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Old 10-01-2012, 03:59 PM   #31
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Tuned in of course. I'm jealous of your month to ride in europe, it was a struggle for me to manage two weeks.
Awaiting the rest of the trip. Great photos btw
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:51 PM   #32
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Alright. Day 5 started with the typical European hotel breakfast which seem to all include the essentials = coffee, juice, cold cereal and milk, bread/croissants/jelly, yogurt, fruit, sliced ham/meat and cheese. Some have more but pretty much all include some form of the above.

I left Saint Gervais bound for Andermatt, Switzerland where I would stay for a few days to ride the surrounding passes.



Going through the valley at Chamonix you get a nice view of Bossons Glacier and Mont Blanc.


Continuing along heading northeast.


Looking down at the town of Martigny in the valley.



I approached the woman in the red shirt in the pic above to ask her what town we were looking at. I still had my helmet on and when she saw me walking towards her she panicked and grabbed her camera bag that was sitting on the ground at her feet. I guess she thought the bad biker was going to snatch her bag. I just shook my head and walked back to my bike.

Almost to Andermatt, looking ahead at the Furka Pass


Looking across the valley to Grimsel Pass


From a couple of switchbacks up the Furka, looking back at the road I came from on the left, the river in the middle, and Grimsel Pass on the right in the distance.


Same basic view from up higher on Furka Pass.


Waterfall on Furka


Looking down after the falls pass under the road.



Andermatt is a picturesque little town surrounded by mountains and passes over them, just be ready to part with some Francs.




Day 5 = 156 miles (251 KMs)



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Old 10-02-2012, 02:13 PM   #33
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Day 6 was a loop from Andermatt to have lunch in Lichtenstein with the added bonus of the Oberalp and Klausen passes.

Heading up Oberalp looking down at Andermatt.




Passing through small towns along the way.




In Lichtenstein


Up a bunch of switchbacks to the hilltop town of Triesenberg for a fancy lunch with a nice view.



This place is called Hotel Kulm, I think.


Lichtensteinien people (or more likely fellow tourists)


Lichtensteinien produce.


Lichtensteinien house. (easier to type than say out loud)


Church (you know where)


Belly full, wallet empty, back on the road and along beautiful Walensee, or Lake Walen




Between the lake and Klausen pass I rode by these dramatic cliffs. Unfortunately the sun was behind them but I think it makes the photos look kind of cool. (remember, my camera is an iPhone).




Starting up the east side of Klausen Pass




People live on top of some of these passes. I wonder if they stay through the winter.





This is one of my favorite photos from the whole trip even though it is much more subtle than some of the dramatic shots of Dolomites, etc.


A really nice waterfall across the valley.



180 mile (290 KMs) loop. A really nice day ride.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:51 PM   #34
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Belly full, wallet empty, back on the road and along beautiful Walensee, or Lake Walen


welcome to Switzerland (or in this case Liechtenstein)
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:28 AM   #35
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Hi DolphinJohn,

Was enjoying your RR and photos and noticed you'd chosen one of my own favourite places to stop... especially in summer = nice and shady. I don't live too far from there... small world.

Keep it coming and ride safe.

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Hi DolphinJohn,

Was enjoying your RR and photos and noticed you'd chosen one of my own favourite places to stop... especially in summer = nice and shady. I don't live too far from there... small world.

Keep it coming and ride safe.

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What a beautiful part of the world you live in and what a fun road, one of many, many fun roads around the Pyrenees.

I will continue the report after I get some food.

Thanks for reading.


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Day 7 had rain forecast for the afternoon so I planned a short, half-day loop.

I left Andermatt and headed back up Furka Pass, the opposite way this time. Up and over Furka, across the narrow valley and I started up the Grimsel Pass.

These shots are from a few turns up Grimsel looking down and across the valley at the road leading to Furka and Andermatt to the left.



Up on Grimsel there are dams and lakes. Notice the perfect quality of the road surface.








After coming down the north side of Grimsel Pass I rode through a valley and some small towns, past some pastures before turning right on the Sustenstrasse that would take me over Susten Pass and back to Andermatt.

Stopping for a water break and soaking in the beautiful surroundings in the valley before heading up Susten Pass.










Starting up Susten Pass





Looking back at a few of the many tunnels on Susten










A nice surprise, Steingletscher, or Stone Glacier. I didn't know I would be passing by this. The scenery on these passes is really indescribable and I found myself stopping often to just look at it. The few photos I took may give you an idea, but for those who have never been to these areas I have to say you will be astounded.











Back down to civilization and through a few more small towns on the way back to Andermatt.



I got back well before the weather turned bad. I was satisfied with a half day ride, given all the fantastic scenery and fun roads.

Google Maps' imagery and ability to zoom is far better than this Mapquest but for some reason I can't get the Google to embed here with the routes I travelled. If you go to Google maps you can look at some of these areas up close.

Around 75 mile loop
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Well, day 8 was cold and rainy so I was glad to take a rest day. I walked around Andermatt,











thought about where to go next,



and ate some local food




I decided that in the morning I would head for Italy and spend some time riding in the Dolomites.


Day 8: 0 miles (0KMs)

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:00 PM   #40
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Great post, reminded me of my same trip a few years back!

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where did you stay in Andermatt?
I stayed at Hotel Aurora. Pretty nice. They were very friendly, gave me a double room for single price. Very nice room, and a garage for the bikes if you want. The price is average for Andermatt. (twice what you pay in Italy)
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Day 9. Time to say goodbye to beautiful Switzerland and head east to Italy.

Upon awaking and looking out the window, I see that the clouds had lifted to reveal that all the rain that fell in town was snow in the mountains.





I headed south over the St. Gothard Pass and got a look at the snow up close.







Brrr!! I'm from Key West!! This is cold!! Actually I was well prepared and very comfortable with my gear on.



Once down from the pass on the south side the skies cleared, the sun was shining and I was soon pulling over to take off the balaclava, change to my more comfy warm weather gloves, and enjoy the ride through small towns very close to the Italian border. My route however would have me turn back to the northeast and as I got close to San Bernadino Pass the air was getting cold again. At least the sky was mostly clear and the roads were dry.



I don't know why but I didn't take many photos this day. I have none of San Bernadino Pass. After the pass I rode northeast next to the autostrasse for a while before turning southeast towards St. Moritz.
I have no photos of Julier Pass, none of St. Moritz, and none of Bernina Pass.
These are the only two shots I have from that whole stretch.





At the top of Bernina Pass I turned left and crossed the border in to Italy, then over the Livigno Pass to the scenic town of Livigno.



282 KMs (175 miles)


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Old 10-05-2012, 03:47 AM   #43
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I stayed at Hotel Aurora. Pretty nice. They were very friendly, gave me a double room for single price. Very nice room, and a garage for the bikes if you want. The price is average for Andermatt. (twice what you pay in Italy)


yup!

its a shocker no doubt



handy little gadget to remind you you're cold eh?

great pics for just using a phone!

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My route that day led me through a mixture of rolling pastures and vineyards and also some forest with nice twisty, hilly roads. Notice the sign in the photo below, just a triangle with an X. There is definitely something you should not do, haha. I think it means there is no shoulder.


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I know it's too late now, but ...



priority to the right




you have the priority


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Old 10-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #45
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A nice surprise, Steingletscher, or Stone Glacier. I didn't know I would be passing by this. The scenery on these passes is really indescribable and I found myself stopping often to just look at it. The few photos I took may give you an idea, but for those who have never been to these areas I have to say you will be astounded.


2000 the glacier was in a walking distance. In a few years it will be gone........



Great pics. Your IPhone camera is astounding!
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