Archive for May, 2010

Alps bound!!

I have been looking over maps and thinking about a nice ride to take this summer, but recently fell into a great opportunity. At the end of June, I’m catching a plane to Munich to go on a ride with Edelweiss Bike Travel. It involves a number of days riding through the Alps – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Italy. Everything is arranged by the tour company – BMW bike rental (I’ll be on a R1200GS), hotels, routes (they offer two different routes per day), and breakfast and dinner. It all looks fantastic and I think I’ll have a great time riding mountain pass after mountain pass (and doing a bit of sightseeing along the way)! I’ll also have a day to visit the BMW Motorrad Days event in Garmisch. I think I’m going to pick up some new BMW riding gear (the Rallye 3 gear is calling my name) and then I just need to be patient for another month…

Back from PA

After many hours of riding in very heavy rain, I made it back from PA. Route 666 through the Allegheny Forest was nice, though at times it gets a bit rough. Just fine for my GS but maybe not so good for a bike with bad suspension. Route 6 and the Kinzua Bridge were also nice to check out, and then there is route 44… it would transition from perfect road to chip seal to no pavement at all (for several miles). A number of turns had some loose gravel in them, one had a 50-foot section of road missing at the exit (full of loose gravel), and a long section had half of the lane very poorly re-paved, leaving you with 1/2 of a lane that was usable. Still, it offered some great riding (if you kept your eyes open and dialed back the speed a bit) and really fantastic scenery. There were even a few curves marked for 10mph on a good piece of road, which made for quite a lot of fun. Aside from that, I did some great riding around PA and even NY around the Delaware Water Gap. Pictures will be added to my gallery in a few hours.

Finally riding again

It’s been a while, but I’m finally back on two wheels and away from home.  Today was pretty utilitarian – highway riding for a bit over three hours across scenic I-80 in Ohio into PA.  I grabbed a hotel in Cranberry, PA (a pretty small little town, but not a bad place from what I’ve seen, and a fantastic new Holiday Inn), and am preparing for tomorrow.  I expect great riding on Route 666 through the Allegheny Forest, up to Route 6, and then southeast on 44 before ending near Wilkes Barre.  I can be web tracked via my SPOT page here