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Old 21-10-2009, 08:21 PM   #26
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CRUNCHTIME !!!

Tim and I meet outside before 6…we can’t sleep with the “Big Day” finally on the doorstep...

It’s a bit grey up there…but fairly mild. Brecky is a somewhat quickish affair… then the first tentative steps on the “wrong” side of the road…this is WEIRD!!

Around the backblocks of Muhen and straight onto the A1-Autobahn, the going is good…we settle quickly at the 120kmh limit. The sun breaks through as things get badly choked around Zurich for a while…after all, this is Monday morning rush-hour…and the sweat starts running.

No use cracking the shits…straps get loosened, jacket-zips come down….eventually the bottleneck dissolves. A quick stop at the Thurau Roadhouse on the A1 Autobahn…the mission is still on track: Gasthof Schoenblick in the Ziller Valley tonight….a major push east.

NOICE !!



Planned are 2 days of heading towards Slovenia, sprinkling in a few “choice bits” for fun.

Thankfully the bikes came with Swiss Autobahn Toll-Stickers….we’ll only have to buy the 6Euro/A$10-for-10days Austrian equivalent when we swap from the Swiss side of the Rhine Valley to the Austrian side at Diepoldsau.

An hour later, now in Austria, it’s east again across the Arlberg Pass….not the old road, but the quick option of the 7Euro per bike Arlberg Tunnel….and the first lot of “decent” hills.
Yep…7 Euros!!...A$12 !!....which makes it about 90c per kilometer of tunnel…this dark pipe is a whopping 14k’s !!!





More quick progress past Landeck…more tunnels…and finally off the ‘bahn at Imst for a couple of frustrating laps through town until we had the right exit into the Oetz Valley.

By now, Germany is only a lousy ~35k’s to the north…we tack south through, the steep-sided valleys becoming impressive. A quick tack east in Oetz

…and Dave misses the boat completely!!

The very first few hairpins....and he’s still in Autobahn-mode, while the rest up front of the pack gets wide-eyed and twitchy. LET’S ROCK!!



EVERYWHERE!!! Signs welcoming riders….just imagine something like THAT in Oz!!



The fun is too short-lived though…the Kuhtai-Saddle tops the stretch, time for a break…and greeting some locals.





Down the other side towards Kematen/ Innsbruck and back to the ‘bahn for a final short stretch.



First fill up…”who the hell’s got some Euros?? I only got those Swiss Whatevertheyare, mate”







Late afternoon, the sun still giving its best, we tack south at Jenbach into the Ziller Valley…



….now, that’s rather like it!
The roads narrow a little, traffic thins out, everything’s a LUSH green, and the slopes are getting steeper, the mountains higher.
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Old 21-10-2009, 08:33 PM   #27
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7k’s on and there’s Ried, the village we’re supposed to look for.

I’d made the booking a few weeks earlier, after some fantastic looking pics dropped onto the screen right in the midst of an extended Google-session.
http://www.pension-schoenblick.at/

OK, let’s find this “Zillertaler Höhenstraße” (Ziller Valley High Road)…no probs, there’s a sign…then some local single-laners shoot off in all directions…and so do the Tornantis!!

All of a sudden there’s only 3 of us left…then 2…then 3 again…
We decide to give it a whirl, find the place, and then sort out the mess via mobile phones.

Some friendly “local” waves and shouts from some 2.storey window of one of the buildings….in the end it turns out to be Sky (from the alpenbiker.eu forum), who’s been expecting us for tonight’s meet-up.

Right, there it is !!!




Holy Schmoly…WHAT A PLACE !!!

High above the valley floor, the views are simply STUMPING!!
For E38(~A$65) night/head incl. a simple, but sumptuous and generous 3-course dinner AND a MASSIVE breakfast-buffet, this place is a GEM!!


Add a few beers and a Schnapps and it’s 80bux for a day’s food/drink AND bed!!
Try to find a place LIKE THAT in OZ!!

Within 10 mins, the rest of the crew seems to appear from all sorts of little roads and tracks below and above.
Howzzat, folks ???


Sky rocks up a minute later



Time for ditching the clobber, have a stein and shoot some shit











I can’t take much more of this!!




The rooms are even cozier than what the externals promise….dead-gorgeous!


A little “Hello”-chockie



It’s been a GREAT day…





They even got their own deer



….and some “liquid dynamite”
(Fresh wine just pressed and starting to ferment….tastes like lemonade, until one tries to stand up!!)



Meeting in the dark:
The chat with Kurt, the former Vice Chairman of the Swiss Postal Service now retired and on holidays, is a perfect end to a fantastic first day. Thanks for your amusing (and highly educating) stories, friend!

Night above the Ziller Valley….oh maaan!!





See ya tomorrow!!

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Old 22-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #28
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Jeezaz....talking about "getting out on time!!"

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20091020-22693.html
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Old 22-10-2009, 03:48 PM   #29
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Loving the write up Pete!
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Old 22-10-2009, 03:53 PM   #30
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So far so good... Those pics are outstanding. Love the old walled towns and cobblestone streets! Plans for our next big ride will see us riding on the wrong side of the road too... How long did it take you guys to adjust to riding on the right, and did you suffer any lapses ?
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