Sunday, August 14, 2011

Swimming in Italy

Disclaimer: contains nudity and foul language

Pictures from Germany to Switzerland

Start of my trip along the Innradweg

The Alps come into view


Church in Austria

Innradweg in Austria

Waterfall in Italy


Statue at Madonna del Ghisallo

Typical farm house

Crazy Alpen highways

Glacial stream

Furkapass, Switzerland

Awesome descent

headwaters of the Rhone River

Italian sunset

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Track me here

Use this link to check up on my current location in the Alps!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cycling in the Alps

Tomorrow I leave for Germany to visit a great and dear friend of mine. Errol and I had planned to do some cycling this summer in search of adventure, physical challenge, and above all, a good time! We set our sights on the Alps and started to prepare and plan. Unfortunately, two weeks ago, Errol severely injured his knee. It looks as though he will not be able to join me in this summer's episode of cyclotouring (yes the bike-a-thon must go on).

Here is a brief outline of my upcoming trip:

After visiting with Errol in Hamburg, I will head south to the German-Austrian border outside of Munich. There I will hop on my bike and head into the Alps following the Inn river to its source, some 500 km to the west, in Switzerland. I will be following the Innradweg (Inn bicycle path) for this leg of the journey (click for info and map). Once in Switzerland, I will continue through the heart of the Alps visiting small villages and towns. This section of my trip is left mostly unplanned to see where the road and winds take me... the Matterhorn, Northern Italy, Mont Blanc... All of this meandering and wandering will have a direction and goal in mind though: Thonon-les-Bains, France on Lac Leman. This is the northern terminus of La Route Des Grandes Alpes (click for info and map). This route will lead me 684 km through the french Alps on the epic and storied climbs of Le Toure de France, ending at its southern terminus on the Mediterranean in Menton, France. Then I have a choice: east to Italy and Venice, or west to Spain and Barcelona... I'll let you know when I get there. Check back to this blog for updates and of course pictures often.

Now, I must return my tray and seat to its upright position and prepare for take off. I will miss you all! See you in September.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hatcher Pass

On my way up to Hatcher Pass

Summit Lake on Hatcher Pass

Pika on Hatcher Pass

Climbing into the clouds

Alaska's fall colors

Taking a break

Willow Creek


Willow Creek

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Last 100 Miles

These mile posts count me down all the way into Anchorage

Denali shows herself

The Alaska Range

Fall is here

Denali National Park

Nanana River

Alaska Highway, CHECK!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcome to the YUKON and ALASKA

Welcome to the Yukon

Dry, semi-arid landscapes with beautiful views

Above tree line at the Three Guardsmen Pass

My bike works great also as a tripod

Hardest climb so far. Sea level to 3,511 ft.

Welcome to Alaska!

Lake Kluane. Fall is just around the corner. I hear it lasts for only a week

Woke up to a grizzly outside my tent.

More mountainous views in Alaska

Glacial waters mixing from the Slims River into Lake Kluane

Ernesto and I make camp in Tok, AK. Ernesto is traveling from Uruguay to Alaska by motorcycle