I'm sure you've had days where you are reading someone's blog, or a succession of Facebook posts, where people talk about how wonderful their spouse is, how much they love their children, what great friends they have, how fabulous their pets are, etc.
I hate that.
Which is why I've been hesitant to post anything about this year's vacation. But since it is motorcycle related, and since I am super-excited about it, I just have to share.
|The Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps near Switzerland|
They started it by visiting us for a few days in 2009 while touring the Northeastern US. We reciprocated in 2010 by visiting them for a few days during our trip to Europe. In 2011, they came to the US and we explored a bunch of national parks out west. Now it's our turn to go to Europe.
Our significant others usually leave all of the planning to us women. Of course, we are very good at trip planning, so that's a smart move. This year, Hubby did voice a vague preference that he wanted it to be a destination good for motorcycling.
Annelies and I were having a heck of time deciding where to go. But we finally settled on Northern Italy.
Hubby and I spent a little bit of time in Italy during our first trip to Europe. That's when we did a five-day Edelweiss motorcycle tour, which had us based in Austria, but also riding into Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Across several of the mountain passes that are mecca for motorcyclists. With quick stops in lovely little towns, one of which was Sterzing / Vipiteno.
Most of the towns in Northern Italy have German and Italian names. In many of the regions where we will be traveling -- North, Trentino-Alto Adige, South Tyrol, Bolzano Province -- the German language is spoken more than Italian. In Alto Adige, German is actually the official language. It's a long story...
The Edelweiss tour was fabulous. I captured that shot of the infamous Stelvio Pass during our first visit. As awesome as it was, it was also sort of expensive. So this year we decided to go the "bargain" route. We'll be renting bikes from an agency in Milan (thanks Fuzzy!) and tooling around Northern Italy for five days on our own.
Which should be interesting considering neither of us know a lick of German or Italian. And I cannot seem to comprehend the whole meters to miles conversion. I guess I'd better start studying!
|Sterzing / Vipiteno in Italy|
Annelies and Yves aren't into the bike touring thing, so we'll meet up with them after our rental period for another nine days of recreation. At some point, we'll be hopping over into Switzerland to visit a mutual friend and her husband. They just, within the last week or so, moved to Ecublens, Switzerland, a suburb of Lausanne.
This is all happening in September. I have lots and LOTS of planning to do.
Oh, I forgot to mention that it was during the Edelweiss tour, which had me riding an F650GS, that I became a cruiser-to-dual sport convert.
Anyway... that's my big trip for this year. But there will be lots of little trips between now and then. I hope!
|Me with serious helmet head at Passo Giovo / Jaufenpass in Italy.|