In the Dolomites
From my camp in Cipena near Bormio it was over Stelvio once again and onto Merano, a gateway to the Dolomites.
The high road from Merano leads to the Jaufenpass.
From there the amazing rock structures that are the Dolomites unfold
Campsites tucked under the monoliths give amazing mountain sunsets
Over the Passo Gardana, a favoured by bikers the way I took toward Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina is such a beautiful Alpine city.
Looking down onto Cortina
The there is the back roads and villages. Little campsites where there is space and few people
In and around the village of Cimolais
Like all Alpine areas you have to sometime pay for the beauty with thunderstorms and a day of rain
Rain after the thunderstorm in Cortina. It’s a small price to pay.
Swiss/Italian border, Umbrial Pass
There was much nostalga riding from Switzerland to Italy
The Fluelapass was the first Alpine pass I rode back in 2016
At the time I couldn’t imagine how I could come back again
And now Im on the 4th tour.
Truly addicted to the Alps
The Fluelapass links to the Ofen Pass and that to the Umbrial Pass which crosseS into Italy and leads to the beautiful city of Bormio.
The top of the Stelvio is a Circus of bicycles, motorbikes, cars, sausage Stalls hotels and shops .
From Bormio the valley opens up
With lovely camping grounds, with walkers, cyclists and bikers in summer. Skiers in winter.
Perfect for camping in the pretty village of Cepina.
The Rhine fall in Schaffhausen is a spectacular cascades of water
Not far from the German border and in the very high Rhine
Europe’s biggest fall by water volume wedged between two Swiss Castles
Interlaken as the name suggests sits between two lakes
Beautiful Swiss Lakes
A town of opulant hotels
Narrow shopping streets
And street cafes and bistros where the rider can replenish
Atop Nufenen Pass
My Swiss friend took me for a days ride
A beautiful day with the sun shining, 9 high mountain passes and 430km covered
I was buzzing at the end
Ice flow on Furka
There is the right way! Ascend the mountain on the side with the tightest corners and descend where the corners are not so tight.
Its more challenging that way!
Then you must do your favourite pass twice.
Looking at Grimsel Pass from Furka
Looking over Glestch to Furka Pass from Grimsel
There was still lots of ice flows remaining from winter.
Top of Grimsel
Then there is a stop at a mountain top restaurant for lunch
Goulash soup my fave at the top of Nufenen
And the view
And of course the amazing Alpine transport system
And luxury coaches
San Gotthard to Airola coach runs up and down San Gotthard pass
Just a perfect days riding
There is something special about the little camp ground beside the Vezere river at St Leon
Its simple without trappings but just beautiful.
And a perfect spot to explore the valley.
From where the Verzere meets the Dordogne at Limeuil
To the beautiful town on Montignac
The Vezere valley offers
Wonderful sights to see. Magnificent Chalets and wonderful roads to ride
The Col de Iseran looms high above the Val d’Isre
The Val d’Isre is a Ski Ressort in winter a biker mecca in summer
Then there is the Petite Saint Bernhard that crossed from France to Italy
The Petite links to the Great Saint Bernhard at Aosta,
And at the top of the Pass it crossed into Switzerland
The Great Saint Bernhard runs to the Swiss city of Martigny
There the is a final pass to Chamonix in France
The Col Forclaz with its little hotel in the Pass which is so Swiss
And then in Chamonix stay at the foot of Mount Blanc.
There was something strange about getting on the Normandy Express in Portsmouth
Was it deja vu?
But yes this fast cat was built in Tasmania Australia and used to cross Bass Strait
It was an omen of positive things to come.
First stop was beautiful Mont St Michel at the northern part of Brittany.
The beautiful coast and farm land around the northern coast
On the west coast
The little coves
And in July it’s mussel season so fresh and sweet
South of Brest there is Camaret sur Mer an historic fishing town
The maritime city still a working port and welcoming to tourists
With beautiful beaches and great motorcycling roads near by.
Bet really it’s the little ports of Brittany that catch my eye.
It was a chance to give the mighty breva a shakedown ride
Find any little creaks or groans the need attention
Before this year’s UK and Europe tour.
It was a sunny day in London.
A run to Cambridge called.
Cambridge the University town.
On the river
And what I always like
Something a little quirky.
What biker can resist the high passes
In the clouds
By the icy glaciers
The winding roads up the mountain passes
The cobble stoned old San Gotthard pass my favourite of all
Crowned with its mountain eagle monument
And on a clear day the lakes, an amazing blue, pay tribute to the sky above them.