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Cross One Off The Bucket List: Riding the Stelvio Pass in Italy

Cross One Off The Bucket List: Riding the Stelvio Pass in Italy

In realm of people who are passionate about pursuits that involve wheels; cars, motorcycles, bicycles – it seems that everyone knows the name Stelvio. We’ve seen it in photos around the internet, zig-zagging it’s way up and down through the Italian Alps. It has become a legend, a holy grail road.

Before having seen it with my own eyes, I too held the Stelvio Pass as the pinnacle of my road riding desires. I made a deal with myself that I would ride it one day. Sunday September 5, 2010 was that day.

Pimmie and I looking north towards the Stelvio pass

60 Tornante
Stelvio holds in it’s grip 60 hairpin turns. Yes… 60. From the Bormio side heading north as you begin your ascent, you turn, turn, turn your way up thinking – “wow, this is amazing! I can’t believe all of these hairpin turns!”

That is of course until we crested the summit and began our descent. There are 48 hairpins on the way down, each marked with numbered stones. Winding down those terraced turns broke us in right for the rest of the trip.

You learn quickly that even though it may feel alien to you, at times you have to use the both lanes. There is no staying only on “your side”. It was a trial by fire and I felt like I was prepared for anything the trip would throw at us after that.
The North side of the Stelvio Pass Italy

Up we go on the stelvio pass Tibet building stelvio pass Bormio Stelvio Pass Elevation Sign at Summit
Passo Dello Stelvio - party at 9,000 feet Kenny parked atop stelvio pass The Stelvio Pass

The summit of Stelvio is like a party at 9,000 feet up. There are people from all over the world laughing, taking photos and enjoying the kinship of like-minded people who also came to behold such an awesome spectacle.

Milling around up there at the summit, watching all of the bikes and people was a moment in time that I felt like I wanted to hold on to as tightly as I could. I’d waited so long to see this thing. I never want to forget what I was seeing, what the air felt like, what it took for us to get there. As with everything though, you have to let it go and move on. So onward we went, down, down, down the Stelvio pass.

Pimmie, Me & Kenny on the Stelvio Pass
Sometimes I look at my life and think... Damn! I'm lucky.
Motorcycle Dreams: 25 Things on My Motorcycle Bucket List

Motorcycle Dreams: 25 Things on My Motorcycle Bucket List

Bucket List: A list of things you want to accomplish before you kick the bucket.

Hopefully this will be an ever-growing, ever-changing list as new ideas and goals cross my mind AND… as I find a way to cross completed things off.

  1. Ride in a Sidecar
  2. Ride to Alaska
  3. The Stelvio Pass
  4. The National Motorcycle Museum
  5. Ride through the mountains of Arkansas
  6. West Virginia Mail Pouch Tobacco Tour
  7. Visit the Nurburgring
  8. Visit the Barber Museum
  9. Attend a MotoGP event
  10. Go to Japan and see Bosozoku motorcycles
  11. Ride the length of Route 66
  12. Ride to Monument Valley and camp under the stars
  13. Be able to ride 20,000 strictly pleasure miles in a year
  14. 1 word: Colorado
  15. The Lolo Pass in Idaho
  16. Visit Mont Saint-Michel while riding in France
  17. Own a Confederate Wraith
  18. Going to the Sun Road
  19. Have my picture taken at the signpost forest
  20. Ride a motorcycle in New Zealand
  21. Visit the Isle of Man for the TT
  22. Ride to Nova Scotia
  23. Visit the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
  24. Actually write an article and have it published in a moto rag
  25. Ride the Puppy Dog Route

What’s on your motorcycle bucket list?
I encourage you to make one, too. It can be an inspiration to keep track of your dreams. Enjoy!

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