After six months on the bike and in excess of 31,000Km’s we have been fortunate enough to ride some of Europe’s great roads. Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones along the way, enjoying the scenery and at times feeling like we were riding on the top of the world. The bike has now been “parked” for the winter here in Warsaw Poland and we’ll be back on the road come April 2016 to continue the adventure. Looking forward to that!!!!
As always there was so much to see and to many photo’s taken, these roads are made for motorcycling ! The photos are set out randomly in no particular order covering the seasons and countries from early spring, summer, a stunning European autumn and early winter in Poland.
Pictures of roads and a few signs of the 50+ mountain passes we’ve crossed won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but what’s around and beyond them is often beautiful and spectacular. Here’s the list of countries travelled so far and each one of them has unique roads and scenery to offer : Crete, Greece, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, France, Andorra, Spain, England, Wales, Isle of Man, Ireland, Belgium, Neverlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic and Poland.
Go get a Harley and do it ! (Only joking…)
What scenery and paved road to finish it off..
Something different around every corner…
Vstrom looking at it’s next challenge, mountains inland from Greece’s Patra
Sicily’s Mt Etna is a great ride keeping one eye on road and the other on the smoking volcano….
Looking down Furka Pass with Grimsel in back the ground
Thoughtful location to build a bike size pullover point !!
Sicily’s Mt Etna lava trails, unbelievable thrill to ride around this mountain
Plenty of riding like this in England
The clear waters around the finger of Corsica
Road heading to Grindelwald Switzerland
Just great riding along Ireland’s West Coast Dingle area
Abbey Road, one of England’s best !
Single lane road over the Dingle Peninsula mountains
Some Corsician roads have very little to stop you tumbling off the edge
Many fine valley roads through out the Italian Alps
A little cold here, riding through the Obertauern Ski Field Austria
Grossglockner road at Hochtor Pass
Looking up towards one of many mountain side tunnels, they are great to ride through
Andorra Pyrenees Mountains
Odd place for a light house ?
This mount road is on Italy’s coast line near Marina di Camerota
Gap of Dunloe
Riding the Dolomite Mountains, traffic never got much worse than this
Some great roads winding their way through the Austrian Alps
One of Sardinia’s more interesting roads !!
Not all roads have a happy ending but there to be explored…
Irelands lush green countryside
Someone else enjoying the ride on Corsica’s stunning west coast
Overlooking some of highest mountains in Austria Alps
Some roads are a work of art and the back grounds not bad either
Some beautiful small roads and villages on the Ise of Man
Sign post in the middle of a Polish Forest
Pyrenees mountains just over French side of the Spanish border
Roads winding down to small seaside villages on Corsica’s coast
Another section of good road..
Riding through Irelands lush green countryside is a privilege
Ruggered Sardinian mountains
High road in Sardinian Mountains
Roads along Spain’s Southern Coast can be some of the best
All roads traveling through the Cotswold Are worth the effort
Irish mist, Irish mountains and great Irish roads….
Biker enjoying the moment
Great small Road heading towards Crete’s Southern mountains
Small roads not far from glaciers in Swiss Alps
Bikes eye view !
This road was spectacular on Sadinia’s mid east coast
A foggy Susten Pass but still plenty of bike riding the Swiss Alps
This lovely bit of road cut through the Cambrian Mountain Range Wales
Simplon Pass near Italian boarder
Late spring snow on Sardinian mountains
Sweeping bends and Mediterranean sea backdrop, Crete at its best !
Nice newly surfaced road with handy sun shade ? They think of everything in Corsica
The Bormio side of Stelvio Pass with over 40 tyre wearing, brake destroying hairpins to enjoy..
Heading north on highway towards Poland’s Masurian Lakes District
Tram to top of the Isle of Man mountain, you find it crossing on race days !
Riding roads in Italian Alps in amount glacial mountains
Grimsel Pass – One of the great passes in the Swiss alps Note- KooWeeRup MCC sticker strategically placed 🙂
Irelands Gap of Dunloe
Amalfi coast Italy – A little more traffic but still worth the ride
Austrian mountains dead ahead
Riding through beautiful Autumn forest in Polands Masurian Lakes district
Quite often the views coming out of tunnels are breathtaking
Barely had enough time to look a the view riding this road…
Small Polish forest roads in autumn, how goods that
Isle of Man roads make a great race track
Small dirt switch back road in Donegal Ireland
Italy’s Stelvio Pass has over 40 hairpin turns on each side, that why bikers like it 🙂
Crete, blue sky’s and fun roads
Irelands Wild Atlantic Way, some the worlds most spectacular coastline roads
Bavarian country roads are just the best..
Kotisifou Canyon – Crete
The lone rider, Swiss Alps
More Italian glaciers and great little dirt roads made for the adventurous..
Part of the Dolomite Mountains Italy
Sign post at Hel on Polands Baltic Coast
Landslides add to an interesting ride, Crete style
Dolomite Mountains, not many straight roads here
Pyrenees mountain road on French side just after border crossing from Spain
Just over the Swiss boarder and into Italy
Jo reminding me what I’m meant to be photographing
Looking down the many tyre wearing turns of Splugen Pass In Swiss Alps
Looking down Furka Pass with Grimsel in back the ground
Looking towards the mountain range separating Swiss and Italian boarder
One of many narrow tunnels
Road looks like it’s been painted in to this picture…
Abandoned villages along the road
Irish mountain roads stand alone for scenery
The traps of an unexpected snow fall
The unique Welsh countryside, no traffic, roughish roads, just right..
Some famous pubs on this piece of road – Creg Na Baa
This small cobbled stone road was found in Polands Masurian Lakes forests, just perfect..
Crete’s mountains roads are generally in good condition
Another of Italy’s high passes, who needs a better excuse !
So many roads, so little time !!!! – Swiss Alps
The road leading to Italy’s Stelvio Pass, how good does that look..
Corsica’s West Coast, roads winding through unique rock structures
West Coast Wild Atlantic Way road
Nothing better than coastal road riding, especially in Italy
Road heading to the Frans Josefs Hohe and Pasterze Glacier
Bikers paradise in the Swiss Alps
France’s Millau Viaduct, a marvel of engineering and an experience just to ride over it
Crete was full of great roads and this was one of them..
Small roads and an abundance of wild flowers along Irelands west coast
Not a lot of Sardinia’s road budget used here…
Dolomities Mountains Italy
Another high Italian Pass
One of many gorges in French Pyrenees mountains
High mountain lakes in the Swiss Alps
The famous Passo dello Stelvio, one of Europes highest at 2758 mtr’s
There’s nearly always a Rifugio at the top of high mountain passes
The perfect Welch road, small, no traffic and goes for miles
Not many road signs out here
Not all roads are well sign posted, Irish south coast beach flats (only when tides out!)
Part of Southern end of the Grosslockner road Austria
Another high pass on a beautiful day in the Dolomite Mountains
High altitude lakes are a feature of the alps..
One of Switzerland’s great passes
This road winds it way through the Dolomites which are UNESCO listed
Italy’s mountains and blue skies. = A great day for riding
the view from Edelweiss Spitze
All roads lead to the small Swiss village of Gletsch right down there..
Big mountains, big valley’s
One of Austria’s best, the Grosslockner road is full of scenery like this
Spanish side of Pyrenees mounts are a great ride
Stelvio Pass Bormio – KooWeeRup MCC sticker proudly displayed (Top RH corner)
Heading up Furka Pass but the zig zagging road ahead climbs to Grimsel Pass
Another high Swiss Alps pass overlooking one of many glaciers
Swiss Alp roads are hard on tyres and brakes and worth ever bit !
Wide angle view of the way up and the way out..
Typical Irish coastal road
Sweeping views on road from Peel to Port StMary on the Isle of Man
Just a mass of perfect motorcycling corners, Crete South coast
Another pass with ski lift in background in Northern Italy
Sweeping bends – Dolomite Mountains
What a view, taken from Edelweiss Spitze in Austrian mountains
Crete South Coast dirt roads are worth the trip
That’s Jo keeping the bike warm down there
Few interesting side tracks down there..
Road near Wolfs Lair in North Poland with remains of destroyed WW2 bunker
A Dolomite Mountain traffic gnome keeping an eye on things…
Isle of Man has plenty of great touring roads, just don’t run into the Rock fences