• The Big Alps moto tour 2014 : where Switzerland introduces its magnificient landscapes ...

    moto tour 2014 : 5th day   - Bormio ( It)  - Interlaken( Ch)   / 332 km - 7H30

     THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    What  I preferred on my Triumph Tiger happy

     - a Swiss breakfast with your mates at the Bernina Pass 

    - Finally discovering the panoramas of Susten Pass.

    Report of this third day of our motorcycle tour 2014.

    In the morning of this fifth day, everyone is conscious that it is the last true day of this motorcycle tour 2014, so everyboday wants to get the most of it!!

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

     

     

    After a little housekeeping in our accomodation, and we take our motorbikes to the very close Switzerland.
    Marc takes the precaution all the same to tighten each screw of his Triumph Trident   (it should be taken care of, it is an English lady with character!  )

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Within some kms of Bormio we cross a first pass in the morning fog, the Passo del Foscagno, the road is wet and somehow damaged at places; we must drive with caution.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

     

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

     We need to refuel our motorcycles, so we head towards Livigno and the first station in the vicinity. New surprise: the super 95 is 1 15 / litre!
      
    The commune of Livigno enjoys indeed a free zone status and, so it is some taxes free, such as for example the VAT.
     
    I thus propose logically to Jerome to transfer the cakes and other candies into his top case (our official pantry) to fill it with petrol to the brim But he refuses, alleging that the pilots also need fuel! 

     

     

     

     

     

     A little further, our motorcycles cross the Italo-Helvetian border, the Italian customs officers hardly raising their heads to watch us.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

     Even you do not realize it, you understand immediately you are in Switzerland, the road go from the more or less degraded status road to perfect ones!
    A beautiful ride  to the Bernina Pass offers varied landscapes:  rock green (Iseran style) and some laces further  the most lunar sight (Isoard style).

    At the pass, unfortunately the clouds are thick and all the tops are hidden. You can always take some comfort at the Albergo Ospizio Bernina very close with a delicious hot chocolate and a cake containing walnut and Swiss caramel (very healthy;)! ).

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses.... 

    On the car park, we meet a Pro cyclist team  in full training. It is the occasion for Jerome to explain once again, the subtleties of the cyclism and the Tour de France in particular

    For the first time since the beginning of this motorcycle tour we took the time to have a break without running after time and the kms.
    On to the motorcycles, we head our wheels towards Saint Moritz which we cross without stopping. Once again traffic is dense but offers here the advantage of admiring some beautiful cars or the very typical red train!

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    Here are the large curves of the Julierpass crossed with the "100% dampness" option, just to test our behaviour in the rain.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    The road leading to Disentis appears long to us because of the heavy traffic.
    (without mentionning of technical stops!!!)

     

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    And that is how in the middle of the afternoon we finally reach the bends of the Oberalp for a ride up the east side, much more beautiful than the one carried out last year on the other side.
    The Oberalppass culminates to 2046 m, it marks the border between the Swiss cantons of the Grisons and Uri. A lighthouse symbolizes the source of the Rhine.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    As usual in Switzerland, the white crossed red flag floats in the wind...

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    A view from the pass above the lake . 

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....  

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

     Between Andermatt and Wassen the road is beautiful but also very heavy with traffic and  many roadwork slow down our progression.
    The Marvellous Sustenpass comes at the right moment to  take us from this road stagnation.
    It is time to wear out the side of our tires on the 1300 m on the slopes from the town of Wassen.In the riding up, we must negotiate large curves but also many tunnels dug in the mountain.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    The road finest quality pushes to attack on more open parts, but the surrounding mountains and glaciers encourage to contemplation.THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

     

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    The descent on the Innertkirchen side is even more beautiful in my opinion, the road offering into many places,  amazing lookouts on the surrounding snow-covered mountains.
    As on this panorama where the  lake sparkles as a mirror in a surrounding of rocks at the bottom of the Gletscher glaciers:

     The last bends of this moto tour 2014 in the riding down the Susten...

     THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    We stop on the way to Interlaken in the village of Gsckletter to drink a pint (the curvy waitress of last year is still there! ) and I then take our small group to the youth hostel of Interlaken while riding along the sshores of the Brienz lake(very nice also).

     

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....

    Once showered and restored, the evening was completed  by a babyfoot match (shamefully won by the young fellows Cyrille and Marc) and pool (where I could show my great dexterity by sending the white ball off the table : what a giggle!!!)

     

     

     

     

     The day after and conclusion of this Big Alps Tour2014:


    The following day we returned to Auvergne by the motorway our mind full of great memories.
    Even long, and rainy on its first part, this motorcycle tour was exceptional all the same. I will remember, as evoked previously, a little frustration not to have been able to enjoy  the roads of Tyrol to the full but it was really a small adventure worth living on a motorcycle.
    The layout was certainly too ambitious from the start (2500 km in 5 days), as we had to get to the pre-booked accommodation located more 7 hours from one another by mountain roads. What would have been no problem under a large sun, proved more problematic under the rain but it was done!
    Eventually, it is like  last year a beautiful slice of life and of friendship between motorcyclists mates.
    Also I make a point, once again, of thanking Jerome, Marc and Cyrille to have once again trusted me for this Big Alps turn 2014.Thank you guys!
    See you next year for another trip, but I promise this time it will be under the sun.....

     A bTHE BIG ALPS TOUR :Où la Suisse nous (susten)te de paysages toujours plus grandioses....ig salute to all!

     

       

     


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