After meeting Markus, an Edelweiss tourguide, last night we were ready this morning to hear about riding lines and technic. After the classroom session we practised what we've heard. Finally we looped through outstanding scenery up to an altitude of 6000ft.
we start our first day of riding . the weather can't be better. we start in Seefeld and our first goal is the Gacher Blick, what a fantastic view. it goes on to the sunken city, you can only see the church tower in the Reschen lake. then we go to the Highlight of the day - lasso di Stelvio. 48 switchbacks up 39 switchbacks down. a lot of traffic but the looks are reward enough. delicious lunch at BRUNO. More curve , stunning scenery . then we arrive in Pontresina, our destination today
We started our day in Pontresina and our goal for today was Brunnen, located directly at the beautiful Vierwaldstätter See. Our route there took us over 5 very different mountain passes so we had all kinds of different corner today, ranging from slow switchbacks to smooth to ride sweepers.
David is admiring the little lighthouse up on the Oberalppass.
Today's day begins at the breathtaking Lake Lucerne with a great breakfast. We visit that, there are passes like Susten and Furka on the plan. And to cool off we go to the glacier. To then arrive in the well-known mountain village of Zermatt in the late afternoon.
Today we decided to leave a little bit later so we could use the opportunity to explore Zermatt in the morning.
In the afternoon we visited the Santuario Della Madonna Del Sangue which is an impressive piece of cathlic architecture.
Today we had to leave Lugano early so as not to miss our ferry across Lake Como. Our day today takes us to the small backcountry roads of Italy. Before we arrive in Val di Sole
Our 6th riding day already. Time realy flies by when riding in the Alps.
After leaving our hotel in the Val di Sole we made our first stop in the little italian town Stenico where everyone could explore it on his own.
Some well deserved refreshment.
We even found a perfect parking spot.
Sunitta looking for the perfect angle to shoot pictures.
Anthony, our italian speaking guest found some locals to chat with.
Our next stop today was at the beautiful Lago di Molveno. Jim and Sunitta seem to have liked the view.
For lunch, Michaela had a suprise for us, and prepared one of the famous Edelweiss picknicks for us.
After lunch some of us climbed the way up to San Romedia and explored this nice little hidden pilgrim place.
In the afternoon we drove up to the Penegal, which offers an amazing view over the Etsch Valley and our todays goal Bozen. But what seems to have fascinated the guys most, was the Trabant 601 in perfect condition, parked in front of the restaurant.
On the Mendelpass Chris shot some pictures of the group riding by and they look pretty cool.
the last few days have been very hot. Some enjoyed the air conditioning in the room, others went to the museum or couldn't get enough of motorcycling. there was something for everyone in and around Bolzano
So colorful the Karersee
Lake de Fadaia and the Marmolada
Chris was the one and only to riding today.
we start 7 o'clock with 18 degrees.
A good way to start the day is with a little birthday celebration.
The church on the Waltherplatz in Bozen is quite impressive.
While Bozen can be quite busy in the afternoon, in early morning it is very quite in the streets and nice to explore.
Waiting for the Ötzi museum to open.
The Ötzi museum is definitly worth a visit. So much interesting and well presented backgroud info about the man from the ice.
The daily food market in Bozen is also something worth checking out.
Sadly our last riding day already, but with 3 more great mountain passes to ride, its a great one.
Jim was impressed that some guys managed to get up to the top of the mointains by bycycle.
When touring with motorcycles, a spare table is always nice to have.
Jim ordered the spare ribs for lunch, which were clearly a good choice.
The Sandwirt dates back to the 17th century and has not only a great history as the birthplace of Andreas Hofer, but also offers great food.
The Timmelsjoch leading us back to Austria, where we also started our tour, not only offers an amazing ride, but also some awesome views and picture spots.
If you have any interest in old motorcycles a visit to the museum on top of the Timmelsjoch is a must. Their collection is just amazing, even more knowing that the museum burned down in 2021 and had to be completly rebuild.