Mountains for two
Trip Start May 01, 2006
122Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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Tip # 24. Always take a coat with large pockets or an empty handbag to breakfast. The continental breakfast consists of bread rolls with meat and cheese - which makes a great lunch.
The BOSS was picked up in the minibus by the lovely Michael who organises bike hire in the summer and ski trips in the winter - except when stupid Aussies come along and want to snowboard in the summer - then he will quite happily relieve them of their money and organise a private tour. The minibus also contained the very cute Tom, the snowboard instructor (see picture) but I will let the BOSS tell you all about her day
I took the bike and relieved of all her weight, she flew up the mountain along the Brennerpass. I followed the Autobahn south into Italy but I used the minor "B" road which winds and twists underneath the highway. I passed under some amazing bridges built right over the top of the valleys. There was very little traffic so the ride was easy and fun but above me on the highway there seemed to be a problem or two. It looked like some sort of protest was taking place with a truck blockade 20 kilometres long. When I got to the border control it was a parking lot of trucks - nothing was moving in either direction. Luckily I left that route and headed off higher into the mountains along the Jaufenpass and then the Timmelsjoch pass. The road was packed with motorbikes in both directions and riding was great. It was such a thrill to be doing three amazing passes in one day with unbelievable scenery all the way. I ended up riding for nearly five hours although it was only about 200 kilometres. I didn't notice the time passing, or my muscles aching or my stomach grumbling - I was just riding!!
Today I had a fabulous day on top of a glacier, snowboarding, in the Austrian alps, in the middle of summer!
We decided not to stay another night in Innsbruck so we loaded the bike and headed towards Salzburg. It was just on 5 o'clock and the weather was closing in so we rode for only an hour. We reached Worgl, found the most stunning traditional gasthaus, bought some groceries for dinner and settled in to watch the thunderstorm that had followed us from Innsbruck.