Yesterday was a public holiday for the catholic cantons in Switzerland, for the others it is just a normal working day. As this would roughly mean that only half the of the Swiss bikers would be on the road there would be less bike traffic and as the weather was beautiful, I set out for some 4 mountain passes on my LT.
The interesting part of my trip starts at a 1.30hour ride from home. Already on the highway to Innertkirchen, it was easy to see that a lot of bikers live in catholic cantons... and that most of them had the same idea as I had...
From Innertkirchen, I chose to start with the Grimselpass (2165m asl), then down to Gletsch, to Ulrichen and up to the Nufenenpass (2478 m asl), then to Airolo and up to the Gothardpass (2108 m asl), then down to Wassen, up to the Susten (2224m asl) and closing on Innertkirchen again. This part of the trip takes only about 160 km and offers stunning views on some glaciers and general mountain scenery. The trip can be done in under 3 hours, but to enjoy the scenery I would say it is a 4 to 5 hour trip.
In recent years, Swiss mountain passes have become overly popular with bikers. Beside all the Swiss, I met a lot of mostly German and Italian but also English, French, Belgian and Italian bikers. At every pass, I estimated some 50 bikes continuously parked for a rest, a drink, a snack, a meal, some pictures and I think that while riding there were very few moments there was not a bike in sight, be it upcoming or going in the same direction as I. Once riding, very few riders stop for the scenery between passes.
It was a beautiful trip, but I wonder about the traffic when all cantons have a free day...
It was my first 4-pass trip of this kind and the LT handled very fine. It only demands some attention when parking. All the curves and hairpins were majestically taken
. And the seat comfort is paramount.
I noticed the LT still enjoys a special interest when parked; a lot of people, bikers or even cagers, stop by or come for a talk.