Last Updated: 15th October 2016
Exploring the Alps on two wheels
Still in the concept stage. This trip has a "Base Hotel in the Alps" theme. Having a base hotel means less packing, and better chance of drying your clothes, so we'll use 3-4 days in the German countryside to get to a strategically positioned base hotel in the Alps. 8-9 days exploring the Alps, we'll head back north, again using the twisty German countryside. Planning for this trip commences September 2017 a draft presented ultimo October 2017 and takes place in the last 2 weeks of June 2018. These trips are designed for a group dynamic of 4-5 riders, so there are only 4 places available. Participation details will be available March 2018.
2016 Alp Trip - 16 days & 5300km
We've decide to drop the autobahns this year and take on the German countryside. Hartz, Thuring, Bavaria, Swartzwald, Vognes are just in the first 7 days.
We are a total of 5 riders starting from each our points. Copenhagen, AArhus, Sweden, Dorset and Scotland, all converging to take on the Alps and 13 passes.
With 5 different GPS's we had a battle of the GPS's. Someone suffered from severe leg cramps, and another had the runs on the first night. Someone suffers a fractured heel and a trip to the ER, whilst another hides a broken toe after a fall. Not wishing to create too much suspense, we can reveal that it was the Swedish BMW rider that suffered the leg cramp.
When we actually got there, rain had been forecasted over all of the Alps for the majority of our holiday. So we opted to drop the planned route, cancel hotels and instead follow where the sun took us.
Our wits and emergency kits were tested with lost credit cards, a puncture, worn tyre, blowing fuses and faulty USB chargers. We tackled the problems as they kept on presenting themselves and had a brilliant holiday.
This is the one where Richard, one of our biking buddies, turned out to have vertigo. Not ideal for an Alp trip. Vertigo Dick as he was hence called battled with his fear for 3 whole days before chucking in the towel. Well done mate :-)
Ah... Bonny Scotland. My roots lie here. Although I was born and raised in England, I can trace my heritage back in Scotland to the end of the medieval era, so it didn't come as a shock as I heard myself agreeing to seeing some of this wonderful countries wilder aspects on the bike.
2007 Alp Trip
Two friends, now living in separate European countries, agree to take a motor biking trip through the Alpine mountains. With approximately 40 years riding experience between them, and good planning tools, the winter was used to research biking sites and a route was agreed on, hotels booked in advance, bike2bike communications tried and tested, and the mood was set for what turned out to be a great adventure.
My first ever Alp trip. With a brand new VFR800, I ventured into the Alps on a solo trip. Nothing fancy... No planning, 2 days there, 2 days back and 5 days in the Alps.. with a tent that I've never put up before. What could possibly go wrong??
Norway trip in the middle of June, turned out to be a cold one. It rained for 5 days in a row and in the middle of it all, at the top of a pass in an unsuspecting wooden hut, I found a place where I could stop to warm up have a hot meal and they even had a sauna which they turned on for me.