I agreed that it might be best to go back to Au and return to Montpellier the next day, and that would give us a day to recover on Sunday before I had to go back to work. He rang the hotel, found they had room, so we packed up and headed off after giving back the ice bucket, and eating a reasonable breakfast that gave me no opportunity to make sarnies.
We idled through St Moritz admiring the buildings, and I noticed more of the stark industrial raw concrete look, then rode back to Celerina and on north towards the Austrian border.
|Road passing through the gorge of this fantastic blue river|
|Whaddya know, another castle|
|Bridge for bungy jumping?|
|Just love the curves|
|Road goes through a tunnel with windows|
|Col of the Flexenpass|
|Mini glaciers or just unmelted snow?|
|Ski lifts and runs in the background|
|St Anton (I think)|
We went over a couple of other passes in glorious sunshine. Typical.
|Rolling hillsides and pretty prairie flowers|
|Rollin' on one side, escarped on t'other|
|Au: Duckhouse paid through expenses, do you think?|
|Au: Look at the fancy woodwork, so many tiny fish scales|
|Village of Au|
That evening we had an enoooormous dinner at the hotel, and boy was it good. The entree was a tiny patty of beef tartare, then came a consommé soup, then we helped ourselves to salad from the buffet, then came the main course of a pork chop with potatoes, and then we finished up with dessert of a creamy fruity terrine. I waddled back to our room happy.
The next day I made some sarnies as we did not want to have to stop in a Swiss service station and buy some, loaded up the car and trailer and drove all the way back home which took about 10hrs.
Total distance travelled was 3200km - 1700 doing the return trip to Au, the rest around Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. We had a terrific time, saw some fantastic scenery and rode some amazing roads. We visited the regions of Bavaria, Dolomites, Voralberg, Haut Adige and Carinthie. I'd love to go back.
Here is the list of passes we went over:
Grossglockner pass (€22)
Passo di Falzarego
Passo di Gardena/Grödner Joch
Passo di Pennes/Penserjoch
Passo di M Griovo/Jaufenpass
Passo del Stelvio
Passo des Bernina