Trentino and Veneto 2018

With the “yellow GS” and the Aprilia RSV 1000

Let’s go in Munich. Our destination: Agritourismo della Pieve in Bardolino.
We drive in the direction of Garmisch, then Soelden and over the Timmelsjoch. The weather is good, but it’s pretty chilly outside.
The horses are saddled, luggage is stretched out, the sun is shining. We take a bit of a risk with the equipment, it’s supposed to be nice on Lake Garda and a little over 20 degrees, so we leave rain gear behind.
So many times we’ve been surprised by the rain on previous trips, but we’re pushing luck again, the weather apps are all pointing to the sun and that’s how it starts.
On the way to the Alps, we realize that rain can’t be the only problem…. It’s cold! The weather is beautiful, but spring and autumn are not summer.
The roads are not very busy and the breathtaking scenery, which we have driven so often, is still overwhelming.

The Fernpassstraße leads via Grainau in the direction of Imst and our first short stop is the Zugspitzblick at Blindsee.

Shortly afterwards we continue towards Passo del Rombo, in German Timmelsjoch. Slowly and the higher we get, it gets colder and colder with beautiful weather.
My jacket is warm enough but only with jeans on it was probably a bit daring.

We stop for a moment at the pay station and enjoy the breathtaking view like many others. Warmed up briefly in the sun, we continue downhill again, now it’s really icy and my teeth are already chattering.
On the way down, I’m already thinking of a warm drink and something to eat, and then it’s finally here: Almost in the valley, we stop at Garber’s snack station. It’s noticeably warmer now, but I’m still shaking from the cold… Now sit in the sun and thaw out…

Well strengthened we continue via Merano, Bolzano and Trento towards Lago di Garda, more precisely to Bardolino to the farm “Agriturismo Della Pieve” where we have our accommodation for the next few days.
From here we will start our journeys and finish in the evening. A new goal every day. The paths here are fantastic, the area full of surprises.
Now rest from the first day, then a bottle of Bardolino or Valpolicella and tomorrow we continue.

Mount Baldo
The Monte Baldo is located between Lake Garda and Adige,
About 30 kilometers long ridge, which is part of the mountain range of the Lake Garda mountains.
Monte Baldo is bordered on the north by the Loppio Valley, on the east by the Adige Valley, on the west by Lake Garda and on the south by the moraine hills near Rivoli Veronese and the plain near Caprino Veronese. (Wikipedia)

We start in the morning after the espresso.
The road climbs steeply up to San Michele. From here we take the cable car up to Tratto Spino at 1760 meters altitude.
Once at the top, we are in and a little above the clouds. It’s freezing cold and the icy wind whistles around our ears.
The landscape is picturesque and we explore the mountain. After about an hour we make our way down again. In San Michele we strengthen ourselves before we continue on the mountain roads. From Castello we go up the serpentines via the Via Prada to Prada and then on to Caprino Veronese to Affi, where we buy our dinner: Tonight we will have a barbecue. 🙂


Verona

What can you tell about Verona… This city, over two thousand years old, with all its sights such as the Ponte Pietra, the amphitheater, the Piazza della Erbe, Juliet’s house and so much more.
Look at the pictures…

Chioggia

Chioggia is a seaport in the Veneto region of Italy. It belongs to the metropolitan city of Venice.
The small town is like Venice in miniature, but much quieter.
As in Venice, there are the famous canals here. The city is built on wooden stilts and connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Vena Canal divides the city and is crossed by nine bridges.

The inhabitants of Chioggia have something very special in common. your surnames. If you ask someone their name here, the chances of hearing the names Boscolo, Tiozzo, Penzo or Doria are very high. Many of the Boscolos are named Guiseppe, which adds to the confusion.

Countless Boscolos or Tiozzos often live in a single street, often with the same names.
Therefore, the residents are also allowed to officially register their nicknames and are often only identified with these names 🙂

On the way back to Bardolino we stopped briefly in Montagnana to marvel at the completely preserved city wall.

So, after the city tours, here are some impressions from our tours through Trentino and Veneto.


The Golden Triangle Tour 2014

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Here we start. We checked into a small motel and are on our way to TBB Motorcycle Adventures shop where we booked the tour. We arrive and meet Jeff, who will be the our tour guide for the tour. We select our the bikes. We learn that we are a small group, which is of course great. Jeff, Jörg and myself, plus Yung from Singapore and Glenn from Australia.
The atmosphere is relaxed, Jeff is super nice and we’re looking forward to the tour.
Now it’s off to “Kate’s Kitchen” right next door for a papaya salad and a beer, then back to our little Motel. At the Motel we sit together with a few globetrotters for a chat and a drink before we make our way to the nocturnal food market in Chiang Mai.

From Chiang Mai to Nan

The next morning we start after a small breakfast, everything is packed and we are in the best of moods. Out of Chiang Mai, the wonderful roads begin immediately, as if they were made by bikers for bikers, good asphalt, hardly any traffic and a breathtaking landscape. Jeff drives ahead, good pace, not too sluggish and not too fast… perfect.
At noon we stop at a lake for lunch, Thai food is super good, then we continue towards Nan, where we check into a hotel. In the evening Jörg and I explore the city and eat with the locals.

Nan Loop

The entire next day it’s about the streets around Nan. Beautiful landscape and fantastic roads…
Joining us today is Andy, a Canadian and friend of Jeff’s. He lives in Chiang Rai and will accompany us for the next few days. Super nice and drives an incredible line through the winding roads of northern Thailand, a real pleasure to have with him us.

From Nan to Chiang Khong

After a good breakfast, we depart for Road 1148. This road is legendary. One of the most beautiful roads I’ve ever been on. I can’t get the grin off my face. Everyone rides their own style and pace these days. The group quickly split up, Jeff, Andy, Jörg and I with a little more speed, Glenn and Young occasionally disappeared 😂
At a drinking stop we are all together again. There’s also a small snack and of course papaya salad. In the evening we arrive in Chiang Khong.
The hotel is located directly on the Mekong River, in a fantastic location. In the evening it’s off to the local bars for a drink or two
OK, three or four .😉

From Chiang Khong to Chiang Rai

From Chiang Khong we head towards the Golden Triangle. With the Mekong river for the next few kilometers on the right, the path is unique. We stop briefly at a viewpoint before arriving at the top of the triangle. This is where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet and the area is notorious for the opium trade.
We visit an opium museum before parking the bikes and boarding a boat. We cross the Mekong and dock in Laos. There we roam around a market before we drive back.
After a short time we continue with the bikes towards Chiang Rai.

Chiang Rai

During the day we drive first to Wat Rong Khun, the white temple, which is very extraordinary. We’ve already seen quite a few Wats and at some point that’s enough, but the white temple with its complex is particularly worth seeing.
Afterwards we continue to the Black House, also often called the Black Temple, but it is not actually a temple or wat.
It is actually the home of Thai artist Thawan Duchanee and his artist entourage. The complex is very impressive, partly reminiscent of a wat, but sometimes also of a Viking village…

In the evening we go back to Chiang Rai. It’s December 31st, which means New Year’s Eve, which is celebrated on every street here. After a hamburger and beer in a pub, it’s off until the early hours of the next day…
No pictures for evidence 😉

From Chiang Rai to Fang

Still a bit hung over we drive comfortably into the mountains. Lunch is in a small village inhabited by the Kuo Ming Tang, originally Chinese soldiers who fled Mao Tse Tung’s communist regime in the 1950s.
We also stopped at Karen Long Neck Village. A surreal place where the girls and women of the Karen Tribes wear rings around their necks, so many rings that the back of their necks can no longer support their heads.
Today’s health awareness has actually arrived here as well, but the Karen women are visited by many tourists who buy their handicrafts and so the impression naturally arises that the Karen women continue to wear these rings also for economic reasons. I refused to photograph the women.
In the evening we arrive in Fang.
It is the last stop before returning to Chiang Mai, where our tour began and ends tomorrow.
Here are a few more impressions of the penultimate day and the return journey

From Fang to Chiang Mai

It was a wonderful tour. Thank you again Jeff, the drivers at TBB Tours who always drove our luggage from one stop to the next and Andy for all making this tour a memorable one.
The organization was fantastic, can only be recommended.

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