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Old 01-05-2009, 10:16 AM   #1
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European Alps - The big loop!

- still a few years ago, but the scenery and the landscape is still the same today -

European Alps
The big loop

17 days...5800km

A ride report of 4 mates travelling the Alps in 2000
by Rudi Przybylski, Honda ST 1100 ABS/TCS Pan European







Starting in Sonthofen, Bavaria, the trip led us….
  • across Switzerland (Appenzell, Lake Zurich, central Switzerland, Lake Vierwaldstätter, Bernese High-country, Lake Geneva) into France.

  • Into the French Alps and south to the Grand Canyon du Verdon and the region of Nice on the Mediterranean coast.
  • Across the Col di Tende to Italy and Col de Larche back to France.
  • The Col de l'Iseran and the Little Sankt Bernhard Pass to Switzerland.
  • The Rhone-Valley to Italy.
  • Lago Maggiore, Lake Lugano and Lake Como again to Switzerland.
  • The Engadin Valley to Italy
  • The Lake Garda area, across the Dolomites and the Staller-saddle to Austria.
  • Via East-Tirol to the Grossglockner and further to Carthania.
  • A small lap through Slovenia and back into Austria.
  • Via Klagenfurt and Bruck an der Mur (easternmost points of the journey) in the Salzkammergut.
  • Then along the Alps - adding the Ziller Valley - back to Sonthofen.

Introduction:

It all started with the book „Traumreisen in den Alpen“ (Dreamtravels in the Alps), the route described there just wouldn’t let me stop dreaming of riding that Alpine loop.
3 other friends started to apply “pressure” as they grew sick of talking about it and the start was set finally set for the 18 July 2000.
Bike packed and ready to go by the previous evening, the meet-up was organized for 9am the next morning. Lothar had realized the worn rear tyre on the K1100LT (owner: Dietmar) - so our first “stop” was the local Sonthofen Tyre-Dealer who luckily came good on the spot - fresh rubber for the LT and finally we’re ready to go.

The four “culprits”:

Lothar , Buell Thunderbolt



Dietmar, BMW1100LT



Werner, Honda VF 1000 F2 Bol d’Or



Rudi, Honda ST 1100 ABS/TCS Pan-European



to be continued!

Best greatings from Germany
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:22 AM   #2
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:22 AM   #3
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Day1:

On a roughly south-westerly tack it’s through Margarethen, Beilenberg and Altstädten to Fischen and across the Riedbergpass (1420 m).

Altstädten



at the Riedbergpass







Hittisau



Past Hittisau, Großdorf and Schwarzenberg towards the Hochtannberg-Pass. Connesseurs turn left at Bezau to Reuthe, Bizau and Schnepfau


In Au it’s off to Damüls and across the Furkajoch (1761m) to Rankweil.

Furkajoch










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Old 01-05-2009, 10:25 AM   #4
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Crossing into Switzerland, Meiningen isn’t far....Altstätten the next target.
All of a sudden Dietmar is missing....returning a short stretch shows that the Bimmer had made itself known with a horrible racket from the rear end...and something serious had given up the ghost. Why the hell is it always the Bimmers on our rides?
Nothing for it but to call for help, the ADAC-AutoClub points us towards a dealer in St, Gallen, 25km away.
Dietmar climbs back on and nurses the bike into town...by now the shaft-drive seal has packed up as well, the whole rear is coated in oil.

The diagnosis is a busted rear wheel bearing and there’s no way to have that fixed on the spot. How Dietmar got the bike to St. Gallen is still baffling.
Leaving him behind, we organize the meet-up for the following night in Lungern (at Lake Lungern)...if the BM is a goer by then.

Lothar, Werner and I keep going through Teufen to Appenzell and Urnäsch.



Across the Schwägalp (1278m) (at Säntis Mountain) and on to Wattwil. The Rickenpass (794m)is a small hop, Kaltbrunn and Siebnen follow...., then the twisties across the Sattelegg (1190m).
Ending the day at Lake Sihl, we’re pitching the tent.
Setting it up in the backyard before the trip, it had looked fine to accomodate the 3 of us...hmmmm the damn thing seemed to have shrunk in the meantime....no way to cover all 3 of us and all of our gear...Lothar decides to leave his stuff to the annex, praying for a dry night.

Sihlsee


1. day routing:




to be continued!
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a real resource ........

this is wonderful........allows folks like me to plan a trip in Europe with real information and pictures.....Bruce
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Day2:

Along the shores of Lake Sihl it’s off to Oberiberg und to Ibergeregg (1406m).

at Ibergeregg – view to Lake Vierwaltstätter



A left-turn in Schwyz it’s up a little „Extra“: the road through the Muota Valley and via the Pragelpass (1550m) to Lake Klöntaler. A beautiful stretch of road, and very little known which is closed off on weekends due to being very narrow...there’s very little space for 2 cars at once.
After the Cappuccino-break it’s past Glarus and across the Klausenpass (1948m) to Altdorf.

Klausenpass











An absolut MUST-DO while in the area is the spectacular lap of Sustenpass (2224m), Grimselpass (2165m) and Furkapass (2431m), no surprise, that this was next on the list for us.

Sustenpass











Sustenpass - stoneglacier







Grimselpass





Grimselpass – Furkapass - Rhoneglacier





Furkapass







Andermatt



Then Andermatt and back to Altdorf - then followed by a leisurly cruise around Lake Vierwaldstätter-See.


Impressions from Lake Vierwaltstätter





















Küssnacht





Via Brunnen, Vitznau, Weggis, Küssnacht and Meggen to Luzern. Along the way, Werner’s starter motor started to play up - a problem that was only finally fixed upon our return to Sonthofen.
Traffic in Luzern proved dense and hectic, time to move on.

Luzern



Via Horw, Hergiswil and Alpnach to Sarnen on the shores of Lake Sarnen, a short hop to Lake Lungern, luckily meeting up with Dietmar again, the BM fixed and ready to rock again.
He’d already pitched the tent - and as agreed - a bit out of the way, being the Kingsize-snorer that he is J. At least he makes more than up for it by being the best chef around and even carries ample provisions on the BM.
Sausages and hams, honey, jam, garlic-sauce, coffee...hell, even herbs and spices of all sorts, this is a travelling kitchen. And it doesn’t stop there...add to that pots, pans and all sorts of utensils...really goes without saying, doesn’t it?
Just the honey had decided to go “walkabouts“, coating the floor of the pannier in sticky goo... The camp also turned out to be cheapest of the whole trip....as the place was „closed“ on Wednesday and the reception opens at 9am in the morning, we finished up staying the night for nothing.

Lake Lungern





2. day routing:



to be continued!


Best greatings from Germany

Rudi

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Old 01-06-2009, 05:35 AM   #7
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Keep posting, great photos. What time of year was your trip?
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:08 PM   #8
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Hallo Rudi

Das kann ja nicht sein...was tut der Rudi hier?

Ich hoffe das wir uns wieder treffen im Juni.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:24 PM   #9
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Das kann ja nicht sein...was tut der Rudi hier?
Hi Alex,
Doch doch!
Ich war so beeindruckt von "Momma Mac's Last Ride" - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=396152

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Ich hoffe das wir uns wieder treffen im Juni.
ich denke doch - oder?!

Beste Grüße nach Kanada!
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