The journey to the meeting point
We come from different directions. I drive in two days from Berlin with a stopover in Bad Wimpfen, Markus comes from Duisburg directly, the two Michaels have a stopover at Lac Léman and the rest of the motorcyclists come from Munich and pick up Beat in Switzerland. Wolfgang comes by car directly to the meeting point.
I start in rain. Close to Freyburg I can see Castle Neuburg
Andi has arrived at Marcellus' place
I stay overnight in the hotel Gasthof zur Traube in the medieval city of Bad Wimpfen
The bike parks in an exclusive fenced spot
The castle of Bad Wimpfen
The group lead by Marcellus is on its way
Michael and Michael are already at Lac Léman
I reach Lac Léman during the day and stop for the view over Montreux
I have already circled the small island
There is a little bit of alpes glowing in the evening.
We drive directly over the Pas de Morgins into France and then over small passes south of Lake Geneva to Aix-les-Bains.
Getting ready in the morning (Andi and Tom)
On the Col de la Ramaz we have a magnificent view to Mont Blanc
We have to stop for this view
The other group stops for the morning coffee
...and get our morning coffee there
Château Saint Michel Avully
We all meet in Saint-Jean-de-Sixt for lunch
We continue to have brilliant views
Cows block the road just before Le Revard
View from Le Revard to Lac du Bourget and Aix-les-Bains
We meet Wolfgang while getting fuel in Aix-les-Bains
In the evening we had good French food. However, the tartar was Markus and Andi's destiny and has turned their stomachs once.
We drive over small passes further south into the Vercors. A great dinner awaits us in the evening.
Marcellus looks around the town in the morning
We go up Mont du Chat in to the fog
We get the morning coffee combined with a brilliant view
The other group takes the break for the morning coffee on Col du Granier.
We pass chestnut farms in Isère valley
Brilliant View in Presles just after Gorges du Nan
Down there we have Pont-en-Royans
We proceed over Combe Laval (Col Gaudissart)
Combe Laval (Col Gaudissart)
Combe Laval (Col Gaudissart)
We stop at Col de la Chau
Coffee and chocolate cake - but not for Markus
The manifold clamp needs to be fixed
After the Col de Rousset the sun shines and the clouds flow over the mountain
The other group passes Combe Laval
Wolfgang welcomes us in Gresse-en-Vercors
Dinner is at Le Châlet, a restaurant with Guide Michelin and Gault Millau listings.
We proceed further south and we will get to Lac de Serre-Ponçon and Ubaye valley
Breakfast in the morning without the madame who took care of us for years
It is still very cloudy, but remains dry.
We see the Motorrad-Actionteam Western alps tour group
Sun is shining at Gorges des Gats
Morning coffee - the other group arrives
Lunch on top of Col du Festre
Marcellus, Michael, Michael
Brilliant view on Col du Noyer
We get to Lac de Serre-Ponçon
We get a coffee at Belvédère du barrage du la de Serre-Ponçon
We proceed through Gorges de la Blanche
The view to the lake from Col de Pontis is quite nice
From the other side of the lake, one can easily see the place with the landslide. To the right the rock needles Côte des Demoiselles-Coiffées
We pass Wolfgang in Ubaye valley
The other group gets to Col de Pontis
Very sassy sparrows at the hotel in Barcelonnette
A loop to Roubion
On this day we drive different routes. We do a round trip to Roubion while the other group goes towards Grasse.
In the morning we celebrate Beat's birthday
First we go up Col d'Allos
On the Col de la Colle-Saint-Michel we see a village on the other side of the valley on top of the rock
We stop at an amazingly well attended coffee
It turns out that the many people present are actually participants in a funeral.
The other group has found a good place for lunch
We get panini in Entrevaux
The other group is in Gorges de Daluis
On Col de la Cayolle we can chase some french riders
Cows on Col de la Cayolle
Col de la Cayolle (Markus, Tom, Andi, Michael)
This vehicle comes towards us on the northern ramp
Northern ramp of Col de la Cayolle
The other group on Col de la Cayolle
Very nice dinner in Barcelonnette
The top stage with the very highest passes is coming up. Among others, we drive over Col de la Bonette, Col de la Lombarde, Col d'Izoard and Col du Galibier back north.
The day starts with sunshine
Clouds on our way up to Col de la Bonette
Andi, Tom, Michael, Markus
The hairpins of the southern ramp
The other group at Col de la Bonette (Michael, Karl-Heinz, Marcellus, Horst, Beat)
Col de la Lombarde and many clouds
We decide to skip Colle dei Morti because we wouldn't see anything in the clouds anyway.
The Italian family at the morning coffee place has some pass recommendations for us.
Road blocked at Col de la Larche (Colle della Maddalena)
We have to wait for 30 minutes
Lunch at the southern ramp of Col d'Izoard
Southern ramp of Col d'Izoard
Col d'Izoard - southbound view
Col d'Izoard - northbound view
Col du Galibier (Andi, Michael, Markus, Tom)
Straw figures are waiting in the Valloire valley
We stop on top of Col du Télégraph
The last day of the tour. We proceed north and back into Switzerland to Martigny. Before that, however, we still have to cross Col du Pré, Cormet de Roselend and the small and large Saint-Bernard. So a little bit of Italy is in it as well.
We start with Montvernier
Then we go over Col de Chaussy
The other group goes over Col de la Croix de Fer (Beat, Horst, Karl-Heinz)
The see sheep on Col du Glandon
We have our coffee break on Col de la Madeleine
Morning coffee (Markus, Andi)
In Beaufort we have to briefly check closed roads
At the bottom of Col du Pré
Lunch with view to Lac du Roselend
On the other side of the lake the ramp of Cormet du Roselend
On Petit Saint-Bernard we can chase some Swiss bikers.
Col du Petit Saint-Bernard
Col du Petit Saint-Bernard
Coffee and ice cream on Col du Grand Saint-Bernard
Southern ramp of Col du Grand Saint-Bernard
We refuel one last time in Martigny
The other group has no rain, but cows on Col du Grand Saint-Bernard.
On top of Col du Grand Saint Bernard
From the hotel in Martigny you can see the northern ramp of Col de la Forclaz