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    Patron saint of bore-cutters Sponsor stig's Avatar
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    Got home from our company excursion to the Alps.
    4000 kilometers and roughly a billion hairpin turns.
    Terrific weather until the last day, camping at the foot of Eiger Nordwand, when we got rained on a lot.
    Did 10 of the highest passes, some of them 2 or even 3 times.
    The best driving experience was Bernardino, coming up from the Italian side, The prettiest was Nufenen and the old stone pawed road over St. Gotthard was amazing, both for the drive and for the thought of how long it must have taken to lay all those stones.
    I'd driven a lot of them before and my favourite has always been Furka, because it is so unforgiving. Bad road surface, steep dropoffs and nothing like a guard rail.
    The apprentice led on his Honda CBR 600, Richard and I were hard pressed to follow, as we drive touring bikes.
    Still, taking a touring bike to the limit through a mountain pass is a lot of fun.
    The guys got a good introduction to Swiss food, we ate at some really good restaurants.

    You'll notice that my old SOTC t-shirt got it's picture taken in the Alps! Getting to be a well travelled shirt, that one.

    Hell of a fine trip.
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    Really cool Stig.


    Fancy looking scooter in the upper right. I guess a motor bike with brakes and such is not dangerous enough.
    Winter is coming.

    Jim

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    Great pics, thanks for sharing.
    Manly trucks for manly men.



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    freaking awesome pictures. having been to the eiger and swiss alps, I can relate.
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    Stunning pics Stig - glad you had a nice run
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireFighterZero View Post
    Really cool Stig.


    Fancy looking scooter in the upper right. I guess a motor bike with brakes and such is not dangerous enough.
    We took the cable car up to 3200 meters, so the guys could try some thinner air than what we flatlanders are used to.
    They rented those things out, and one could ride all the way back down in the valley.
    Great fun, but lots of opportunity to get hurt.

    Afterwards we talked about how you'd never get to do something like that in the US with all the litigation lawyers you have.

    Too much risk of a lawsuit.

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    No way to rent them, but if you stole one you could do it.
    Winter is coming.

    Jim

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    Nice pics!
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    Great pictures there....especially all those hairpins. We visited Haleakalā in Hawaii approx 2000...rented bikes and did the 27 mile ride downhill from the summit to the valley. 27 miles and no pedalling was cool. Apparently they stopped that activity in 2007...too many fatalities.

    That guy on the scooter looks like a dead man riding!
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    They could sell at the top of the mountain, buy at the bottom of the mountain.

    Looks like an awesome trip in the real sense of the word.

    I'd love to ride a motorcycle on something like that, but think I have enough risk exposure, as is.







    Had a house cleaner in for a first go-round. More to come. How nice! Smells good in here. Might be able to help with dinners and such, maybe business errands, shuttle driver for mobilizing equipment. Single mom, college student, transplant, hippie-ish chick.Her younger kid is a little 7 y.o. girl who made fast friends with Dahlia (5 y.o.) when they came over to look at the job.

    Bought out the neighbor's garage sale of her late husband's tools. $35, whole mess of little tools, bolts, odds and ends, bins, tarps, hand tools, etc. The pick that was used to dig for the railroad in eastern Washington is stubby. It has had a few handles over many decades.
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