Climbing on State Road 2 north of Airolo
A view of Airolo as one climbs towards the pass
After getting cleaned up and a small dinner, I headed back out to shoot Old Saint Gotthard Pass as opposed to the New Saint Gotthard pass which while having some twists, is just kind of boring.
The St Gotthard Pass sign is on the new road
When I got there, there was thick fog billowing out of the valley below. Steve of Scooterinthesticks would have loved it, and done a better job with the fog than I managed. So I drove the rig straight down to the bottom level past all the hairpin turns and rode till the road met State Road 2.
Looking upwards into the fog, after negotiating the last
hairpin turn on Old St Gotthard Pass Road.
Weird looking concrete structure I found on the way to
the new road. I wonder what its function is?
This is cow country, lots of these cows on the pass,
I would find some more later as well.
I got on State Road 2 and rode towards Furka Pass, hoping to catch the last bits of the sunset. I found traffic stopped on westbound Furkastrasse for unknown reasons soon after passing through Hospenthal. I thought perhaps there'd been an accident in the town of Realp just ahead but that wasn't it.
Traffic moved for a bit but then slowed to a crawl and became stop and go. This is on the road between towns so it wasn't something you could maneuver around; though several squids did "lane filter" past all the cars and I while we moved in spurts.
Finally, got to a point on the road where I could see what the problem was: It was a Cow Stau!
Stau is German for traffic jam, hence my use of the word. It looked like farmers were herding a whole bunch of cows, moving them from one field to another, and using the road as the way to do it!
After perhaps 30 minutes or so of this mess, the cows were finally removed from the road and traffic started moving again. Made it to Furka Pass just in time to catch the last bits of sunset.
Following pictures were shot from a location just west of the Furka Pass Sign:
Following shots were done as I rode back towards the hotel along Furkastrasse:
I rode home in the gathering darkness, thinking I'll have to hit Furka Pass in the early morning tomorrow as it should be quite scenic. I'll be hitting other passes as well that are near here, thanks to info given to me by Gary France. Thanks Gary!