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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 14th, 2009, 3:01 pm Thread Starter
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Season opening ride

Weather forecast is looking good, so Sue and I decided to take our season opening ride to the Col des Aravis. Temperature got up to
a maximum of 17.5 degrees C down low, but dropped to 7C when we reached the summit at 1498m.

The roads were clear of snow but the winter months have taken their toll on the surfaces, potholes in many places, loose gravel and melting snow across the apexes of bends made it a relatively slow and cautious ride.

This year it seems there is more snow around than usual, and there were still loads of skiers about. Check out the view, this is why we go.

We've been here many times but never noticed the distillery sign before, honest!

Eveb more difficult to spot this one!

Check the height of the snow at the road side.

Here is todays choice of restaurant. A mega plate of chips and a cup of hot chocolate, and tranquility looking at the snow and mountains.

An obliging gent offered to take our picture, so here we are together.

Lovely little church at the top.

Souvenirs anyone? Cowbells, cowskins, moccasins etc. all here!

Proof we were there.

On the way down we stopped to take this picture, unusual way the snow has melted on the church roof!

Chalets on the hillside

Streams look beautiful in the snow

Solid ice!

You can see how cold it's been

Looking back where we've just come from

Nice tall winter waterfall

On the way back I started to have problems with the fuelling again, shutting off gave no engine braking, not what you want on wet windy roads. Dropped in at dealers and got them to reset the ECU and took the opportunity to test ride the K1300GT while I waited. Report follows.

Once reset, seems normal again, and a finished the day well satisifed with a great ride, great scenery, and the offical start of our season.
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Wow 1 What great pictures of such beautiful scenery.. I have been to the distillery in the picture when I was sampling products for importation into the US. Although, it was early Fall, there was no snow yet, and the area was alivew with flowers and such gorgeous scenery. Enjoy the ride....

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Small world!

Nice job to travel the world visting distilleries! It's a truly great spot, we visit at least once a year.

Enjoyed your last ride pics, great to see so many autumnal colours.
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