What make you?
Plaese dont make Kaputt the verry nice Bike.
Erstellt von PHS, 29.09.2016, 19:59 Uhr · 11 Antworten · 1.120 Aufrufe
Ride report to follow...
What make you?
Plaese dont make Kaputt the verry nice Bike.
Hut ab , richtig geile Bilder von einer super Tour ! Davon träumen sicherlich viele, ohne Rücksicht auf das Material (die Kuh hat ja schön gelitten) so durch die Landschaft zu fahren.
Bin zu alt für so was, aber die Bilder sind Klasse
3 days in Liguria, Piedmonte, Savoie, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-De-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Mar.
Last year Roel and I had a good start reconning this beautiful area (and also did some "soil research").
Time to do a thourough follow up.
Due to unnecessary stuff like work and birthdays, the date kept moving out. Not really too late, but daylight is getting short. Temperatures are quickly below freezing at altitude. Rain can transform to snow.
23rd of September we pull the trigger: we go!
Last year we had the big Mazda CX-9 with its superb 3.7 litre V6 petrol engine.
However, this year, as true gentlemen, we go in style:
ThreepointsixlitreV8 dieselpower. Is the GS of the SUV's
With all the leather and serenity, it feels like an old fashioned gentlemen's club.
Too bad that Roel has forbidden any consumption of fine cigars and a good cognac.
On the way to our first stop we have solemnly promised each other to take it easy.
Get back home in one piece. No accidents. Relxed driving. No hurry.
On the French AutoRoute we practice:
7pm we arrive at Bourg-Saint-Maurice for our first lodgingaddress. We will sleep here the last night again. A nice French lady welcomes us and Roel is happy...until he sees the 2 large dogs accompanying her. Roel not happy, being afraid of al creatures not being humans.
Nice place to stay. Lots of cars, motorcycles and quads (for hiring) around. Real petrol family.
We start at 7am with breakfast. The sky is dark blue. I do see some clouds creeping over the mountainpeaks at the east. But what can you do?
We drive. And it is cold. It is freezing cold.
Driving up to Col D'Iséran is is really freezing.
We see the clouds rolling into the valley. We're lucky that on the pass it is still clear.
Hey....we don't have knobby tyres only for show.
Driving down on the other side it gets wet. Really wet.
We let Fort de la Turra and Lac Mont Cénis, our next gravel tracks, slide.
Nothing to see as visibility is 30 meters.
And it's cold. And it's pouring down.
Wet and cold. Real fun on knobbies.
We decide to drive on to Oulx hoping the weather clear when we go up to Passo della Mulattiera.
A dead and track with a nice view (we hope).
And in the valley it does become more clear. Even some sun.
Despite the low hanging clouds, the views are nice.
Due to the rain, the track is really slippery.
My GS's engine hesitates at this altitude. I think too much fuel due to a slightly too large fuel nozzle.
Some 20 vertical meters under the pas, from a plateau, the track gets narrow and very steep.
Being oldest and wisest I go up first.
Sliding and looking for traction I claw up the track.
The engine is really running poor and losing power. Tractions is gone.
I lose speed and come a stop....or not?
With the front wheel brake locked and the rearwheel locked as well, I still glide backwards.
I start the engine and try to pull away. Forget it. No traction, despite the Pirelli MT21's.
I come to a stop again and again slide backwards.
Not choice: I put the bike down towards the mountain.
Cylinder head cover....check.
Taking a soil sample....check.
Roel comes to the rescue and we pull up the bike and roll it backwards to the plateau.
No real damage. No oozing liquids. We're good.
Big scratch on the windscreen though. First battlescar is a fact.
We look at eachother.
Skip the Mulatierra?
Roel, a bit older, a bit wiser, decides that enough is enough.
Let's do the right thing....right.
Now you know how Roel ticks...
He almost makes it to the pass.
But also he loses traction and keels over. Also with the 2nd and the 3rd try.
The I see him making gestures and incoherent noises.
His state-of-the-art Li_Ion battery is flat.
We can't roll the bike down (tto far) and it's still 5 meters up.
No choice, we push the damn bike up.
Sweating like a pig.
Roel suggest to use the less steep slope on the other side of the pass to start the G?S rolling in 2nd gear. I suggest we don't as if that doesn't work we can't push the bike back up agian. Roel agrees and he bumps down the slippery steep track, near misses my GS and gets the G/S started. Well done.
We drive down to Punta Colomion where a Rifugio is, to grab some food.
The Rifugio is open all day, but not today.
A bit further down we do find a nice spot.
Eat some ravioli and let the sweat dry on our backs.
The last part of the sandy track before we hit the tarmac is pretty steep.
We drive via Col D'Echelle towards the beautiful Izoard.
We don't stop as we've been here several times.
We soldier on towards the Col D'Agnel, but not before we pay a visit to Col de Furfande.
We have no clue as to what we can expect.
But hey...gravel and 2500 meters high. We're game!
Not all that difficult. A bit steep and a bit rough neaar the top.
My G/S is playing up again. Nothing I can do about that.
Roel is happy!
Doctor slow ...
The view from the pass is just awesome.
Beautiful yet rough.
Roel take a "goat track" to bypass an already steep hairpin.
Not on photo. Not on film. But Roel's no goat.
He escapes with only a scare.
Still full withn the views we continue to the Agnel at a nice speed.
It becomes chilly while gaining altitude.
Fresh snow from the previous night.
We enter Italy and find a nice family hotel.
Nice clean room and inside parking for the bikes. Nice!
Dinner in the hotel doesn't give us overchoice issues:
We sit and get what's on todays menu.
7 courses. All good.
Off to bed and no problem falling asleep.
Sehr, sehr geil
Congrat - pretty nice
...to fail at the Mulatierra on the last f...ing meter...outch - that hurts...
Sounds like a second try next year - or am i wrong ?
Very nice Pictures and Videos
The older Bikes to render more fun