Who says a scooter can't go over Grimselpass
Trip Start May 01, 2006
122Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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Ever since the first day of planning this trip, I have wanted to do the twisty, windy, switchback roads of the Swiss mountain passes. The best of these are the Susten, Grimsel and Furka passes. I refused to listen to the pessimists who said it couldn't be done on a scooter. I did concede that the only way I could get two people up a pass on a 200cc scooter would be to dump all the luggage at a hotel beforehand.
We had chosen Interkirchen as our dumping point as it would allow me to do the three passes in one big loop and this could easily be achieved in one day
We stopped at an amazing hotel which had fabulous views back down the valley and enjoyed a lovely (albeit expensive) Goulashsuppe. We enquired the price of staying in the hotel and were quoted 110 Swiss Francs. This is double what we paid for the hostel but equal to what we paid in Rome, Florence and Venice. It was only 4 in the afternoon and we decided to move on rather than stop this early. I think I was rather full of adrenalin and just wanted to keep riding off into the sunset.
To my surprise, the road did go higher - much higher
Everything that is ever said about Switzerland is true - and every photo you have seen of the wonderful mountain scenery does not do it justice. It is so amazing it cannot be described in words - and just when you think you have seen the best sight on earth, you round another bend and the next view is even better than the last.
Furkapass is now ranked in my Top Five Best Things Ever!!!!
If the hotel at the top had been open I would have stayed to soak up the finest view (even better than the previous day from the top of Jungfrau).
Unfortunately it wasn't so we continued on to Andermatt and found another fabulous place the Bergidyll hotel (with free internet). We explored the town a little before enjoying a fine meal of "pancake soup" and chicken salad - topped off with the gratis swig of limoncello - a highly alcoholic liqueur made from lemons.