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Old 08-11-2011, 04:27 PM   #31
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

GoPro on Stelvio going halfway down. You'll see why we only went halfway down. BTW, when you hear me talking in the video, I'm not talking to myself, all 3 of us are equipped with Scala Rider G4s.




Can't stop taking pictures. Armen just below me.



I was glad these walls were everywhere.



The bus. On the video you can hear me laughing while I was waiting for the bus to make a turn on a hairpin. The bus is full of little old ladies and about half of them were having heart attacks when the bus felt like it was going over the side. :laughing



I was going so slow because I kept busting out the camera to take pictures.








There's a house in almost the dead center of this picture. How he gets up there, I have no clue...
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:28 PM   #32
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

Video going back up Stelvio.



As you can see in the first video. Sarah had a little tip-over on Stelvio when a car was doing something retarded (backing up the hairpin). She was unhurt, but with her nerves spooked and the weather turning bad, it was time to go back up and try to make it back to Switzerland for the night.

Looking at Stelvio, going back up.



Really gives you an idea of the work that went into making this road. Or even just maintaining it.





Getting more foggy by the minute though.



Back over to the other side to Cantoniera.



Heading to Bormio.




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Old 08-11-2011, 04:30 PM   #33
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

The backside of Stelvio (north side) heading towards Bormio was a blast. If anything it was way better than Stelvio. Less traffic more awesome turns. I don't know if it's a pass road, they only have it labeled on Google Maps as "Terzo Cantoniera/Primo Cantoniera". It was awesome, whatever it was.




Probably my most favorite picture from the trip.


Screenshot from my GoPro.


Heading down.


Seriously, how awesome is this?


Complete with waterfalls.




A little further down.


Looking back at it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:31 PM   #34
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...



And then the tunnels. These were some of the scariest tunnels of the trip. Dark as hell, no lights inside, completely blind turns, and then a lot of dripping water making the road slimy.


Yea.


Coming out on the other side of the tunnels.


The weather was definitely turning on us.


Going up Passo de Foscagno, looking down on Bormio.


Snow.


Mountains Gandalf! Mountains!
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:31 PM   #35
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Day 6: Stelvio Pass and Italy. Continued...

Passo d' Eira


It was sprinkling at this point.


Sarah getting down. Not bad for a noob who only had 6 months/1000 miles of experience before coming on this trip. Ended up having to teach her how to hang off a little further down the road because I wasn't liking how close her pegs were getting to the ground. :laughing


Approaching Livigno.


Livigno, the phrase for today is "non parlo italiano". Good thing the locals had fairly good command of English.


Livigno is a ski town, and a tax-free/duty-free haven.


Snowing up top. It was raining and getting pretty cold down in the valley floor so we decided to grab a hotel room in Livigno instead of pushing on towards St. Moritz as we originally planned.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:38 PM   #36
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You take great photos Scorpio. I may not even take a camera when I'm there next month, I'll just copy yours for my rr
Will be riding a lot of your routes. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:01 PM   #37
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You take great photos Scorpio. I may not even take a camera when I'm there next month, I'll just copy yours for my rr
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Thanks Jim. Actually I take a lot of pictures, 90% of them are crap. I subscribe to the spray-and-pray school of photography, I'm bound to get lucky every so often.
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:23 PM   #38
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Day 7: Livigno to Thun

Passes Bagged:
Forcola di Livigno 2,315 metres (7,595 ft)
Bernina Pass 2,328 metres (7,638 ft)
Julier Pass 2,284 metres (7,493 ft)
Oberalp Pass 2,044 metres (6,706 ft)
Susten Pass 2,224 metres (7,297 ft)

This was going to turn out to be one of our more taxing days due to the mileage and weather. Our SPOT track for the day.



Heading out from Livigno:



We got a pretty good dusting of snow overnight.



I loved these scenic open stretches.



It's blurry, but I think they're grinning. :teeth



Hard to tell where the snow ends and the clouds begin.



Whee!



It's more stunning in person.

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Day 7: Livigno to Thun Continued...

Video from Forcola di Livigno. Out of all the "borders" that we passed, this was the only one that was manned. And manned by the meekest most mild-mannered border guard ever. Armen was in the lead, he stops, guard looks at his plate, motions him to pass. Sarah stops and the guard asks her questions. Sarah can't hear a word he's saying through the helmet and the earplugs, I don't fare any better. Frustrated he motions us to pull over and take our helmets off. After asking what country we're from, and asking us why we had Swiss license plates (they're rentals you dolt!), and checking out our passports, he lets us go.





Not far from the border is the start of Bernina Pass.





It was cold! The little lake is called Lagh de la Cruseta.



The mountain tops above Ospizio Bernina.



Just spectacular. The lake is called Lago Bianco.





Track-quality surface on these roads.



I think this is called the Engadin Valley but not 100% sure.

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Video from Bernina Pass:




St. Moritz. Everybody told us to stay away from this place, too ritzy, too expensive they said. It sure looked it.



We didn't stop, we were determined to make it at least to Andermatt. So we set our sights for Julier Pass.



Lej de Champer



Even here we get stuck behind a Prius. Actually I think this Prius was being driven by an Formula 1 driver, he was hauling.









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Day 7: Livigno to Thun. Continued...

For some reason I don't have any pictures from Julier. But here's a video to make up for it.




On the way to Oberalp Pass. As if on cue, it started raining as we started climbing.





Got stuck behind some cars though, too treacherous to pass.



Yes, I was here. No I did not want to stop and take my hands off the grip heaters.




I was cold, and wishing for a heated vest at this point.



The Oberalpsee.



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Day 7: Livigno to Thun. Continued...

Video of Oberalp. The lens was fogging up a bit.





Starting the descent to Andermatt.



Armen and Sarah off in the distance.







Foggy, or cloudy, can't tell which is what.



The little village of Andermatt:



Almost there.

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:26 PM   #43
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Day 7: Livigno to Thun. Continued...

Cold and wet, we stopped in Andermatt for a quick lunch before pushing on to Innertkirchen and Interlaken. This was an interesting twisty road. Gotthardstrasse, it wasn't even on my radar, just a road we had to take to get to Susten Pass, but it was a surprise bonus. It would be a blast on a hot day with sticky tires.








Susten Pass:





Argh. I got a drop of water on my camera.







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Now I thought I was cold back in Bernina Pass and Oberalp Pass. Neither compared to the freezing cold temperatures of Susten Pass. The temperature gauge on my BMW was reading 1,5ºC. That's 34.7ºF. It had been raining the whole afternoon and my gloves and boots were soaked at this point. To say I was freezing was an understatement. We had to tippytoe through Susten because of the very real possibility of black ice.




In the video you'll see I went in through one end of the tunnel where it was completely clear, and out the other end of the tunnel was pea soup. WTF? :laughing



I guess there's a reason why there's a glacier here.



In the soup.



100 yards later, out of the soup.



Beautiful!



These guys were like, "duuudddeee, you looooook coooooolllllld." Yes, yes I was.



But this view was worth the price.

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Day 7: Livigno to Thun. Continued...

My GoPro ran out of battery life in the middle of Susten. So I had to load my spare in.



More from Susten Pass and Stein Glacier.











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