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