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CGA1501 Grand Alps Tour

Friday, June 26, 2015 | Claudia Wenhart / Angela | Europe

Day 13 - our last riding day from Kaprun to Seefeld

The owner of our hotel gave us a great "Race" start in the morning with lightning the Olympic fire in front of the hotel. Our way today brought us to Gerlos high alpine road and Grimsel waterfalls. Big vanilla ice cream with strawberries at our first coffee stop made us ready for Zillertaler Höhenstrasse, a small and winding road. We crossed again the border to Germany in direction to Achensee, Sylvensteinspeicher and Vorderriß. From there on our route brought us back to Seefeld where Claudia waited with a boot beer for us in front of the hotel. What a great ride and sunny 14 days riding through the alps!!!

Race start
The "table" for boot beer
Angela guided everybody home safely
Lannis back in the hotel
Michelle
And Charly - the best sweeper ever !!!
Day 14 - for the "White Boys" the tour still hasn't ended be carefull with these unmotorized bikes

Day 12

Klobenstein to Kaprun

We left Klobenstein at 9 and went down to Bozen and then into the Dolomites. Grödner Valley and Grödner Joch was our destination for the morning. We had a coffee break at Grödner Joch with yummy applestrudel. A lot of traffic with trucks and bicycles were on our way. Further on we cruised over Passo Falzarego in direction to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Lake Misurina was our lunchstop for today. A nice little sport with breathtaking view to the Dolomites. Our highlight of the day was Grossglockner high Alpine road. We all got to the top over the cobble stones to Edelweissspitze. Two of the "White boys" got a little lost but after a while found their way .  

Andy and Craig at Grödner Joch
Grossglockner high alpine road, Grossglockner the highest mountain in Austria
Lunch at lake Misurina
Michellle and Bruce
On top of Grossglockner high alpine road
Funny picture in front of Hotel Sportkristall in Kaprun
Relaxed Aperitif in the garden, Hilda, Dale, Pablo, Lannis and Barry
On the other side, Charles, Bruce, Michelle and Craig
Full moon in Klobenstein
Lunch at Marlis Buschenschank
Breathtaking view

Restday in Klobenstein

We took of for a short ride in the morning in direction to the Dolomites. It ´was a nice and easy ride and not too hot. Cruised over Karerpass, San Pellegrino pass and Lavaze pass. A really tasty lunch waited for us in Signat at Marlis beautifull "Buschenschank". We had yummy "Schlutzkrapfen", Speck and "Schüttelbrot" and for dessert fried apple rings.

The Dolomites
A really relaxed day for the "White" brothers
The gondola down to Bolzano
"Ötzi" the iceman in the Museum in Bolzano
The lady biker tour guides!!

Day 10

Livigno to Klobenstein

We left Livigno northwards along Livigno lake. Then we passed the border again into Switzerland trough a one-way tunnel which is regulated by a traffic light. Ofenpass brought us back to Italia again, where we had coffee at Glurns an old medievial town in which the whole city wall is perfectly preserved. After that - everybody has already been looking forward to it - the famous Passo Stelvio with 48 switchback was on our program. At top of Passo Stelvio we got the famous Bratwurst with bread and Sauerkraut at Bruno's snack bar. Down in the Etsch valley the temperature raised up to a 100° F. We turned into the mountains again to Mölten, Jenesien and finally ended at our restdays Hotel "Bemelmans Post" in Klobenstein.

Michelle and Pablo at the top of Passo Stelvio
Bruno and his famous "Bratwurst"
Passo di Stelvio - 48 switchbacks - amazing
Hilda and Dale at Berninapass
Bruce
Neil and Roberto having fun!
Top of Albulapass
Michelle
Nice sweepers at Splügenpass
Neil and Roberto having fun
Entrance of St. Moritz
St. Moritz - Kulm Hotel
What is Lannis doing??
Michelle - before we took the last switchbacks to Splügenpass
Pablo and Claudia
Lago di Como
Coffee stop in Menaggio

Day 9

Lugano to Livigno

We cruised along lake Lugano and lake Como in the morning. Had a nice coffee stop at Menaggio with Cappuccino and fabulous hot chocolate. From the lakes we turned north in direction Chiavenna and than further on to "Splügenpass", where we had lunch with yummy homemade pasta and mixed salad. In the afternoon we get through Via Mala, which in Romansh literally means "bad path" to Rofla Gorge. Albulapass was our afternoon pass and a little loup through St. Moritz brought us to our last pass on this day  - Berninapass. On the top we turned into the valley to Livigno. A nice little village with a lot of shopping possibilities.

Day 8 - Aosta to Lugano

Our morning ride follows along the Aosta Valley towards the western flats of the river Po. Passing by the big fort Bard, which guarded the valley in former times from their enemies. Then we went on very small and narrow roads into the mountains to our coffee stop in a small village called Donato. Our lunch spot today was in Varallo in a small restaurant. Lago Maggiore is our next highlight of the day. We cross over by a ferry boat in Verbania. Shortly before Lugano we cross the boarder into Switzerland again.

Pablo, before we started in the morning
Lannis helmet
The "White Brothers" in front of Lac du Mont Cenis
Hilda and Dale
Our picnic - yummy
Our beautifull picnic spot at Col de l'Iseran
Another funny group picture
Charles and Neil relaxing after lunch
On top of Col de l'Iseran - the highest paved pass

Day 7 Briancon to Aosta

In the morning we climbed up Col de Montgenevre and crossed the border to Italy. In Susa on the nice little market place we enjoyed our first original "Cappuccino". Further on to Col du Mt. Cenis, where we again crossed the border to France. We headed on to Col de l'Iseran, where Angela waited with a delicious picnic for us. Coming out from the valley Val d'Isere we collected on more pass, Col du petit St. Bernard and finally ended in Aosta.

Dinner in the old town of Briancon
Hilda
Charles "Our Worldtourer"
Raclette - melted cheese, very delicious

Day 6 Restday in Brincon

A relaxed loup from Briancon - LArgentière-la-Bessée - Mont Dauphin - Guillestre - Château Queyras and back "home" over Col d'Izoard.

Grand Alps Tour

On last Sunday we all met in Seefeld for the Grand Alps Tour, which takes us through Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Lichtenstein and the wonderfull landscape around the Alpine lakes. Everybody is looking forward to driving on the challanging alpine roads and collect as many as they can.

 

On our first riding day we went from Seefeld to Galtür. We took it easy, because of the first riding day and to get used to the new motorcycles. Our first stop was at the office and the garage in Mieming, where we said a big "HELLO" to the staff.

 

Hilda and Dale
Our group with Werner Wachter - the founder of Edelweiss Bike Travel - in the middle.

Then our route brought us over the Fernpass into the valley Namlos, "valley without name" to our lunchspot in Warth at "Jägeralpe".

Finally we arrived in Galtür at Hotel Post, where Franz gave us a warm welcome and showed us how easy it is to park a motorcycle by turning it 360° on the side stand.

Day 2

On this morning the weather turned out very well and we climbed up Bieler Höhe on the Silvretta high alpine road. We followed the valley towards Bludenz and stopped for a coffee in Feldkirch.

 

Pablo, Angela, Bruce and Michelle
Michelle and Andy
Charles and Lanis
Neil and Renato
Feldkirch
Hilda and Dale

After our coffee stop, we crossed the border into Lichtenstein and pretty soon into Switzerland. We stopped at the castle of Vaduz for a quick fotostop and continued to Chur and our beautiful lunch stop in Versam. A small and curvy road with wonderfull natural tunnels routed us up here.

Hilda and Craig
Lunch stop
In front of Castle Vaduz.

We finalised our day in Disents/Muster, where we had a rest day.

Day 3 Restday in Disentis/Munstér

On our restday we started to collect passes. In the morning over Oberalppass to Andermatt, Furkapass, Grimselpass, Sustenpass to Altdorf, where we heard the story about Wilhelm Tell, the Swiss legend who shot the apple from his son's head. Further on to Brunnen at the Vierwaldstätter See. From there we took the ferry over the lake, passed Ächerlipass and finally got our picnic at the Hospiz at top of Grimsel.

Charles and Craig at Furkapass
Barry with his 1200 RS
Beautifull weather and scenic landscape.
On the ferry over Vierwaldstättersee
Picnic spot at Grimsel Hospiz
Lanis third and fourth eyes.

Day 4

Disentis/Munstèr to Chamonix Mont Blanc

Another day with sunny weather and a lot of alpine passes was on the programm. From Disentis again over Oberalppass we headed on to Gotthardpass and Nufenenpass. One of Switzerland most visited sightseeing spot is the Matterhorn in Zermatt. We were lucky to have no clouds in front of it to get some great pictures.

Matterhorn in the back
Car free zone in Zermatt
Barry's Pizza - always with a smile -

Day 5

Chamonix to Briancon

Mont Blanc directly behind our hotel is amazing with it's big glacier tongue

Hilda and Claudia the van crew.
Michelle, Andy and Craig - much easier with engine -
Col de Galibier
Yummy Burgers for Lunch at Col de la Madeleine

Our way today routed us to Megève and Albertville, where 1992 the Olympic Winter games took place. From there on Col de la Madeleine, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and Col du Lautaret brought us to Briancon.

Our van in front of Col de Galibier
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Charlie Green
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 16:44

Great tour, guides, and food. By far the best group ever. I'll miss everyone but can't wait for the next tour.
Claudia
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 22:47

Hello Charles,
good to know that you are safe home. See you next year on one of our tours
Michelle Irvine
Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 06:16

We had a great time! Great tour, great guides! Made new friends, going to miss everyone!
Viktoria Neuner
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:52

.... nice nice nice
Have fun! Viktoria
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 04:52

Que buen viaje Pablo!!!

Muy merecido. Que buenos paisajes.
Frank & Debbie Neely
Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:55

Hello to our friend Lanny Liggett -- beautiful photos, looks like an adventure of a lifetime! Safe travels!
Bruce White
Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 22:17

Having a great time excellent guides, roads to die for, highly recommended.

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