Tornanti_3...ABRACADABRA! (Western Alps Backroads Ramble)
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10-28-2013, 02:46 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Nature's early morning lightshow…we're in for a good one, baby!!
Tacking south into the Val d'Herens….a quick view over the shoulder into the Valais valley.
On the cards is a day of bouncing around the lower Valais and its side-valleys…and there's
LOTS of stuff to discover
. Let's use the solitude of the early morning to get this crazy zigzag started…first up, the
Barrage de la Grande Dixence, Europe's highest dam and the World tallest gravity dam
"Le Ritz" Hotel is at least as ugly as what that dam wall is like…looks like the place used to be the workers quarters during construction.
And there's even a pique-nique area for the summer-guests…
The last 10 k's or so have been in the shade of the high mountains and it's BLOODY COLD!
Heated grips roasting on full, or not…the fingertips are white. Let's go downvalley for a little sun…and those mud-pyramids at Euseigne.
Oh boy…this is turning into a cracker of a day!
Coming out of Euseigne…
…there's no sign, no warning, nothing but the distraction of a quick look down the valley to see the perfect "hairpinned" driveway…and personal vineyard, of course! Check the little patch below the buildings.
Then it's a lefthander with a little road branching off to the right and
BANG!!...there they are!!
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