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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Less that 3 weeks to go happy biker Cool
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Using this picture i took in 2008 as my screensaver.....can't wait to get back to see it again for real Cool

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Using this picture i took in 2008 as my screensaver.....can't wait to get back to see it again for real Cool


Wow! Think I'm gonna start saving for next year.. I could do with a new screen saver!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought it was only me that was sad enough to have an Alpine pic as my screen saver....

This is mine and I'm really looking forward to seeing this view when approaching the Dolomites from the north via the Val di Funes;)


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Wow! Think I'm gonna start saving for next year.. I could do with a new screen saver!

My photo was taken from Piz Gloria, the worlds highest restaurant on the Schilthorn.


Stunning photo too Tusky, Shocked The perfect mountain scene.
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I have seen him ski and it doesnt look anything like that Laughing
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I have seen him ski and it doesnt look anything like that Laughing


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he's not that controlled!!!!! rolling on the floor laughing plus he normally gets an injury Wink


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Miss V wrote:
I have seen him ski and it doesnt look anything like that Laughing


+1

he's not that controlled!!!!! rolling on the floor laughing plus he normally gets an injury Wink


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Says the lady that's too light to go down hills Laughing

Well I like it.... I feel just like that when I ski... it excites me... now where did I leave that 26 bottle Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Madam Busty wrote:
Miss V wrote:
I have seen him ski and it doesnt look anything like that Laughing


+1

he's not that controlled!!!!! rolling on the floor laughing plus he normally gets an injury Wink


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Says the lady that's too light to go down hills Laughing

Well I like it.... I feel just like that when I ski... it excites me... now where did I leave that 26 bottle Wink


This one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yu-zgAnt30
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svita wrote:
I'd love to join the Lauterbrunnen group, hope I'm still on time for the hotel reservation Tusky?
How do you want me to pay for the deposit? Cash or bank transfer?
Cheers!


Svita..... There may just be a chance Very Happy

I have cancelled the extra Dolomite and Stelvio room, as two people can't come but I have not cancelled the extra rooms at Lauterbrunnen.

Would have to move very quick... probably by phone...

Logically you would need to leave early on the Saturday morning with Waki and Lost who will also be staying at Lauterbrunnen, we should all be meeting up by the old Reims race track around mid-late morning....

I will send you a PM..... Wink



Svita is coming and will be leaving UK at Midday on the 21st August to join us at the Bubble Hotel

If anyone fancies ditching the UK for a week from Saturday 21st Aug until Monday 30th, he is happy tho share his twin bunk room which means accommodation for 7 nights at CIRCA 25.00 per night BARGAIN !!!

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The weather is looking good for this on the passes 2 Thumbs up

http://www.alpineroads.com/passstatus.php

Now all I need to, is to work out where to pack my skis on the bike Laughing
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The weather is looking good for this on the passes 2 Thumbs up

http://www.alpineroads.com/passstatus.php

Now all I need to, is to work out where to pack my skis on the bike Laughing


Wonder how the ZRX will go on knobblies? Laughing
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Loved the snow-plough at work Laughing bizarre for mid-august !! but it's melting quick though. so I'm sure we'll be fine Kneedown
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

have an absolutely fantasitc trip folks. I wish I had been able to have come on this. I loved the Alps and would really like to go back there. I'm dead jealous!

Tusky, may have to look at next year, if you are doing one next year of course!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tusky wrote:
Thought it was only me that was sad enough to have an Alpine pic as my screen saver....

This is mine and I'm really looking forward to seeing this view when approaching the Dolomites from the north via the Val di Funes;)




WOW. that is beautiful
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Just tagging the photo diary on to here to give it some context.

A fantastic trip with no offs and here is a taste of what we have been up to.....

Day 1


We took this route from Four Elms - Passy Grigny

Boarding the train.




Arriving in France




Let the riding commence




Overnight stop at Ferme le Temple B&B




Out the front







Day 2


We took this route Passy Grigny - Reims Race Track - Bubble Hotel


Waiting at Reims Race Track for Waki, Lost and Yogi to arrive from the UK




They arrive to temperatures of 36c




Heading off on some nice roads





Pete and Kate look surprised at the lunch stop




The minor roads heading East usually single track and a little bumpy but good fun all the same




After and awesome last 15 miles on a fantastic road, we arrive at the bubble hotel




Checking the place out




Pete and Kate in their Bubble and about to take a shower




BOOBIES !!! Smile




Top of the Bubble Hotel Bar







Day 3

We head down to the Swiss Alps using this route Bubble Hotel - Lauterbrunnen

Paula




Vanessa




Svita




Lost




Waiting to go




The Bubble Hotel's biking mascot




The girls pose for a photo in the Vosges mountains




We have to say goodbye to Vanessa and Paula Sad




Big Box & Little Box practice their moves before heading to Ibiza




Off to the heart of the Vosges Mountains




Waki on his bike




Just short of the Swiss Border




A high speed overtake




We hit the Swiss Motorways




and Tunnels




Exiting the tunnel in hope of a good view, we weren't dissapointed




The mountains looked amazing




Being 38c a dip in Lake Thun seemed like a good idea




Yes Kate... This really is the Jaungfrau Region




Fook me it's cold !!! Breath in......




and relax Wink




Nice view of the mountains and paragliders from H(.)(.)TERS Cool







Day 4

Leaving Waki, Lost and Svita in Lauterbrunnen for the week, this was the route the Dolomites Group took Lauterbrunnen - San Carlo

Looks like a good place to stop




A hearty Rosti breakfast in Murren.... perfect




Happier to be catching the train this year guys ???




Left Lauterbrunnen and heading up the Grimsel Pass




The Grimsel Dam




Now the Furka Pass




Time for a cuddle




A marmot gets in on the action




Heading down the Furka pass




More Furkin than Furka !!!




In to a tunnel and then up the Oberaalp Pass with its amazing sweepers Smile




We arrive in Italy




and finally at Hotel San Carlo







Day 5

We set off for the Dolomites using this route San Carlo - Arabba

Heading up the Stelvio Pass




Looking promising




We soon discover that the Italian hairpins can be really tight !!!




Top of the Stevio at 2700m




Looking down at the route ahead




Time for a group photo




and a breather at hairpin 46 on the East side




A chance to look back at the mountains




The awesome Jaufen Pass




In to the mist and it keeps getting better




Is that the Dolomites that Pete sees in his mirror?




Arrival at out Arabba Hotel.... complete with bikers garage and tools Smile







Day 6


Duncan headed of to do the Grossglockner in Austria via my suggested route Arabba - Grossglockner - Zell am See - Arabba The rest of us opted for a less intense tour 109 mile tour of the Dolomites.

Smiling faces and relieved bottoms Smile




Yup that's Madam




The awesome Sella Ronda




Time for a bike pic





Looking back down the Passo Selva





Yogi on his way up




Misty and majestic







Day 7

Headed off to Venice using this route Arabba - Venice via Passo di San Boldo Tunnels


An early start....




We arrive at Venice




We melt seamlessly in with our surroundings !!!




I acquire a new friend




Madam tries on a mask...... spooky Smile




Feeding time for young Pete




The Grand Canal




Time for a rest




Please Mister... can I go on the gondola.. can I huh huh can I ???




Just one Cornetto.....




Almost romantic Smile




The famous Rialto Bridge




Casonova's house




Nice frescos dude....




St Marks Square




A chance to cool off in the Adriatic




Madam in St Marks Square again




Chance for a post proposal snog Smile




Nice colour contrast and composition for the art lovers out there Smile




The scary San Boldo Pass hairpin tunnels




You can have no idea of how narrow or tight the bends are until you have done these...




Six hairpins stacked one on top of the other !!!







Day 8

Duncan set off on his own to do this route Arabba - 15 Passes in a Day the rest of us did a big chunk of the passes and then ventured east of Cortina to do a couple more.... thus avoiding the torrential rain that hit Duncan Laughing behind hand


Strange types, these mountain dwelling folk ???




Pete pointed out that there was a strange goat wearing sunglasses




and it head stuck through a wall




and its arse hanging out the other side.... oh and it's was wearing a skirt..... I didn't believe him and still don't !!! Smile




More tunnels




Our favorite little refuge at Malga Ciapella




Mean and moody




and fookin cold




Valley of the boulders




Looking back at the Sella Ronda Massive




Last time I saw that pose, I was dressed up as Santa and dancing with Athos Smile




Pete on a rock







Day 9

Time to head back home following this route Sat 28th Aug (Arabba - Sergonazano Piramidi - San Carlo)


As it was a beautifully clear morning, we decided to head up the Arabba Cable Car before we left the Dolomites





The view was simply amazing !!!





The Marmolada Glacier




and surrounding peaks




So it seemed a good opportunity for a photo call...




but wait..... someone is missing ???

No not Duncan.... he was having a high altitude strain




Yes.... Ola wanted in.... Smile




No Yogi.... the camera photographs us, not you photograph the camera Doh!




Yogi and Ola took a real shine to each other




Unfortunately, altitude can do funny things to a lady and she needed to have a sit down in the cable car operators seat Wink




The church at Arabba




One last glance at our hotel before we left.




Yogi kindly offers to look after Ola on the ride to San Carlo




The Sergonazano Piramidi was an interesting place to stop... quite odd what erosion can do...




The boulders protect the loose rock from underneath getting eroded. You can see how they form on the cliff edge to the right Speccy




Pretty amazing really and a fun trip on through a mountain village to get there




Time for yet another cuddle Rolling Eyes Laughing




and a bike photo Smile




and another one




The utterly awesome and brilliant Paso Gavia just got better and beter.... sheer drops and countless hairpins




Did someone mention barriers?




A giant marmot




The road starts to break up




high altitude twisties




Majestic views




And a final meal at San Carlo




PS...... I would like to thank Kate for all the 'on bike' photos which have also been included amongst my own pics to make this compilation possible Air Kiss


Now for some more pics...


Lucern




The bridge at lucern




The Jungfrau and Silberhorn at sunset




The waterfall at Lauterbrunnen




Looking up the Layterbrunnen vallay




The Eiger and the Monch




Hello




My new friends




Nosey




What's you looking at?




Jungfrau and Silberhorn through the trees




An attractive moth




OK last couple of days at Lauterbrunnen so went to Gruyeres yesterday.... well worth a visit for many reasons Wink


Rode down the Simmental Valley and over the Juan Pass.... a lovely pass if taken at a relaxed pace happy biker




Arrived at the Cailler Chocolate Factory (Part of the Nestle group)




It would have been rude not to go in and inspect the raw products........




and the 'work in progress ones'




OMG Love Drooling idiot Chocoholic




Yup........... help yourself !!!!!!!!




Got to confess that I only managed a lame 24 out of 27 Embarrassed

I must also confess that I would have managed all 27 if I hadn't been eating all the noisette ones from the earlier machine Laughing




Then off with bloated tummy for the uphill walk to Gruyeres....




Nice Chateau




Then the H.R. Gigger museum... he is a Swiss surrealist artist who was famous for the special effects on the Alien movie.....




Pretty weird stuff.... no wonder Va Va and Crazy Horse raved about it Wink




hmmm...




Inside the Giger Bar............ would have expected to see more goths in here...




Oh hang on.... goth orange is the new black...




and finally some Gruyeres cheese........... well 7000 to be exact Cool




We had a good return trip to the UK via Reims.... never thought I would enjoy Motorway but after 3000+ miles of mountain twisties the occasional use of the two lane motorways on the way home was a rare treat Embarrassed Laughing


We've always wanted to see Reims Cathedral and Paula's pics from her and Vanessa's return trip, clinched it for us, so we cancelled the Bubble Hotel found a great place to stay in Reims centre.




Building started in the 11th Century and finished in the 14th Century




Famous as a gothic masterpiece and amazing sculptures can be found everywhere.





The stained glass windows are also spectacular and date from the 15th Century right up to 1970s




Even the flying buttresses are adorned with sculptures as well as being a technical marvel



Really enjoyed Reims and will do a weekend trip there at some point in the future as the twisty route to Reims from Calais on the way down was very good indeed. Kneedown


Big thanks to HCMS, KIS, Biggus, Yogi, Waki, Lost, Svita, Vanessa, Paula and of course Madam for the great company and laughs along the way and I''m already looking forward to the next one 2 Thumbs up
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SO MANY GREAT UNFORGETABLE MEMORIES!!!!!

But...but...you weren't there two years ago !! Wink




Know what you mean though Cleber, look forward to hearing all about the recent trip....and SEEING SOME PHOTO'S !!! Rolling Eyes
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Just enjoyed a few minutes going through these pics again Cool
Shame I could not do the whole trip but very very pleased that things were changed around so at least a few days were possible

Much love to those who made it happen.... you know who you are xx
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