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Argentina in the Mediterranean Alps! (4SA220A)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Day 1, Arrival in Vence

Welcome to blooming Provence, in southern France! A wonderful weather welcomes us to this wonderful region of Europe, that we are going to discover in the following days, together with Piemonte and Liguria in Italy! The bikes (and the Tour Guide!) are ready, the group from Argentina has arrived and the tour can begin!

Bikes are ready!
St. Paul de Vence (I had to get used to the new Harley before the tour begins!)
Ready for the welcome briefing!
what a cozy place!

Day 2, Vence - Valberg

A long and challenging first riding day took us from the coast of Provence to the mountain village of Valberg, quite a big change in terms of climate and temperature! The highlight of today was the impressive Verdon Canyon, the biggest in Europe, a paradise for hiking, kayaking... and of course motorcycling! After a relaxing lunch in Castellane, we did the famous "Route des Cretes" around the canyon and then finally headed to Valberg, passing through the equally beautiful canyon of Daluis with its incredible red rocks.

Our friends from Argentina in Castellane
The Verdon river (the name comes from its color (vert means green).
At the Pointe Sublime viewpoint
Very friendly goats
The Verdon again, at the bottom of the canyon
The road along the Daluis canyon is fantastic!
Arrived in Valberg

Day 3, rest day ride in Provence

No packing today, we are spending two nights in Valberg! Some of us (well the most of us!) decided to go for a ride, so after a "healthy" breakfast we headed to Utelle, passing by the wonderful Gorges de Cian, and then an incredible beautiful and narrow mountain road! Today it was difficult to find an open restaurant for lunch, but finally we saw a little place by the road with only two options on the menu, steak with "pommes frites" or pasta with meat. Not bad! On the way back countless curves took us back to the Gorges do Daluis and then finally to Valberg!

first photo stop at the "Gorges de Cian"
Such a beautiful color these rocks!
Our bikes are eager to ride these wonderful roads!
Somewhere in Provence...
At the Madone de Uteile chapel, surrounded by mountains!
Vamos amigos!
Last photo stop!
On the way to Valberg...

Day 4, Valberg - Vicoforte

From where can we enter Italy if the Col de Tende is still closed after a huge landslide that happened last year? We decided to head northwards and we faced three challenging mountain roads before entering Italy!: Col des Champs, Col d'Allos and Col de la Madeleine! The weather was just perfect and we enjoyed a great ride before finally arriving in Vicoforte where we sleep right in front of its wonderful sanctuary!

Group picture
On the Col des Champs

And now some action photos!

Coffee break
Welcome to bella Italia!
The Col de la Madeleine road
Our bikes parked in Vicoforte just in front of the sanctuary,
The Last Supper...

Day 5, Vicoforte - Rapallo

Liguria, the italian region where we arrived today, looks very tiny on a map, so nobody expected the incredible amount of turns we did today! From Vicoforte we headed to Cortemilia where we had our first break, and then we finally left Piemonte and entered Liguria. Since we didn't want to use the highway to pass around Genova, the only thing we could do was to use the very twisty normal roads! A long, tiring.... and great ride!!!

Before leaving we could enter the beautiful sanctuary of Vicoforte with its amazing elliptical dome (the biggest in the world of this kind!)
Coffee break in Cortemilia
David and Goliath
At lunch
Thousands of turns are not enough for us!

Day 6, Ride in the Cinqueterre

Rest day doesn't really means that we will rest! We rode to the famous Cinqueterre and had a break and light lunch in Manarola before riding back to Rapallo and trying to reach Portofino. Since it was saturday and the weather was wonderful, it was absolutely impossible to find a parking spot for all our bikes there! So we had our last coffee break in Santa Margherita Ligure before finally coming back to the hotel.

The view from our hotel
Arrived at the Cinqueterre
In Manarola
A little break before walking back (uphill!) to the motorcycles
In Santa Margherita Ligure
Suddenly swimming... don't ask me if they were wearing bermudas!

Day 7, Rapallo - Finale Ligure

An intense day! Not much time today for taking pictures, we left Rapallo on a beautiful morning and, after passing by Genova, we reached the Faiallo pass in time for lunch... but hundred of motorcyclists were there! So it took some time to get our food... and we took the chance to watch a bit of the MotoGP race. After that, well, countless curves again took us back to the coast to reach FInale Ligure!

At the Faiallo Pass
MotoGP race is on!
Coffee break
Arrived in Finale Ligure

Day 8, Finale Ligure - Vence

After a challenging (as usual!) ride through the mountains during the morning, we rode back to the coast and entered France in Menton, where we had a great lunch by the beach! A few miles after, we reached Monaco and did two laps of the Formula One track! But we did not manage to qualify for the next GP, so we had to finally go back to Vence... this tour is over, but all the emotions will stay with us!!! Hasta luego amigos! Y, como siempre, Viva Maradona!!!

First coffee break
Riding through Pieve di Teco
In Menton
Buen provecho!
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Montecarlo!
Nizza
So many huge yachts here!!!
Hasta pronto!!!
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Martin Fischer
Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 16:44

Beautiful pictures! Obviously a very nice tour. Continue to enjoy the tour
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 01:44

danke Martin! A challenging but great tour!
Holger
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 19:51

All the best Domenico!
My best wishes to the group and to Edgardo!
Cheers
Holger
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 22:30

Thank you Holger! Hope to see you soon!
Angela
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 12:58

Buenos dias chicos de Argentina
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 22:32

Hay un chico de Italia tambien! Un abrazo Angela!
Angela
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 13:00

Les deseo un buen recorrido. Disfruta del tiempo en Francia. Muchas saludos, Angela
Michaela Achatzi
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 09:42

Hey Domenico

a nice tour
greetings to Elgordo and the boys

Michaela
Domenico Schiano Moriello
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 22:31

Thank you Michaela, I will! Stay tuned!

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