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UPT2202: Enduro-Wandern Toskana

Samstag, 4. Juni 2022 | Anthony Fairweather / Holger Homann | Europa / Italien

"Geht in den Wald spielen, das macht Spaß!" haben sie zu uns gesagt.
Sie hatten Recht!

Tag 1: Willkommen in Florenz

Bereit zur Abfahrt!

Tag 2: Florenz nach Bagno di Romagna

The first day is a wrap! We leave busy Florence behind and immediately start our climb into the hills of Tuscany. Our first stop is a small forest trail where we test the offroading capability of our bikes and then head to an old monastery for our first crack at some real Italian gravel tracks. Making our way east we climb  mountain passes, ride across lush meadows and finally arrive at our home for the night, a converted farm house on the top of a mountain,  that just so happens to have its own vineyard. This is Italy, after all.

Das erste Morgenbriefing
Einmal Probestehen bevor es los geht.
Holger auf der KTM führt an.
Ab in den Wald!
Bertrand zeigt wie's geht.
Und Tyler ist gleich hinterher
Und jetzt unterwegs! Robert und Chris in action
Claude auf dem steilen ungeteerten Anstieg nach Barbiano! Auf dem Bild sieht das überhaupt nicht steil aus...war es aber!
Trey an der gleichen Stelle!
Chris hat Spaß!
Die Toskana bietet nicht nur umwerfend schöne Städte und Kultur sondern auch fantastische Berge mit richtig guten Straßen!
Alle oben! Yiehaaa!
Nächstes Highlight: Passo del Muraglione!
Tyler on the Passo Braccina
Superschön hier oben!
Unsere coole Gruppe!
Selfie! Was für ein schöner Tag!!
Ein kaltes Bier am Ende des Tages.
This Agriturismo Pianconvento with its lovely owners does not only grow their own vegetables and herbs (partially collected in the forests) but does their own wine as well. And a very good one!
...and tigers around )

Tag 3: Bagno di Romagna nach Loiano

After an excellent stay at our Agriturismo we head our and almost immediately leave pavement behind in favour of a beautiful gravel track that follows the ridge line of the surrounding hills. We stop at Monte Battaglia and take in the view and the medieval watch tower that guards these hills. From there its a mix of gravel and tarmac as we carry on west towards our stop of the night, a converted villa wit stunning views of the Emilia Romagna. 

Nach einer fantastischen Nacht geht's weiter!
Our morning ride on the super Panorama Road...still foggy
At the Rocca de Battaglia
And Chris and Trey made their way up here - you gotta walk!
And here the hard enduro challenge team! Tough and challenging way up! Yiehaaa!
Not neccessarily one have to do it - just an extra loop in the afternoon. The others went straight to the Passo della Raticosa, a bikers meeting spot south of Bologna!
slowly it starts...
Robert and Chris made it already to the top...
Claude mastering the challenges Super!
Well done, Robert, Chris and Claude!!
Rewarded with great panorama views!
I am deeply impressed by this KTM1290 Adventure!

Tag 4: Loiano nach Viano

Today takes us northwest into the very northern tip of the Apenine mountains. Sticking to mainly tarmac  we dive into a ceaseless mix of tight hairpins and as we drive through the Monte Sole historical park, then swing south on a loop through the hills and villages that make up some of the most beautiful scenery of central Italy. Arriving at our hotel we realise we'll be spending a night in a medieval castle, complete courtyards, battlements and, of course, its own vineyard. 

Ein wunderschöner Morgen in der Emilia Romagna!
Das Mahnmal von Monte Sole.
Frische Pasta in Italien, Hammer!
Tony hat das Allerheiligste gefunden!
Selbstgemachter Prosciutto, ein Muss auf unserer Tour.

Views from our stay tonight... In a beautiful Castello on top of a hill

Tag 5: Viano nach Barga

Yet another fantastic day in Italy dawns. Our first stop of the day are the ruins of Canossa, one of the most famous sites of the power struggle between church and state during the 11th century, as well as one of the most beautiful ruins in a country blessed with countless archeological sites. Canossa also marks the most northern point of our tour, so it's time swing our bikes around and head south, away from the plains and back into our beloved mountains. Just before lunch we tackle the most challenging section of off-road riding of the tour. A small gravel farm track takes us down towards a river valley and into a remote section of farm land and forests. Thanks to a fantastic team effort we ford two streams, ride along a muddy path and make it back on the road with no more than liberal application of mud and silt. After a well deserved lunch we head back onto some of the twistiest mountain roads so far, stop for some excellent gelato and arrive at yet another mountain-top hotel, where Holger greets us with the traditional Edelweiss boot beer!

Das Motorrad ist noch sauber...
... und auch die Mannschaft.
Und los gehts!
Ein toller Ausblick von der Festung Canossa.
John soaking up the sun.
And so is Tyler.
Mitten in Nirgendwo.
Unter dem ganzen Schlamm versteckt sich irgendwo der Trey.
Frisch gegrillte Forellen, direkt aus dem Bach.
San Pellegrino in Alpe
Amazing views down to the Garfagna, the greenest part of Tuscany
Eine italienische Schönheit.
Robert, unser off-road Meister.
Auch John kann dem Eis nicht wiederstehen.

Tag 6: Barga nach Firenze

Heute starten wir mit einem Besuch der Ponte de Maddalena, welche auch Ponte del Diabolo genannt wird. Viele Legenden ranken sich um dieses beeindruckende Bauwerk!
Trey, John and Robert on that bridge
Faszinierend, insbesondere wenn man sich vorstellt, welche Möglichkeiten und Werkzeuge man damals hatte!
Danach haben wir die Herausforderung angenommen, den einsamen Bergpass Foce a Giovo zu bezwingen. Schon eine härtere Auffahrt durch eine fantastische Landschaft!
...taking the challenge!
Trey kurz unterhalb des Passes
And here the Foce a Giovo discovery crew: Trey, Robert and Chris!
Tuscany up ok, Emilia-Romagna down not okay...somebody took down the sign (not us) and Chris making fun
Time to ride down from this remote mountain area to meet up with the rest of the group in order to discover more of this tiny twisty roads in Tuscany!
Somewhere on these unbelievable narrow roads around San Momme


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Dienstag, 31. Mai 2022 um 08:34

Hi Holger, hi Claude, nice to see, that you both are still busy on the unpaved roads. Stay hungry and enjoy. Best regards and have a safe and great time.
Holger Homann
Dienstag, 31. Mai 2022 um 19:17

Hello Andreas,

nice to hear from you! Amazing tour here! Today with a super challenge , also for Claude )

My best wishes to you and I do hope to see you soon!

Best regards


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