Lorraine – France: an adventure bike ride

The dust has to be blown off the bike urgently and the stiff muscles have to be loosened again. And I'm going to do this with a trip of 240 km long in the Lorraine sub-area in France.

At the same time it became darker and darker. Contrary to my expectations there was no rain. In the evening I steered the BMW dry-footed to a campsite near Ramsau. They say hope dies last, so I curled up in my sleeping bag in anticipation of a sunny morning. Only a few hours later, I was woken up by a downpour hammering the tent.

A region in the northeast of this country.

The loop, the way I plotted it is ridden in a counterclockwise direction. A large portion of the early riding is in a NE direction so you won’t be riding into the sun but have it on your back and as the sun lowers it will be lighting up the red rocks for some spectacular views.

If you’re planning on riding to the Alps and starting your trip in the west of Germany, be well-prepared.

Leaving Phoenix by the northern desert on Route 74 and quickly passing through the small cowboy town of Wickenburg where cattle roping events are almost a weekly occurrence. 

It’s time to ride back into Arizona to see one of the least visited National Monuments. Talking to local Native Indians they think it’s because the road is dead a lot of visitors simply don’t think it’s worth the trip up and back…let me tell you it is, IT REALLY IS!!!

It's time to get the motorbike out of the shed

  • Lake Tegernsee sparkles in the sun
  • Traditionally served in extra-large mugs
  • Equipment dries on the neighboring pasture fence

Head up the paved road some 27km from Chinle to where it ends, make the left turn, and follow this paved road to the end and find a place to park. Now it’s time to walk a few hundred meters around a corner and if possible be there an hour or two before sunset for the most spectacular light. 

This is one of the highest points of the ride, best to visit in the early afternoon to allow you time to get further east and slight lower in elevation.

Get to Route 160 and in Kayenta fill up with fuel and follow the Route 163 towards Monument Valley. Opinions differ in this area if entering the park or looking from a distance offers the best view of this iconic area. Personally, I prefer the long distance iconic view 20km past the AZ/ UT Stateline

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