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Fall 2017

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How did that sculptor in Andermatt know what I look like on my GPz550? www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 49 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 most exciting rides of my life. If I had been on my own, I would never have known these routes (SP62, SP25, SP26 and SP27) existed. It's a paved motocross course, draped over contours that look like crumpled aluminum foil. At the hotel, a tour mate reported that Angela had been riding "like a demon." "There's a fine line," I said, "Between angel and demon." ALPED OUT We had three nights in Bolzano, Italy. I was content to sleep in, tour the town on a rented bicycle, have a pizza caprese and then collapse on my bed, sipping grappa and tonic. Christian led the next day's circuit of the Dolomites, exploring every secret back road, mountain pass and soaring limestone peak. As usual, it was overwhelming. A trip like this challenges the ability of the Scott, Christian and Tom enthuse at the Passo Sella. Christian raced the Isle of Man TT until his son Manuel—also an Edelweiss guide—made him behave. human mind—mine, at least—to absorb so much beauty, and motion, and exhilaration. After a few days, I find myself what I call Alped Out. I need to catch up on what just happened, and how great it was, to make room for the next thing. The weather had been perfect every day: crisp enough to make me appreciate my Aerostich suit, with just a few drops of rain. But on the last day, homing back north to Mieming, I found where the rain had been hiding. I rode ahead on my own. Which got me into a nice rain squall that the others, passing by a half hour later, managed to dodge. The route took me over the much-touted Timmelsjoch, which I have been over at least three times, but have never seen. The whole pass was stuck in the middle of a cold, wet cloud, with visibility down to seven feet. All I could do was follow a couple of idling Porsche 911s over the top, hoping that if they drove over the edge, I would have time to stop before I followed them down myself. The clouds parted long enough to make the final approach to Mieming, with its impossible sweep of granite and snow, just as gorgeous as it had been only 10 days before. Now in its 37th year, Edelweiss Bike Travel offers motorcycle tours all over the world. The 10-day Ultimate Alps Tour is offered in June, July, August and September in 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit edelweissbike.com.

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