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Backroads of the European Alps...Switzerland, Italy, France

Haven't posted here for a looong time, but was prodded by some into re-posting this in the RR-section.


The third of the legendary Euro-Alps Adventure Rides of a little Melbourne/ Australia-based touring forum (with quite a few Stroms around that lot).

3 weeks of truly mind-bending travel that just can't be bought through ANY commercial tour!!
Who ever said there's no gravel left to ride in the Alps... just doesn't know the Alps
For an absolutely eye-popping and MASSIVE pictorial of tiny single-laners, gravel-passes, mind-numbing scenery and an endless feast-for-the-eyes, click the link at the end. Get into the yarn!

Big-Ride-fever ...it just eats you up




Here are just a few teaser-pics.




It'd taken another 4 years to get cranked up for the sequel, but the time was good, the Aussie-$$ flying high, the September-October time slot perfect as ever after a wet European summer...and the third "Tornanti" rumbled away in its usual haphazard style.

This time is was the backblocks of the western half of the European Alps, discovering the southern parts of Switzerland, then follow the Main Alpine Ridge south to the Mediterranean Coast, bouncing back and forth across the Italian-French border on the smallest and most scenic roads and tracks to be found, dirt included.



From historical fetes at Swiss castles...




to delicious single-laners after some fresh snow high up along the slopes of the Valais...









Breathtaking vistas of the Main Alpine Ridge




Some weird rocks you can ride through





Ooooh mama!!









Cruising the high "velds" above Lake Geneva





Snoozing in some incredible digs in the vineyards oif the Lower Valais, own wine-cellar included.









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Looking at the Roof-of-Europe...





...to being ON the Roof-of-Europe.














Oh yeah....and there were a few bends here and there.





















Some awkward encounters with the locals....






...and superb lunches











Laughs and guffaws until the tears ran





LOTS of "soul-food"

















A 3-week Tour-De-Force.... from bumpy goat-tracks...







....to tiny, local micro-breweries





and places too impressive for words











Staying in tiny hamlets...





...with awesome food...





...and excellent vino....




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... local wildlife








Stunning shots from stunning locations....slobber!!



















Sometimes things turned to shyte...





...or soaking wet




Places



















...and gobsmacking roads that just melt your heart.




















3 weeks, 4000k's/2500mi...."I CAN'T TAKE ANYMORE!!"

Dual sport rubber + Dual Sport rider... SMOKED!!








The whole "10 yards" with over 1750 stumping pics is right here:
Tornanti #3....ABRACADABRA

Tornanti_3...ABRACADABRA! - AusTouring.com






Does this little band of Aussies know how to have fun and live life to the max?
YOU BET YOUR ARSE!!






Get into it...I'll see you out the other end

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Epic! Got a gpx track of it somewhere?
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Fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Glitch.

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Doesn't get any better than that!
Ham sandwiches. From Germany to Pamplona and back in 1968 in VW. If only we spoke the language!
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I am sooooooo drooling over scenery and roads like that! Beautious! I too would like to see that plotted on GPS. Thanks for sharing!!!

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Epic! Got a gpx track of it somewhere?
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I am sooooooo drooling over scenery and roads like that! Beautious! I too would like to see that plotted on GPS. Thanks for sharing!!!

Certainly one of those travels that nobody (who was there) will ever forget.
One of the keystones for that are NO electronics on those kind of rides, at all.

Sorry...can't help on that score.

Good prep (and routing is just the smallest part of it) pays off on many levels.

2 years worth of this to find all the good bits:




And there's the 3 weeks worth of traveling bliss on the loungeroom floor, the highlighted bits being the clusters of passes and routes, places and points of interest.




Besides, the full yarn has the Gmaps for each day.
The paper-maps used are listed in one of the last posts at the end of the yarn

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Ham sandwiches. From Germany to Pamplona and back in 1968 in VW. If only we spoke the language!


Thanks for looking in, guys


And yes, speaking (at least) some of the lingo(es) puts an entirely different spin on a trip like this. The contact with locals elevates things from being just another paying tourist towards "family/ local". And that sure opens a lot of doors.

Lucky I grew up over there and lingoes, customs and some history are 'imbedded"


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Doesn't get any better than that!
The backblocks of New Zealand, the Western US and some parts of Australia aren't bad either.... that's what the guys reckon, anyway.

Here's a little collection of shortcuts to a mixed bag of ride-reports of the more major trips of late.

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"the Western US"

Yeah, but, Europe reeks of history. The scenery is different.
We do have vistas and peaks worthy of a gander. Few mountain passes are like your vehicular goat trails. Most are 2 lane roads or dirt. I suck riding in the dirt.
That's why all those neat passes in Colorado never see my shadow.
In the Calif back country a lot of the forest roads are closed to vehicle traffic.Fire danger.
What we do have is the heat and the Europeans seem to love the West in the summer. Kills them occasionally too.
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