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Barcelona to Chamonix with Ducati Lebanon Club

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Riding day 5, Aix les Bains - Chamonix

We have reached our final destination, we are at the feet of Mt. Blanc! How impressive this huge mountain! The ride was shorter than the previous ones, but not less fun, so we reached the hotel in time for some relax at the spa before going for dinner.

Issam, Patrick, Ziad, Nadim, Rabih, Camille, Emmanuel, it was a great pleasure meeting you and riding with you, see you soon on another tour!

First photo stop
we can already see Mt. Blanc in the background
Annecy, what a beautiful place
Lunch time
on the Col des Aravis
Mont Blanc!
well done guys!

Riding Day 4, Le Puy en Velay - Aix les Bains

Today we reached the Alps and it was the longest ride of the tour, around 340 kilometres of curves! And not only curves, also the landscapes were spectacular, especially on the Combe Laval (the road was unfortunately closed, so we could not ride it all) and the Gorges de la Bourne. I was tempted to use the highway after Grenoble but we also rode on the Chartreuse mountains before finally reaching Aix les Bains! What a day!

first photo stop along the road, still in "Tuscany"
Coffee break in Lamastre, here bikers are welcome
Saint Nazaire en Royans
"Lunch" break in Saint Jean en Royans
we could also enjoy a "boules" game
the Combe Laval road
last stop for today!

Riding day 3, Albi - Le Puy en Velay

We left Albi and during the first part of the route we could almost feel like we were in Tuscany: beautiful countryside and picturesque villages. Our first "official" stop was in Roquefort, where the “king of cheeses” (as the french use to say) is produced in natural caves with a constant temperature and humidity. We then passed under the stunning Viaduct of Millau - tallest in the world and taller than the Eiffel Tower before heading to the Gorges du Tarn, another spectacular road! Le Puy en Velay has a very beautiful historic centre that we could explore a little bit before dinner.

group photo
the imposing Cathedral of Albi
somewhere in the valley of the Tarn
under the Viaduc de Millau
viewpoint on the Gorges du Tarn
Le Puy en Velay
The Cathedral of Le Puy en Velay at night

Riding day 2, Argeles sur Mer - Albi

The Gorges de Galamus, a system of bizarrely shaped canyons, formed by the river Agly and its numerous springs, was our highlight in the morning. The road is really carved into the rock, take a look at the pictures to have a better idea! Beautiful winding roads took us then to Carcasonne, where we had (quite late!) lunch inside the beautiful medieval citadelle. And on the last part of the day we also had the pleasure to had Mike riding with us, and he guided us to the hotel in Albi, located just above the river Tarn. What a beautiful view!

Riding in the Gorges de Galamus
Patrick and Camile
some riding fun
Arrived at Carcassonne
the fortified centre of Carcassonne
The Cathedral of Albi is claimed to be toe biggest brick building in the world!
something going on on saturday night

Riding day 1, Barcelona - Argeles sur Mer

Leaving Castelldefels, we quickly approached the holiest place in Catalunya, the mountain range and monastery of Montserrat. Not only it is a holy place, also the roads around make it a paradise for motorcyclists! After a very nice lunch break in Vic, the weather changed as we hit the mountains and we entered France under a quite heavy shower... so not many pictures for the second part of the day!

at the feet of Montserrat
The main square of Vic. In a few days in Catalunya there will be a vote about the independence from Spain (look at the flag and imagine what they would like!)
we found a very good (italian, of course) restaurant.
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entering France
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Patrick Bounassif
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 23:25

Awesome roads , superb scenery and a wonderful guide. Thanks Domenico thumbs up!
Issam Wehbe
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 22:00

Thank you Domenico for these lovely roads and curves


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