Tornanti_3...ABRACADABRA!

TimC

Novice Tourer
Flippin a coin in Innertkirchen, it's the Susten Pass over the Grimsel. Both will be wet and crappy, the Susten will make us go the long way, needing to add the Furka Pass to get to our intended stay somewhere in the Upper Valais/ Wallis/ Upper Rhone Valley….whatever you want to call it.

In hindsight, we should've taken the shorter route and gotten things over and done with…but…the longer route had its perks, too.

Heck, it was that part of the world where I couldn't see the side of the road, and just had to to hope the dim tail light in front of me wasn't about to drop over the side of the old Gotthard Pass. BUT IT WAS STILL WORTH IT!

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That's new. I think I stayed right there, but there was no sculpture then.

Then it's up the Furka…and things are turning cold…REAL COLD….it's snowing huge, wet flakes.
4 of them are enough to shut out the dreary grey day….and clog up the visor solidly. How much more height to climb? Any further up and we'll pull the pin, this is getting seriously nasty and dangerous.

The first slush is building and there's been something blinking on the dash for the last 10 min.
I know it's cold! The snot's freezing under the chin-bar and I'm shakin' like a leaf.

This bring back any memories?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcLfvPOdWXE&t=4m20s


That weather was really wide-spread. I believe I made it to Scotland at the same time you guys were arriving on the continent. Lots of drizzle (but that's the UK and completely normal). Then a week later from near Florenze, back up to the Alps (mostly rained out bar one day of beautiful clear sky in the Dolamites), then spent 4 weeks traveling down the Adriatic and into Istanbul. It wasn't until that final week in Istanbul that we could finally see the Sun.
 

glitch

Mapping the next ride...
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That's new. I think I stayed right there, but there was no sculpture then.
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Would have to dig up the old T1 pics...but I'm fairly certain that "The Bear" was there in 2007...actually, can't remember the thing not being at the western end of Andermatt.

Sorry to hear about the crap weather then...but from memory we had an excellent 6 weeks with 95% dry and ~60% sunshine.
Spent most of the time south of the Main Ridge though....and yes, it does make a huge difference.
 

goodie

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TimC

Novice Tourer
OK, they've finally got the better of me, and translate.google.com has failed me. What the heck is "zimmer frei"? Back deriving it, it looks like it means "free of old people who use zimmer frames", but I might be wrong...
 

MooN

Novice Tourer
OK, they've finally got the better of me, and translate.google.com has failed me. What the heck is "zimmer frei"? Back deriving it, it looks like it means "free of old people who use zimmer frames", but I might be wrong...

I actually think it means that this hotel provides free zimmer frames for the use of clients...




seriously though (just for a brief moment) there are people on here better qualified than me to translate from the german & they will please correct me if I'm wrong but I think "zimmer" is "rooms" & frei I know is "free" so "Zimmer Frei" , I would translate as "Rooms available"
("free" as in available not as in "without charge" though I guess you could have hours of fun trying to argue that one out with your nights host...:whistle:)
 

asphalt

Tassie...where tyres are flat and nights are long
.......... there are people on here better qualified than me to translate from the german & they will please correct me if I'm wrong but I think "zimmer" is "rooms" & frei I know is "free" so "Zimmer Frei" , I would translate as "Rooms available"
Hi MooN:gday:

très, très bien, monsieur le Professeur!:clap:

Cheers

Au revoir en France
Hans
 

glitch

Mapping the next ride...
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The mail is dealt with, the lawns are mowed, the do not disturb sign is on the door ....... now to make a start
on the first 20+ pages and settle in for the long haul as I follow you all around Europe.

Looks like it's going to be a long one !
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Hi mate...welcome home again.
Enjoyed your scoot-pics immensely (looked through them a few times), they did water the mouth for a trip to that part of the world. Hakan's been on my back about a Thailand/ Vietnam ride as well, he sussed out a couple of new 2-week routes.

Yo, this one here will be a looong one, keep that sign on the door for a while and the coffee-maker burbling...


Keep em coming Pete, helping me through the days as I lay here with my broken leg. :whistle:
Cheers brian

Holy crap!! Thanks for that lengthy pm-reply and good to see that injuries didn't turn out even worse. Heal well...and FAST!:poo:
 

glitch

Mapping the next ride...
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There's a few minutes of wonder of where the hell we are, looking at all that timber around us…. the huge beams, the aromatic smell that the local alpine pine never completely looses, the beautiful carpentry…Fully, that's right…we're in the vineyards above the Valais, amongst those old places and super-narrow lanes…
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Someone doesn't want to get up…
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First daylight creeps through the gaps in the curtains…and that's an old TROUGH for a window sill!!
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This place is unbelievable…how much luck does it take to stumble over something like that? On top of that, it's also on the low end of the price-scale and boosts one of the friendliest hosts of the whole trip...WOWW!!
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A short, early-morning neighbourhood stroll reveals a few more hidden gems; this little spot is pure GOLD!


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A piece of "main road" on the right, a dropped half-level leads to an 8ft wide house-entrance-come-micro-terrace with a walkway to another house and shed dropping away to the left. With everything so tight it's easy to image how steep the place is.


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What the place is all about….
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glitch

Mapping the next ride...
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Curved walls, curved eaves, curved gutters


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In the tiniest spot and from a handful of earth…


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Ohhhh…I mentioned this is a B+B….not? Well, here's breakfast then!!
And that's only one table of offerings…yes, there's MORE!
You can take your RiceBubbles and CocoPops and shove 'em!
THIS, folks...is breakfast!! Yeeeha!

And make the massive timbers and rock-walls and warm timber lining as well as all the beautiful Nick-Nax + trims part of that as well…it's all just about too much to take in.
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Serious business now…this one's for tonight.
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And while we're stuffing ourselves with the most delicious local tucker, the morning has finally put on some colour, and the sun's out.



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Should this be THE day??? It's out the front, standing on the main road and checking the skies…



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Around the back, Andrew's already getting kitted up.


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Just a couple more snaps before dashing in, grabbing the gear and maps and cobbling together a rough plan for the day, aye?


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