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BORMIO (Italy) to GARMISCH (Germany) 4th July

Farewell Italy

Today we said goodbye to Cherry & Andy as they are now on their way to drop their bike back. Lin & Prue opted to travel part of the way with them.
Cherry saying goodbye to the "Hotel" dog.

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We wanted to do the Stelvio Pass again - and it was even better the second time. Beautiful sunny day, very light traffic, thoroughly enjoyed it today.
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Note : not many photos - was too busy just enjoying the pass today.

Over the pass we came across the most amazing "Museum/art?" called Freilicht Museum....very weird but fascinating at the same time.

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Near St. Valentin we came across some stallions.
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And an interesting castle which I believe is now accommodation - quite spectacular.
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And a change of colour from all the snow photos - Green Grass !!!
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Arriving in Garmish we found our accommodation to be lovely with a very Bavarian style room.

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BORMIO - 4th JULY

More passes and some rough weather - again !!

Bormio is a lovely old town in the North of Italy. Lots of photo opportunities, but more passes are waiting.
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Our hotel - The Hotel San Lorenzo - very very nice.
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The weather was looking quite ominous but why waste a day so off we went to discover more passes.
Riding up to the Fraele Valley we came across the Fraele Towers - built around 1391 - the defensive system of the Bormio County.
More twisty roads to get there too which was fun.

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Further on we found the Fraele Valley Dam - when the dam was constructed they submerged settlements on the valley floor including St. James Church - progress !!!
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Continuing on to the Passo D. Foscagno (2291m) we started to encounter bad weather, continued to Livigno where Cherry and I checked out the Duty Free shopping - very quickly !!

Then we continued on through to the Berninapass (2323m) for lunch. Hot soup was very popular as it was quite cold and windy. Back into sunshine further on we stopped at Tirano for coffee/gelato.
Lin & Prue, Cherry & Andy opted for the long route home via the Passo d. Gavia, a fantastic pass but we have already done this one so we went straight back to Bormio - which included the longest tunnel yet - 7925m

Our final dinner at Hotel San Lorenzo, absolutely amazing meal, every dish was beautifully presented and delicious.

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The Hotel had a spectacular Lounge area - all carved wood panels including the ceiling.
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THE STELVIO PASS - 2 JULY

Every motoryclists dream pass.

Today was the day.

Every Motoryclist has heard of the Stelvio Pass and dreams of riding it !

4 Bikes, 6 very excited people from Port Macquarie rode out from Bormio this morning in glorious sunshine.

The pass is 2758m above Sea Level.

I will let the photos tell the story - it was an amazing day of riding. (for the non riders - those wiggly lines going down the hillside are actually the road, it just winds and loops up one side and down the other - very challenging riding)

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MERANO to BORMIO 1 July

3 Passes

Merano was so nice we could have stayed longer, but Bormio is waiting.
Riding out of Merano we passed through Marling with a stunning view back into the valley, onto Lana and through the Passo Di Palado (1512m), fantastic sweeping bends, lots of bikes so we know we are on the right road.

Continuing on through we were treated to glorious sunshine, vineyards & orchards on the cliff edges and of course, snow capped alps in the background

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At the Passo di Tonale (1884m) we were quite intrigued by the High-rise buildings - why ??????

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Turning toward Bormio at the Ponti Di Legno the twisty and very thin road wound its way up the Passo di Gavia (2652m) , another JH recommendation. We were quite lucky as the traffic was very light on our way up.

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And of course another sticker -

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Arriving in Bormio early afternoon allowed us time to investigate the town, really old and quaint with tiny alley-ways and very old buildings.
Fascinating to see how much Copper is used in building construction - gutters/ downpipes etc. Very extravagant by Australian standards.
We spent quite some time relaxing in the Piazza Cavor, beneath the centuries old Town Bell tower, enjoying a glass of wine/beer and watching the world go by.

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Andy & Cherry arrived late afternoon, followed by Lin & Prue from a different direction. Unbelievable to think we are all from Port Macquarie and have now met up in Bormio, Northern Italy, and will be riding together here for a few days.

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MERANO 30 JUNE

The Prince's Castle & a Chair Lift

Tourist day in Merano today. Merano is the Thermal Spa capital of Northern Italy, unfortunately, very very expensive so we opted to tour the town instead.

We started with a walk along the river and old town area discovering a few interesting things :-

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And a Jenny Craig BMW

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Followed by a visit to the Landesfurstliche Burg (The Prince's Castle) Completed renovated around 1470 !!
Fascinating to walk around a Castle in its original condition.

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And then we ventured on the Chair Lift up Mount Benedetto which overlooks Merano and enjoyed delicious lunch at the Restaurant overlooking the valley.

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This is the race track famous for its 5mile Steeple Chase along with other horse races.

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Above Merano is some beautiful homes, and spectacular views.

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Back down in Merano we wandered around the river which divides the town, they even provide a lawn area for people to sunbake and swim beside the river.

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