June 09, 2012 GMT
Pass after pass

I was awoken by an explosion. Don't know why and I wasn't too bothered to find out. Pigged out with breakfast and was out into the rain by 9am.

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The lovely Forcola hotel in Livigno...

Over a few of the passes, We were in the clouds. Everything misted up and I was down to 40 kph, looking over my steamed up glasses. I must have looked very studious!

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Betty lost in the clouds...

I had passed into Swizerland an hour ago and the rain became constant, whether high or low. My undies were filling up with water once again. The steep sided valley I was travelling in was so wet, so swiching to the next valley 5 miles to the West, the rain stopped!

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No ships have ever run aground on the 2000+ Oberalppass in Switzerland thanks to it's lighthouse...

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No need for sidestands, when you have a 3 metre high snowdrift...

The weather became dryer, and the next few passes were even unclouded. We were beginning to make good progress, in spectacular settings. I think Betty had forgiven me for dropping here the day before, because she was eager. The serious frown on her face had subsided, and I detected a slight smile.

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Betty on the Julierpass...

To be quite honest, most of the passes crossed in Switzerland were more enjoyable than the Stelvio Pass. The Stelvio was just too narrow and in really bad condition. I guess its reputation is it's height.

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Kodak moment on the Furkapass...

Into central Swizerland I arrived, and it was wall to wall massive mountains, waterfalls exploding from cliff faces and wonderful buildings. Through Interlarken and into the Jungfraujoch. I was getting very excited. If the clouds were kind I may just catch a glimpse of the Eiger.

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On the Furkapass and missing a bit of clutch lever. Keep lightening the load...

She could of had her skirt held high pulling the world's biggest moonie for all I knew as she was wrapped in clouds.

I pitched up at the Eigerwand campsite and bought supplies. Oh, fresh milk (Eigermilch), for decent tea. A can of beer(Eigerbeer), with dinner. After that I bought another beer at the bar (Eiger...I'm not carrying on with this), and bought 1 hour of internet access for 6 Swiss Francs! Jeepers Creepers! Still I can continue to look at the Eiger from the bar. She may yet unveil herself.

Posted by David Bailey at June 09, 2012 07:12 PM GMT

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