Did the Grossglockner yesterday. Yep im jumping forward on my trip. Still have not loaded Vienna or some other stops but this section was by far the best time I’ve had so far on my solo trip. Did three passes in two days with the culmination of the Grossglockner. For those Americans who don’t know, it’s the Holy Grail of European Alps mountain motorcycle roads. Rivals the Dragon simply because of what you can’t do on the Dragon. Very few Rocky Mountain passes equal this road either, I’ve done them too. The only regret I had was I was on my GS Adventure instead of a more suitable bike..but I might not of been here to write this post if I was on a crotch rocket. It would have been fun 🙂 …..although I did meet a group of bikers riding 50cc motorcycles to the top. 50cc motorcycles with carburetors don’t do very well on hills let alone mountain passes with 23% grades. It was fun to see the struggle and then the triumph of the few who made it to the top. Not nearly as high as the Rockies, coming in at only 8,432 feet, but way more fun. Some of the Italians and Germans I met were running full road width even with oncoming traffic on exotic italian Ducati’s, BMW R1000 race bikes and the occasional Japanese crotch rocket. They cut corners directly in front of an oncoming bus with only an inch to spare. Everyone was weaving between oncoming traffic on a roadway only twenty feet wide. Do the math. car plus car plus motorcycle plus margin of error on the cliff side. It doesn’t work, but somehow they made it through. My testicles weren’t big enough to do what these guys were doing. ( Can I write that here?)
All in all, I rode 900 km of mountain passes and roads in two days. Weather perfect. Roads stellar, views awesome. Stayed in an Alpine village last night and tonight I’m in Vienna.
The soldier in WWI uniform is standing guard at a fort now museum about the conflict between Italy and Austria. The pass used to belong to Austria. They lost it. The conflict was a futile waste of time for a piece of rock. Since we don’t have WWI sites, this was quite cool. No pictures were allowed other than the guard and exterior.
Pics don’t do this justice.