Weekend in the Dolomites with Davide and his son Riccardo. We stayed in Lago Alleghe in an old farm house owned by the family overlooking the lake. The next day we went to Marmolada the highest peak you can reach by cable car in the Dolomites. We took 3 cable cars to get to the top then climbed onto the hanging glacier till it started to rain sago snow then we headed back and had lunch on the middle cable car station as the weather started to set in at the top. There is also a good museum on the war between the Italians and Austrians in WW1. On a clear day you can see most of the main mountain peaks in the area. Worth doing if you are in the area for the views and experience.
Busy couple of days after meeting Kel Graham, we rode to the Stalle Pass and entered Austria enroute to the Grossglockner Pass which is a toll road that heads towards Strasburg. Got a new set of tyres for the bike in Austria as the others were looking very worn after only 7,000 klms! After a night in a beautiful village near the start of the Grossglockner Kel headed off early as he had some miles to do on his holiday and we left a bit later. The road cost about 25 Euros to ride and is only about 15 klm along with numerous bends and it’s the highest road in Austria and the highest mountain in Austria with a glacier. Great views at the top and the Grossglockner stuck it’s peak out through the clouds for a few minutes while we were there. After leaving the Grossglockner we headed back to Italy to Davide’s place through the Dolomites for a nice home cooked meal, Italian of course 🇮🇹!! Time now to relax for a few days and clean the bike in Vittorio Veneto Davide’s home town which is about 80 klms North of Venice. its been a great trip, a month riding some of the best passes in Europe and the weather has been kind which can make all the difference in the mountains.Thanks to Phil Simpson for letting me tag along on his Pyrénées trip and to Davide Zanchettin and Kel Graham for some great riding and company 👍 now to plan next year ……!!😁
After an extensive cross border investigation we managed to locate the infamous Count Negroni aka Kel Graham in his castle in Northern Italy 🇮🇹 It was a great catchup over dinner and drinks. Small world when you can find someone from New Lambton in the Tyrol 😁👍🍷 off to Austria with the Count tomorrow!
Soggy start to the Stelvio Pass with rain and cloud till we got to near the top . We planned to do 4 mountain passes in the Bormio area today and rode 3 however the Garvia Pass was closed with a landslide due to the bad weather. Staying the night in Bormio at the Rezia Hotel which is very nice, a bit of luxury after an interesting day. Davide’s Ducati decided to lay down in one of the hairpin corners in the Tonale Pass and have a rest and it now has a my spare Triumph gear lever taped and wired to its broken Ducati one as the show must go on 👍! No one was injured, only a bit of Italian pride. We are riding back up the Stelvio from the other direction tomorrow heading to the Northern end of The Dolomites near the Austrian border to meet an old friend, Count Negroni, at a 15th Century Castle for dinner and drinks 🍷. I can definitely feel a hangover coming on …..!! 😢
Farewell Switzerland 🇨🇭 now back in Italy via Davos and the Fuella and Offen passes. The Stelvio Pass tomorrow first up although a storm front has hit the area so it may be a wet and foggy ride up Stelvio into Bormio. Hopefully the front will pass and the weather will improve for the run up the Stelvio 👍!
Perfect ride through the Grimsel and Furka passes then up to a village near Zurich for a dinner with Davide’s uncles ! Back into Italy today and some more mountain passes. The scenery yesterday was probably some of the best so far. Switzerland looks like the whole country is groomed and in the countryside the farmers are now cutting the grass and storing it for the winter to feed their stock so all the paddocks look like they have been mown.