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Mystery tour 2018!

Friday, June 29, 2018 | Pablo Piferrer / Michael Göbel | Europe

Welcome to the 2018 Mystery tour!

Arrival day - Vence

Vence

Our 2018 Mystery Tour, begins in the beautiful little town of Vence. Just North of sunny and Meditranean washed Nice and a short stone throw away from the enchanting town of St. Paul. Surrounded by gorges, this tour looks like it has very promising roads!

Rainer is on duty today and we have ....
... a full house!
it seems we are going to have a lot of good food!
The desert was a lot more complete when it arrived, but.... we were unable to keep our hands off before the picture!!

Day 1 - Vence to Château Arnoux

Getting ready for the briefing
Mark and Genie...
.... and a brand new 1200 RT full équipe !
Walter enjoying the breathtaking views
The 950 Multistrada, a beautiful Italian redhead.
A restaurant in the Château de Trigance
Up high on the towers
This is our main dish ... for lunch!
From the castle, the view of our riders is that of knights leaving for battle
The little details
A typical sign in these gorges, honking is compulsory!!
Genie is the dog whisperer
They tame a lion!
Our hotel at Château-Arnoux
Gaby ready to savour the suculent dinner prepared for us
Meet the Chef

Day 2 - Château Arnoux to Rochegude

Lavender fields everywhere
Wow
At the same time... Pablo and Genie were going for a "walk"
- Where are we going tomorrow, Rainer?

- Tomorrow, north (to Alaska)
Afternoon concert, offered by TG Michael
How about a glass of wine in an old French castle?
Jim and Jhon got the right idea!

Day 3 - Rochegude to Muse

The beautiful Château de Rochegude from the air
La vie est belle!
There's no gate too narrow to get our van through
He put this t-shirt "espresso" for the day
Rainer and Gaby, ready to go!
Beautiful Daisy
James on the RT, man does he move on that thing!
Mark Tuttle, a candid shot taken by Rainer
James, Gaby and Daisy
The bamboo forest
Marta, Alfredo and Pablo
James and daisy taking a switchback, the scenery is simply breathtaking
Fresh river water pool in our hotel in Muse
The river water is cold and the current is enough to give you a full workout
Rainer and Alfredo working out
Shauna

Day 4 - Muse rest day

Jim, breakfast with a TG
T-shirt for day 4!!
James, ready to go down to the caves
The stalagmitesare huuuuge!
Outstanding roads
Not so bad, the little NC
The water was cold, veeery cold, but it was a needed swim after the hot day!
Alfredo, Rainer and Michael swiming against the current
The game, the game....

Day 5 - Muse to Chabrillan

We can have fun in the van too!!
Jason and Shannon, our cool Canadian couple
The flowers from this cactus only lve for 24 hours
We were fortunate to see them open at night.

Day 6 - Chabrillan to Chambéry

Marta and a perfect selfie, she has awesome pictures to share!
Alfredo decided to give up the 1260 for a bit!!
Turns and narrow roads on this beautiful scenic route to lunch
Lunch was a bit of all the local specialities. Pasta, cold cuts and cheeses.

Day 7 Chambéry to Saint Verán

Pablo loves this beautiful red Italian!!
One of Rainer's 10 daily coffees.... just a small one
Jason: "What are you doing, Pablo?"
Alfredo, with his daily cool t-shirt
Who you gonna call??
View from our coffee stop
Top of the pass
Was expecting something a little .... smaller!
Daisy is the most amazing person, she embroided the Pablo's buff, also a present from her and James
Believe it or not, Italy is really behind that sign!
Queen of the pass
Pablo and Gabrielle between France and Italy. Hard road, but mamma duck is proud!!
Steep entrance to the hotel
The lucky winners with Gaby!! Clockwise from left: Gaby, Alfredo, Diane and Shauna
At the same time
Crazy Italian helicopter pilot, shares pictures of his family and friends with the passengers!!
Finally, Mont-Blanc !
Helicopter arriving for the winners of the competition
Pablo, hard at work
Walter, our sommelier!
Jim and our nice waitress
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Marta and Alfredo's view of the pass
The day's route

Day 8 - Saint Verán to Jausiers

In the morning we had one more try going up to Col de Agnel.

This spot looks even better in the sun .

 

Coffee break at Col de Vars 

Our drone pilot, Alfredo, getting some amazing aerial shots
Affogato!!
A great assistant helping for the briefing
The three passes for the day
Walter and Pablo
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Day 9 - Jausiers back to Vence

Welcome to the picnic.
Tuck in!
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Where are we?
Farewell dinner
Michael presents Walter with the most expensive T-shirt he has!
Selfie with the guides
Michael prepared some beautiful coffe cups for the ladies
Put your hands together for.... THE CHICKEN STRIPS!!

Thank you, and a final message!

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Jim Gardella
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 15:39

Home now and just finishing the recovery from the time change. Took some time out this morning to book the 2020 Mystery Tour (yes, that is three in row, very additive). Looking forward to meeting new people but would be happy to see the same group, including Michael and Pablo once again. Can't wait for the start in Athens in 2020. The countdown has started!
Ana
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:32

These tours always look so amazing! I'm massively jealous every time! As a side note, I'm an excellent joke teller and very entertaining. Next time in say...Iceland for example, or Japan, you could take me as a value add for the trip, no?
Keep on going kid, you're doing great! xx
Solitude
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:36

I have enjoyed this blog very much. The mountains, landscapes and picnic!!
Pablo Piferrer
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:47

Gracias Solitude! Your constant support is what keeps me going. I'm glad you enjoyed the blog so much.

Un beso grandísimo
Betsy Saunders
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:10

What an experience it is to travel with Edelweiss! Greg and I throughly enjoyed our second, curvy adventure in Europe. The motorbike trek provided us the opportunity to explore varying landscapes and beautiful villages in the South of France. The camaderie of the international group of motorbike
enthusiasts and tour guides was terrific despite language barriers. The tour guides enhanced our trek with their can do spirit, kindness and talents. Greg and I are looking forward our next adventure with Edelweiss.
Greg Saunders
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 07:20

The Mystery Tour intrigued my wife and I and started in France where I always wanted to visit. We looked forward to each day not knowing what it would hold for us.

We met some incredible people that we bonded with and now will be lifelong friends .
It proves to me that we are more similar than different in sharing a common interest iand language in motorcycling.

Almost all of the participants were more seasoned riders than I, some having been on ten or more Eidelwess adventures! We previously rode on a Royal Tour in the Alps and recount our experiences on that trip often although it was 8 years ago.

The whole Eidelweiss team worked together to pull off this trip, a daunting logistical feat, paring unbelievable roads, interesting stops, fine food and hotels ( even or especially the zero star inn).
Of course PLENTY of coffee and wine.

None of this would be possible without our tour guides Michael and Pablo. Each brought different skills and enhanced our trip, whether it was entertainment or discussions about food. I especially found it helpful how proactive they were if we encountered a problem. Whether it was a missing power converter or providing magnesium tablets when my leg started cramping.

Accompanying Rainier and Gabby on this trip and seeing France thru their lens was special . We learned a lot about wines, food and History.

The participants were from Germany, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Canada and the US ( our home).
We look forward to going on another tour again!



Pablo Piferrer
Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:45

Thank ypu very much for writing!! I'm very glad you enjoyed it so much, and also that we were able to make it so. I hope to ride again with you soon.
Alfredo Malo
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 12:06

This was our 4th Edelweiss tour and after the 2017 mystery tour, the bar was ridiculous high. Nevertheless Rainer (Edelweiss CEO) managed to make it even better in 2018 by sharing his personal view and likes of France for all of us lucky participants, surprise after surprise every day of this incredible tour. This adventure has been a life experience in our lives and of course we are totally in for the next mystery tour and maybe others in between. Thanks to ALL Edelweiss staff who made this posible and special thanks to Rainer, Gaby, Pablo and Michael.
Martha
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 19:49

Muchas gracias por todo!! Fue un tour maravilloso y me encantó que estuvieras . Nos vemos pronto!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 20:10

Para mi ha sido un auténtico placer poder pasar estos días con vosotros. Me alegra que lo hayáis disfrutado tanto.

Un fuerte abrazo. Nos vemos pronto!!!
Jules314
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 19:09

Pablo, although I know that part of France very well, I have discovered through your blog some places that I would like to visit because you have made them look so attractive. Furthermore, the blog shows your riders enjoying the tour so much that I wish I were there. I will soon…
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 20:08

Thank you very much, Julio. I'm very sure we will be able to tour round there soon.
María
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 12:00

It looks absolutely amazing!! From what you can see in the pictures everyone seems to have had a great time!

Pablo, llevame de paquete algún día. Si es por Japón mejor!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 16:58

Thanks Maria. We had a fabulous time. Hope to do Japan some day. Will see with the chief what he says about having a pillion on tour!
Diane & John
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 08:23

Pablo,
Thanks for the fabulous picnic! It was well worth it after riding up that goat trail!! The view couldn’t be beat. I’m glad you made it up and down safely in the van; it was crazy enough on a motorbike! We wish you well in your new matrimonial adventure. Remember, every day is a blessing. May the Force be with you!
Michael,
Thanks for sharing your music as well as being our personal sweep. You have the advantage of having riden these roads before so we appreciate your patience.
Rainer & Gaby,
Thank you so much for having this tour. It gave us the opportunity to get to know you and to personalise Edelwiess as a company. Next year will be tour 10 so that’s the greatest complement we can give by coming back again and again. Keep up the good work!
Mahalo nui loa to all of you
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 17:05

Than you for your kind words. And mya the Force be with you.
Aeiel
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 07:37

Me encanta esa zona, está espectacular para ir en moto.
Abrazo muy grande.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 16:54

Gracias Ariel. La zona es espectacular. A ver si nos vemos pronto!
Courtney
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:04

Hey Pablo! James and I are ready if you do a scooter version of this tour...maybe Aurora and Allan too!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:54

I will most certainly try that!! What an amazing tour!!
Julie Nagel
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 08:11

Hi Pablo! We are heading to the Grand Alps in July. Best regards. Julie and Marty.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:53

Hey!! Glad to see you are around the area. Hope you guys have fun! When does it start?
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 00:13

Hello everybody,
so nice to see so many familiar faces.
Wish you all a great tour, have fun and enjoy the good food in France
Best regards
Claudia
Martha
Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 11:55

Hi!
Pablo Piferrer
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 23:29

Thanks Claudia!! We are really enjoying it.
Jim Gardella
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 21:26

Claudia
We have great guides with Pablo and Michael but we could add that special touch you added at last year's tour. Sitting here with Gaby at dinner and she says she misses you too.
Rainee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 22:40

Hey Mark, still a long way to go on the competition. Hurry up. Only two days left.
Jason & Shauna Chase
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 20:06

Only four days in. Can't wait for tomorrow and the rest of the tour. I bet you wish you were here.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:54

Thank you, I really enjoyed my time on the tour with you guys. It was amazing!
Jim Gardella
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 19:54

Having a great time wish all of you were here.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:57

How about now? Glad to have toured with you. Check the full blog and let me know what you think!
Jim Gardella
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 16:45

Pablo
It was great spending time with you and the picnic lunch you made for us was THE BEST (except for In-and Out that is). Looking forward to riding with you again.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 17:00

It's hard to beat in and out!! Likewise, I enjoyed myself very much. Hope we get to ride again soon
Angela de Haan
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 12:54

Hello Daisy and James

Great to see you on the mystery tour. I wish the two of you a most enjoyable time riding into the unknown
Hope you're all "belled up"?

Safe travels and best wishes to all of you, Angela
James and Daisy
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 07:24

Hi Angela
Thanks for finding us!
The great unknown has kept us always wondering where we are. I’m not sure but think we’re still in France.
The rides and food has been great!
And I marked my territory on a multistrada in your honor.
James and Daisy
Pablo Piferrer
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 18:06

I can vouch for that..... it was the TG bike!!

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