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Old 08-02-2011, 11:22 PM   #16
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To be continued...
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:45 AM   #17
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very much enjoying this ride report
such amazing pictures
thanks so much for sharing all of this with us
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:10 AM   #18
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Lovely report! Thank you!
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:55 AM   #19
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Day 4: Austria

Passes Bagged:
Furkajoch 1,761 metres (5,777 ft)
Silvrettastraße





After an easy relaxing day on Day 3 and a good night's sleep at the chalet in Gaflei, we decided to make a loop out of Austria and Germany. sarah however woke up with a migraine and opted to go 2-up with Armen. Our destination today was through Austria and then spend the night in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

After crossing the border from Liechtenstein into Feldkirch, Austria (a cursory nod from the border guard and we were in) we headed for Rankweil and the start of Furkajoch. Furkajoch is a narrow (1.5 lane) pass road that was reminiscent of Quimby/Mt. Hamilton road in San Jose.

Lots of bikers and lots of waving on Furkajoch:


Check out the drops off to the side in this video. Unforgiving.


It was another cold and foggy day however.


Lots of riders.






More beautiful countryside. I can't get over how green this part of Europe is.




We followed Furkajoch to the town of Bludenz where we had lunch at a Pizzeria Antonio. I had one of the best meals of the trip there (Grill Teller w/ a Spezi). Overall we found Austria a pretty good deal in terms of food and lodging.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:56 AM   #20
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Day 4: Austria. Continued

After lunch we proceeded up to Silvrettastraße which was the best road of the Austrian leg of our trip. It's a toll road however and we paid €11 to get on it. It was well worth it however.

The fog had me worried though.


As we were winding through the first hairpins, I looked up to see a chopper pretty much descending on top of us. Uhh, that can't be good.


Knowing what comes next we pulled off at an overlook to watch the chopper take off.


You can see how low the ceiling is in this picture. It took balls for that pilot to fly in and out of that place. The fellow motorcyclist that was the patient was not looking good however. We wished him the best.


We were expecting the pilot to go up and over the fog, instead he dives straight into the fog into the valley. Balls. Video is ruined by the raindrops on my GoPro but you can still kinda see it, and see the kind of conditions we were riding in. You can see where the rider crashed about 6:20 into the video. Not sure how he went off the side right there, but it was a steep drop.


Low visibility, wet roads, rain, and watching a fellow motorcyclists just get airlifted off the mountain... we rode very carefully.


The newly-engaged couple.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:00 PM   #21
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Day 4: Austria. Continued


There were a couple of dammed lakes up on Silvrettastrasse. I'm sure they were beautiful, I couldn't see them. Things started looking up on the other side though in one of Austria's National Parks.


Oh yes! It was amazing watching the fog roll down one side of the valley and roll back up the other side.






This would've been a nice picnic site if the weather was better.


Complete with wild horses frolicking in the fields.


A little further on.




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Old 08-03-2011, 12:01 PM   #22
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Day 4: Austria. Continued...

Once again, everything is so green. Too bad the Alps are dying though and all of this will be parched and barren in the next few tens of thousands of years. So go see it now! :laughing




Trisanna Brücke


Heading north for Lech and Warth.


For the last leg of this day it was raining solidly for the last 2 hours, we decided to call it quits at Warth instead of pushing for Garmisch.


The best hotel we stayed at on this trip. It was pretty luxurious for €80 per person.


The view from the balcony of my room.


There were ski lifts and ski resorts everywhere. This place must be very popular in the winter months. During the summer it seems they mostly cater to motorcyclists and hikers.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:49 PM   #23
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Day 5: Austria, Germany

Passes Bagged:
Hahntennjoch 1,894 metres (6,213 ft)
Fern Pass 1,212 metres (3,976 ft)

After a scrumptious dinner and a good night's sleep. We were back in the game. Still cloudy and rainy, but oh well. Our route today was gonna take us north to Germany, and then using the Deutschalpenstrasse to head back west to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.





Look, a KTM! KTMs were strangely a rare sighting during our trip. BMWs must've easily comprised 60%+ of the motorcycles we encountered on the road. Even in Austria we hardly saw KTMs. I saw maybe half-a-dozen 950/990 Adventures, and handful of other KTM models (Dukes, 640s, etc.).



Snow on some of the mountain tops.



One of the detours sent us cutting through the middle of a farmer's field.



Slippery when wet.



A little video between Warth and Elmen.



It was cold.




The fog layer was so dense it just cuts mountains in half.








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Old 08-08-2011, 03:50 PM   #24
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Day 5: Austria, Germany. Continued...


Hahntennjoch between Elmen and Imst.



Fern Pass



Some of the roads we took were very narrow and overgrown.



Lermoos, Austria









Plansee in Germany. This was one of the longer lakes we saw on the trip.



Seemed to stretch on forever. And it was so green.



We got a little lost...



Schloss Neuschwanstein, which served as the inspiration to Disney's castle...
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:52 PM   #25
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Day 5: Austria, Germany. Continued


The Deutschalpenstrasse. Boring. Seriously. It was fast, fairly traffic free, but it was in the foothills of Bavaria and there wasn't much to see after all the excitement of Switzerland and Austria. I guess it's better than the autobahn, but I'm sure there are some better roads in the area. It served our need to get from east to west in a hurry however.







So boring it lulls a passenger to sleep. (OK, not really, just looks like it, I think.)



So boring I was trying over my shoulder shots. I need to work on it.






Go solar!









After 10 hours in the saddle we finally made it back into Austria, then jumped on the autobahn back to Switzerland and home to Liechtenstein. No more pictures at that point since we were all busy trying to see how fast the BMWs can go.
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy

Passes Bagged:
Wolfgang Pass 1,631 metres (5,351 ft)
Fluela Pass 2,383 metres (7,818 ft)
Ofen Pass 2,149 metres (7,051 ft)
Umbrail Pass 2,501 metres (8,205 ft)
Stelvio Pass 2,757 metres (9,045 ft)
Terzo/Primo Cantoniera
Passo di Foscagno 2,291 metres (7,516 ft)
Passo d' Eira 2,209 metres (7,247 ft)

Today's destination was south from Liechtenstein and headed towards Stelvio Pass and Italy.




The little Swiss town of Maienfeld, supposedly the setting for Heidi, the fictional Swiss book. I had never heard of it until I came here, but everybody references it when referring to the region.



I felt a little Isle-of-Mannish speeding through these Swiss vineyards.



More over the shoulder shots.


Wolfgang Pass.




The beginning of Fluela Pass.



Gloomy pictures suck.



Looks inviting, but probably freezing.
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

A couple of videos from Fluela Pass:









Confused by these "boobs ahead" signs. Never found the boobs.



Fluela was pretty damn fun. All kinds of fun turns.










Beautiful country.


Really.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:25 PM   #28
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...


Ofen Pass on video.




Umbrail Pass was an unexpected delight. It's just a little squiggle on the map that leads to Stelvio Pass. It was a series of switchbacks and hairpins going up and over the mountain, with a little dirt section up top. It was fun!

Couldn't take too many pictures though, too busy tackling the hairpins. :laughing


The dirty part.






Narrow lanes with over-engineered safety barriers.



More barriers.



This place is probably fun in the winter too.



Sarah hated hairpins before this trip. She became an expert in 7-days flat. :laughing
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

Umbrail Pass on video.




More from Umbrail Pass.


More over-the-shoulder shots. I'm getting worse...


Nearing the top.


This bus would later annoy us on Stelvio. :laughing




A brief stop to change out batteries and SD cards for Stelvio.


The border between Switzerland and Italy. Really, you're looking at it.
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

From the top of Stelvio Pass, looking north.







Finally, a KTM!


The first glimpse of this little unknown road called Stelvio Pass. It's almost as good as Mt. Hamilton road. :laughing I think there was a Starbucks up top because of the copious amounts of Ducati riders. :laughing


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