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Graübunden Glory!
« on: September 27, 2018, 03:18:36 PM »
Ok, this isn't much of a ride report, but I'll toss some photos up here, and then eventually I'll get around to writing up more on what, when and where.

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I took a weekend ride to the other side of the country last weekend. It was beautiful weather, but waaaaay too much traffic. I had mixed feelings about it then, but now that I reflected on it,  it was a good ride.

Flüela Pass
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The village of Scuol
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Our hotel in Tarasp (no, not the castle :D )
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Back over Flüela Pass
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On the way to Oberalp Pass
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Göschenen Pass
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I'm not sure how many more weekends I'll be able to ride through the mountains, so it was good to get out even if I did have to fight the traffic almost the entire time.
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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 09:20:27 PM »
Last pic is interesting - way fun.

Second to last pic - center of pic to upper left quadrant - I see a horizontal line on the mountainside. Is that a road you took or just some old path (looks too consistent of an incline to be 'just a path').
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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2018, 12:37:27 AM »
Last pic is interesting - way fun.
Usually fun, but the only reason I could get the photo this time was because traffic was so slow, I had time to whip out the camera  :redface:

Second to last pic - center of pic to upper left quadrant - I see a horizontal line on the mountainside. Is that a road you took or just some old path (looks too consistent of an incline to be 'just a path').
There is a road there, but not the main road. I think that it is a mountain access road that is closed to "unauthorized" vehicles.
I'll check to see if I have a photo that shows the roads up there better. Trust me: I check out those "other roads" every time I go over this pass  :D
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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018, 12:21:05 AM »
I'm getting slower in my old age, and not just on the bike  ;)  I finally finished up this ride (and it was only a weekend!) but there are a lot of photos and some other stuff thrown in.

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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 05:55:24 AM »
Is this fairly late in the year to be able to take on Mountain passes?

Next, let's talk traffic for a moment.  How is traffic there?  Do people move out of the way or get upset when passed?  It was mixed in Ireland and I suspect the people upsetting me were American tourists.  :lol:   Then again, there were occasions when lorries would hold up long lines of traffic without pulling over.


Traffic is becoming a major bummer to me lately on rides.  It may be me, but it appears I'm seeing more of it and they're more aggressive when it comes to (a) not getting passed and (b) upset when you do pass them.

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 11:04:59 AM »
Is this fairly late in the year to be able to take on Mountain passes?

Next, let's talk traffic for a moment.  How is traffic there?  Do people move out of the way or get upset when passed?  It was mixed in Ireland and I suspect the people upsetting me were American tourists.  :lol:   Then again, there were occasions when lorries would hold up long lines of traffic without pulling over.


Traffic is becoming a major bummer to me lately on rides.  It may be me, but it appears I'm seeing more of it and they're more aggressive when it comes to (a) not getting passed and (b) upset when you do pass them.



My experience with passing on mountain passes in Europe has been similar to yours.
Locals will usually yield or drive like hell. Tourists have no clue.

How do you know it's a tourist in front of you? The smell of burnt brakes.  :rolleyes: :lol:
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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018, 12:23:30 PM »

How do you know it's a tourist in front of you? The smell of burnt brakes.  :rolleyes: :lol:


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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 12:29:28 PM »
Is this fairly late in the year to be able to take on Mountain passes?

Not really. Dan and I left for our Croatia trip about the same time last year and while we did run into a little snow near Stelvio Pass, it wasn't anything too bad. It can change from day to day though, so you just need a good window of opportunity  8)   Actually, one of my favorite rides ever in the mountains was taken on October 19th a few years ago. There was fresh snow on the hills, but the roads were clear and no one else was there, because they figured that it was too late  ;D


Next, let's talk traffic for a moment.  How is traffic there?  Do people move out of the way or get upset when passed?  It was mixed in Ireland and I suspect the people upsetting me were American tourists.  :lol:   Then again, there were occasions when lorries would hold up long lines of traffic without pulling over.

The traffic depends on where and when you are. The usual passes will always be busy on a weekend, and of course busier on a holiday or really nice weather weekend. Sometimes there are just so many cars/trucks that it is pointless to really try to get around them. But for the most part, I'd say that the locals expect you to pass, and will sometimes make it easier for you. I find that the business vehicles are the least likely to be nice (stupid vans  :angry:  )  No one ever has ever reacted to my passing or even lane splitting - at least that I've noticed  :augie:  Then again, I am not a maniac rider like some of the squids who patrol the mountain passes....


How do you know it's a tourist in front of you? The smell of burnt brakes.  :rolleyes: :lol:

Ha! So very, very true!
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Re: Graübunden Glory!
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2018, 12:31:15 PM »
My experience with passing on mountain passes in Europe has been similar to yours.
Locals will usually yield or drive like hell. Tourists have no clue.

Actually, that's been the case a few times: I'm out lallygagging and checking out the scenery only to notice that someone has come up behind me and would like to go faster. I usually either pick up the pace or, if the road is particularly technical and I don't want to be rushed, I'll pull over for them.  :shrug:
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