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Ultimate Alps Tour CUA120A Rest day!

Thursday, August 9, 2012 | Marko Bauer | Europe

A long and twisty ride brought the group to Italy - Bozen is our home for two days. A perfect place to rest - with the pedestrian area, lots of stores and the "Iceman"-museum waiting right in front of the hotel! Some of us decided to leave the bike in the garage today - I am sure they have a great day... but they missed this:

Karersee and the Latemar mountains, in the morning sun!

A couple of 1000 feet higher and about 20 hairpin turns later, they missed this:

Tim, Darlene and Rusty on Passo Sella

This is  a try of capturing the panorama - but pictures don't even come close to showing the incredible beauty of this spectacular part of the Alps!

Panoramic view of Passo Sella


After a beautiful morning in Zermatt with another great view of the Matterhorn we headed towards Italy.

The Matterhorn, a little pale behind our beautiful group!

After all the spectacular pass roads yesterday, the Simplon Pass was an easy challenge today:

The Simplon Pass

A tougher challenge was to eat all the food in the restaurant that we had chosen for lunch. The starters would have been enough, but the Pasta were simply too good to be missed!

Rusty, Tim and a lot of great pasta!

The restaurant, hidden in the Italian mountains

After the short excursion to Italy for lunch we have returned to Switzerland, where we will spent one more night - in Lugano.


We have reached Switzerland! As you can see, the weather and landscape are still absolutely spectacular:

The famous Matterhorn!


The Ultimate Alps Tour is on its way! We have left Munich/Erding this morning - after  a great Bavarian breakfast with White Sausages and sweet mustard. Perfect motorcycle weather was forecasted for today - just right to get used to the new bikes that where waiting for us in the garage.

After a short stop on Lake Starnberg we continued to King Ludwig's smallest palace, Linderhof. After a good lunch we crossed the border to Austria, where the first real mountains waited for us. A few switchbacks gave us a little taste of the days to come. The first evening will be spent at a wonderful mountain hotel at an elevation of 5000 ft - the only sound you can here is the sound of the cow bells on the surrounding mountains!

The first beer after the ride is always the best!

Our first dinner in Austria!

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Rusty McFarland
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 23:13

We got home last night (Friday, 17th) and are already missing Europe. Thanks to all my tour-mates who were a part of it. I can't recommend these Edelweiss tours highly enough. Every detail was perfect, from the routes chosen, to the destinations, hotels and meals, to Marko and Axel (our guides). Truly, the trip of a lifetime. Thanks to everyone at the Edelweiss office and again, to Marko and Axel. We'll be back!
Barbara A. Griffin
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 20:26

Loved reading your daily journals and seeing your photos Rusty. I have been praying for Bill and Amanda and am glad they are improving. It is wonderful that you were able to go on such a great trip in a beautiful part of the world. Thank you for sharing (through Martha).
Rusty McFarland
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 23:20

Thanks Barbara. It was beyond spectacular.
sally dickenson
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 13:14

know this will be something you will always remember. I am so glad you got to do all this.
But getting a little selfish and will sure be glad when you get home. The scenery is awesome. the only part of the Alps we saw was a mountain called Yung Frau.
See you soon!
sally dickenson
Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 15:38

Loved the picture. Know you are having fun. how is the food? where are you today? 8-11
sally dickenson
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 16:36

lots of good pics and scenery. Looks and sounds like the trip of a lifetime.
Miss you all!
Lesley Sinks
Friday, August 10, 2012 at 02:00

Great pic guys! Sounds like your having a blast! Bet that palace was neat! Love u and have fun!


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