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Europe » Switzerland July 18th 2015

Geo: 46.5949, 7.90749After a week of great rides (over 500 miles) through the Black Forest in Deutschland / Schwarzwald (German for the Black Forest), we rode 5 hours on Saturday, mostly in light rain, on the Autobahn. After 3+ days of a 90+ European heat wave, it was kind of refreshing. We arrived at our first Swiss destination, Lauterbrunnen, up the mountain from Interlaken, in the shadow of the Eiger. This "valley" makes Yosemite look like a small trench. Our photography doesn't begin to capture the full flavor of it's majesty - a lush green valley surrounded by huge rock walls, waterfalls, and glaciers.Our first trip was a local one, up the adjoining valley to the resort town of Grindelwald, with its awesome views. Although quite touristy, driving up to the end of the road at ... read more
View of our valley
Village Lauterbrunnin
Dining on the patio

Europe » Germany July 11th 2015

Geo: 48.0516, 8.20554Excited to hit the road, we got up early, got the bikes loaded, and left Stefan's B&B after a tasty breakfast. Our first stop was Heidelberg Castle, where we took a tour that ran longer than expected and put us behind schedule. Back on the road, our route took us along the Neckar River, lined with numerous castles. We stopped in Neckarsulm for lunch in the town square and had hoped to tour the NSU Motorcycle museum, but our schedule forced us to push on. By the time we conquered road closures and frustrating directions, we finally arrived at our lodging outside of Furtwangen (source of the Danube River). We are staying in a country home on a hilltop meadow surrounded by forests. The area has beautiful hiking trails, with benches in the most ... read more
Playing tourist
Amazing detail
Atop the castle keep

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt July 10th 2015

Geo: 50.0924, 8.68195After two long flights and a long two days of making connections, layovers, and endless passport control lines, we arrived in Frankfurt on a Singapore Airlines double-deck Airbus A-360. Finally, we found our shuttle bus that took us to Knopf Tours in Heidelberg, where we met up with Debbie and Guenther, who arrived earlier. After a relaxing lunch at a nearby restaurant, we started unpacking and repacking for our first day on the road tomorrow. Weather (so far) is outstanding! ... read more
Heidelberg lunch
Getting Dave's bike ready at Stefan's
Stefan's B&B in Heidelberg


Geo: 37.7792, -122.42Our bags and gear are all packed and we're ready to fly! After spending the night in Walnut Creek, we'll take a shuttle to SFO to catch our flight. We are thrilled and excited to finally begin our big adventure after what seems like an eternity of planning and preparation. By tomorrow, we will be in Germany, arriving in Frankfurt, and overnighting in Heidelberg at Knopf Tours where hopefully we will find our bikes waiting for us. Our planned ItineraryBlack Forest, Germany - July 11-18Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland - July 18-25Andermatt, Switzerland - July 25-Aug 1St. Moritz/Pontresina, Switzerland - Aug 1-8Innsbruck, Austria - Aug 8-15Hallstatt/Salzburg, Austria - Aug 15-22Cortina, Italy – (the Dolomites) - Aug 22-29Lake Lugano, Switzerland/Italy - Aug 29-Sep 5Briancon, France (Alps) – Sept 5-6S... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 26th 2013

Geo: 47.6353, -122.302 The three full days we spent on the ferry was relaxing and very enjoyable. It was a welcome change to the 24 days we spent "in the saddle." The varying views and scenery have been wonderful. At some points in the trip the shoreline was less than 100 yards away. Other times, the waterways were very wide as we cruised through the archipelagos of islands near and far along the Inside Passage. Our ship, the Columbia, is the largest in the Alaska Marine Highway fleet. Built in 1972, the ship is 418 feet long, with a beam of 85 feet. She can carry 499 passengers and 140 vehicles. In addition to the vehicle deck, there are four upper decks. The ship is like a cross between a hostel, an Amtrak train and a ... read more
Das boat cabin
Along the Alaskan coast
Russian Church in Sitka

North America » United States » Alaska » Haines July 22nd 2013

Geo: 59.2367, -135.437 It had rained heavily during the night, but not enough to make an impact on the bike's muddy condition. As we packed up to leave Beaver Creek, the sky was still covered with heavy, grey clouds. With the forecast for 30% chance of showers, we decided to forego the rain gear again. Taking off after a quick breakfast at Buckshot Betty's, we got on the road about 9:00, with temps in the low 60's. The 180 miles to Haines Junction was an ugly ride; a combination of poor roads, low cloud cover, perpetual mist, and occasional stretches of light rain. We were definitely ready for warm food and coffee by the time we reached the junction of Hwy 1 and Hwy 3. After our stop for lunch and fuel, we headed down Haines ... read more
Highway 3 approaching the B.C. border
Crossing into B.C. again
Along the Chilkat River north of Haines

North America » Canada » Yukon July 21st 2013

Geo: 62.3599, -140.87 The sky was bright blue and the sun was starting to warm up the day when we left Valdez at 7 in the morning. There was no traffic on the Richardson Hwy as we headed back to Glennallen along the Copper River. This time the skies were clear and we had our first look at the Wrangell Mountains in the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Mt. Wrangell was covered in clouds at the upper elevations, but Mt. Drum and Mt. Sanford were spectacular in the morning light. Unfortunately, the position of the sun made good photos impossible. At Glennallen we picked up Hwy 1 again and proceeded along the Glenn Highway Tok Cutoff to Tok. The Wrangell Mountains stayed with us most of the way to Tok. Back in Tok again, we ... read more
Mt. Sanford
Mt. Drum
Amazing sky along the Tok Cutoff

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 20th 2013

Geo: 61.1308, -146.348 It was pouring when we got up in the morning, the rain turning to a light drizzle by the time we finished breakfast. We packed up our raingear and extra layers of clothing and headed to the marina for our excursion out into Prince William Sound. Again, the weather Gods were looking out for us. By the time we left the harbor at 11:30 the cloud cover was starting to break up. As we cleared Port Valdez channel, the sun came out and we had wonderful blue skies. The cruise was a wonderful collection of sights, combined with extremely interesting and detailed information provided by our captain along the way. The trip included a good collection of marine life, including sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bald eagles, and some great humpback whale sightings. ... read more
Our boat
Otters basking in the sun
The mouth of the Valdez Arm

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez July 19th 2013

Geo: 61.1308, -146.348 By the time we finished chatting with another touring couple from Anchorage over breakfast, it was 10 am before we left Sheep Mountain Lodge. Heavy clouds filled the skies as we made our way along high, flat plateaus of endless green, the highway mostly conforming to river routes. We scoured the wetlands for moose or bear without success. We endured several more long stretches of gravel road and two stops for pilot cars along the route. In Glennallen, at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Richardson Hwy 4, we stopped to top of our tank for the last 115 miles to Valdez. Glennallen is a central fuel stop for those going north to Tok, south to Valdez, southwest to Anchorage, or northwest to Delta Junction. We only hit several patches of very light ... read more
Mt. Billy Mitchell
Approaching Worthington Glacier
Worthington Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska July 18th 2013

Geo: 61.7114, -148.894 It was a beautiful warm and sunny morning as we headed out of Steward, back over Moose Pass, and along the lower portion of Kenai Lake until we picked up Highway 1 again. Traveling along the Turnagain Arm, we had more spectacular views of the Portage Glacier and surrounding mountain peaks, this time without all the cloud cover and dark skies of the previous visit. The bike had been performing well thus far, but starting in Homer we noticed that the rear shock kept bottoming out on the dips and bumps of the road. On closer inspection we discovered oil seepage from the piston. We were already planning a stop at the Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage for a t-shirt, so we used the opportunity to have them take a look at the problem ... read more
Back along Hwy 1
Portage Glacier under sunshine
The Turnagain Arm




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