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Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:41 am
by johnfishcurtis
Wow, brilliant.
Did you get any vids driving through the stunning roads?

Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 10:55 am
by The Hornet
I did and will try to upload some over the next couple of days

So Day 3 - Au to Helingenblut..

The day started going over the Timmelsjoch pass (known to some as the Rombo) - fantastic road with Gallery tunnels and some decent flowing bits. Over the Gaia pass as well which is a bit 'hairpinny' and can get frustrating, especially when you are stuck behind a Suzuki SX4 !

At the end of the day, we arrived at the Grossglockner high alpine road - it was mostly empty and dry, so we had a epic drive across and down into Heilingenblut

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Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:03 am
by The Hornet
Day 4 - Heilingenblut to Val Gardena

Shorter day, but with some great roads through the Dolomites into northern Italy. In the first pic, we are queued at a border crossing that is only open 15 mins of each hour - so time for a quick break and lots of questions from the bikers surrounding us. Talking of bikes - they really don't get Lotus'. Quite often we are quicker than them on the more twisty sections of the passes, but they can't bring themselves to let you past as 'its a motorbike - it must be quicker'. You can sometimes see the surprised look when they accelerate out of a hairpin, only to see a small plastic yellow car still filling their mirrors.

The Dolomites really are stunning as you can see from the other photos

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Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:17 am
by thommo
Super, thanks for posting, brightening up an otherwise dull morning

Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:32 am
by The Hornet
Day 5 - Val Gardena to Garda

Down towards the lakes moving from Dolomites into Italian Alps - some nice roads heading south out of Val Gardena although we did get slightly rained on, but in the morning some of the scenery was breathtaking - again, I will try to find some video. First pic was actually a 'wee stop' :lolno:

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Down towards the bottom of Lake Garda and it all started to become a bit 'warm' as Europe was entering a heatwave (more to come on that). 32 degrees in traffic was not comfortable tbh, and actually, Garda I would say is the most touristy of the lakes and in places a bit meh. We got to the hotel to find a few interlopers including this

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But actually these two got almost as much attention as the Ferraris in the car park (they were there for the Mille Miglia Ferrari celebration

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Quick Montage for 'day 5'


Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:36 pm
by The Hornet
Added a short video to my Day 5 post...

Re: The Force Maggiore Tour 2022

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 5:22 pm
by thommo
Lovely, brings back many memories. Wish I was over there now instead of gazing at the rain in my garden