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Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« on: September 10, 2007, 11:28:48 pm »
France, Switzerland, France, Switzerland, Italy and back into France (And back into Switzerland) on a day trip? Yip. The "Around the Mountain" ride.
 
I got this idea into my head that I would like to ride around the mountain. Not just any mountain, but the Mont Blanc that sits "between" France, Switzerland and Italy. So I mention the idea to Mountain_Mike, and he is keen to join me in this little jaunt. Plans are laid, and we set off on Saterday morning, with the chill of autumn in the air.
 
From France, I head over the border into Switzerland to meet up with Mountain_Mike. 15 seconds later, we head out of Switzerland into France, and scootle off to Chamonix for breakfast.
 
The mountain was hiding behind the mist and clouds. Mountain_Mike shows us where:


But he does not look too convinced!


Anyway, after some disgust that that the cafe where we parked would only open at 09:00, we stroll accross the street, into, horrors of horrors, Mc Donalds for an Egg McMuffin and coffe. (Actually, the muffin was really good!)
 
Next stop, the St Bernard Pass in Switzerland. Off we go through some chilly French valleys, into Switzerland again, and up a twisty road to arrive at the top of St Bernard pass under clear blue sky.

Behind us, Switzerland:


In Front of us, Italy:


Yes, there are St Bernard dogs up there:


So down the valley we go, through Aoste, and head to the small St Bernard pass.

The back side of the Mont Blanc massif:




The rumbling is not just from the sound of LC8 engines, but the empty tanks of the riders too. A pit stop is called for...


...and lunch ordered...


...while enjoying the nice view.


Then I spot someone eying out the bikes. Not just eyeing, but taking pictures! Busted!!

I tried to get her to do a pose, or at least show a belly-button or something, but her boyfriend was giving me the evil eye. I think he was jealous cause she liked my bike! :)

After lunch, more twisty roads to the small St Bernard Pass, for our next stop to stretch the legs.


Damn, it is a long way "home"...


So, what is Mountain_Mike admiring in the distance? The views?


Or the bikes?


The bikes I think!




Not content with just stretching legs, Mountain_Mike had to have a go at this poor pooch:


Is it stretching?


One last stop to take a pic of the route down into France was rudely interupted by these smelly beasts:


From there we headed down the Rosiere, accross the Cormet de Roseland and back toward Annecy and home for me, and Switzerland for Mountain_Mike.
 
And that was our "Around the Mountain" trip.
 

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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 07:21:46 am »
Kev in Afrikaans I will be saying Bevange in English Ill say AMAZING area


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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2007, 07:36:11 am »
Kev,

That is just so beautiful. As you know, we did those roads recently in a cage. Damn !!! It would have been good on a bike

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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007, 05:29:15 pm »
Lovely ride! You should have swung past our place in italy. Ironically I was there. Wouldnt be able to keep up on mu little italian 50cc rocket scooter , but still :D
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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2007, 05:45:56 pm »
Lovely ride! You should have swung past our place in italy. Ironically I was there. Wouldnt be able to keep up on mu little italian 50cc rocket scooter , but still :D

You in Italy? Where?
 

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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2007, 12:41:04 pm »
Lovely ride! You should have swung past our place in italy. Ironically I was there. Wouldnt be able to keep up on mu little italian 50cc rocket scooter , but still :D

You in Italy? Where?

We got a place in Orbicciano, close to Lucca!

I'm there most of the summer, and then when the snow starts for snowboarding.

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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2007, 03:35:52 pm »
Jeez Kev, stunning pics and scenery - almost as nice as SA!  ;D
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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 02:14:57 pm »
Nice ride! I love to see the pics from your part of the world!
 

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Re: Around the Mountain Ride - September 2007
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2007, 07:11:54 am »
Stunning shots, Kev. The way things are going, looks like I'll be there next summer some time. The career k@k is not looking too lekker so a 2 year leave of absence seems like the only option!

Now I know it's true - dogs really DO look like their owners  ;D
 

It must be the coolest thing in the world, riding with your toppie, eh?


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