• The Big Alps moto tour : Where Austria still awaits to unveil......

    The Big Alps tour : Where Austria still awaits to unveil......

    moto tour 2014 : 2nd day Mulhouse ( Fr) - Imst ( Au)  / 370 km - 6h30 - 7 H 

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ...... 

     what I preferred on my Triumph tiger ! sarcastic

    - the ride under the drizzle and in the fog of Furkajosh (first pass of the day) but I quickly will have enough of these  weary  conditions !


    - descent of Fernpass: impressive on a wet road !
     
    Report of this second day motorcycle tour 2014

    Monday morning, the German dealer opens at 8:30, we thus leave early Mulhouse after having absorbed the sad breakfast of the hotel (it will be better in Austria)
    I take the lead in the convoy and a half hour later, we are  in front of the concession. The technician examines Kawacyclette and delivers his verdict:  it is necessary to repair because it is Kaput and gefährlich, no question of going  as far as Austria so 2H30 of work (Oops…. in other words we  can cross  the Black Forest off our trip ! ) and

    230euros (Oops again ….).

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

    We visit Lorrach, drink coffee, and  do some shoppings for today's picnic.
     It is finally  approximately 1:00 PM when we set out again in the direction of Austria.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

     


    we cross the borders between Germany and Switzerland without very realizing it. we progress but it is however necessary to stopin Sankt Gallen (in Switzerland) to supply our motorbikes and to have a lunch .
     

     

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

    And it is truly there, while setting out again, that this B#@¤#*!  depression has caught up with us. We thus make a triumphal entrance in Austria under a heavy rain!!!
     This part of the roadbook (between sankt Gallenand and Imst) is in theory made up of roads crossing the typical villages with yesterday's  charm of the Alpine valleys  but we absolutely saw nothing ! ….Just rain and very slippery roads.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

    At half way we attack our first Austrian pass (Furkajoch) in pea mashed potatoes we do not see anything of  the landscapes (see photo(wikipedia) in comparison with Furkajoch by clicking here).   
     

    I am cold but I make against misfortune good heart by singing Flower of Scotland under my helmet at the time of the rise (it is not really the place butthat seemed to me all the same of circumstance! )

     

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ...... 

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

     This day there, we do not ride on a good rhythm because of slippery roads and of the flow of circulation (there are always many trucks and cars to be overtaken in the Alpine valleys), GPS makes its crisis of the style turn left, turn right and make half turn as soon as possible in the same intersectionIn short sometimes it is better to rely on a good Michelin map !

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

    It is thus approximately 6:00 pm when we arrive at the bottom of the last pass : the Fernpass.
     

    Jéjé engages the first but quickly stops in front of red light : the pass is closed!!!! A little further our two linguists (Jéjé and Marc) go to knock at the  door of a country cottage. The inhabitants explain us that because of intense rains of in the morning there was a crumbling and that the passage is impossible! Only solution according to them, to turn back and make a detour of 1H30 by the close valley! (Oops again ! ). 

     THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

    Hardly gone up on its 1200 GS, Jerome sets out again in an angry howling bicylindric in opposite direction.
     Too much quickly however, because while passing in front of the intersection of the pass he does not realize that light has just turned green! (great luck , during our conversation the road was reopened).
     He joins us to finish this wet end of the day in the vertiginous descent of the Fernpass to Imst and our inn.

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......

    The evening continues then in front of a good meal ,poker game  and a spa session for the boys while I  study the route of tomorrow and reload all my electronic devices!

    THE BIG ALPS TOUR : où l'Autriche ne se dévoile pas encore ......


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