6-day trip to Umbria in Italy and found the roads to be as bad as ever. Should you be planning a ride into Umbria in Italy, then be advised that even the main through roads there are in very bad shape. The province doesn’t have money and most main roads are littered with potholes, only with some tar poured in here and there….. which with air temps of 40C an more is quickly coming out again! The Dolomiti roads (Alto Adige and Friuli) and Toscany roads are in much better shape. We would…

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