Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Schnitzlertal

Nice warm day today, nearly to hot. The plan had been to bike with the Tuesday group up to the Schnitzleralm and further on. That plan went to scrap as it turned out, due to uncertain weather conditions, that the Group was turning back to race biking. So Nico and I set of at six o'clock towards the Haslacher Alm and then perhaps round the back of the Alpspitze.
On our way to Gschwend I had a phone call from dad. The message: Jon is not going biking at all today (his boys have birthday tomorrow) and everybody else was prepared for mountain biking anyway, except a few individuals. So me and Nico set of back towards Brand and met up with the Tuesday Group. After a few meeting problems we were FINNALY ready to go at 20 to seven.
Set of towards Gschwend again and then went down into Wertachtal. Biked along the valley and then through Haslach along the Grüntensee. Heidi took some detour at one point which led us along forest trails and back roads towards Wertach. In the end it took about half an hour longer to get to Wertach, but so worth it. Some of the trails looked like a forgotten path in England, the nettles that stung us and the thorns that gripped us were testimonial to that.
After that interesting detour, also getting caught in some roots on a downhill run, we reached Wertach and went towards Kranzegger Steig. Before reaching it we turned left and went uphill, and uphill and uphill. We passed the hut Group 1 sheltered in last year due to stormy weather and continued on. All in bright sunshine, no rain clouds anywhere. It went up and up, past the Schnitzleralm. Nico at one point decided to have a sprint up the mountain and came back a bit exhausted. Reaching the top after some time, Nico went even higher, but had to stop when it got so steep his front wheel lifted of the ground. Getting changed we then set of downhill, with pink, sun highlighted clouds surrounding us. Through ditches and across stones we went alongside the mountain. At one point I lifted my front wheel over a ditch, but my back one slammed into it full force. The end result was my second flat tyre this year.
After fixing that, a wild chase downhill with Nicos back tyre jumping around the place. I can only say that as it was the only thing I was concentrating on. Reached a cliff with a sharp bend and got of for a short bit. Nico biked down (crazy). After all reaching the bottom we carried on but had to compromise, as the lumberjacks where out and about again. Probably not that late but we took a detour. After a field and some dark patches in a forest we reached the road back to Wertach. Raced along that with the slipstream technique and reached Wertach in no time. Back along the Grüntensee with lights on, Vera having a floodlight (probably from the ski piste) with her. Said goodbye to Nico at the Römerbrücke and then all back to Nesselwang for showers and bed.
A super tour extra done because of me never biking up there, thanks!
Track at GPSies, pictures at Picasa, Dads blog here and a video from Nico here.

Time in saddle: 3 hours 20 min.
Distance: 41,72 km
Average speed: 12,5 km/h
Altitude: 742 m

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