Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Vilser Alm

Out on the bike again after two weeks, at last. Also means my body has had near to no training in that time, due to me having college.
Nico was waiting at the door for a change, as I had been playing computer with another friend a bit to long. Packed my things in a hurry, which later turned out to be not so good. After packing everything we set of towards the Vilser Alm. Biking towards Hertingen we overtook three other bikers, and because of my navigational skills we met them shortly later again. I had sent us through Hertingen the wrong way so they had a chance to catch up. Towards Rebichel, and then the Falkenstein, they stuck behind us, as we had overtaken them again. When my navigation failed once again they proved helpful information at how to proceed.
Along the Vils with Nico testing his technical brain capability on a small dam. We were missing some sort of equipment as it didn't work. Over the Vils after that and then uphill towards the Vilser Alm. Didn't sound that much at the bottom, only 3.4km and 350 altitude meter, but it was a bit. Had a short break near the bottom with Nico reading through the rules on using the road. Uphill after that, passing through Alpine forest, past mountain rivers and the mountains highlighted in the sun surrounding us. My fast packing had revenge somewhere there, my GPS batteries were nearly flat. Still managed to record everything, thought.
Reaching the Vilser Alm we had a short pause, meting two tramping guys which stayed on the mountain for the night. Carried on a bit further, passing a sign pointing towards Hundsarschjoch. Reaching out top we got on long clothes and set of downhill. Not along the road but strait across the field. Some crackpot idea of Nicos, but still fun. He fell of the bike at one point without sustaining any mayor injuries. After that shooting down the mountain, reaching Vilstal in record time and then back towards home.
The journey towards home was rather tedious. It was getting cold and we were exhausted, but we pressed on. Had to navigate through Pfronten full of building sites and then cross a train track to get on the road to home.
Said goodbye to Nico at the Pizzeria Il Castello and then up the last hill (Hennersteig) to a shower and a chat with dad.
Track at GPSies and some pictures at Picasa.

Time in saddle: 2 hours 58 min.
Distance: 43.73 km
Average speed: 14.7 km/h
Altitude meters: 623 m

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