The hidden Sardinia – On motorcycle between white roads and tracks for everyone

A surprising Sardinia on motorcycle, between Olbia, Tempio Pausania, Castelsardo, Lodè, through sea and mountains, on and off-road.

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A surprising Sardinia on motorcycle, between Olbia, Tempio Pausania, Castelsardo, Lodè, through sea and mountains, on and off-road.

Thursday 18th October, Port of Livorno.

Before embarking, my friend Guido (with his KTM 690) and I (with my “little” CRF 250 Rally) met Gianni Giorgi, a FMI instructor and an Igast Fmi guide, founder of the Scuola di Motociclismo GSSS Curve&Tornanti. The group included 20 motorbikers of all targets and abilities with many different motorcycle’s models: from GS 1200, to the Honda Africa Twin, to the mono.

Day 1) Rain.

sardegna nord est olbia GSSS enduro GS1200 africa twinAfter reaching Olbia, we drove for 150km, the first of the day. The rain and the heavy ground made impossible for the maxi to ride off- road so they chose the asphalt. The mono enjoyed the party instead: the track started immediately outside Olbia and it followed the peaks around Monte Pinu. We were only at 800m a.s.l. but we were able to look at the sea till almost Corsica over the Bocche di Bonifacio. After a short asphalt section, we plunged into the Mediterranean scrubland and the Monte Limbara’s granite stones towards Tempio Pausania. The mixed and wet ground offered a good grip. We had lunch with the maxi at Li Tre Funtani, and with the excuse of the bad weather we stayed a bit longer at the restaurant to enjoy the exquisite dishes.

sardegna nord est olbia GSSS enduro GS1200 africa twinAfter lunch, we drove along with the maxi for a while: the ground was wet but everyone could keep pace thanks also to the suggestions of our tour leader. The group separated  again between asphalt, with a stop at the panoramic terrace of the valle della Luna, and fast off-road trails behind Catelsardo, on the way up to the peak overlooking the sea on the north part of Gallura. We had dinner at Agriturismo Monte Istolargiu in Valledoria, and the cuisine was amazing.

Day 2) Sun! Sun! Sun!

That day the group was united at the start, between fast tracks under the wind turbines, narrow sections in granite stones and even fields that made both mono and maxi very happy. At the slopes of Monte Sassu, we admired the big Lake Coghinas and the wild landscape around it. We came back to Tempio Pausania to reach Monte Limbara, where the track crossing a coniferous spruce was wonderful!

sardegna nord est olbia GSSS enduro GS1200 africa twinOur lunch was at Restaurant Belvedere in Berchidda: from there we could see the forest ahead, our next step in the tour. When we completed the 180km of our second day, we relaxed at the Agriturismo Santa Reparata in Buddusò where the portions of the meal were very large.

Day 3)  The first frost of the season

sardegna nord est olbia GSSS enduro GS1200 africa twinThe direction was Lodé. The route was a mix of things: the slopes of the Punta Ololvicae and Cigoli, the peculiar areas of the park Tepilora, off-road trails crossing some cork-oak forests. We had a fantastic lunch at agriturismo Sas Petras Latas, with a panoramic terrace.

sardegna nord est olbia GSSS enduro GS1200 africa twinIn the afternoon, we had fun with some rolling hills before following the road going to the coast. With the rain, we returned children having fun putting our feet in the puddles! We passed a collapsed bridge towards the hotel Quattro Lune in Cala Liberotto. On this third day we drove for 130km: less than the other days but it very intense.

Day 4) Sea and mountains.

On the last day we went in the north direction again, between the sea and the pinewoods along the coast (in october it’s possible to do so but in summer it’s forbidden). Then we came back to the mountains (Sardinia is not only beaches and sealife): demanding hills overlooking the piana of Siniscola among the sea and the mounts. After the lunch in S.Anna of Lodè, the maxi chose the asphalt and the mono some difficult trails; the meeting after 140 km was in Olbia.

At the end of the journey, we were tired but happy waiting for the next adventure! Denis Propenso (our reporter Off).

A big thanks to GSSS Curve&Tornati, Gianni Giorgi, Sara (and their van) for the perfect organization; Franco Willy Romitelli, photographer, for the pictures; Corrado, a local guide in collaboration with GSSS and to all the participants! see you next year!

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