By Bill Harr
We got up and had breakfast and thanked our Air B&B hosts. It was raining lightly as we left. The weather looked questionable, but we are going to try our ride over to St Moritz. If we hit heavy snow we will turn around and forget it. We may have to find another place for the night. Off we go up Sustenpass. We stop for pictures and snow flurries start falling. We are near the top so we keep going. All white on top but the road is clear. You can feel the air warm as we drop below the snow line. The road is wet and the light snow turns to light rain as the grass turns from white to green. We are headed for Wassen where we will turn toward Andermatt. This will take us over Oberalppass the highest pass for the day. It is much colder on top with snow falling as we ride through. We can see the snow line below and look forward to passing below it. As before, you can feel it warm as we pass below the snow line. Again we feel like we are riding across a page on a Swiss travel calendar.
In Trun we see a small cafe with motorcycles and people sitting outside. It looks good so we pull over. The cafe was packed inside and we were seated at a table for 4 with 2 others who were already served. Everyone had the same lunch, only one item on the menu: Wiener Schnitzel and fries was the choice for today – wow it was good. The cafe was full with all the constructions workers. They left about 15 minutes after we were seated. The large group of riders that were outside in the cold came in where it was warm. I asked if they spoke English, luckily they did. All but one of the riders were from Slovenia. We talked bikes and then wished each other a good ride. They were coming from where we were going and said the weather was improving. We told them they may hit snow ahead.
From Trun we rode to Hwy 3 where we turned south. Up and over Julierpass and down to St Moritz. The weather did improve as advertised. We stopped near the summit of Julierpass for pictures and to take a break. Julierpass is the main road into St Moritz, so it was full of trucks and tour busses. Both use ALL of the road when going around the tight hairpin turns. We slowed or stopped several time to watch the long rigs navigate the tight turns.
We got to our hotel at 4:00 pm. It was a long day as we had to go so slow. Max speed off the main highways is 80kph or 49.7mph. We also hit 12 construction zones with stops, only one did we hit on the green light. We got an upgrade on the room though as they were not very busy mid week. Our room was very nice and just a short walk up the hill from the main building. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Because we are staying two nights we got cable car passes. That will be for tomorrow and part 3 of our trip.
It was raining just a little when we left for our room. Perfect end of a great day in the Alps. We dodged the bad weather all day so the light rain was OK. Weather for tomorrow looks great and we will have a busy day in St Moritz.