STELVIO PASS — At 9,045 feet Stelvio Pass is highest (paved) and most renowned of all European mountain passes. It is located in the Italian Alps just 200 meters from the Swiss border about 15 miles northeast of Livigno. Originally built from1820-1825 by the Austrian Empire, it has 60 hairpins, but the extremely difficult 48 turns on the northern side are numbered with stones. Everyone is grouped together as this photo was staged for Motorcyclist Magazine. The results of this photo shoot can be seen on page 50 of Motorcyclist. It was shot about three hairpins above the photo above. Photo by Heidi Gish
THE GISHES take a break on the southwest (easier) side of Stelvio Pass on the way to Livigno. Photo by a fellow rider
ITALIAN SCULPTURE — This old Benelli motorcycle has seen better days. It still appears to be “licensed” by the Hotel Perla. It sits attached to a wood carving with a traditional Alpine hat at the top of Passo di Giau in the Dolomites about 40 miles east of Bolzano. Photo by Heidi Gish.
ON THE ROAD following the Motorcyclist photo car going up the Passo di Giau. One of this set of photos made it to the cover of the October Motorcyclist magazine. It should be on magazine stands for another couple of weeks. Photo by Heidi Gish
HOME — Steve and Heidi Gish stand in front of their Shingle Springs home with Taylor and Steve’s 2005 Triumph Sprint ST sport tourer motorcycle, not exactly like the Triumph Marlon Brando rode in “The Wild One" or the one Clint Eastwood rode on a mothballed aircraft carrier in "Magnum Force." Perhaps the most famous Triumph is the one rode by Steve McQueen (and stunt rider Bud Ekins) in the Great Escape. Mission Impossible II used two Triumphs, a Speed Triple ridden by Tom Cruise and a Daytona 955 ridden by Dougray Scott in the chase scene near the end of the movie. Photo by Larry Weitzman
NO PROBLEM — This off-road excursion was actually a wrong turn after finding Passo Silvretta closed and everyone followed. After about a mile the group realized the error of their ways and turned around, arriving in Livigno unscathed. Photo by Heidi Gish