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