Biking 2003

 

It was the summer of the century: hot dry weather, day after day, week after week, month after month. I made the most of it!

 

In early May I had a visit from Brett and Dave, two Australians touring Europe and Asia on Triumph Tigers.

Here they are in the French Jura (Dave's the guy on the left), high above the Doubs valley, with the Swiss Jura in the background.

The warm sunny weather they brought with them lasted several months!

Early in June the SMM celebrated its tenth anniversary with a weekend on the Col du Donon in the Vosges.

On Sunday we went to Plombieres les Bains. Yes, it was hot.

Later in June I went to the Dolomites for the ECMC Bike Run.

Here's my GS and the group leader with his Kawasaki on the Passo di Giao.

During the run I met several members of the Italian biker group COMOG.

After the ECMC Bike Run I went on to the French Alps with Joerg and Achim.

We rode over the Col de la Bonnette, the highest through road in Europe (2802 m). This shot was taken at the summit.

Afterwards we went on to the Vercors and returned home via the Jura.

In July the SMM organized a week in the Austrian Alps.

We stayed for 6 days in Serfaus and then rode to Elbigenalp over the Timmelsjoch; this picture was taken just before the summit of the pass, on the Italian side.

In Elbigenalp we met up with the ZSMC and helped them celebrate the holiday that commemorates the founding of the Swiss Confederation (August 1).

As you can see, it was still hot and sunny!

On a very hot weekend in August the Gay Biker Franken organized a weekend trip to Thueringen.

We spent a lot of time looking for cool shady spots. Here's one in the forest on the Rennsteig, near Lauscha.

The last weekend in August was given over to two day trips in my own "back garden". On Saturday I joined the Duesselbikers for a run in the Vosges.

This stop was at a viewpoint near the Col du Fourche.

On the Sunday I met up with the ZMSC for a ride in the Swiss Jura.

This picture was taken at the lunch stop, on the Passwang.

Early in September it was back to the Vercors to meet up again with friends from COMOG. The weekend was organized by the French group AMA, so we were a mixture of French, Italian and British bikers.

The first stop on Saturday was on the spectacular Route des Ecouges.

The weather forecast said cool and wet, but - guess what? - it was hot and dry.

2003 was also the year that my friend Joerg swapped his CBR600 for an Africa Twin.

This shot was taken during the grape harvest in the heart of the Alsace wine country near Husseren les Chateux.

Thanks to the hot, dry summer, it was not just a great year for biking, it was also a great year for wine.

Here's to 2004! - and especially the ECMC Bike Run.

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