Three days in the Alps

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  1. Extreme Velcro

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  2. mhpr262

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    I continue on my way...

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    You can see the couple I photographed in the picture above in this picture too. The sand-dune like ripples have been trodden into the soil of the mountainside by generations and generations of cows. People have been using this area for pastures long before Columbus was born.

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    This one was taken a fair distance along the way, looking back at the Edelweißspitze - the rounded hill above and to the right of the center of the picture, outlined against the sky. The tunnels (one of them can just barely be seen here) are spooky, completely without lighting. I was wearing my sunglasses, the only thing I could see in the tunnel was the exit a hundred meters away.

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    I couldn´t decide which of the following photos was better (or worse :D ) so I posted them both. The one with the rail in the foreground gives a better sense of the dimensions and the distance, the one without the rail looks better.

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    The next photo was taken in exactly the same spot and shows what the area looks like where the other two photos are cut off on the left hand side.

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  3. Bongolia

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  4. mhpr262

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    After some time there comes a little roundabout at which you have to decide whether you want to follow the Großglockner road down into the valley or take a little detour to the Franz-Josefs-Höhe, a scenic viewpoint with an excellent view of a glacier.

    Needless to say, I took the time to ride the detour up to the glacier. It was worth it....

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    At the foot of the glacier is this little lake, where the meltwater deposits all the finely ground dust and sand that was shaved of the living rocks of the mountains by the force of the glacier.


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    A dammed up lake, a little further down the glacier valley. The sign a piece of which can be seen on the left hand side of the picture says "Murmeltiere" - marmots, with an arrow pointing down the slope.

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    Being an obedient and disciplined German, I promptly turned my eyes in the direction of the arrow. The marmots, being obedient and disciplined employees of the Austrian tourism industry, were exactly were they were supposed to be.

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  5. mhpr262

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    A photograph of the "detour" road leading back to the roundabout (calling a road like that a detour actually seems a bit sacrilegious!)

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    This one with less tele and without the guardrail:

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    Some vehicles could be found in the parking lot that one would not have necessarily expected there:

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    The letter RT on the numberplate of the little Monkey mean he came from Reutlingen - a good deal further away from the Großglockner than Erding!
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  7. mhpr262

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    I finally rode back and finished the Großglockner High Alps road. This is what the end looks like:

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    The ride south across the Gg was for enjoying the scenery and taking photos; the way back was for fun! I made the little GS 500 scream up the mountain....woooot!



    My rear tire had been pretty much finished before I started the trip; now it was REALLY used up.

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    This is the end of my report about my three day in the Alps, doing some their most famous passes. I hope you enjoyed the trip, it was a pleasure having you along while I relived my ride, posting this ride report.

    If you ever have the chance to come to southern Germany, don´t hesitate to contact me via pm or e-mail, and we´ll go on a little ride together:freaky

    Goodbye, and hopefully see you soon here in Germany!


    P.S. maybe I´ll add a few other photos later on, I only used the best ones for the RR, but some of the rest also turned out quite well.
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  8. ratdog

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    Awesome ride! I stayed in that hotel 3 (on second thought, more like 5) years ago (it was pretty new, and reasonably priced then); previously - 15 years ago- my wife and I spent a week in the Zillertal just goofing around; we thought the local architecture was cool enough that we tried to emulate it when we built our house here in Colorado. My favorite valley in Österreich, by far.

    Then you go ahead and have lunch on the exact *same* bench we did afterward. You sir, have excellent taste ;-) Outstanding photos!

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  9. mhpr262

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    Thanks a lot! Considering how little I know about photography, the photos DID turn out pretty well. Maybe my camera isn´t so bad after all...or it just needed some break in time:lol3

    But I think it´s mostly due to the fact that it´s actually pretty difficult to take bad pictures with the scenery up there!:clap
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    Amazing pictures of an amazing place. Thanks so much for taking the time to share such beauty with us that will more than likely never see it in person. I love the shot of the old Guzzi. Just had to save it ;-)..
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  11. SelkieRider

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    Thanks for sharing! Your report really makes me want to return to Germany and Europe, this time on a bike! :ricky
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    It's so very beautiful and so different from our landscapes - thanks so much for sharing and if possible, more, more, m ore....
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  13. on2wheels52

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    Great stuff, nice to see Großglockner without snow.
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  14. DominicDomingo

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    Great pictures man, I'm getting lots of good ideas for my trip. I'll have to try this Jaufenpass.
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  15. Thorne

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    Awesome pictures
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  16. Kodanja

    Kodanja Been here awhile

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    Great Photo! I saved this report in my European folder for future reference. With the hostels and B&B you found, it seems that this trip could be affordable. Now I just need to find a cheap air ticket. :D Thanks for the ride!

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  17. akshaymurthy

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    Real good pics and nice RR. Thanks for sharing the same.

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  18. Wheelie Hot

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    I just completed my first major bike trip in Costa Rica. My boyfriend planned the whole thing and all I had to do was pack, gear up and ride.:clap He painstakingly posted all the details on ADV Rider, which is why I joined. He just forwarded me your report and it really had an impact on me. I was reading how another reader commented thanking you for showing him places he might never see. Now with Costa Rica only three weeks old..my belly is all in knots wondering if we could really do those roads you showed us (meaning me and my riding skills, my boyfriend is revving to go and has already looked into flights this morning:evil ) . It is very inspiring-- which I guess is the whole point.

    It is a really great report you wrote.
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  19. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    Some lovely pics. Makes me hanker for a road trip. :clap
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  20. Rango

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    Indeed, I agree on both counts.
    Good of you to give this ride report a well deserved bump. Three days spent wisely and to our benefit as well:clap.
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