Greetings from Grossglockner Hockalpenstrasse

I rode over it today it was COLD! I thought I took a picture of the temperature sign, but I guess I didn’t get the button pushed. It read 3C at the top. I had my Gerbing on the entire day.

Just before I stopped here I rode around a small lake filled with ice. Brrr

Just before I stopped here I rode around a small lake filled with ice. Brrr

I was mistaken. The mountain is 3900+m in elevation, the pass tops out just over 2500m. A fantastic pass and I only wished for more sun. I rode a big loop to the southwest of where we are staying and where we are staying is the only place with any sun. It was warm here but quite chilly everywhere else. My route took me over several other passes but none so high or so twisty. All had great scenery and most had very good roads.

Just as I left this morning there was a group of about 20 riders on vintage bikes going the other way. It looked like old British bikes. Very fun.

Here is a video of climbing the pass from the north toll booth. Yes, Virginia, it costs real money to ride this road. The motorcycle toll is €24 – about $34 at the current exchange rate. The road is in excellent shape and road crews were up there today repaving some sections. No complaints from me about the road.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbtyw4WZB58

More high altitude adventures tomorrow.

This is about 1800m elevation. Looking north

This is about 1800m elevation. Looking north

The view from Riders Point

The view from Riders Point