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Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« on: August 07, 2019, 03:22:20 PM »
It is has been a long time since i've posted anything here, but since yesterday's ride was short and sweet, I'll toss up some pictures for your eye-candy enjoyment. Like most day rides, there isn't much of a story to go along with it. So the pictures will tell those 1,000 words...

Basel - Melchsee-Frutt - Basel
August 5, 2019

I don't work on Mondays, but I got up with Dan and when he left for work, I left for the garage  8)

Leaving the cozy garage
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Riding through the neighborhood
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Early enough to play with the bicycle commuters (usually I'm one of those)
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After half an hour on the motorway, I changed the fast roads for fun roads
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Free-range chickens! The eggs we buy have a code stamped on them that tells me exactly which farm they came from  :inlove:
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Free-range hay bales - plastic wrapping isn't very popular here, thank goodness
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Getting closer to Luzern
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Looking back down the valley
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2019, 03:22:48 PM »
Some random agricultural train
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A quick stop in Willisau - which I'd never heard of before  :lol:
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Heading for the Sarnersee
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A Swiss fighter jet flew over at this point (too fast for me to get the camera aimed properly, of course)
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Heading up Glaubenbergpass - which I'd also never heard of before
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The military guys were hustling up the road - a few smiled and waved for the camera
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The view - with cattle guards every couple of kilometers, of course
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Another group of Swiss guys doing their military service
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The other side of Glaubenberg pass was really nice
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2019, 03:23:09 PM »
I was too busy taking photos, so I waved this guy by
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The Sarnersee
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One of many little villages
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An ideallic scene
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I had gone around the Sarnersee and heading up - this would be an in/out trip from here on
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Ok, this is where it got weird  :crazy:
I had reached the Melchtal Stöckalp, which included a massive parking lot, cable car station and restaurant area. The signs were not terribly clear and after pausing to get my bearings, I ended up following a couple of cars past it all and up a narrow road

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The road was narrow and covered in pea gravel outside of the tire tracks. It did not inspire confidence to speed, but it was too beautiful for me to care about that.

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I made a brief stop at a chapel to check it - and the scenery - out for a little bit. There were a couple of young cows nearby, too, who found me very interesting  :inlove:

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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2019, 03:23:41 PM »
I had reached another parking lot - there was nowhere further to go
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I was greeted warmly
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I had a nice bite to eat while watching the clouds scuttle by and listening to the cow bells. Then I meandered around a little bit, but didn't want to hike too far in my boots and gear  :crazy:

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I got my gear back on, mounted the bike and rode down the parking lot. I had planned a nice back-roads only route back most of the way to Basel and was looking forward to more exploration.

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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2019, 03:24:05 PM »
And that's when my plans fell apart:
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To the best of my translation, it read that when the light was read, the road was closed and no one was allowed to descend, even bicycles. The times were "example" times, and "periodic", so I parked the bike and prepared to wait. It was quarter of two - I had time to wait. And I waited. I found a grassy spot, dropped some gear and laid back to watch the clouds and cows.

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After 45 minutes I started to get antsy. A few cars had come up the road, but so far no one was interested in going down. I toyed with the idea of going down anyway, but my love of life and law kept me from doing so. I did, however, stop one of the cars to ask them what they knew of the timing of the red light. It was enlightening: it would turn green at three o'clock. Another half hour to go! Because the road was so narrow, and corners so tight, it was a one-way road that changed directions at certain times.

About ten minutes before the appointed time, cars started to appear and lined up back from the light. Other people knew about this time - what had I missed, and where?  The first car in line was very polite and let me go ahead of her when the time came. At least I wouldn't be behind a camper!

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My favorite photo
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Now that I knew that it was a one way road I was a lot more comfortable with the blind corners
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Cows are big critters
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The road was a ski run in the winter, and metal supports would be used to fence off the edges
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Because of the unexpected delay at the top, I re-routed for a direct line home. Unfortunately, this put me directly into post-work traffic. :rolleyes:
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And it was getting hotter, too. The temperature hovered between 32-33, but hit a high of 35 as I hit the Basel traffic jam
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And that, my friends, is how I spent my Monday  :bigok:
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2019, 04:51:52 PM »
Too bad you live in such a crappy area.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2019, 05:45:39 PM »
I bet you miss New Jersey...
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2019, 06:03:22 PM »
Bucolic. That was the word I was looking for. It's just amazing to me how spectacularly restful all those pictures were. Well except for the traffic jam.
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2019, 06:48:15 PM »
Even their traffic jams are all tidy and Swiss.
If it weren't for the therapeutic properties of the occasional off-camber decreasing radius downhill right-hander I'd almost certainly go completely sane.

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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2019, 09:09:41 PM »
What a nice idea.
Posting a motorcycle Ride Report on a Sport-Touring motorcycle web site.   :lol:

Visit more often DD., and thanks for sharing.
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2019, 09:29:22 PM »
You were right.
It is all about priorities.
Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2019, 11:25:44 AM »
Thanks for posting that, just gorgeous. 
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2019, 12:29:37 PM »
 :bigok:
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2019, 04:53:16 PM »
Nice looking cows.
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2019, 03:33:28 PM »
What a nice idea.
Posting a motorcycle Ride Report on a Sport-Touring motorcycle web site.   :lol:

Visit more often DD., and thanks for sharing.

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Thanks.
I have another ride to post, but it is a long one (9 days). Not sure if I want to copy it all over to here or not.... Or just post up links, which i know are not nearly as inviting.
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 Either or works for me.
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2019, 08:19:15 AM »
Amazing ride report and just about all your pictures look like postcards. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2019, 10:14:21 AM »
Yes amazing ride report! Love the pics.

What camera do you use?
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Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2019, 11:46:57 AM »
Thanks guys  :bigok:

You know, it is pretty easy to take nice pictures when the scenery practically throws itself into your lens  :bigsmile:

But for those who want to know, I have two cameras:

For everything taken while on the bike and moving, I use an Olympus "Tough" - it is shock- and waterproof, so it handles the roughness of being used in such a hostile condition fairly well. I'm still trying to get used to the button placement, etc, but I'm getting there  :redface:

For photos that are taken away from the bike, they are taken with a Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ91. This camera takes good photos, but my favorite feature is that amazing zoom. Here's a good example: on a nice hike in Switzerland and I wonder "What's in that clearing?"

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I'm referring to this clearing:
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Let me just zoom in a bit and see what's there...

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Seriously, I feel like I'm breaking some sort of privacy / surveillance law every time I use this thing   :crazy:

Anyway, those are the cameras, and then some minimal touchup in Photos to get the colors closer to look more like what I saw.
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2019, 04:57:39 PM »
Holy cow that zoom in is freak'n amazing!
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