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Old 08-02-2011, 11:12 PM   #5
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Joined: Jul 2008
Location: San Jose, CA
Oddometer: 490
Day 1: Thun to Andermatt.

Passes Bagged:
Grimsel Pass 2,436 metres (7,992 ft)
Furka Pass 2,165 metres (7,103 ft)

Unfortunately in all the excitement I completely forgot all about my SPOT. So I have 0 tracks on our first day of riding, but here's our route laid out on Google Maps.

South of Interlaken was supposed to be the "Switzerland of Yosemite". We went south and east to Grindelwald and were promptly met by a wall of tourist. The scenery was great, but we could've skipped Grindelwald entirely and not missed much relatively-speaking.

Things picked up when we doubled-back and went further south to Lauterbrunnen.

Staubbach Falls near Hotel Jungfrau

The area is supposed to be hopping in the winter with all the ski resorts nearby (Wangen, etc.) but it was only OK in the summer. We headed back to Interlaken, and made for Andermatt.

This is Furka Pass heading towards Andermatt.

As you can see we were riding in soup half the time. That was an adventure in and of itself, sometimes you'd be on top of a ridge and there'd be a dropoff on the side but it would just be covered in fog/clouds. It felt like you were riding on a narrow road through the clouds. It was surreal, and a little freaky.

Looking up at Furka Pass from Gletsch:

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