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Old 08-26-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Three days in the Alps

Tomorrow I´m going on a little trip through the Alps. I intend to be on the road for three days, with two nights spent camping.
Here´s the plan:


1st day:
leave Erding early, go through Munich and then travel south quickly on the Autobahn (I´m already not looking forward to this...). I´ll exit the Autobahn at Kochel and do the infamous "Kesselbergstrecke", a collection of great twisties between the Kochelsee and the Walchensee. From there I´ll keep going more or less straight south, to Mittenwald and Seefeld, then on into Austria.
Go west for a bit and then south again, through Ötz and Sölden on the B186...which will take me straight to the first really good part: the "Timmelsjoch", one of the most famous passes in the Alps. Do a quick detour to Meran in Southern Tyrolia, then go on to Sterzing over the "Jaufenpass", another great name. I think I´ll camp in Sterzing.


2nd day:
Leave Sterzing to go north again. I´ll cross the Brenner pass on the old road, not on the Autobahn and go on until I come to Innsbruck. from there I´ll go east for some time and then south again, through the "Zillertal" along the river Ziller, one of the most scenic regions of the Alps. I´ll pass through Zell am Ziller and Gmünd, generally following the B 165 until I arrive in Zell am See where I´ll pitch camp.
The nightlife in Zell am See is pretty weird, it has become something like an Arab tourist centre in the past few years. Last time i was there, every third person on the street was Arab, veiled women with burquas everywhere....


3rd day:
I´ll probably try to ride the "Großglockner Hochalpenstraße", possibly THE most famous scenic pass in the Alps. From there I´ll be riding home again, but there will still be plenty of opportunities for nice pictures!
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:32 PM   #2
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better be snappin' some pics!

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Old 08-26-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:46 PM   #4
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:46 PM   #5
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here`s the route:




I hope you can all do a bit of vicarious travelling through me...

Oh, btw, the red x`s mark my camping grounds.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:55 PM   #6
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Here´s a large scale version so you get a better idea where everything is:


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Old 08-26-2008, 02:55 PM   #7
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I took a number of those roads in May, Timmelsjoch was closed with snow then. I stayed in Zell am See my last night also. Will be nice to see some summer pictures.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:40 PM   #8
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Cool2 Must be the season for Alpine riding!

Over tomorrow and Thursday, the lovely Mrs B and I will travelling the following route (we are also doing a couple hours of motorway to get around the lake, up into Valais towards the high mountain roads):



Weather forecast is looking good for the next couple of days... if you were coming a little further west, we could have had a coffee somewhere

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Old 08-26-2008, 04:39 PM   #9
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This is going to be good

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Old 08-26-2008, 11:05 PM   #10
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here´s a picture of my bike... it doesn´t always take one of those fancy, tricked out, snobbish KLRs with watercooling and four-valve heads and stuff...






Alright, I´m off. wish me luck! Hopefully i´ll be able to post the first part of my RR Friday evening.

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Old 08-29-2008, 07:30 AM   #11
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I have made it safely back again(although there have beem some pucker moments). I´busy going through my photos right now, I must have taken around 250, and a couple of videos to boot.

This trip has been an absolute blast, with perfect weather and even better roads. The first pics willl soon be up...

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Good to hear you're back safe and sound, and look forward to the pics. We got back last night after 900kms in a day and a half, taking a slightly different route than planned (via the Lukmanier pass to Ascona and the Simplon pass to get home yesterday). I took very few photos, but will post something up in another thread over the weekend.

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Old 08-29-2008, 09:19 AM   #13
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this is the biggest landmark you see when you enter Munich from the north:





The hill you see behind the trees is artificial. It consists entirely of the rubble of buildings that were bombed and destroyed in WW II. A couple of years ago that wind turbine was placed on it.

A few minutes later I stopped for the first time - at the BMW Motorrad center. Plenty of eyecandy to be found there...














These have been available for a couple of months now...the new F 650 GS is currently on position seven or so of the German top ten motorcycle sales list. Top position is and has been occupied for years now by the R 1200 GS. Twice as many 1200GS are sold than of the bike in second position (Honda CBF 1000)


her is a little video (well, more like a video attempt, actually, sorry about the wobbling) of the used bike department in the basement of the center:



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Old 08-29-2008, 09:44 AM   #14
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I rode through Munich without too much of a hassle, the early morning rush hour had already passed. I took the Autobahn south and exited to my first destination, Kochel am See. The first foothills of the Alps are already fairly close there. This picture gives a good impression of what the whole area looks like:






A lot of these picture book houses can be found in the area. The owners take great pride in the traditional look and the elaborate flower arrangements.






A church that is also very typical of the area:





The light was quite unusual that day, very hazy. My camera also has an unfortunate tendency to overexpose in tricky light conditions. I use a NIKON L 11, and it is a POS. I had been hoping that for around 230$ the camera would make up for my insufficient (read: nonexistent) skills as a photographer, but I was wrong...as will be shown by some later pictures .



Here I have arrived at the Walchensee.





The Walchensee lies just a little north of the Kochelsee and a lot lower. The difference in altitude was used to build a massive hydroelectric power plant. You can only just see the high-voltage lines running along the side of the mountain.

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Old 08-29-2008, 10:10 AM   #15
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This is the Kochelsee:




The Walchensee and the Kochelsee are also famous for the road that runs between them: the "Kesselberg" road - local bikers have turned it into a racetrack so many times and so many, often fatal, accidents have happened that the road is now closed to motorcycles on weekends and public holidays

some time ago there was a thread in "the perfect line" forum titled "too much lean angle?", with a video of a biker doing a high speed wipeout. That was the very road.


By then I was pretty hungry, so I rode to a litlle restaurant I had eaten well in on previous visits. I wasn´t disappointed this time either.





Fried Leberkäs´ with Spiegelei and Bratkartoffeln, hmmmmm!



I rode on through Mittenwald and Leutasch to Telfs, the last two already being in Austria. No border checks, no different currency, thanks to the EC.
Here I arrive at Telfs:




A rather impressive tree lined road took me into the town:







The road that brought me to the mouth of the Ötztal was not very exciting. I wonder, however, what that huge building with the two towers is.

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