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Perfect Alps

Saturday, July 2, 2016 | Robert Stoll / Pablo Piferrer | Europe

On the final day of a tour which had it all.....118,000,000 trillion curves... hard riding...monster passes...great views .......cruising twisties......late night shananagins... a stop at one of the tour guides local pizzeria in Arzl!!......boiling sun and torrential rain....(nothing like ducking out of a storm under a bus stop) .......we did not have many photo stops due to the rain today... but we rocketed over passes in Switzerland, Italy and Austria...... a week ago strangers meet for the first time.....over the week new friends were made........   it is not just the ride..it is the unity of a common bond that the road ties us together....  and this my friends is why we say.."Screw it, let's ride"........ "we all got time for dat"  P E R F E C T. 

Climbing Bernia Pass in Switzerland
Oh damn.....here we go again.!!!.. no worries the bikes are away for the night!!
Itlay into Austria...
OffenPass, Switzerland.
Pabs...googly eyed marking maps....
Ron and Helen......enjoying a dance!!

Today was a very long day. These guys want to ride, and they ride long distances and hard. The more turns the better. Since day one, they were determined to do Stelvio Pass through the switchback side, even if it meant leaving early and arriving late, no matter the distance; and there was some of that.

Before we reached Stelvio (going round the long side) we had already done 200 Kms (120 miles) through the curvy roads of Weinstrasse. We flew up it and had lunch at Brunno's and continued to Gavia, and Mortirolo and round up to Livigno.... 425 Kms (265 miles) of Alp roads lead us to the hotel with a long smile.

John: "Yankee Bob, Jealousy will get you nowhere"
Ron and Helen after reaching the top two up... on the Electra Glide.

This guy has them, and they are made of steel.
Yes, that is satisfaction, but the day is only getting started!!
This guy was up at the top. He has certainly done a "coyple" of passes.
Helen helped put the mark on the pass
riding up Gavia pass
Helen giving us a hand to mark a spot!

Rest day in Riva del Garda and a short and intense ride up Passo della Forra for lunch at Hotel Paradiso. Whata beautiful day, and a great night for dinner in the old town!

What an awsome day. Rest day rridinidg all together!
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Message from Helen and Ron.

"This is the happy dance in the Alps. Thinking of our baby girl. Love you Nevaeh!"
Kelsey with the "two towers"
We had time for a quick swim after the day's ride
Kelsey and Helen. These girls ROCK!!!!!
After dinner, we went for ice cream and savoured it while we enjoyed the views of the lake
Ron is making a new "friend"
Helen and Ron, what an awesome couple!

Day three of this PERFECT Alps tour. Perfect weather, perfect asphalt, perfect bikes and perfect riders!!

Due to these guys being so keen to ride EVERY single road, that we had to find stuff to ride and not repeat on any day!!!! What a blast of a day. We left Collalbo and aimed for mendola, but since that was closed.... we had to lenghthen it by 60 kms towards the north to go around.... such a shame.... NOT!!

Sam, the Bemelans Post guardian!
The view from the rooms
Overview of Bolzano and a picture of the guys!
Quick visit to the Harley store, get some T-shirts
Check the lunch menu!! Biker's choice and fitness choice. But when there is riding involved....

"Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!!!"
The lake of Kaldaro from Altenburgerhof. Helen and Ron enjoying the view
Kelsey and John
Lago di Molveno.
Selfie time!
What a cool picture of Helenon Ron's helmet!
Enjoying a beer in Riva de Garda while writing this blog entry.

Kals to Klobenstein.................one word PERFECT.....as in PERFECT ALPS.........No!!! let me spell it for you P E R F E C T...because this tour is,,,and today was not a cloud in the sky.............   we rode miles and miles and extra miles...this group on this tour is ALL ABOUT hammering out big miles....so we did....we added miles.  we rode the Stallersattel....... we rode through Cortina....... and threw in a ride down to Longarone to ride the Stualanza...then the Passo Giau,,,which ROCKS LIKE NO OTHER.........and the Stella and a few more......I think we rode 118,0o0 million ( wink wink ) switch backs today...the reward..........HUGE smiles and a beer at the end of the day courtesy of "The Best Ride There is Edelweiss Bike Travel"............................................  tomorrow.....Riva Del Garda baby!!!    THIS is WHY we ride!!!!!    

Cow wants to play!
tour guide selfie with Ron and Helen
Crossing the Austrian / German border.....
...Into Italy!!

Started with five eager riders on a cool morning out of Seefeld, none minded the cool temperatures as the anticipation of a great tour was on the horizon....and certainly warmed our hearts.   We skirted into Germany for a few minutes. Then back into Austria and a great ride along Achen See. From there we headed our bikes towards the Krimml Falls, what a sight as 5 MILLION gallons of water tumble over the highest falls in all of Europe. The day was capped off with a marvelous ride over the Grossglockner..........................tomorrow....Italy and the Dolomites.

a fine looking couple having a great first day of riding.
Krimml Falls
Ron capturing the view
On top of Austria.......Ron, Helen, Kelsy and Johnathan
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 22:10

Pablo, can you upload a group picture at the beginning and end of the blog. The cows just don't seem to be a fitting end to a great tour.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 19:31

Thanks for the awesome feed back....it truly was a pleasure.
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:31

WOW Looks like a totally awesome tour!!!! Helen & Ron so happy you two got to enjoy such beautiful landscape, with such a tour group and guides!!!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:31

It really was, you should come and join next time! We only got to explore a small part of the Alps!
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:28

That cow wanted to race!!!! hahahaha Watch your fingers Ron!!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:28

And she raced!! But she was so cute!!
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:26

The views from the rooms and everywhere, like lake of Kaldaro, are amazing.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:27

Wherever you look, it is a postcard picture waiting to happen. Simply magnificent
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:25

HAHAHAHAHA Bikers choice and Fitness choice. Tooo funny!!!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:26

Fitness choice is what the biker's choice meal used to eat!
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:22

Ron did you name your new swan friend??
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 16:14

Wanted to call him Dinner, but he wouldn't cooperate. We had an awesome time out there.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:31

Good question!! Did you Ron?!
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:20

Happy Dance!!! Happy Dance!!! Wow the road on the side of the cliff, wow!!!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:25

That was awesome! I hope Neveah got to see it!
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:16

WOW talk about a windy long road and two up... on the Electra Glide!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!! You go Helen and Ron!!!!!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:24

You should have seen them!! I mean, two up, on an Electra Glide.... up Stelvio?! Both were incredible.
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:13

OffenPass, Switzerland looks amazing!!!!! So beautiful.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:22

Switzerland is so beautiful in general and the roads really good quality
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:12

Ooohhhh Ron does dance!!!!! Looking good my sister and Ron!!! Lookin good!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:21

They are such an amazing couple.
Sherrie Sanchez
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 18:10

Wow, Amazing!!!
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:20

It really was!
Monday, July 4, 2016 at 22:23

This was the best vacation ever. We meet the best group of people and saw some amazing sites. Thank you Rob and Pablo for taking care of us out there.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:20

You guys were absolutely awesome, seriously. It was incredible fun and incredible riding. I hope to ridde with you again here, but looking forward to going over and riding, hopefuly next year!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 23:48

Ron and Helen so glad yall are having a good time the Mountains look amazing and the cow looks skinny be careful see yall soon
Ron C
Monday, July 4, 2016 at 04:04

Thanks Jerry. We're back home now. We had a blast on the Perfect Alps tour with the Perfect tour guides Rob and Pablo, great job guys. I agree with Pablo, you should have been there riding the switchbacks and sweeping curves. You would love it, maybe some time soon.
Pablo Piferrer
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10:34

Looking forward to it. Anytime, anywhere!
Pablo Piferrer
Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 22:54

Hey Jerry, come ride with us! We're having an absolute blast here!


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