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Pragel & Klausen Passes
« on: August 23, 2018, 12:52:09 PM »
August 16, 2018

I went to the Horizons Unlimited Meeting in Switzerland and had a bit of time before meeting my cousins for dinner, so I spent it riding some new-to-me passes. Join me as I head over Pragelpass and Klausenpass.

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Pragelpass. I had never heard of it, but it showed up on a little "recommended rides" map I had squirrelled away in my top case. It is a narrow road, basically one lane but with two directions of travel. And it is closed to vehicle traffic on the weekends, when hikers and cyclists take over. But today was Thursday and I was ready to explore.

As soon as I turned onto Pragelstrasse I had to stop: two cars were coming down, and two cars in front of me were trying to go up. Already people were jockeying for space, trying to make room for each other. Apparently this would not be a relaxing ride.

Narrow roads of Pragelpass
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I stopped for a particularly nice shot of the valley I had just left behind, and then eventually passed the two cars that had been in front of me. Every corner was met with caution, and the number of cars that came down the pass towards me was surprisingly high. No wide corners on this ride!

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Narrow roads the entire way
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The top of Pragelpass
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Leaving the pass behind
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Catching up to a couple of tractors heading down the mountain
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First view of Klöntalersee
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Next to the lake, I saw signs asking drivers to use caution as this was a frequent frog crossing area. I didn't see any frogs, but I did see little safety ramps for them to use

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Still a mostly one lane road
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Ah, the bike...
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Using leaf blowers to gather the cut hay
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I had exited the mountains and was riding past the city of Glarus. There wasn't much to note here, other than I also passed through the town of Linthal. Why is that noteable, you ask? Because it was the location of one of our first explorations when we moved to Switzerland. I hadn't been back since then, and it looked entirely different now.

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Home of Läderach chocolate
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It was time to head back towards Lucerne. I was planning on meeting my cousins for dinner, but I really had no idea when that would be. I preferred to be early and have some time to relax before then. So west I went, this time I'd return over Klausenpass.

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This has potential...
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I approached this open space and noted a small cluster of motorcycles gathered. People were standing around, and one person was sitting on the ground. I slowed considerably as I rode by, wondering if I could be of any help. Everyone there looked calm, and I suspected that if help had been needed, it had already been called for. But as I rode away, I remembered that I had a wound spray in my top case, for just such an event. I circled back and asked one of the guys if his friend wanted to use it. A little bit of consultation took place and he said yes, that would be great. I pulled into a gravel drive, fished the can out and let them use what they wanted. The guys were very friendly and made sure that I was able to turn the bike around on the narrow drive. I was glad for their help, too, as I ended up trying to take a shortcut through the grass and ended up in a ditch and almost dropped the bike.

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Spiringen, Canton Uri
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Reaching the edges of Klausenpass
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Looking back
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Waterfall
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What is this knot of pavement?
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The bus let me pass shortly after this photo (thank you!)
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After passing the bus (looking back)
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Klausenpass!
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Usually one side of a pass is "better" than the other, and that "better" really depends on the style of riding you like. For me, the tight, twisty switchbacks that usually lead up one side of a pass are not as fun as the longer, looping curves that line the other side. The east side of Klausen (the side I just came up) was twisty, but in a good way. I had enjoyed the ride up and wondered what would wait for me on the other side.

So far, so good!
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Of course, I hadn't gotten very far
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That's my road!
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But first I had to stop for a cow crossing (looking back)
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The view from the far curve in one of the photos above
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Thank goodness for empty roads
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Over-the-shoulder shot
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I followed this guy for a while
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More hay gathering
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Village of Unterschächen
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Sunset in Lucerne
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My cousins took a parting photo of me
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With dinner over, I hustled back to the campground, hoping to get there before it was completely dark. If you want to continue to the HU Meeting, click here.


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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 01:11:27 PM »
The Disney World for motorcycling! Great pictures.

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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 01:18:34 PM »
So beautiful! Thanks, Colleen!
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 02:15:42 PM »
Before this I only really hated you. Now I really really hate you.  ;)

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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2018, 04:22:38 AM »
Fixed the mis-typed photo link....


Thanks for the comments :)  I haven't been riding much this summer - just too damn hot. But now a cold front came in and it is much, much better here. Dan and I are planning on going for a ride tomorrow, and I have a new camera to test out   :banana:
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2018, 07:29:27 AM »
Beautiful, got me jonesing for the Alps--thank you.

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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2018, 02:44:33 PM »
Don't know how I missed this!  I *loved* the western ramp on Klausenpass when we accidentally stumbled upon it a few years back.  So narrow and wild compared to most of the pristine perfect passes around Andermatt.
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2018, 02:44:51 PM »
And great photos by the way!
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2018, 02:57:46 PM »
I should make a list of passes and make it a goal to hit them all. Sometimes when I consider going for a ride I just end up bumbling around on side roads. Not a bad thing at all, but once in a while it is good to have destination in mind.

And great photos by the way!

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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2018, 03:08:11 PM »
+1 on the photos.  Each one drew me in.  What an incredible part of the world.

Good on ya for helping out the other rider. 
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2018, 03:12:44 PM »
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2018, 10:14:43 PM »
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2018, 02:11:03 PM »
Klausen Pass was on my short list for "spare time" in Andermatt. I'm now sorry it didn't make it to my BTDT list. :(

Pragel Pass looks like the Uri side of Furka Pass on a bad day. No great loss here.
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2018, 02:32:41 PM »
Pragel Pass looks like the Uri side of Furka Pass on a bad day. No great loss here.

I can't say that the two passes are anything alike (IMO) :shrug:
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2018, 04:27:03 PM »
I dunno...

https://youtu.be/vqki_eLGe7Y?t=7m00s - Coming from Grimsel Pass is definitely user friendly

https://youtu.be/vqki_eLGe7Y?t=13m40s - The change from Canton Valaise to Canton Uri - bit of a change in the road...

https://youtu.be/vqki_eLGe7Y?t=20m46s - Some bits are nice and cushy and some are maybe not so much. At least there are a few turnouts...

I figure if some of the local folks I talked to don't like driving up from the Andermatt area, I'll listen.
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2018, 12:28:30 AM »
I'm still not sure what you're comparing. Views? Road surface? Road width? Number of corners? Type of corners? Number of cars? Number of cows?


Also, I hope that it is just a matter of camera placement, but you really appear to ride down the center of the road a lot!  ???


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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2018, 08:20:37 AM »
Variable road width in places. Pls reread https://youtu.be/vqki_eLGe7Y?t=20m46s - Some bits are nice and cushy and some are maybe not so much. At least there are a few turnouts...

Camera perspective - helmet mount on the right side of the chin bar looking left, off helmet center line.

I don't understand why a passing comment is so troublesome.
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2018, 11:30:26 AM »
I don't understand why a passing comment is so troublesome.

Not troublesome - I just didn't understand how you could compared Pragel to Furka :shrug:
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2018, 12:59:38 PM »
Easy - your pictures reminded me of the skinny bits of Furkastrasse. Obviously you think differently. No hurt, no foul.
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Re: Pragel & Klausen Passes
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2018, 01:06:38 PM »
Easy - your pictures reminded me of the skinny bits of Furkastrasse. Obviously you think differently. No hurt, no foul.


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