Cazzo! We escaped the swiss and survived italy - 2019 Swisstaly Roadtrip photo/video thread

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Quick, continue with days 3 and 4 before this stalls! :)

On Day 3, our half of the group left the scenic camp at Grindelwald and rejoined the others down in Interlaken, at a supermarket for a spot of breakfast. We then continued on, backtracking the final part of our last day's route along the northern shore of Brienz lake. Some attempts at documenting the proceedings were made and promptly sabotaged.
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Our day's route then took us south towards Grimsel Pass, via a town called Handegg.
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We sort of planned to stop there to take pictures with the funny town signs, but were dissuaded from doing so by two things:
  • The locals insist on spelling the name differently, making the signs much less funny (Handeck just doesn't have the same ring to it as Handegg)
  • All the cyclists.

Seriously, this was the worst cyclist infestation we've encountered on the trip. The way up Grimselpass might have been fun even with some traffic on it, but instead it was a constant slow grind behind groups of cyclists. Some of which even took the tunnels, without any lights or reflectors on their death traps of course, making it extra fun for everyone involved.

At least the dams and views on the top and on the other side were neat.
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The only planned charging stop of the day was down in Brig at around mid-day.
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After that break and some confusion concerning Swiss highways and their vignette-compulsory and vignette-free sections, we made it out of Brig and up the Simplon pass. Which was nothing short of spectacular.
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This was one of quite few stops where we got further than ~20m away from our parked cars. And of course, this being Switzerland, there were some shady concrete paved areas and loading docks hidden just out of view on the other side of the top of the pass. We quickly took some pictures and ran away, before the snipers got us.
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The rest of the day's driving was not very exciting. Peter and Mikko left ahead in search of the old Simplon pass road, heading towards the above pictured shady areas; we silently wished them good luck and mentally prepared to never see them again. Surprisingly enough, they soon messaged on Telegram proposing to regroup in a supermarket on the other side of the pass in Italy, and stock up on essential supplies for the planned 2-day stay at the Lago Maggiore.

Having done just that and topped up the Tesla again (the supermarket had charging spots, which I didn't plan on, but why not use it if we're spending time anyway), we were once again running behind our original plan for the day, and just went the shortest route to our respective destinations. The way has proved adventurous, with us driving down a ~3km long dead end with a road block at one point ("Did that sign say road ahead is blocked? Nah, Google Maps says it's fine, must be wrong"), and meeting the other half of the group on our way back out of it about to make the exact same mistake.

Finally we arrived at Lago Maggiore. This time there was no overbooked camping, in fact we had two apartments booked - one directly lakeside, and one some 3km away. Well, those 3km looked close on the map, but it only became apparent on the drive up there that they included 800m of vertical distance as well. The house at the top was really nice though, and had exceptionally nice hosts - almost a shame we only got to spend so little time up there. Only downside was being completely surrounded by trees, so no view of the lake below.
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Evening of Day 3 was spent as a group at the lakeside apartment down the hill. There was barbecue, beer and generally positive mood involved.

Day 4 was a bit special, in that we didn't move to a different overnight location - instead it was planned as a "downtime", with only a visit to a museum planned as the day's activity. We decided to meet at the lakeside apartment again before deciding which cars to take. On the way down, we found out that our 800m elevated town has a view after all, and that Alex got a liking for small cars with his Mini.
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We then drove down to the lakeside apartment, packed the whole group in 3 cars, and went on a ferry across the lake towards the Agusta Westland museum, the southernmost point of the trip.
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Chris has documented the museum with his pictures posted above, so I won't be repeating those. Instead I'll finish the day's report with this image, that is completely self-explanatory and requires no context whatsoever.
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Good idea, I admit I was lazy and hadn't prepared any more. I have been working on videos, though and I've now prepared up to day 6.

That photo really doesn't need any explanation.

As @leviathan mentioned, we backtracked along the shore of the the lake and stopped for pictures. Such a nice view, like a model railway.


Lion King reference


Beautiful artwork


My photos from further down the far side of the Grimselpass, I was a few turns ahead of everyone else when I stopped.




I spotted some cars with stickers on the other side of the pass, a group of three from Rusty Rex Rallies. Aside from this taxi there was also an old Beetle and a Jaaaag.


My take on the Simplon pass


The stone eagle at the top of the pass


Once we were settled in at our lakeside apartment in Ghiffa, people decided to test out the cool waters of the lake. @93Flareside took his sausage while others took beer. That disembodied arm on the left belongs to a Coco.


Apparently a big wave came along from a boat and washed their stuff away, I missed this and I'm bitterly disappointed.
 

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Day 4, rest day.

Sunrise was gorgeous, quite jealous of these people out on the lake at 7:45 in the morning.




We made a friend


Only a few museum photos from me, some stuff that I was particularly attracted to. In this case it was some 3D printed parts.


Such a big shaft.


Personal hovercraft bitches! So much want.


PLEAR.


One of the best things about the museum was the helicopter simulator, totally unexpected. The Airwolf theme always plays in my head when I see the photos. I managed to avoid crashing... just.

Once we got back and before attempts were made to find food, some of us headed down to the lake again to cool down. Suns out, er... moobs out?

Just have to wait for the killer swans to pass before getting in. They can break a man's arm, y'know.


The water's... cold!



The view of our apartment from the waters edge, the one with the balcony...


Locals reported seeing a bearded, whale-like creature floating around.


The idea of ever having to leave led to some hysteria and attempts to drown in impressive ways.

No big wave this time, some medium-sized ones though.

We then went for pizza and a few of us went back to the lake to cool down in the evening, getting an unexpected treat when the hotel on the hill opposite put on a serious firework show.
 
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Day 3&4, to keep up with the pace.



Morning at Lauterbrunnen started with a morning walk, to visit and acknowledge the waterfall used as background on previous nights’ photos.



Peak Switzerland





Balls of.. Stone?







@Peter3hg had the same schedule as I did, heading up the path already





Nifty route





Same with background scenery





Literally under the waterfall. It was surprisingly quiet there as well.





Since most people were data challenged while in Switzerland, a meeting point and time was suggested the previous night, so people could use accommodation wifi etc to know where to go in the morning. As the hostel crew still had time to spend before that, we dropped down to Interlaken to visit the lakefront first. Some of us were just looking for a nice spot for a morning coffee, but we ended up getting very Swiss priced half breakfast buffet at a hotel. But at least it was a nice place to sip your tea/coffee.





Others wanted to stop and see the lake without motion blur as well, so moving to the viewpoint stop others have documented already





Leaving the lake, the cyclist induced Grimsel traffic jam started. I was running low on fuel, so instead of crawling in the queue I stopped at the first station that came about. And to give some idea about the speed of the queue, I barely even lost radio contact during that stop. Eventually I caught up (and overtook) the queue, to charge towards the top and wait there. Views were better a bit further back, so I turned back for few photos, which caused a bit of confusion amongst the lead pack coming up the pass.



Same dam good views as others have posted





Taking pictures with friends





While @shad_68 and I were there, others went on ahead already. And since we were behind already, we took our time and had short stops along the top of the pass





On the other side of the mountain, giving a lovely view towards Furka pass





Checking out the other dam side





Posing for photos there





...And getting stuck in a bus induced traffic jam as soon as we had made it down from Grimsel. Small Swiss roads aren’t the fastest to start with, but it was 40km to Brig still (we knew a charging stop was planned there, didn’t know exact location though) and the bus kept a steady 45-60 speed, despite stated speed limit. This was probably the most frustrating and boring bit of the whole trip and eventually I got fed up and stopped by the stream that the road was following. Few drinks and watching the water flow calmed things down a lot and we proceeded to miss the charging stop initially. Fortunately Baofeng signal really carries in that open terrain, so as we were making a u-turn to head back to Brig, as we had gone past it already, our conversation was heard and we got the station address. From over 3km away.



After that, top of Simplon pass





Then as mentioned, @Peter3hg and I took the adventure route, which was brilliant, if a bit difficult to follow, as most intersections looked really confusing. We had a great setup of me scouting ahead for possible traffic, as the road was really narrow and Peter navigating at the back. We got to visit some town festival as well. Not sure if we were allowed to drive through there, but we ended up doing so anyway.



Nearing the border some traffic started to build up. After few overtakes I was ahead enough to stop at the border to appreciate another waterfall.





As usual, proportions are lost in pictures. Cars parked there give some perspective though







After that I have no photo proof. Now we were in the territory that I had planned to do in 2017, when my bike said no. Spent that year passengering around the area, so we convened at a supermarket I knew from that previous trip, to get plenty of supplies, as I had offered to make dinner for this night. I also assumed people would appreciate the beer selection that shop had.



Going to a supermarket with a large crew resulted in the usual standing around, doing nothing. After all people were out of the shop, apparently new plans for the remaining drive had been made. I didn’t hear any of that,while coaxing everybody to get going already, while my gearing up took some time still. What I heard from radio after setting off was a bit of confusion on where people were going. Radio went silent after a while, so I figured they must’ve picked a different road then. Probably better for making progress, but I wouldn’t have missed doing the road that I did even if I knew others were skipping it. It’s bumpy, broken asphalt throughout, with almost exclusively blind corners and in parts very narrow to add to that. And yet this was one of the roads I had been waiting for the most. More remnants from that 2017 trip.








Made it to the apartment, as others were sorting out the rather limited parking and after getting in we were greeted by the lovely over the lake -balcony view





After that I sunk into the kitchen and while everybody seemed to enjoy the dinner itself, thin walls and the balcony setup meant we were rather audible to the neighboring apartment(s). At least that meant relatively early night, so people could actually rest a bit.
 

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Being up early (once again) had its advantages in a place like this









And as mentioned, a short drive and a ferry later we were at the Agusta museum. And while most have focused on flying things, the do have other merits to boast about





6 cylinders, 6 pipes.
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Why hide it in the corner though.





Cutouts are always fun





Love the engine design





As well as some exhaust design touches





That riding position (and protective gear) from days of old..





Hovercraft, simulator and helicopters are quite well covered already, so have a @nicjasno, casually leaning on a missile launcher





After meeting some Texans and wandering around the museum for a good while it was time to head back to the apartment. Team FiST didn’t get a return ticket for the ferry, and as it was nothing too special and there was only industrial and residential areas to drive through, we opted for a autostrada shortcut to the correct side of the lake. Since we had some time to spend, we dropped down to lakefront earlier than we could have, which confused Google navigation a bit. We stopped at a village church to wonder where it was trying to take us. Turned out to be a nice viewpoint on the same go.





At the apartment some laundry was shuffled, as the washer was running almost constantly. Some cleaning and late lunch from last nights’ dinner was also prepared. That was a good thing, as I was overheating too much to join the restaurant in the evening. Tried my best to tag along, along safe and spacious walkways along the main road





Ended up spending most of the evening on the lakefront, sitting on benches, occasionally cooling myself in the lake. Not a bad view for hanging around though.





Standing out amongst all rentals and other econoboxes





Some were tired enough to call it a night after the restaurant trip. To avoid getting more complaints rest of us escaped to the peer next to the apartment. Not a bad call, rather calming place to be. And as mentioned, the fireworks show was a nice touch.
 

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Despite the temptation to stay by the lake in Ghiffa forever, we were back on the road for day 5.

After meeting up with the hilltop crew we followed a wiggly road up to the giant church shown in @93Flareside's photos, where we stopped for spaghetti and to meet up with a Mikko. I took a random shot from the car park.



I fear that @93Flareside's photos for day 5 and 6 are in reverse order as we then went up the San Bernadino Pass. I think we were just commuting between these locations.

Bloody tourists getting in the shot...


Lots of these stacks of stone, slate I think


The only arty shot of them that looks half-decent


Such a thoughtful expression


Standing around, doing the usual nothing


A slightly blurry shot of a wonderful dessert. I had pizza before this.
 
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Yes, on to day 5 then, with an invasion to Switzerland, before returning to Italy for the night.


For this day we had the shortest route of the trip, so there was no rush to get going. So time to ogle the sunrise again.




There was a parallel road on the mountainside, where the other half of the crew was staying. And as I was the only one interested in doing that bit I set off earlier on my own. Old navigation unit with somewhat poor overview options made this detour a lot longer and way different that what I had planned. We were heading north along the lake, but when I dropped back down to the lake, I was even further south than our apartment was. So I got to battle through a huge morning traffic jam, for extra fun.


After I had caught up with rest of the crew, we invaded Switzerland, with interesting results. My rear tyre suddenly lost almost all of its pressure. Fortunately there were some travel compressors around. It held most of its pressure (might’ve been completely fine even, I failed to remember that elevation and hence air pressure was changing constantly), but just in case some extra help was acquired from fuel station.




Continuing on, I ended up back in front, dealing with the little traffic we had. Remembered too late that there was a nice open spot, so best opportunities were lost by the time I got the bike on its stand and found my camera. But at least I got some action shots





















Last straight to the top of the pass




People actually getting out of their cars to walk around a bit




Good place to park




Puffalumpin’ the view




Good view




A stone art effort was made

 

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As mentioned earlier, I forgot to integrate elevation in to the equation, so as I once again saw a slight pressure drop in the rear tyre (adding 500m of elevation since last check and cool weather at the top affecting pressure will do that) I applied a bit of tyre foam before setting off. Being nice and compact area it was only a few kilometres after dropping back to the valley, before we got to start climbing towards Italy again.


Unfortunately the steep gallery part of Splüga pass was closed due to roadworks. And our hotel was literally right next to them.




But at least that meant that ALL THE PHOTOS of that amazing road could be taken. It’s a bit on the narrow side to walk around there otherwise.










After that it was time to climb towards the top of the pass for a dinner. Not quite at the top, but Montespluga was a nice little village




After a bit of confusion, a pizzeria took us in and also offered some Damn beer




And some Rats as well




Some very nice Pizzas were had




As well as some very interesting pasta




Well displayed, if a bit small dessert for my liking

 

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Yes, on to day 5 then, with an invasion to Switzerland, before returning to Italy for the night.


For this day we had the shortest route of the trip, so there was no rush to get going. So time to ogle the sunrise again.




There was a parallel road on the mountainside, where the other half of the crew was staying. And as I was the only one interested in doing that bit I set off earlier on my own. Old navigation unit with somewhat poor overview options made this detour a lot longer and way different that what I had planned. We were heading north along the lake, but when I dropped back down to the lake, I was even further south than our apartment was. So I got to battle through a huge morning traffic jam, for extra fun.


After I had caught up with rest of the crew, we invaded Switzerland, with interesting results. My rear tyre suddenly lost almost all of its pressure. Fortunately there were some travel compressors around. It held most of its pressure (might’ve been completely fine even, I failed to remember that elevation and hence air pressure was changing constantly), but just in case some extra help was acquired from fuel station.




Continuing on, I ended up back in front, dealing with the little traffic we had. Remembered too late that there was a nice open spot, so best opportunities were lost by the time I got the bike on its stand and found my camera. But at least I got some action shots





















Last straight to the top of the pass




People actually getting out of their cars to walk around a bit




Good place to park




Puffalumpin’ the view




Good view




A stone art effort was made

Can i request the photos with the compact in full resolution please?
 

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Day 5.

The power of Christ propels you!
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This was my overnight charge after day 4. A bit down the hill from our apartment, not quite within walking distance - but thankfully Peter and Alex were so gracious to drive there with me to drop the car off and pick it up in the morning.

We started the route up at our apartment, and decided to take the scenic way down to meet the others further north along the lake.
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The road was narrow and very twisty, although it opened up to some nice views of the lake far below sometimes.
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Eventually we made our way down, found the rest of the group, waited a while for Mikko, and set off. Drove through some mountain terrain, found a huge church in the middle of nowhere and had some lunch nearby - that's all documented sufficiently, so no pics from me there. Instead, have some from San Bernardino later in the day.

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After that scenery, we continued on and eventually arrived at the overnight stop. The group was again split up into two - a camping group down in the valley, and our AirBnb in Pianazzo - as it turned out, quite literally at the end of the road.
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As Mikko already noted, this was a bit of a shame, but also gave us some unexpected opportunity. I went through the first tunnel to the hairpins with the drone, and that very epic video will be posted some time later - need to figure out how to properly process 4K HEVC on my rather old desktop :/ In the meantime, have a pic of some waterfalls hiding behind some trees, immediately next to the above pictured apartment.
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In the evening, we headed back up the Spluga pass to have dinner. There was a nice view of absolutely nothing in front of the restaurant.
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While we were consuming pizza and some seriously good desserts, the Model 3 munched on some electrons a couple towns over in Madesimo, at the closest charger that I found. It didn't need much since the day was rather short, so it was done just as we were, and was picked up that same evening.
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Day 6, the day of the chase


Up early again, I went to explore those Splüga galleries again. Tried running up from there as well for a morning workout, but a) only having riding footwear b) rarely doing running of any kind that was cut quite short, as it’s a bit on the steeper side. After a quick shower and coasting down to the campsite to gather up the crew I noticed I was lacking a bit on my supplies (carrots, energy drinks, the usual). So, since no one else seemed to need a shopping stop I set off ahead. I’d need an extra fuel stop as well compared to other people, so I’d just start the day at my own pace.


In a way it was good that I did. Gearing up to go after the shop stop some urgent work mail arrived, just as I was about to turn data off for a day in the Swiss zone. After sorting that stuff out I took one of my three photos of the entire day. And that was just a quick snap to show my co-worker that the street Rossi here still had functioning wheels.



As I have only few photos, I’ll rely on helmut cam screencaps for a storyline. And even that was a challenge. Mount on the camera was getting loose, so much of the day there’s a good view of the dash.. Anyway, quite soon after the border crossing I was greeted by these kind of sights, which was a positive surprise. I was just following navigation and forgot there were some nice bits scattered all along the route




Quite literally a lakeside road




That scenery was nice enough to warrant a stop even. The most scenic refueling stop I’d have.




After that it was time to climb mountains again, to switch to the next valley via Julierpass. That took a couple of attempts to get started, as I first went through the village at the bottom to get to that fuel station and then going through it again saw the signs that you can’t get to the pass through the village anymore, something my navigation knew nothing about of course, But following the main road was clear enough after that.





Red boxes, spoiling the view




Both sides of the pass were nice and open. Good visibility and lovely wide corners. Apparently I forgot how to lean in to corners properly, as my boots got some ground hits a few times.




Good visibility resulted in some questionable overtakes as well :mrgreen:




Not too surprisingly another dam lake appeared again. I had suggested a meetup there, so I could catch up. Either this didn’t get through to people, or they just didn’t care. Didn’t hear anybody on radio, but I still thought I had spotted some familiar cars at parking lot, which made for a pointless short stop, putting me in the back of a queue I had just cleared. Continuing down I tagged along with one German Porsche that was keeping up a good pace. I’m sure I spotted him coming the other was the next day as well.






After the initial climb from Albula towards Davos, while admiring nice view (and wondering when it’s going to start raining) I got back to radio range. Only just, but after that I got words here and there for the rest of the way to Davos I love the range of those radios. At one point when I was close enough to hear full sentences, I calculated 3.5km from oncoming traffic being called to said bus making its way past me. And it’s a good thing I caught them when I did. I knew there was a charging stop planned in Davos, but I had no idea where, as I still only had the planned route. Rain started to pour down, just as I caught everyone entering the parking lot where the charge point was. Well executed one stop strategy (as I had been thinking of stopping for rain gear, but decided that it would be fine).




Lunch stop next to the tourist pond was worth it, as the weather at Flüela was much better when we got going again.




Still as nice road as ever, with very little traffic. I think I’ve been there too many times, as it still didn’t make me get my camera out when we stopped there. Somebody had decided to make the eastern side of the pass much less biker friendly.. And that went on for about half of the downhill.




Maybe it was this rat (it wasn’t)




Once again @Peter3hg and I ended up a bit ahead after the pass, as only he was mad enough to follow my overtaking pace. After the nice cruising road on the Swiss side, Austrians greeted us with a small bit of twisties, straight from the border crossing.




We had a clear shot through most of that, before finally countering too much traffic to battle through. Not that it mattered, we were close to joining the main road and looking for fuel stop nearby anyway.




After border crossing to Italy things got a bit thunderous. I stopped to put my rain gear on, dropping to hang around on my own again. But we were less than 10km away from the hotel anyway, so that didn’t matter too much. Well apparently it did. Fortunately I had looked at the area beforehand, to know that my navigation was pointing the wrong way. With some luck and intuition I managed to get myself to the right spot, but as I didn’t recognise the hotel, or see any familiar cars, I thought I was at a wrong place. Found enough cover to google about a bit and that guided me to the next village 10km down the valley, to a pension of same name. After riding through the same thunderstorm again to the wrong place and then then back up, to go through it the third time, villages in the area were starting to turn in to rivers. Sena is really slow to turn on, so I missed the best bits, but that truck was sending waves up to second floor windows




After I finally found the correct spot I went straight to the sauna, like a true Finn. Pretty much what many expected, but I still managed to hide from everyone at the same hotel for a good while, they needed me to move my bike, as it was blocking in ALL THE CARS, for others to get down to the village for dinner.
 

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Even fewer pictures from me on Day 6... it's like I was slowly getting tired and the views, despite being awesome, have begun to repeat a tiny bit :p

The day's map. After descending down from our "end of the road" apartment to the valley campsite and having some nice breakfast, we started out heading south before turning east and crossing into Switzerland towards St. Moritz.
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Before reaching St. Moritz, we had an encounter with the Swiss police near one of the lakes. They actually pulled a car from the group over, which immediately caused some amusement, mild panic and stringent keeping to the speed limits among the rest. Thankfully it was just a routine check, and no-one was arrested or shot.

We then turned sharp north-west and headed up the Julier pass.
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Having crossed over that, our route continued north-east towards Davos. I wanted to do a charging stop there, and the time was ripe for lunch. Sadly, the weather has deteriorated as we arrived. There were also some shenaningans with the charger, that refused to accept any of my RFIDs and only wanted direct contactless payment; which I would've been perfectly fine with if it allowed me to enter any of my credit cards' PIN... for which it didn't have any keys -.-
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Ultimately Alex offered to pay with one of his cards, and after being soaked in the rain fiddling with all of this, we went off to lunch. While we were there, the weather improved drastically.
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Having lunched (at proper touristic Swiss prices), we continued on and climbed the Flüelapass, which was amazing even at Swiss speed limits.
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After descending down the other side, we continued on further east and clipped a small corner of Austria. Of course, everybody with fossil burning engines had to refuel there, because cheap.

As we continued on south into Italy, the weather got worse again. We initially planned on driving up Stelvio that evening, since our overnight location was rather close to the pass, and technically had enough time to do so. However, the very wet and foggy conditions ultimately dissuaded us from that idea, and we went in search of a place to have lunch instead. The town center had the luxury of a 50kW fast (-ish) charger, that I of course used to top off the Tesla.
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Finding a restaurant for supper proved surprisingly difficult, as many places were closed or packed completely full. After some driving around and variously effective Telegram information consolidation, we eventually found a pizza place only one town over and had dinner there. It was very good, but at this point we've kinda really had enough really good pizza for a long, long time, so I didn't even take any pictures of the place.

At and after dinner, discussions were had about plans for the next day. It was to be a long day of transit all the way from Italy across most of Switzerland to our last stop of the roadtrip in Germany. Since the local weather wasn't forecast to improve much, people made various plans on skipping Stelvio and shortening their drive, some even were planning to take a highway route. I went to bed entirely uncertain about what I would do in the morning.
 

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Day 6 was another day that began in Italy but most of the driving took place in Switzerland. The first pass was a pain with trucks and more cyclists causing traffic chaos.

This photo was from the first stop and although it's a decent view, this is the spot where we heard that @nicjasno had been stopped by the Swiss police for just happening to be everything that would make someone want to pull you over. We assumed that he would be killed but as @leviathan said, he was spared.



Big red, apparently empty tower surrounded by spectacular scenery and hidden places in the rocks where the Swiss can shoot you. Charming.



On to Davos, this is an overview of the area with the car park and EV charging on the left and the restaurant we ate at on the right.


Another shot of the lake, once the rain had stopped it was gorgeous. They had Beetle boats.


From Davos we headed across the Flüelapass, on our way to Austria.


Another example of a road that is just draped across the stunning landscape.


From there we headed south into Italy, stopping for fuel before failing to camp and joining others in the very nice (and extremely accomodating) hotel Mein Ortlerblick. I feel like they deserve a mention as they were so good to us filthy strays.

When we arrived there was a storm rolling through, but it finally started to pass and we could see this hills for the first time. From here we were only 50m from @DaBoom but had no idea.


We played a game of parking Tetris again and I just managed to squeeze the Smart into this space as the old fart in the Honda had parked a mile from the left side of the car port...


We found a place vaguely close by to eat, pizza again! This was a white pizza with no tomato, the topping of leek and courgette was a welcome change with some real crunch.


The guy working at this place was great, his way of speaking English mostly involved shouting. He also couldn't add up with a calculator.
 

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Day 7. To Stelvio and back.. To Germany


I was amongst people who were going to do the original route via Stelvio and Switzerland, despite weather warnings and long kilometres on the Swiss side. But then again, I had planned the route, so of course I would (Although as mentioned the Stelvio was supposed to have been on previous days’ program, as it adds at least an extra hour to the route). But at least there was a good reason to be up early and appreciate the view that was hidden by rain when I finally found the pension the previous night.




The fog in the valley got up quite soon after me as well




As the breakfast schedule was a bit tighter than usual and many were expecting a long day anyway, we had enough people to be evicted to an empty room (or to keep us out of sight of other guests..)




It was starting to drizzle a bit when we were setting off, so no more morning pictures. But after a bit of fog on the foothills, the climb to Stelvio cleared up nicely. A surprising duo first at the top




Our German reinforcements had stopped on the way for photos, as they should, Didn’t make it back in time for better shot, but it’s something




And since I have almost the same picture of my other vehicles..




A bit too steep of a hill to get in to picture properly




A quick effort to re-enact group photo from 2012 roadtrip. When this lovely tradition started in a bigger way. Too bad we didn’t our whole group here (@narf joined as well at this point, but only as we were just setting off).




After starting the descent we hit some bad news. Umbrail pass was closed, assuming because landslides based on the signs. The rain was properly heavy the previous afternoon and night, so wouldn’t be a surprise. But that would make our long route even longer. Turning back and following the roads we did yesterday would’ve probably been the fastest option, but that’s no fun. Instead we decided to do the Stelvio in full and then cross to Switzerland via the expensive Livigno dam/tunnel again.


Good fun was had on the Stelvio, Getting to Livigno, not so much. The whole pass was packed. I got ahead, so I was a bit less annoyed by the slowness of some people on the road and I’d have time to refuel while waiting. We had dodged almost all rain still, but roads were damp enough for some slippery moments..


Same story for Flüela, damp roads, but as usual little traffic to hinder us too badly. Since some vehicles had SwissData and time to spend, instead of driving, we were following what the other part of the group were doing and pondering if we should join them in Liechtenstein. In the end it was agreed that it isn’t worth the small detour and stopped to get some juice for the Teslerr a bit closer by instead. I would say there was plenty of room for charging activities.




During that stop I gave my camera to @shad_68 to capture some of the scenery, as we weren’t planning on too many stops




SUPERGREEN




Getting nearer to German border, last parts of the route weren’t the best. We hit quite good amounts of traffic (and rain) in Schaffhausen and some road arrangements weren’t up to the task, really.




Once again, a BMW driver was stopped for “randomised check”. @leviathan continued to our hotel via the shortest route, while we stayed behind to wait for @Peter3hg. My speedo fixed itself as soon as we entered Germany. It had been rather iffy ever since the bearing change. The weather was somewhat clear as we entered the black forest, but cloud cover made it clear that wouldn’t last too long




After some really nice smaller roads and quite a lot of rain, some imaginative efforts to dry my riding gear were made..




While wondering how some taller FG members would make do in this apartment




The next morning we were greeted by @MWF, providing us some hot brew.




And as it was more or less just a transfer day to get to Ringmeet, mostly on motorways, I didn’t want to slow anyone down with my Italian spec high consumption, small fuel tank setup. I had plotted some smaller roads in the Schwarzwald area before joining the motorway. Apparently not enough waypoints again, as I think I had more average main roads before autobahn than I should have. I gambled with couple of stops, just so I could make the route on three stops. During the second stop I was still ahead of most of roadtrip crew, hiding behind omnoms.




Rest of the ride was typically uneventful. Although since I’ve done the last bit so many times, I turned off to smaller roads some 50-60km before camp, just to search for some new roads. And some nice routes were found indeed, so that was a nice way to end the trip and settle in to Ringmeet.
 

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I suppose I should get my arse into gear and finish the story from my perspective then. Days 7 and 8 (holy shit it's a month now since these days)

Not many photos for day 7, just some random shots. As mentioned above, we were all split into smaller groups for the trip to Germany. In my case, I joined the group going through Austria, with a detour into Lichtenstein. To do this we needed an Austrian Vignette. just over 9 Euros for a 10 day vignette wasn't too painful.

Nice yellow sticker for the window.


I think it was @ninjacoco who went into the gift shop first, once we realised what they had we all piled in and I bought a cowbell. I also managed to convince @93Flareside to take a Skoda wheel trim that was hanging around in the car park, I have no idea what happened to it. :LOL:


The Smart decided to start playing games and dropped into limp mode three times on the trip, thankfully others in the group stopped with me twice to reset it and get back on the road, then when it went the third time they stuck with me going as fast as I could. I'm sure they were bored stupid by the time we got there.

Dinner wasn't pizza that night (thank goodness) but schnitzel. This was amazing and you could hear it being hammered in the kitchen so we knew it was freshly made.


Day 8 was a little different. Before leaving S2 Smarts I got them to run the diagnostics on the car and see if there were any logged faults indicating why the car had gone into limp mode the day before I went down to them. The only fault logged was the MAP sensor, so logic said that I should replace that first. After breakfast, @D-Fence offered to be my German translator and we went over to the local Mercedes stealership and service centre in Titisee. They frankly didn't give a fuck and told us to call the service centre in Freiburg. Long story short, the part would be delivered to Freiburg where we would have to pick it up. That makes it a day trip, then!

We took a scenic route over and on the way the Smart hit 77777 miles. I absolutely didn't take this photo while driving.


The car was then parked up at MB for the day and we went into the city in the Mini.


I've never been to Freiburg so it was interesting to look around while we waited for the part to be available. We looked at the church and all of the old buildings, so of course I took photos of none of those and was more interested in wooden ducks and a concrete crocodile.



We got food and drinks, eventually heading back over to pick up the part, which hadn't arrived yet. While we waited there was the surreal situation of some old guy asking the staff about Roadster parts, confusing them and being totally unable to explain what he wanted without a car to show them (for some reason he didn't bring his). I didn't understand the conversation but my translator did and two minutes later we were out at my car, the old dude pointing out the window seal he wanted.

Anyway, we got the part, fitted it and it didn't fix the problem, so I let @D-Fence head off to the 'Ring and I set about nursing the car over, stopping to reset whenever it started limping. After spending the week with the Tesla, the irony of stopping a petrol car at services with superchargers (more often than a Tesla would require) wasn't lost on me. I got there eventually though as it was getting dark. I'm pretty sure I discovered the problem and have it sorted now but that's for another thread.

It was an amazing trip, great to finally do a roadtrip in my own car but I just wish it would've behaved better. :D
 
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