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