Then drove down to lake Constance, wasn't the greatest of weather so only photos are of some beading, the view from the hotel window and a fat women statue #ukdmhatesyou
On into Switzerland again, heading straight for the passes
Front end Friday?
Stayed at a hotel right on Furka pass to allow for an early morning blast up Furka the following day, left the girlfriend in bed and went on a hoon up the mountain...
(if only I knew what I was doing with the SLR I could have got some cracking pics)
The famous Hotel on Furka pass, as featured in Goldfinger
It's pronounced Bride not Bride!
After returning from my solo blast up Furka I let the brakes stop smoking while having a shower and breakfast, then a short drive to the car park for a visit to the Eggishorn
Climbed the last 100ft to the top of the Eggishorn, had a butchers at the glacier below, see there it is
While driving along the valley floor to the next mountain pass I happened to glance across at an airfield and could see a white car with a few others going down the runway, said to the girlfriend that maybe it's a car club type thing going on and almost turned down there to investigate but didn't. Did anyone catch the Swiss episode of the new Grand Tour? They're on a Swiss airfield with that white electric supercar thing aren't they, DOH!
Turns out that most of the episode was them hooning it over Furka, Grimsel and Gothard passes! Watching the episode I notice the edits, car goes for overtake on one pass/stretch only to be completed on a totally different bit of road, the big tunnel run is actually a composite of three different tunnels, of course they make it a lot more dramatic than my tunnel runs
Onto Nufenen pass, very nice pass, bit bumpy in places but quite quiet with good visibility
From that pass it was a long slog along standard roads, our target old San Bernadino pass
Planned to stay in Splugen again, but on checking prices the one 8 miles away in Italy was half price, with bonus that we had to drive up this
...and then another drive back down it the following morning
This was last years climb up it, 10 consecutive hairpins...
Then another big slog on normal roads heading through Switzerland, into Leichtenstein heading towards a new pass in Austria, Silvretta pass
Wasn't that fussed with the driving of it tbh, the Swiss ones are better imo but that's one ticked of the list
Growing collection of vignettes now
Back onto standard roads, through Innsbruck and heading toward Italy again, cheapest hotel (within reason) but was really nice big room and good food too
Following day was spent up and down two italian passes, unfortuntatly they were also the only roads in and out of the area so not much enjoyment to be had. The pass took us back into Austria briefly and, according to the geotag info, this photo is right on the border between the two
Stopped at a Cafe here before climing that mountain in the background there
Doubled back on ourselves and headed for our next nights stay on Monte Bondone; now the Monte Bondone hill climb stage is also in my sim racer of choice Assetto Corsa, so the choice of overnight stay was not by accident
This is how it can be done with closed roads and massive balls
Had a cracking view from our room so I set up the gopro for a timelapse of the sunrise
After gorging ourselves on the breakfast of cake, meats, pastries and everything inbetween (I was there for over an hour) we drove back down the road a bit to find the start of the course...
Once you reach the top of that hill climb the road opens up and descends the other side of the mountain towards lake Garda, the roads were actually better the other side, no footage as wasn't expecting anything. On the way to our next stop in Lake Ledro we visited a small village at the start of a climb up to the Punta Larici (a rocky crop overlooking the Lake Garda), guide said it was a 30 min walk from car park so figured easy enough on bike, didn't account for it being the hottest day of the summer so far so after an hour or so I made it
Onto Lake Ledro, this is my favourite of the Italian lakes but not so much driving or car photo taking opportunities, booked into a nice hotel on the lake's edge for two nights, cracking view from the room
Set up the goPro on the balcony before going for an evening meal
Then it was time to head towards Les Duex Alps, it was going to be a hell of a long drive to do it in one so I let the missus decide where to stay over, she chose Magenta and I didn't disagree because I've always had a fondness for that colour since I had my Spectrum 48k Was a 4 or 5 star place (she paid) but it did mean the best breakfast of the trip
Breakfast with a view
Certainly helped after an overindulgence of the local craft beers the previous night
Onto Les Duex Alps
View from the balcony
Halfway up the Pied Moutet (small mountain)
At the top of the big mountain, had to drive my own train to get there