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Old 10-28-2013, 03:32 AM   #46
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Biking's BIG HERE!! Pushies, that is…it's become a real summer rush similar to the traditional skiing through the winter months. Road, dirt, mountain, downhill…any type of biking you like…in the most exhilarating surrounds one could imagine.

The Swiss AutoClub (Touring Club Swiss= TCS) have got their own marked-off and guide-booked track network.







…as well as the local tourist board and communities, who offer more of a local-area network of roads and tracks.







Impossible colours you say? Bloody real they are, believe it or not!





The "old"...it's hard to resist the call of just walking up to the place, open the door, sit down in a cozy, timber-lined corner, have a cuppa..and feel "at home".





This one's got way to go…at least 50 years of mountain sun to darken the timbers somewhat to give it that "cozy" feeling.








Barely 4k's west is a tiny backroad signed to Les Voettes to get us onto the Col des Mosses….and this one's a stunner!! A real gem-in-a-shoebox type of find. Don't like super-tight single-lane roads? Too bad!
If we only could, I would....there are home-made cheeses everywhere, a little fridge or cooler-box under a cover, an honesty-box or rattle-tin for the payment.
I could guts myself right across those Alpine paddocks
Using the map, it's between points K+L



























Next it's across the few gentle sweepers of the Col des Mosses direction Chateau d'Oex before the tack to the west towards Lac de l'Hongrin. Closed to the military, the road is only accessible to the public on Saturdays+Sundays…as the well-hidden, but still public, info goes.

Supposedly it runs along the lake via 32 bridges, snaking along the high-paddocks, a time-regulated rough-hewn and pitch black tunnel, before dropping sharply into Aigle in the Valais again…all single-lane, all narrow, all tight…all sealed!
Sort of…add the breathtaking scenery and you've got a STUMPER!!Hmmmmm…guess what??

Nahh, Pete…no bloody talking your way through that one, buster.
He DOES try for us though…but his CIC told him to tell us to bugger off.
Same goes for a couple of locals who rock up while negotiations are in progress…






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Old 10-28-2013, 03:40 AM   #47
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SHIT!!


Second time today that we can't make it through…and this is one I'm NOT quittin' on; I spent hours digging up info about this thing.

At least I get enough info out of the guard to know how far the military part of the road extends and to where access is possible from the other side.

Back across the Col des Mosses on the main roads and down into Aigle, hoping to find the "entry hole" through the maze of tiny roads lacing the vineyards. The one to Corbeyrier looks promising….and from there we'll just follow our noses.
Plenty of choices…






Looking good…







Is that the Ferrari-crèche?







Doug carving the vineyards















Zoom for some detail…no fakes around here. STUNNING work.





A big sign with text worth half a Sunday newspaper puts a temporary stop to the climb which is getting steeper and steeper, narrower and twistier by the minute.
The little corner of Lake Geneva shows the feed of the Rhone River into the lake, the mountains to the left are French.






Same goes for those…






The Valais






The perfect kit for our kind of riding…





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Old 10-28-2013, 07:47 AM   #48
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:24 PM   #49
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Thanks for checking in, mate.

As mentioned near the start somewhere, there's more, also from the others in the group, over here
http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4857
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #50
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Thanks for checking in, mate.

As mentioned near the start somewhere, there's more, also from the others in the group, over here
http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4857
no worries...
its my Monday morning at work w/ a coffee cause I don't feel like doing shit way to start the week
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:38 PM   #51
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Didn't see for 15 minutes for what that stump really was…





The mouth of the Rhone river into Lake Geneva…about 120km further west it exits the lake at the city of Geneva to flow into France, tacking south at Lyon and continuing into the Mediterranean near Marseilles via the Camargue-delta…a total journey of over 800km.
And it all started at the Hotel Belvedere in the bucketing rain on the Furka Pass a few days ago….








There's a rumble from up the road…






NEAT!!








Oh Mother…what a piece of engineering…SUPERB!






Our new found local friend confirms the road further up as clear, full of loose rocks both sides of and through the tunnel, but rideable, even for his twin-tracker….and while we get through the tunnel during the wrong time-slot, we shouldn't worry too much, it'll be ok with bikes….and boy, get ready for the views up there.
Words I LOVE to hear…

WHOOHOO!!! The eastern end of Lake Geneva, France to the left…the Swiss cities of Montreux, Vevey and Lausanne on the right.






What a spot!!






Keep going around that shoulder…










Sadly there's not enough time to continue on the now open Lac de l'Hongrin road, but I'm sure we've seen the best part of the loop.
So it's back down those narrow twisties into Aigle…





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…then along the main Valais valley back to Martigny, a town that's outgrown itself long ago, but failed to somehow shift all those magnificent buildings further apart to allow for the increase in traffic. The place is pretty much choked permanently…and not a good spot to try and hold a group of 6 bikes together when there's roundabouts, apparently the international answer to all traffic problems, every 50m. Talk about a boxing match in a shoe-box, jeezaz.


There IS a sign to Fully…and within a half-dozen roundabouts we're finally through the melee with elbows out, some cheeky-to-stupid maneuvers and crude bullying/ cutting off. Not that anyone seems to mind…at all!


Having checked the Gmaps carefully and memorizing the lot, I botch the main turn-off and we're off into Fully proper, which is on the valley floor. We should be somewhere up the slopes…let's grab the next left and try to work our way up+back through the vineyards…Gosh, it's warm, too!










There are tiny lanes everywhere…and in no particular order.
Sealed and dirt, 8ft and 5ft wide, some run parallel to the slope, others straight up the steep hills and need some run-up in 1.gear, careful to not overshoot the next to invisible cross-path and go arse-up into the retaining walls or stringy greenery. Or side-wall of the local chapel.

Things get narrower and steeper still... I stall the bike right at the top lip of a sealed walking track, between house walls on the left and clingy vines on the right…and a steeply dropping narrow cross-road to the left…with someone screaming behind me to "get the F&CK outta the way or I'll be sliding arse-first downhill wiping out everybody coming up…MOVE IT, MOVE IT!!"
Found the main drag, yo!






This looks nice!










Yeah…I can heck that!











Oh Yeah…let me show off a little of the place…our own castle in the vineyards!
















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just noticed the "keep right"

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You like? So do we!! Gosh, what a place!

This isn't just Fully…this is foollly sick, moite!



And out the side-door…





Time for a good, long stroll through those vine-terraces down into town for a feed…our host has done the bookings for us and we've got no idea what's coming up.



















A gem of a day closes with an absolutely exceptional meal…easily the most feudal affair of the whole trip.


The egg-cup crammed full of Crème de Broccoli, courtesy of the chef, is a bit of a ....a slow start....but it's just for a taster.






Can't remember what it was, but it sure was melt-in-the-mouth.















Oh yes, someone's watching us!






Needless to say that it was a major pain to drag that full belly and woozy head back up those slopes to Chateaux Tornanti…just to be shown the 2lbs key to the 200lbs timber door to the wine-cellar…but that's for tomorrow.


I need a bed….RIGHT BLOODY NOW!!
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just noticed the "keep right"
Yeah, well...it's sort of important to us
Back home again and I need "keep left" stickers now.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:29 AM   #56
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Balancing rocks in Valais - where?
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #57
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Balancing rocks in Valais - where?
Pretty much exactly...HERE.


http://goo.gl/maps/DpCwT

Down-valley on the main road from Euseigne and...ride straight through them. :-)

I'll lay off this RR for a few days, only found out last night what happened to a very good friend of mine.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=928530
Don't want to spoil the story here...and he would kick me up the bum if I would.
But I need a few days to get a handle on things.
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Pretty much exactly...HERE.


http://goo.gl/maps/DpCwT

Go down-valley on the main road from Euseigne and you'll ride straight through.


I'll lay off this RR for a few days, only found out last night what happened to a very good friend of mine.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=928530
Don't want to spoil the story here...and he would kick up the bum if I would.
But I need a few days to get a handle on things.

sorry for your loss Pete
RIP Jim....


small world eh? damn...
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small world eh? damn...
Sure is.
Still rode NZ together in Feb....and he nearly came along for this ride here, too. Wish he had...
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:49 AM   #60
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What a stellar ride report. Thanks for all the photos.

Sorry about your friend Jim. Medford is close to the town where I was born.

RIP Jim - i hope every road he's riding now are like the roads in your report!
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