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TDM2014 – Day9, Easy going…after our last pass at 2106m alt.

today, we’re driving home. we know that the weather in southern switzerland will be rain all day long. on the other side of the alps however, things are looking up. this is why we decide to climb the gotthard pass and see if we get some 50/50 view of sun and rain somewhere at the top.


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but first we want to eat some breakfast – sounds easier that it is: a busload full of pensioners was raiding the buffet like termites feed off some wood. they leave but empty platters and stuff their faces with more food than i would eat all day long. we manage to get a croissant from a staff member and leave in a hurry.

pensioners raiding the breakfast buffet

pensioners raiding the breakfast buffet

the second dissapointment of the day is our first stop in faido at a bar – one looking like the ones in italy: small, you walk to the counter, order, drink and you’re on your way again. hoping to get the last proper coffee of the trip (before we cross into german speaking switzerland), we order our cortos and get something completely different: a long tasteless cup of something faintly flavoured like coffee. yuk! we’re definitely back to switzerland!

we climb the gotthard pass – the weather is apalling. see for yourself:

can it get any worse?

can it get any worse?

yes!

yes!

at the top, we just barely cut through the fog and see the weather on the other side is grey, but dry.

our last pass for TDM2014

our last pass for TDM2014

as soon as we get to göschenen, we take the motorway all the way to zug, where we recharge at an official park&charge charging point.

on our way, we quickly stop at brunnen to take in one of the nicer views of lake vierwaldstätter. last time we were here, views were definitely better than today.

brunnen, view towards ennetbürgen

brunnen, view towards ennetbürgen

brunnen, view towards flüelen

brunnen, view towards flüelen

during our charge i send a ampera-driving plug seeker away, since i’m using all available plugs at the same time. he wasn’t happy, but at least he still has an ICE when his juice is gone…

within 60 minutes, we’re back home. everyone is happy and jc leaves with TW231 shortly after.

finally home

finally home

jc and i quickly check our bookkeeping and calculate who owes whom some money.

our bookeeping

our bookeeping

for me and my wife however, there will be some rakija tasting tonight – we’re really looking forward to this!

fig rakija - ahh. suspended bits...

fig rakija – ahh. suspended bits…

fig rakija

fig rakija

lemon rakija - with juniper berries and other herbs

lemon rakija – with juniper berries and other herbs

(click the link – this is why “no escape” 🙂 )

this is the end of TDM2014 – yet another trip we thoroughly enjoyed. we hope this travellog has inspired you to take your TWIKE further afield – you will not be disappointed!

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