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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 63 – Andermatt to Beuil

28 September 2011

Notwithstanding I finished late in the evening, Day 63 of my Turkey motorcycle tour was always going to be a challenging route after choosing a route through the French Alps which incorporate as many high mountain passes as I thought possible to do in a single day.

Heading west out of Andermatt at around 0900 I again went over the Furka Pass, but you’ve already seen that. My first rest stop of the morning was at the scenic Restaurant Le Virage, just after passing through Martigny.

Next was Col de la Forclaz (1,526m) before crossing the border into France just after Le Chatelard. Continuing on through Chamonix Mount Blanc, Albertville and St Michel de Maurienne, my next pass was the Col du Télégraphe (1,578m) before pausing briefly at Valloire …

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before tackling the famous Col du Galibier (2,645m).

Briançon was the next major town, I’d been here before when skiing in Italy and the foul weather had closed the slopes through lack of visibility (it is just over the border).

The ride to Guillestre was straightforward although I passed up the opportunity to spend the night here (probably a bad call).

Moving on (and losing a glove much to my dismay – lucky I carry two pairs) I went over the Col de Vars (2,111m) and then refuelled at Jausiers (I was almost on fumes by then!).

The next one was special. La Bonette at 2,862m was the big one. The highest surfaced pass in Europe I understand. There was little traffic to contend with to my relief. The views were simply spectacular from the top of The Alps, but interestingly no snow could to be seen.

On the way down I passed over the Col du Restefond (2,678m) and finally in the darkness the Col de la Couillole (1,678m).

It was a long but memorable day – one of my best and like I said earlier, probably the most challenging to date of this Turkey motorcycle tour.

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Distance travelled yesterday 384 miles (618km), cumulative 9,993 miles (16,082km).

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 63 – Pushing West into France

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29 September 2011 I’ve been a bit slack of late. Relying on scenery to carry the interest in my blogs. Sorry about this for those who find the commentary of interest. I have revealed very little of myself for some time time now. But the roads and scenery have been great – I’m sure you […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 62 – Andermatt Loop

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27 September 2011 Another riding for pleasure day. The 147 miles travelled got me no closer to London. Just back to the same place I started the day – Hotel Aurora, Andermatt. There are some great roads and high mountain passes in the area. I took it easy and stopped frequently for photos. It was […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 61 – Garmisch to Andermatt

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26 September 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen was a nice town. It took me a while to find a place to stay though. Either too far out of town or too expensive. Seems the good weather and Oktoberfest have extended the summer tourist season. I finally settled on a central Guesthouse and after unloading the Family Truckster I […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 60 – The Grossglockner

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25 September 2011 This is the 113th Turkey motorcycle tour blog entry. Unlucky for some, but at least I made it past the century. Just to be sure I will do another blog before getting on the bike again. Not that I’m superstitious. I ended up stopping for the night just outside of Hermagor, Austria. […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 59 – Italy, Slovenia & Austria

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24 September 2011 The ride from Pontebba to the Slovenian border was superb, starting with a fast road south following a mountain river, before again heading east into the mountains and over Passo Sella Nevea. This road was probably the tightest of the day (to here at least) and included several short dark tunnels that […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 59 – East Again!

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24 September 2011 The Dolomites were so good I simply didn’t want to tear myself away from them just yet. I checked out of my hotel in Arabba this morning and had two choices – east or west. West was the logical choice as it would get me closer to London. But logic rarely comes […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 58 – Arabba & Dolomites Loop

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23 September 2011 The Family Truckster is full of electronic gadgetry. The bag of tricks includes: Electronic Suspension Adjustment, with three settings adjustable of the fly (Comfort, Normal or Sport). When stationery it is also possible to adjust for the load ie one up, with luggage or two up. Three engine mapping settings, Rain, Road […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Days 56 & 57 – Zadar to Arabba

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21 & 22 September 2011 I like Italy. Have been here a few times now. Twice on the Family Truckster’s predecessor and once to go skiing. The coffee is simply the best and the food is great also, but no good if you are dieting. The ferry crossing was smooth and I arrived on time […]

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Turkey Motorcycle Tour Day 55 – Split to Zadar

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20 September 2011 Tuesday’s ride to Zadar was relatively straightforward. Follow the coast north west to Zadar. No borders or crossing coastal mountain ranges. It did start to rain as I checked out of the hotel in Split. No problems. Will have an espresso while I wait for it to clear. It wasn’t heavy rain […]

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