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Old 01-08-2009, 07:48 AM   #31
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On to Stalden then, where a tiny road turns right, signed to Törbel and Embd.
A steep uphiller with glorious views follows and past Törbel it’s still uphill, the road seemingly leading no-where, baffling for a first-timer. Above 2000m, the Moosalm makes a fantastic lunch-stop location, the views are gorgeous.
Back via Zeneggen to Visp and Brig and the start of the old Simplon-Pass-Road.
It’s steep uphill, the road turns off in Ried and isn’t all that long but still a way-better ride than the new Simplonpass (2005m)....with which it eventually merges.
Here we called the tyre-dealer in Klagenfurt, to confirm all arrangements made for the tyre-change a few days ahead.

Simplonpass





Gondo Gorge



Through the Gondo Gorge to Domodossola, then towards Locarno and the Lago Maggiore. East via Malesco into the Centovalli, honouring it’s name of the „Hundred Valleys“.

Centovalli





Locarno greets us at rushhour and we’re gladly tacking south-west, around the head of the lake to Magadino and Vira, turning left here across the Alpe di Néggia (1395m).
The road, which returns to the shore at Maccagno, is an absolut delight !!

Along the shore to Luino , then left to Ponte Tresa at Lake Lugano, the day’s getting long. Around 8pm we hit the camp grounds along the shore at Agno ....which is NOT a good recommendation anymore (there’s another one only a few hundred meters away).
The spot turned out very pricey (around 20 DM/ head) and things were very crammed (partially due to high water-levels of the lake)

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To be continued!


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Old 01-08-2009, 10:56 AM   #32
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Day11:

Starting around the usual 8.30 - 9.00am, the run through Lugano was quick...crossing into Italy after a blat along the north-shore of the lake, tacking east to Porlezza.

Lake Lugano



Here the rain caught up with us again, time for the wet-gear to come out.
From Menággio on Lake Como, it’s up the left shore via Dongo and Gravedona to the head of the lake, then north to Chiavenna for a left turn up the Splügenpass (2113m), where the rain decided it had enough for the day.
The downhill stretch offered itself for a photo-session, getting some great shots of Lothar and Werner through the maze of hairpins.

Splügenpass







After the fill-up in Thusis it’s off to go to Tiefencastel. After lunch at Surava (the restaurant is right next to the road, very recommendable) the Albulapass (2312m) waited with a surprise...zooming downhill at a great rate of knots were some scooter-riders...the type of foldable scooter with the tiny 3“ wheels.
First Samedan, then Pontresina on the way across the Berninapass (2328m)

Engadin and St. Moritz

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Bernina Express



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Old 01-08-2009, 10:59 AM   #35
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Poschiavo and Lake Poschiavo







and from Poschiavo to Brusio, where the local narrow-gauge Railway does a complete loop, crossing below itself on its way south.

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By the way: If you are travelling here, and a train is on your street – don’t wonder! It’s normal! It’s the Bernina-Express!!!

Bernina Express









Turning left in Tirano to Mazzo di Valtelino, where the Passo di Mortirolo (aka Passo della Foppa) (1896m) starts off....another one of my favourites and a definite highlight NOT to be missed. Turning right at the top onto the tiny Passo di Guspessa (1824m), up to 25% drop, the way leads back down into the valley.
Turn right for the Passo di Aprica (1113m). Werner and Lothar knew the camp site here ...and Dietmar had the dubious pleasure of cleaning out the topcase once more, this time is was the garlic-sauce that’d popped the top.

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Old 01-09-2009, 02:58 AM   #37
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Day12:

A quick stab east to Edolo then south to Forno Allione for the turn off across the Passo di Vivione (1828m), another superb bike-road, but VERY narrow.
Not seeing much traffic, the road follows the rock cliff on the way down...very exposed....to Schilpário.
Here I goofed, taking a wrong turn and we had to turn back in Azzaro to get to Borno and Breno where it’s up the Passo di Croce Dominii (1892m), warp speed fun for a
Cappuccino at the top.
Towards Bagolino and about 10km short of town my mirrors were empty...Waiting a few minutes, I turned back just to find Dietmar and the others at one of the bends.
Dietmar hadn’t kept top the far right and clipped an oncoming car with his left pannier, the bike glanced into the rock on the right, removing the other pannier and crashbar....but luckily body-damage was minimal, nothing apart from a decent bruise on the lower leg.
The material-damage was sizeable, though...and the police rolled up shortly after for a report, placing Dietmar squarely in the wrong, hmmmm...things certainly would’ve turned out differently if Dietmar had stuck to the far right, but to place the „at fault“ solely on his shoulders at such a narrow road??
Revisiting the spot a forthnight later I measured the width of the road as 10 feet in total.

this is the place!



Dietmar enquiries afterwards to possibly change those findings before a court in Italy didn’t look too promising either.
Luckily the right pannier was still usable and Dietmar was able to continue.
Turning right in Bagolino to Lago d’Idro, we turned north to Lodrone for a, by now, late lunch and we decided to quit the day’s riding at Auer, south of Bolzano.
Going on through the Ledro Valley

Lake Ledro



we turned right before the tunnel leading to Riva di Garda to use a small backroad which sadly finished in Pregásina (beautiful spot).

Lake Garda



Later I discovered the road I’d been after from a lookout at the opposite side of Lake Garda.
Despite that, the road is reported to be closed for motorized vehicles, a pity, as it’s a real twister in stunning surrounds.
Short of Riva di Garda we turned left to Lago di Tenno to get to Ponte Arche and Molveno.

near Molveno



Turning right in Andalo (just after Molveno) it’s across to Mezzolombardo and finally onto the TrentoBolzano main road. Auer wasn’t far off as it started to rain 2km short of the target. Only a short shower though....as we pitched tents in the dry.

The well-known hospitality of Paula and Markus at the Camp site was a welcome end to the day.

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Day13:

Iselsberg, 30.07.00

To recoup some of the time we’d squandered along the way, we decided to to change plans and streamline our route through the Dolomite Mountains, still using the byways and backroads for the run across the Staller Sattel.
Through Bolzano and up the Sarn Valley, turning right towards the Ritten Mountain, climbing steeply into Klobenstein for the obligatory Cappuccino-Break.

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Via Lengstein to Barbian....enjoying the views into the Eisack Valley along the way. A short left-right on the valley-floor and steeply uphill to Lajen. Then along a narrow but very scenic stretch to Gufidaun and into the Villnöss-valley. Turning left in Sankt Peter and up the Kofeljoch (1863m) followed by the Würzjoch (2004m).

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The Furkelpass (1759 m) was next, after the left turn to Welschen and Zwischenwasser turning right to St. Vigil.
Dropping into the Puster-Valley it was another quick right-left for the entry to the Antholzer-Valley, with the Staller Saddle at the end of it. We had to make it a bit of a rush, to catch the alloted time-slot for the alternating-30 Minute usage of the single-lane section....otherwise it’d be another hour of wait for the next time-slot. So it was full-steam up the valley and we hit the gates at Antholzer Lake with only 3 Min. to spare to make the Staller-Sattel (2052m)crossing into Austria.

A short stop at the top was the start of a leisurly cruise down the Defereggen Valley via Sankt Jakob and Sankt Veit , turning right into the Tauern Valley and the city of Lienz.

Iselsberg





Across the Iselsberg (1204m) and Winklern to Heiligenblut at the Großglockner.

After paying the toll of 230 Austrian Shillings it was up one of the ‚crown“-roads of the Alps, the Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße. The starting rain dropped a little ‚fly in the soup“ as we climbed the Franz-Josefs-Höhe and on the way to the Hochtor (2575m).


With clear skies, there's an incredible view into the maze of glaciers of the Grossglockner. And just below the viewing-platform, the local Murmeltiere (Marmots) frolick away without a worry in the world.
Franz-Josefs-Höhe and Großglockner



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Murmeltiere











The higher we climbed, the more the landscape turned to white...as rain turned into snow. Things turned decidedly uncomfortable as the snow depth continued to grow...time to turn back and go south, through Carthania.
The wet-gear came off shortly after Heiligenblut as the skies broke up and turned blue....on towards Winklern, for a left turn onto the B106. Through Außerfragant, Obervellach and Mühldorf to Möllbrücke ending the day here, as the camp area occupies a nice setting and has a good kitchen, despite the next morning’s traffic noise coming off the B106

13 day routing:



To be continued!

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Note: Some of the pictures are not from the same tour but from the same places!
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:14 AM   #42
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Day14:

Monday morning found us tracking north to Spittal and Gmünd to Kremsbrücke, start of the Nockalm-Road , which winds itself through the National Park Nockberge, climbing above 2000m (Eisentalhöhe 2015 m and Schistlscharte 2042 m) to end at the town of Ebene Reichenau.
Tacking south, we turned off west to Bad Kleinkirchheim and left again in Radentheim onto the B98. Past Brennsee and Afritzer-See to the turnoff to Villach hitting some stop-go traffic due to roadworks.
Towards the Wurzenpass it was time for a break, and the Pizzeria at the turnoff turned out to be a good find...highly recommendable. Not just a great Pizza, but the portions were humungous.
Across the Wurzenpass (1073m) into Slovenia and Kranjska Gora, turnoff for the 50+ hairpins of the Vršič-Pass (1611m). Bovec and Kobarid were next, an area that reminded me of the Karl May book „The Gorges of the Balkans“.



Past Tolmir onto route 403 to Kneža and Koritnica to Podbrdo .
An easy find was Bohinjská Bistrica and a right turn after Bled to Radovljica. A small backroad leads through Zapuže and Zgoša to Bistrica, start of the Loiblpass (1367m)and straight into Klagenfurt.
There’s a big Honda dealership at the edge of town and they were friendly enough to change my worn brake pads the next day. The search for a camp site along the shores of the Wörthersee became a bit more drawn out than planned, but finally succeeded near the head of the lake.

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Day15:

First up into Klagenfurt to get the tyres and brakes seen to and things worked out near perfect. Lothar got rid of his slicks just in time for the run through Sankt Veit an der Glan and onto the Gurk Valley road. Next Kraig and Pisweg , then Gurk... turning right to Zwischenwässern. From Althofen onto the Klippitztörl-Passstraße (1644m), another beautiful bike-road.
At Wiesenau it was a right turn across the Twimberg and towards the Packsattel (1169m). Passing through Köchlach and Voitsberg along the backroads to Geistthal and Großstübing we reached the Mur Valley at Kleinstübing, following the idyllic Mur Valley to Bruck an der Mur, which was the eastern-most point of our ride.
Turning west, through to Leoben for a right turn to Eisenerz.

Just past the saddle of the Präbichl (1227m) is the Erzberg , a gigantic open-cut mine, which also gets used for the annual MX-races. It sure is a tourist-attraction but it also glaringly shows the damage to nature that commerce creates.
The map-marked camping area on the shores of Lake Leopoldsteiner doesn’t seem to exist anymore. A few km’s up the road a sign showed a turn towards another camp....and ran straight into the welcoming arms of the lady running the place, greeting us like long-lost sons...
It turned out, that due to some earthworks her business was badly affected and the local Shire was prepared to compensate her accordingly...resulting in free accomodation for us if we’d only sign into her book.
No complains here...even though we felt a bit guilty, particularly after the easy-pitch on the lush, soft lawns...



15. day routing:



To be continued!

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Day16:

A major run west today, but not without dipping into another scenic highlight: The Salzkammergut area. Following the B 115 to Hieflau, we turned left onto the B 146 Through Gesäuse and Admont, Liezen, Steinach and Bad Mittendorf to Bad Aussee.
Then across the Koppenpass (630 m) towards Lake Hallstätter and with a short stop along its shores, to Hallstadt, Bad Goisern, Bad Ischl to the Lake Traun.

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Lake Traun









Leaving the shores at Mitterndorf it’s via Neukirchen to Steinbach at the Attersee, a restaurant on the shore provided a nice lunch stop.

We continued to Unterach at the Mondsee, looping the lake to Gilgen as the direct route was closed, Last lake on the route was the Wolfgang-See, turning in Strobl onto a tiny toll-road to the Post-Alm, a beautiful, but narrow stretch in very scenic surrounds....the views across to the Dachstein are breathtaking.
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