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Grand Alps Tour (CGA 230A)

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Thomas Repplinger / Arno Lachmann | Europe

Riding amazing roads in the most spectacular part of the Alps

Welcome to Seefeld

The motorcycles are prepared and are waiting for our riders (and vice-versa)
First dinner in our Tourstarthotel in Seefeld

#1 Seefeld - Galtür

Everybody getting ready to ride

hmmmm.... what is he doing?

Wiesberg Fortress


#2 Galtür - Andermatt

Briefing for riding day #2
Tom with his artwork

Perfect conditions in the morning

Scott, Kalanda, Gerry and Chris on Silvretta high alpine road

Silvretta high alpine street is ours

Robert is always happy, no matter what the weather is.

all's well that ends well

#3 Restday in Andermatt

Today the rest day was on the agenda. Normally we still offer a bike excursion in the vicinity of the hotel, but today there was really nothing to do. It rained like cats and dogs. Some visited the military museum at the Gotthard Pass while the rest of the group explored Andermatt. Then to end the day we all enjoyed a typical Swiss cheese fondue together. Very tasty...

Sasso San Gottardo museum
The funicular to the upper part of the military base
Inside of the 105mm barrel
Swiss cheese fondue

#4 Andermatt - Chamonix

Briefing for day #5
One of the few dry moments of the day
Furka Pass was closed due to snowfall, so we took the train
Entering France
Dinner in Chamonix

#5 Chamonix - Briancon

After rain comes sunshine, so it was today. After the group had to ride all day yesterday in pouring rain, today it got better and better as the day went on. 

Departure from our hotel in Chamonix
Robert on the new RT
Scott on his 1000XR
Ike and Debra on the other RT
Rusty and Laurel on the GS
Chris on his GS
Gary and the Mont Blanc in the background

sunshine in the atrenoon and everybody is happy again

This is what we accomplished today

#6 Restday in Briancon

Today was actually planned as a day of rest. But as always, the group wanted to drive of course. And so it should be. We explored the area around Briancon and the Col d'Izoard. As a small surprise Arno has prepared us even an excellent picnic. A great day. 

Lac de serre poncon
Chef Arno and his wonderful picnic.
Randy, Sharon and Kalanda got a present for being 5 times on tour with Edelweiss. Thanks for joining us so often.
The group at Col d'Izoard
This is more or less how it looked like all day long
Sharon and Randy and Ike and Debra during the sightseeing of Briancon. What a wonderful town!

#7 Briancon - Aosta

First pass of the day, but still 1000m missing
A happy group of riders on the way to Mont Cenis pass
Lunch at a beautiful restaurant at the bottom of Europe's highest paved pass, Col d'Iseran
Scott enjoying the view
Rusty and Laurel going down to Val d'Isere
Gary on the XR
Randy trying out the Supermoto style
Robert on his flying kitchen
Scott letting it rip

#8 Aosta - Lugano

First Fotostop at Fort Bard at the exit of the Aosta valley
Local or tourist?
Rusty and Laurel enjoying the view towards Torino
The bikes lined up and ready to hit the Italian backroads
Lunch stop and our first Italian pizzas
Robert and Scott counting trouts
Beautiful Varallo
Our lunch spot
Randy and Sharon
Enjoying the sun on our ferry ride over Lago Maggiore
Ike and Deb
Gelato, Gelato

#9 Lugano - Livigno

First stop of the day at Lago di Como on our way to Livigno
Cascate dell Acquafraggia
Lake at Maloja Pass
One of the last survivors in the Alps - Morteratsch Glacier
And here the survivors of the cheese fondue battle in Andermatt
Kalanda was riding in the van today
our last pass for today - Bernina Pass @ 7637 ft
A tour Guide after a long day ...

#10 Livigno - Collalbo

Today our original plan was to approach the famous Stelvio pass form north to south. Unfortunately, we had to change that plan.. First, a flat tire on the Tour Guide motorcycle had to be repaired and then there were also road closures. The approach to the famous south ramp with its 48 hairpin bends would have cost too much time due to some closures on the way there. So we drove only one side, but up and down

Gavia Pass, Passo del Tonale, Mendel Pass and last but not least the ascent to the beautifully located Klobenstein, were the other highlights of today's tour. Below are a few impressions from today:

Tom briefing the riders in the morning
Waiting to get new shoes
Bella Italia
Brunos Würstel - a must on Stelvio
Gary, Sharon and Randy, Chris, Paul and Laurel
Scott, Robert, Debra and Harold

#11 Restday in Collalbo

Randy and Sharon enjoying the rest day on the Sella Ronda
Robert on the RT
Krrrrrrr says the footpeg
Gary on the way to his next motorcycle magazine cover
The riders on rest day
The perfect riding day

#12 Collalbo - Kaprun

Scott riding the northern part of the Sella Ronda
Gary right behind him
Randy and Sharon
Rusty and Laurel
And Chris, our Sweeper for the day
Scott an Robert grinding the footpegs
Lagazuoi Cablecar disappearing into the clouds
Lago di Misurina with the Tre Cime in the background
Ike and Debra enjoying the scenery
Robert getting ready to fly
Our picnic prepared by Tom
Good food at the perfect spot
Chris and the emperor
Beautiful Panorama on the Edelweissspitze

#13 Kaprun - Seefeld

The morning briefing for the last riding day
Welcome to Zillertal
Zillertaler Höhenstrasse
Interested in our bikes?

Bye bye Seefeld

Like every tour, this one had to come to an end at some point. After enjoying the panorama of the Zillertal from the high road of the same name yesterday today we say goodbye to the Alps and Europe. We, your tour guides, would like to thank you once again for your participation in this magnificent alpine tour and wish you a safe and pleasant journey home. Thank you for placing your trust in us and Edelweiss. We hope to see you again soon on one of our tours. Until then, take care,

Arno and Tom

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Dominik Nattkamp
Friday, August 25, 2023 at 11:54

I wish you a nice and safe trip
Thomas Repplinger
Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 13:43

Thank you very much Dominik.


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