Toscano = Fantastico !!!
21.06.2015 - 22.06.2015
Yesterday (Sunday) we rode from Cortina to Imola - not very exciting trip. (no photos)
Leaving Cortina we were diverted up through the mountains for about 60kms to Belluno, back on the Autostrada for the rest of the trip.
We stopped at a Service station for fuel where another couple on a GS fuelled up as well, joining us shortly after they stayed with us for about 100kms, passing when we did, dropping in behind again, until they turned off at Bologna. They must have really enjoyed the ride as they tooted and waved happily, thumbs up, when they departed.
The Autostrada might be a quick way to travel across country but it is very expensive - our trip cost Euro - 41.20 (approx. $62) 2 Bikes cost double, and we did cover about 250kms.
We arrived at Imola early afternoon, our Hotel is very nice but Imola is not a very exciting town. Great value Hotel and close to great roads is the advantage here.
Today we went for a ride up over the passes. Lovely day for a ride Under The Tuscan Sun !!
From Bologna to Florence is the SS65 - Ducati allegedly developed the Multistrada Motorbike with this pass in mind.
I can understand why. Lovely long sweeping bends, good road condition, great views if you can take your eyes of the road, only disadvantage is the small villages where you have to slow down, most of the locals don't bother. BMW F700GS also handles this road very well, I would love to do it on a sport bike like the R1200RS !!
The scenery was stunning all day.
Nougat enjoyed his day in Tuscany.
We stopped at the Passo-della Raticosa "Chalet" for a break.
Spotted the new BMW XR 1000 - quite sure it would be a lot of fun on this road.
Spot the Aussie Sticker -
Continuing on down to Borgo S Lorenzo we then turned back up toward Faenza, the first part was not all that exciting but after Marradi we let the GPS loose with instructions to take us home - and she did.
Taking a "short cut" across through Riolo Terme the scenery was stunning, lots of vineyards, olive plantations, apricots and lovely fruity aromas, mostly on a very narrow road - great trip.
Back at Imola we could not miss a visit to the Autodromo.
This is where 3 time Formula One World Champion Ayerton Senna crashed into the concrete barrier during an event on May 1st 1994. He died at the scene.
There is a Bronze statue in the parkland beside the Autodromo, amazingly people still come regularly to pay their respects and leave tributes.
"I think I'm very far from a way of life that I would like" is engraved on a plaque on his statue.
This afternoon we walked into Imola and were pleasantly surprised, the town square is nice, and very relaxing place to sit "people watching"
Tomorrow is another day in Tuscany.