Preparation on a Rainy Day

Re-activated my old wordpress site. Perhaps I can write a blog during the trip.

The 4×4 with roof tent has been rented months ago. The flight via Joburg booked. Maps loaded to 2 GPS, but we’ll leave them at home. We are trusting in the one installed in the car, gambling on getting lost 😉

So here is where we are going – no concrete plan, just open roads.

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By klausneutze

Ready for the trip

Going to pick up the guys from the airport.
Still nervous about the exact route to take. Too many options, some more pretty other more twisty.

WestAlps

By klausneutze

Day 12 – Erding

Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
544 km
6:57 h
Home – Erding
  • Sustenpass
  • Klausenpass
  • Autobahn
  • 1. Sustenpass

    2. Klausenpass

    3. Autobahn
    Initially, Swiss Autobahn. Speedlimit 120 km/h +-0 No tolerance. No place for bikers. The rest is German autobahn – one last sprint home

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    Day 11 – around Zweisimmen

    Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
    355 km
    5:37 h
    same 325 Year Old Swiss Chalet we can skip Grindelwald or do it on the way back
    • Grindelwald
    • Grimselpass
    • Furkapass
    • St. Gotthard with Tremola
    • Nufenen
    • Grimsel again

    1. Grindelwald
    View to Eiger Nordwand. We could take the train up instead of doing the bike tour, but it is 180 CHF – outrageous. I suggest we do some biking instead.

    2. Grimselpass

    3. Furkapass
    From 3:30 – 3:40 min in below video

    4. St. Gotthard

    From 2:30 to 3:30 min in above video.

    1. Nufenenpass

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    Day 10 – Zweisimmen

    Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
    544 km
    6:57 h
    325 Year Old Swiss Chalet
    200 sqm
    cancel by 22.July
    2 nights 600 CHF
    • Col de Montgenevre
    • Col de l Iseran
    • Cormet de Roselend
    • Col du Pre
    • Col des Saisies
    • Col des Montets
    • Col du Pillon

    1. Col de Montgenevre
    Minute 2:18 – we will go the other way

    2. Col de l Iseran

    Minute 0:58 – we will go the other way

    3. Cormet de Roselend
    4. Col du Pre

    Spent one of my most exciting nights in a tent on Cormet de Roselend.


    5. Col des Saisies

    some fotos

    6. Col des Montets


    7. Col du Pillon

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    Day 9 – around Col de l Izoard

    Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
    354 km
    5:59 h
    same Refuge Napoleon Uncharted gravel road

    • Col de l Izoard
    • Col de Vars
    • Col de la Bonette
    • Col de Raspaillon
    • Col de Valberg
    • Col des Champs
    • Col d Allos
    • Col de Vars, again
    • Col de l Izoard, again

    1. Izoard
    see Day 8

    2. Vars

    first 1:15 of video

    3. Bonette
    Highest open mountain pass in the Alps – was closed last year

    There is a gravel road going from here – might be difficult. High mountain terrain… …internet is not very clear about the difficulty and how far you can get.

    Alternative
    Road said to have some big stones – some visible in the video

    4. Rapaillon
    No real pass, just a high point touched by the road

    5. Valberg
    Loneliest place on earth…

    6. Col de Champs
    7. Col de Allos
    0:10-1:00 min on this video, but other direction

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    Day 8 – Col de l Izoard

    Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
    296 km
    4:59 h
    Refuge Napoleon Col Izoard
    3x double room incl. Breakfast and Dinner
    2 nights 690,-Eur
    • Col de Proncel
    • Col de St. Alexis
    • Col de Menee
    • Col du Prayet
    • Col St-Sebastien pres Mens
    • Col de Rioupes
    • Col du Noyer
    • Col de l Izoard
    • Refuge Napoleon

    1. Col de Proncel
    german text only
    2. Col de St. Alexis
    german text only
    3. Col de Menee


    4. Col du Prayet


    5. Col St-Sebastien pres Mens
    german text only

    6. Col de Rioupes


    7. Col du Noyer


    8. Col de l Izoard

    Izoard is at 1:20 min in below video

     


    9. Refuge Napoleon

    The hotel is at 1:00 min in above video and 1:40min in the first one

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    Day 7 – around Pont-en-Royans

    Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
    254 km
    5:37 h

    • Col de Toutes Aures pres Presles
    • Col de la Croix Bernard
    • Col de Pra lEtang
    • Col du Mont Noir
    • Pas du Pre Coquet
    • Col de Romeyere
    • Gorges de la Bourne
    • Grand Boulets
    • Col de la Croix Chatelar
    • Col de la Machine
    • Col de la Croix Bouvante
    • Col du Tunnel du Pionnier
    • Col de la Bataille
    • Col du Lion
    • Abbaye de Leoncel
    • Col des Limouches
    • Col de Tourniol
    • Col de Bioux

    First the town we’re lodging in..

    1. Col de Toutes Aures pres Presles

    2. Col de la Croix Bernard
    3. Col de Pra lEtang
    4. Col du Mont Noir

    5. Pas du Pre Coquet

    6. Col de Romeyere
    I’m afraid it is black for 2 minutes…

    7. Gorges de la Bourne

    8. Grand Boulets
    9. Col de la Croix Chatelar
    10. Col de la Machine
    http://alpenrouten.de/Machine-Col-de-la-Combe-Laval_point698.html

    11. Col de la Croix Bouvante
    12. Col du Tunnel du Pionnier

    13. Col de la Bataille

    14. Col du Lion
    Likely a dead end – said to be worth it…

    15. Abbaye de Leoncel

    16. Col des Limouches

    17. Col de Tourniol

    18. Col de Bioux

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    Day 6 – Pont-en-Royans

    Distance / Time Hotel Alternatives Highlights
    334 km
    5:33 h
    Hotel du Musee de l’Eau
    3x Double Room
    Cancel by 15.Sep
    2 nights 350 Eur

    • Col du Mont Cenis
    • Col du Telegraphe
    • Col du Galibier
    • Col du Lautaret

    1. Mont Cenis

    and from 3:50 of our last tour, but we will have better weather and go the other way

    2. Telegraph

    3. Galibier

    4. Lautaret

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