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