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    The Alps on Bikes

    4 mates and I went to the Alps.

    The Alps are big hills. Bigger than the ones in Yorkshire where everything is the best. This confused us but nonetheless we rode on some smooth roads with a fair few constant radius corners. The roads aren’t as good as Yorkshire roads as they are totally devoid of character…you know; potholes, litter, dead things etc.

    Here are some pictures.
    The highlight of the trip was obviously getting back to Yorkshire but some of the roads that went over mountains down in Switzerland were OK although I really can’t recommend any of you go to the Alps at all, especially not to ride or drive the Furka, Grimsel and Fluela Passes. They are awful…stick to Ditchling Beacon or that Evo triangle thingy.

    Satnavs are ace.

    IMG-20170622-WA0001 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    The German Hotel we stayed in just south of Baden Baden had no evening meals, so our only option was a car park picnic.

    20170622_180958 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    20170622_124429 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    20170621_174506 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    View from Apartment in Arosa. Got to it via a twisty 15 mile ride up the valley, oddly, we got back down via the same road so had to ride the darned thing 3 times up and 3 times down again.

    IMG-20170623-WA0014 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Furka Pass looking towards the Grimsel

    P1010268 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    P1010269 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    This is the Eiger, not sure what it did wrong but it had a sanction put on it.

    P1010273 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    This is a bridge…over a river. The Swiss like building bridges…and tunnels…and then tunnels connected with bridges. Bet they all played with lego as kids.

    P1010260 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Can’t recall what this one was called. A waste of bloody tarmac I’d say, all them twists and turns. In Yorkshire we’d have made it straight and 1 in 3. A proper road.

    P1010255 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr
    IMG-20170626-WA0015 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    IMG-20170626-WA0007 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    A random Swiss biker stopped to chat. Seemed a nice feller but I reckon he had a weird cellar arrangement at home and wanted the prettiest of us. I got away lightly, the big feller on the right disappeared for 3 days and came back ‘changed’.


    IMG-20170625-WA0034 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    We’re from Gods own County, we don’t buy fancy Latte, we brew up in laybys !

    IMG-20170625-WA0007 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Same again another day. The money I save is lavished on gifts for my wife. She chooses to not use them tho. It’s not my fault she can’t ride the 2 motorbikes I bought her that sit in the garage.

    20170626_101058 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Top of the famed Stelvio. Worst pass we did. Full of tourists. Where do they all come from ?

    20170624_143630 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    20170624_134146 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    IMG-20170624-WA0026 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    IMG-20170624-WA0015 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Looking down one side of said Stelvio…

    IMG-20170624-WA0021 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Random photo of West Yorkshire to keep you interested.

    20170625_163518 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Fluela Pass. The white is snow, for those from Texas.

    20170624_110740 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Preparing for a bit of a shower in France on way home.

    20170627_123621 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr

    Hotel in France was a bit odd, kicked us out of the deserted bar at 10 and we were asked to use the ‘facilities room’ This is where we had our PDR using SMART objectives. I was bit pee’d off as I had no clipboard so was ill-prepared to take notes. Much beer was drunk.

    20170626_212754 by DAVID BOULDER, on Flickr


    It was such an awful trip that I've persuaded the Mrs to drive there with me in September to show her. This is what I do for my NL friends so they can avoid going and stick to the great roads around Kent, Essex, Lincolnshire (High Six by the way)
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    Utterly superb.

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    Bikes, you said? Bikes, lad: they don't have engines. Otherwise they'd be motorbikes. Bloody Yorkshiremen. Too full of puddings.

    Other than that, a reet gud read. Ta.
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    Ida sed push irons if I ment push irons....get with it man
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    Meh, sounds ok.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave B View Post
    Ida sed push irons if I ment push irons....get with it man
    Irons. Crikey. Nige (a proper Yorkshireman) would push carbon fibre. Or at least fibreglass. Iron's so owd fashioned.
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    Looks rubbish, Dave.

    I'll take your advice and stick to Rutland.

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    Yep. Looks shite. Surprised you made the effort to tell us about it considering it was that rubbish
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Yep. Looks shite. Surprised you made the effort to tell us about it considering it was that rubbish
    You are all worth the effort, the thought of any of you having to endure what we endured......
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    Another terrible report 😂

    Top work.

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    Great report. You even included the obligatory obscure Clint Eastwood film reference.
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    This brought back some great memories of trips in the past, it looks like you had an ace time getting back to Yorkshire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim in Yorkshire View Post
    , it looks like you had an ace time getting back to Yorkshire.
    Via Goodwood sadly but I have these crosses to bear. I'm soaking it all in now before heading down to Thruxton this afternoon...yet another cross and all that.
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    Cracking report Dave, thanks for sharing.

    I've biked most of the significant climbs in the Pyrennees (Tourmalet, Hautacam, etc...)
    the Alps are next on my list (hopefully next year).

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    best report I've read this week,( nothing to do with Flickr being>photobucket!) even if you are from Yorkshire

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    You've let the cat out of the bag here, Dave, Gesa and I won't bother to tour that area again

    Great report - must get our maps out and start planning our next trip
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    Do you reckon something like this is possible on a sports bike and a big rucksack? Or is a tourer just the best bet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_w View Post
    Do you reckon something like this is possible on a sports bike and a big rucksack? Or is a tourer just the best bet?


    As long as the bag is strapped to the bike and not you I see no reason why not
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    Quote Originally Posted by c_w View Post
    Do you reckon something like this is possible on a sports bike and a big rucksack? Or is a tourer just the best bet?
    Why a big rucksack?
    Like most folk with decent sized panniers...I fill em. Half the stuff is "just in case" stuff.
    Strap a smallish waterproof bag (Lomo make ace bags and they're cheap as chips) with a couple of days clothes. That's it. If you really need to buy something extra due to adverse weather...just find a Decathlon sports shop and buy it.
    Bike kit most of the day every day.
    Couple of changes of undies and socks th you can wash in the sink when needed.
    Travel light and enjoy it more
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    I was thinking rucksack as I didn't know if the bike [600rr] would take panniers. Might be a bit much on that kind of bike though!

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