Three Mountain Roads I Would Love to Ride On a Motorcycle

Three Mountain Roads I Would Love to Ride On a Motorcycle

I could fill a book with all of the places I’d like to go. Mostly because I want to go everywhere! Do you think if I put it down on paper or type as it were, that I stand more of a chance of making it happen?

I was completely enchanted by the mountains on our Euro trip in September 2010. Being there made you feel like you could ride for an eternity and never get bored. Wouldn’t you love to test that theory?

These roads are among the highest paved roads in the Alps. They’re also officially filed on my wishful thinking list.

Grossglockner High Alpine Road – Austria

Ride a winding road with spectacular views on Austria’s highest mountain. I love the “motorcyclists welcome” attitude of so many alpine countries. The Grossglockner actually caters to motorcyclists by offering designated parking, lockers for stowing gear and even surface improvements to make riding safer. Yes, please!

The Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Grossglockner High Alpine Road AustriaPhoto Credit: rauriserhof.at

Col de l’Iseran – France

The Col de l’Iseran is the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. That is enough to pique my curiosity. At a little over 9,000 feet up at the road’s summit sits the lonely and beautiful stone Notre Dame l’Iseran chapel.

Col LIseran French Alps Photo Credit: Wormke-Grutman

Col Agnel / Colle dell’Agnello

This pass crosses between the French and Italian border and rises to over 9,000 feet up. The Col Agnel was long considered to be one of the possible paths Hannibal used to cross the Alps. It’s swooping serpentine curves are calling me.

Col Agnel French Italian AlpsPhoto Credit

10 Replies to “Three Mountain Roads I Would Love to Ride On a Motorcycle”

    1. I’m officially jealous Sonja. Do you miss riding in Europe?

      Don’t they, TM? Do you think you’ll ever head back for another round of Alpine riding?

      P – If I could be there tomorrow, I would be. We need to work out this ‘across the ocean’ business. And.. I miss you, too. πŸ™‚

  1. Sometimes I miss it indeed although I love the wide open spaces of North America. I will return eventually for travels to Iceland, Scotland, Tuscany, The French Alpes and the Cote d’Azur to repeat the rides I have done a decade or more ago (budget and CEO approval is pending on this).

  2. We found the Grossglockner somewhat disappointing, Fuzz. On to which this is a privately owned road and there is a toll of approx 20 euros.
    In my humble opinion, I prefer the Grimselpass region along with the Dolomites. The area around the Cote d’Azure also needs further exploration.
    So many roads, so little time……

    1. Thanks for the feedback, BT. We had to pay to use Timmelsjoch & Silvretta. At first, I felt like.. “PAY?!?!” but, then I figured if that meant that the road would be kept in tip top shape, that there might be services along the way – then I don’t feel quite so bad. I’d rather pay than miss the opportunity, I guess.

      Grimselpass was really awesome. I missed Furka, though πŸ™ The upside is, maybe I’ll have to go back one day!

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