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A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:14:04 PM »
One of the perks of my job is that I was allowed to opt for 80% work time, meaning I work four 8 hour days. Originally I had Mondays off, thinking "oooh, a long weekend would be great!" but recently I changed the day to Wednesday. Now I have two Fridays a week! And my day off is a day that the shops are open but not everyone is there.

it also means that most of the weekend warrior motorcycles are somewhere else, and not hogging the alpine passes. I decided that this Wednesday would be "Me" day and I was going to re-visit some of those passes.

I ended up taking over 300 photos (and those are the ones I kept!) but here are a few choice ones for your entertainment...


Got to make sure I have enough provisions for the day!
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It takes me about an hour to reach those bumps in the distance
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The foothills of Grimselpass
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Crossing over Grimselpass and heading for Furka
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The village of Gletsch between the two passes
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Hotel Belvedere in front of where the Gletsch glacier used to be
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Looking back at Grimselpass
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2020, 12:16:37 PM »
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I was keeping my eye on those clouds in the distance
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It is good to be queen
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Heading to Andermatt for lunch
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I took an unintended detour and found myself at Göscheneralpsee. It was actually fun to follow this bus, as the road was this narrow most of the way up, and he tootled his horn at every bend and kept the oncoming vehicles in their place.

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This was an in/out road, so here's the view coming back down
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The famous church at Wassen
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 12:20:42 PM »
From here I only had one more pass to cross: Sustenpass. This also happens to be my favorite pass. I am not keen on switchbacks and Sustenpass has a lot more "bends" than "corners". It doesn't help that it is stunning to look at as well.

Early steps towards Sustenpass
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I've never seen more waterfalls along today's route than I did today!
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Layers of road working its way up the side of the mountain
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Today is brought to you by BMW
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Looking back down the road
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The other side of Sustenpass
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I love the engineering on this pass
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My luck with the weather eventually ran out, and my mesh gear was not up to the task of keeping me dry. Fortunately it was not a cold rain
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I hit a little more rain before leaving the mountains
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And then it was an hour and a half of motorway and I was home - just in time to sit in rush hour traffic and 32°C heat   :smoking:


Sorry - I got a little carried away with the photos....  :lol:
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 12:33:10 PM »
Oooooooh.   8)

Thank you!    It’s just ridonkulously beautiful.   And waterfall-over-a-tunnel?!?!

But yeah, Wednesday.   I bet on weekends it’s not like this. 
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2020, 02:03:41 PM »
I hate it when you don't give me vegetables to identify.
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2020, 03:33:13 PM »
I hate it when you don't give me vegetables to identify.

Just for you, Papa:
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2020, 03:36:52 PM »
Thank you!    It’s just ridonkulously beautiful.   And waterfall-over-a-tunnel?!?!

I know, right? The view from below:

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And a better view from a previous trip through there:
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But yeah, Wednesday.   I bet on weekends it’s not like this.

Nope, on weekends there are bikes that constantly fly up behind me so they can hit the next corner, and always some camper van in front of me blocking the next corner  :lol:  Although this summer ought to be better since not so many people are traveling in Europe. And we don't have the Asian/US tourists in their rental cars, either  :couch:
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2020, 04:10:57 PM »
Thanks for those, Andermatt area is just stunning.  So easy to make a good day or 2 of loops just leaving from there.  Next time you're in the area try Klausen Pass (if you haven't already lol).  It's pretty wild and has a different character than the rest of the area.
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2020, 05:47:18 PM »
OMG the pics are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing your ride. :thumbsup:

(and make sure when you get home, take extra care of Dan tonight.  :naughty:)
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2020, 08:16:30 PM »
I hate it when you don't give me vegetables to identify.

Just for you, Papa:
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Well, they can’t be “Brussels” Sprouts.
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2020, 02:09:13 AM »
Thanks for those, Andermatt area is just stunning.  So easy to make a good day or 2 of loops just leaving from there.  Next time you're in the area try Klausen Pass (if you haven't already lol).  It's pretty wild and has a different character than the rest of the area.

I took a ride on Klausen a couple of years ago. It is a bit of a stretch to reach on a day ride, but I was overnight in the area with a Horizons Unlimited meet up. Definitely a nice pass, to be sure!

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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2020, 02:15:11 AM »
Next time you're in the area try Klausen Pass (if you haven't already lol).  It's pretty wild and has a different character than the rest of the area.

And the nearby Pragelpass, which is closed to motorized vehicles on the weekend.

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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2020, 02:26:59 AM »
I hate it when you don't give me vegetables to identify.

Just for you, Papa:
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Well, they can’t be “Brussels” Sprouts.

I have no idea what those cabbages are. Could be any sort of plant.
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2020, 07:14:55 AM »
You always deliver a treat!

Between the mountains, the architecture, and the place names, I have the impression that you live in a part of Tolkien's world.  And the choice to tunnel and save that waterfall instead of just blasting the rock outcropping away and installing a concrete culvert shows both a sensitivity for natural things and a flair for engineering.
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Re: A day ride through the Swiss Alps
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2020, 12:37:47 PM »
Wow, thanks for the wonderful pictures Mrs DD. I miss riding in Europe.
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