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Old 10-01-2012, 07:11 AM   #42
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Day 08... back into the Alps!

we decide to leave Schilpario via the valley road south, rather than up and over Vivione first thing in the morning. Funny enough even though it adds about 50 km to our distance, it is actually quicker.

We are headed past Lago di Poschiavo on a beautiful morning. Even stopping for roadworks isn't a drama.

We climb the Bernina Pass back into Switzerland & stop for some snapshots

our local fish-wrapper has a section called "we're read all over" so we do a shot for them as well.

time for a coffee

and dolce!

down off Bernina and heading west

through the region of Silvaplana (much nicer w/o the snow we had last year)

the mountains never seem to get closer

I could live there

up the Splugen.. the girl is still in my wake

nearing the top

the cause of all the poop in the road....

view back

the local scene

you think this guy parked his Guzzi there on purpose?

looks like a happening area for all sorts of sports.. skiing, mountain bikes, hiking, etc

Almost time to roll out

Just 5 more minutes in the sun

down the other side... it's a cornering dreamland

with some straights

and fast sweepers too... all as smooth as a billiard table for the most part.

cows watch on.. they seemed nonplussed by my mad skillz...

on to San Bernadino!

the top!

happy girl

bet that's cold!

loads of these around

looking back to bikes

hikers paradise... 13 HOURS hike? bloody hell! it does show a martini glass though...

one more for the local paper....

now at this point its gotten cloudier, and noticeably colder... we roll down into the valley and near Bellizona Nord we swing north towards the ST Gotthard Pass. By the time we reach Biasca its time to call it quits. We stop at Hotel Della Posta and grab a room for the night. We are back in Switzerland of course, so what was 60 - 70 in Italy & France is now back to CHF 145. *sigh*

the day in maps:

we have covered about 330 km for the day with four really good Alps passes under our belt. Time for a good night's sleep!
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