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Easter weekend ride(28 posts)

Easter weekend rideZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:19 AM
I spent 3 days in Switzerland riding during the Easter weekend. Here are pictures from the day 1.
Uri canton in south central Swtizerland. In the area I was there are about 12 (if not more) mountain passes!!!

Started from Andermat. Cycled down to Goeschenen, then Goeschenenalpsee, back to Andermat (through Goeschenen) for lunch, then continued towards Oberalppass.

Hope you will enjoy the pictures as much I enjoyed the scenery.

ride beginsZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:20 AM
Somewhere between Andermatt and Goeschenen. Andermatt is a skiing resort, world renown I was told by my Norwegian travel advisor.
To get to Geschenen you need to take a several hundred meters down descend on zigzagging switchbacks. The night before the front desk lady at the hotel tried to talk some sense into me and persuade me from cycling here, the reason? Too cold and too many cars! I said to her: (behind her back, in my hotel room) NUTS!!!!
low pointZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:22 AM
the Lowest point of the trip, at this roundabout I rode to Goeschenen (the road I am standing on), the blue car is driving towards Andermatt/Realp resorts.
sure looks niceZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:23 AM
Just after Goeschenen, the sun come up and it began to get wormer, plus I was at a much lower altitude than Andermatt.
time to repackZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:25 AM
Survival knapsack... It got too warm to ride with everything on so I took of the winter jacket and gloves, kept the tights on wanting to avoid an international humiliation and scandal of being seen undressing. At this point I had the backpack stuffed with some Swiss chocolate, banana, apple, winter hat/gloves/jacket, rain coat (which I used during descends to stop the wind chill), about half full 1.5L water bottle, some bike tools.
spring is hereZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:26 AM
Climbing to Goeschenenalpsee and enjoying the countryside. You could sense the spring here.
Apr 29, 2003 8:27 AM
Hmmm, a roadblock! The road was closed to traffic because of the snow. Beyond this point there were some cabins and farmhouses. Those with property there had a key to the lock on the gate. I don't own even a Swiss account so I walked around the gate.
breaking a swiss lawZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:29 AM
On the other side of the gate (you can see it in the lower right corner just barely). Looking down into the volley - Goeschenertal - where Goeschenen village is.
snow, lots of itZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:30 AM
Almost the end of the road. To the left is a river bed where there was a couple fishing and another couple had a fire going in a little camp.
Apr 29, 2003 8:32 AM
The lake - Goeschenenalpsee. The convenient thing in Switzerland at this time of the year is the amount of available bike stands as proved in the picture. Beyond the bicycle there, hardly visible with this picture resolution, is the lake, frozen entirely. Just above the saddle or to the right of it should be a waterfall.
different viewZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:33 AM
Slightly different view of the previous picture.
looking backZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:34 AM
Looking directly back, that is towards where I cycled from.
Apr 29, 2003 8:35 AM
Looking at the snow covered mountains and mounds of plowed snow all around me
Apr 29, 2003 8:36 AM
Coming down to Goeschenen again
i will ride like the british drive!ZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:38 AM
Swiss precision translated into the driving... Be accurate or you won't drive again. Kept way to the center here knowing well the road was blocked down at the foot of the volley.
back downZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:39 AM
At the very bottom of the snow streaming down the mountainside is Goeschenen dorf. Hardly visible here though.
up to AndermattZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:40 AM
Climbing back to Andermatt
nahh, to flat for too long!ZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:42 AM
The road out of Andermatt towards Hospental and Realp, and two (closed) passes - Furkenpass and Gothardpass.
up againZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:44 AM
On my way to Oberalppass. Down below is Andermatt, at the very end of the volley are Hospental and Realp and somewhere above lies the Furkenpass, which doesn't open until June.
desperate for moreZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:45 AM
The road to Oberalppass was closed, so in desperation of farther climb search I took this small road leading up to a ski lift. In picture are visible a train tracks. There is train running to the other side of the pass. During the winter you can put your car on a train car and get a lift to the other side of the Oberalppass.
looking downZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:47 AM
Looking down at Andermatt, different view point (higher) than in "up again" picture
train ride alternativeZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:49 AM
train tracks leading to Oberalppass.
last stand (climb)ZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:51 AM
desperation climb. Small road to the ski lift branching off the main road to Oberalppass
That does look steep! Thanks for the pics...nmrwbadley
Apr 29, 2003 11:06 AM
The steepestZvierBoy
Apr 30, 2003 12:18 AM
Yes, this was the steepest section. Good thing it was about 200m only. The entire ride was climbs. Short in terms of km (4hrs, 50km if I recall correctly) but half of it was pure non-stop climbs with hardly any false flats at that.
second roadblockZvierBoy
Apr 29, 2003 8:55 AM
Yet another roadblock. The reason why I could not finish the climb to Oberalppass. Had plenty of fun riding that day, and despite the uncheerful speech of the front desk lady, I have not encountered too many cars. Maybe because it was Easter Saturday?

That's the last picture of the day. Hope you enjoyed these.
If you guys are interested I'll post the 2nd day pictures of Altdorf - Susstenpass ride.

Wow, what a great ride! nmMB1
Apr 29, 2003 10:49 AM
Thanks, yes I did have fun there. nmZvierBoy
Apr 30, 2003 12:13 AM