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3 Summits and a Big town

sunny 25 °C
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07:30 breakfast, clear blue skys and brilliant sunshine lighting up the summit of nearby mountains, temperature 10 degrees.

Off to the Brunigpass just round the corner at 1008 mtrs, loads of bikes going both ways. Easy route through Meringen and Innertkirchen on the A11 to Gadman climbing up through the mist with the sun ahead of us and eventually the misty valley below.

Getting colder as we climb and reach the snow line at about 2000 mtrs, down to 4 degrees by the time we reach the summit of Sustenpass at 2224 mtrs.

The car park, cleared of snow, is slippery and icy, Oh look here come the boy racers in thier Porsche & Aston, pity the local plod are already in the car park and follow them off as they decide not to hang about. Time for hot chocolate and coffee and warm up a little, a few more bikes from France & Germany arriving as we prepare to get going. The roads are smoothe and mainly dry, just a few damp areas in the shade but not a problem as the temperature begins to increase.

Moving on heading east we come down the valley to Wassen where we turn right onto the A2 south towards Andermatt on the A19, all the passes are clearly signposted together with thier open, closed or other status, they're all open! Just a bit of road works to contend with but it doesn't hold us up too much.

Travelling back West now, first the Furka Pass at 2431 mtrs 270_20150926_102640.jpg
Just a coach to contend with, who pulls over and lets us by, plenty of hairpin turns climbing higher.
Then on to a brief coffee stop just after the summit. Temp up to 20 degrees now.

Looking into the valley we can see our steep route down the Furka Pass from the Rhone Glàcier and up again to the Grimsel Pass at 2165 mtrs after a left turn at Gletsch onto the A6. The mountain motor-rail is parked up ready to transport cars & vans through the mountain in abouf 30 mins, the ride over the mountain seems the prefered option on a day lkke today.


Passing Guttannen we stop for lunch at Urweld, arriving just as the French tour coach arrives and decants it's load, Joey almost surcomes to life threatening injury as the side door opens into him, a brief exchange reinforces our view of some drivers and certain Euro folk.

It's only 13:30 hrs so we plan for a continued trip, slightly limited due to getting back to Brunig tonight. We're off to-

The A6 takes us north of Briensee (thd lake) through Brienz and on to a fuel stop at Giswil just before Interlaken.

It's only 40 minutes since lunch and we're in the town centre sweltering in 25 degree heat, lock the helmets and jackets to the bikes before setting off for a look around and a leisurely afternoon. Stocked up on a new Swiss Army / Victorinox penknife case, a couple of assessories and a new watch for Joey. There seems to be certain people buying up the town and getting in everyone's way! Further explanation later if required!

Back to Brunig on the fast route A8 east only takes 30 mins, in time for a shower and dinner.

Covered about 120 miles today, and could have gone back and done the passes the other way, maybe next time.

Posted by Eric_The_Viking 22:30 Archived in Switzerland

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