Not much a ride report but I thought some of you might enjoy seeing some pictures from the Alps.
We spent 10 days there in September. It is an absolutely breathtaking area of the world. Pictures are a bit limited, as we were with a group that didn’t stop much. Lucky for us one of the couples forgot their camera so we gave them ours. Riding two up the pillion rider was free to snap away, at least on the days it wasn’t raining or snowing.
We touched on Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, and Liechtenstein. Switzerland had the best condition roads but was also incredibly expensive. For instance a simple bell pepper at the market was $8.15 USD!
I'm not a coffee drinker but hot chocolate seems just as popular. Mountain passes were cold, some just barely above freezing and I nursed many a cup!
Narrow, undivided roads are pretty common.
You never who you will meet on them.
It was time to bring the cows down from the high pastures for the winter. They get dressed up for the trip.
Yep, that is my bike. First time I've even dropped a bike so if I had to have an off at least it was somewhere interesting. No injuries and just minor scratches to the bike.
If switchbacks are your thing, finding them is easy enough.
Buses frequent the passes as well. They can't complete the turns without filling the entire road. HOKS caught one in a blind curve and was forced into a stone wall. He kept his bike up but put some good gouges in one of his side cases when he hit the wall. The bus driver came out, said there was no big damage and back off he went.
This was the view from our hotel on one of our last nights. I don't really have any words, it was just to beautiful.