It’s the 2nd February which is celebrated as “Groundhog Day” in some parts of the world, you may also be aware of the film made in 1993 starring Bill Murray who played a character who got caught in a timeloop and ended up reliving the same “groundhog” day over and over. This was not a particularly good day for the character in the film but just imagine you could relive some of your best motorcycling days – what would they be and why? 🙂
We’re going into our fifth year of DragonMotoTours and as you can imagine have covered many thousands of miles in that time and enjoyed some of the best days of being on two wheels so it’s pretty difficult trying to say what our best “groundhog” day would be. We’ve come up with a few below and it would be good if you could let us know what yours would be and why:-
- In July 2012 we took a 17 day break to Colorado and Utah and would relive each day of that tour. Riding to Monument Valley was something particularly special as you can see from the photo here. We’d hired a couple of GS’ from Denver and covered over 4,000 miles each. This was the first time for Jan riding in America and with the roads being open, flowing and traffic free it made for perfect motorcycling with stunning views at practically every turn. A day we would not mind being “time looped” back to……
- Our first European tour as DragonMotoTours was through France and Italy and on the 6th September 2012 the weather conditions were perfect for riding, good temperatures even in the highest points of the Alps, blue skies and clear air. We set off from the Aosta Valley in Italy to ride over the Petit St Bernard pass, a technical climb to the cafes at the top was followed by a stunning ride down into the valley towards Val D’Isere, through the town famous as a ski resort but thankfully clear of snow!! We then ascended the Col D’Iseran which is 2,770 metres at it’s peak and is one of the highest paved roads in the Western Alps. We took this photo of our Versys from the top looking towards Lanslevillard where we had a lovely lunch by the river side before running a return route back to Aosta. Riding the roads both ways was brilliant as we were able to appreciate the stunning views from all angles whilst riding two of the best passes in that part of the world……. certainly up there in our “best groundhog” days 🙂 We have been lucky enough to relive this route on other tours and would certainly recommend it.
- In August 2013 we toured closer to home in South Wales and on Sunday 11th we visited the Gower Peninsula and the stunning beach at Rhossili Bay. Again a picture perfect day for being on two wheels, not a cloud in the sky all day, flowing roads through South Wales and onto the Gower. The pace of life on the Peninsula is such that a “saunter” through the back lanes down to the Bay was all that you wanted. Certainly a day we wouldn’t mind reliving…..
- In August 2015 we were in the French Alps again for another day which we hope will become a brilliant “groundhog day” as we return to the Col de la Madeleine in August this coming year. It started off with the sun rising over the Bauges mountains, white wispy clouds soon disappeared and this azure blue sky stayed with us all day as we rode not only over Madeleine but also over the Cormet de Roselend. On the descent from the top of the Col de la Madeleine we had stunning views of Mont Chamonix which was about the only alpine peak with snow on 🙂 We had lunch that day in a pretty little auberge who could not do enough for you and served all 20 of us in no time (and we hadn’t booked!).
We’ve picked just 4 rides out of hundreds that we could have wirtten about and it has been hard to pick these. We can’t wait to find out what your best “groundhogs” have been……