In last years summer I decided to take a big motorcycle tour. The initial goal was to go to gibraltar and back in 4 weeks. Somehow in only went to the pyrenees in a week with too much driving and too less relaxation and social contacts.
But maybe i just wanted to be alone at that time, I don’t know.
Started at 09:14 from home. Autobahn form Wörgl to after Innsbruck. Crossed Kühtai and saw the devastation the bad weather two weeks ago has caused there.
Fuelup in Landeck. Drive through Graubünden / Switzerland.
Heading to St. Moritz, but left the road in Susch to Ride the Flüelapass. Bad weather when driving down. Took shelter from the hailstorm with a german guy, an swiss “knieschleifer” local and an Italian couple.
It stopped to hail after half an hour, but the local told us “according to the satellite pictures, it isn’t gonna get better”, so I went on. Next: Oberalppass to enter the Gotthardmassiv. Then the famous Gotthardpass. I actually took the “tremolo” on my way down with the engine shut off.
Then I bought some bread, joghurt, beer, cheese, ham for 15 francs. Switzerland is fucking expensive.
15€ evening dinner
Camped at the bottom of Nufenenpass, where and old Italian guy approached me and tried to talk. The speech barrier was a problem, but he was friendly and told me about his son, who is my age or something.
Rode the Passo della Novena, nice one!
Then I had to drive 120km in an boring swiss rhone-valley in wallis. Finally entered the Mont Blanc area with impressive mountain giants and glaciers which nearly reach to the ground of Chamonix. Then I rode down to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, where the climate was entirely different and much hotter. But after ½ Hour I was riding the next col, which offered a marvelous view with its light blue reservoir lake named lac du roselend.
Lac du roselend
Then, Cormet de Roselend to Bourg Saint Maurice.
There the bad weather came closer. After driving through Val d’ Isere hell broke loose. It began to hail and visibility was near zero. But I didn’t really want to stop above 2500m. So I took the 2770m Col de l’ Iseran and nearly froze to a block of ice on the way down.
Thankfully I could couchsurf at a nice madame in Aussois. A dry bed is heaven after a hailstorm.
Modane-Vallois. Very nice ride up Col du Galibier and an impressive view to the 4000m+ mountains.
A lot of Byciclists. Then I raced some local, one with socia up the Col d’ Izoard, but I nearly could’nt keep up with their Gixxers. Next: The highest driveable point of the alps, Col de la Bonnette 2802m.
On my way to Nice I encountered another Col de Lombard, which wasn’t on my route to the coast, but I decided to ride it anyway. Raced 3 italian ducatistis up top. One of them fell back at the beginning, the other two couldn’t shake me off. This was certainly the most fun ride of the whole route.
On the way down Nokia Here tried to route me on an 20km gravel piste, which would have been nice with an enduro. Continued on Grande Route de Alpes and really nice curvy rallye monte carlo roads for 50km appear.
Supermoto area deluxe
Nearly ran out of fuel. Then I saw the saw the sea for the first time. Drove through Monaco, nice, then slept at a plage west of cannes. Traffic is tiring.
“Okay” sleeping place
Picked up a new rear tire in Montepellier. The mechanic there told me that my chain set is gonna last for 1000km more, we will see. Decided to go to Andorra anyway. Metzeler Z8 drives nicely. Route 20 to Andorra is really nice and curvy with like racetrack asphalt.
Ride into the sunset on a curvy road, throttle up and leave all the red backlights behind, you don’t need them anymore.
Nearly out of fuel again and the BC card wouldn’t work.
So I asked some nearby locals to help me out, helpful people! Drove until 22:30.
1 hour to go to Andorra. Found a nice campsite in the woods.
Drave through Andorra, the saddle routing there was very crowded with cages. From there I went to Sort/Spain. Then I took a small backcountry road which led me to a small lake called “Estany de Montcartes”. I was forced to leave the Pyrenees because my chain needed adjusting again and again and I didn’t want to let it change in spain/france. I went by the Panta d’ Escales and jumped in naked.
Hit the road to Montrejear. Then I went the fastest route home hopefully without breaking the chain.
One really nice experience was the thunderstorm somewhere in the middle of france. I wanted to get home so I decided to hit it. Put on raingear, some nice music (truckfighters & colour haze) and onto to the highway for 300km.
Still have got this moment burned into my mind: “In the middle of the thunderstorm, lightnting everywhere and strong winds, listening to Desert Cruiser.”
Drove through france til 3am, then I got tired and put up my tent.
Got stung by an insect at Bodensee then entered Austria and arrived at home at 09:30pm.
Total: 5 Days / 3800 KM.
There are quite some things I would make different now:
- Make sure the motorcycle is in better condition (new tires, good chain)
- Less kilometers/day (Dr. Kilometers can’t always heal)
- Stay in hostels to meet people
- Maybe have a friend or partner to join