27 September 2011
Another riding for pleasure day. The 147 miles travelled got me no closer to London. Just back to the same place I started the day – Hotel Aurora, Andermatt.
There are some great roads and high mountain passes in the area. I took it easy and stopped frequently for photos.
It was cool today, less than 10 degrees when I set out but by noon it was most pleasant.
First up was the Furka Pass (2,431m) …
Next was the Grimsel Pass (2,165m) …
The third pass of the morning session was Susten Pass (2,224m) …
What a morning! Some of the best riding I’ve ever experienced. Great roads and spectacular scenery. Time for a break and refuel myself for the two remaining passes I had programmed into the GPS for the afternoon.
I’d seen a cute restaurant earlier en-route to the Furka Pass that look nice and it was close by, so I made my way to the Hotel Grimsel in Obergesteln.
What a quaint looking venue for my lunch and what about the Swiss serenity! This is the view I had from my table on the sun terrace.
Lunch was superb. Fed and watered I was ready to hit the road again. Next was the Nufenen Pass at 2,478 metres (lucky for me I had to go over the Furka Pass again to get there).
The final pass of the day was the St Gotthard Pass (2,106 m).
Swiss Alps – DONE!
What a great riding day – possibly the best so far, from a riding experience perspective, on this Turkey motorcycle tour. Tomorrow I would push on west into France and try my luck at bagging some even higher alpine passes.
Distance travelled today 147 miles (237km), cumulative 9,609 miles (15,464km).