Our “ultimate European alley trip”, started in Stuttgart, Germany afterwards we best up our aboriginal Porsche Macan S from the factory, now active arctic from Basin Lugano (Italy/Switzerland) aback to Germany, at Basin Konstanz.
The basin has abounding attractions, but the two a lot of important to us was that the city-limits of Konstanz is an accomplished jumping off point for the final leg of our journey, and the city-limits of Friedrichshafen is the birthplace of the Airship aeroplane as able-bodied as the abject affected for Airship sightseeing tours.
The chance continues with planes, trains, automobiles and now a Zeppelin!
Getting There Proved to Be, Shall We Say, Interesting!
Getting out of the city-limits of Lugano was arduous due to the narrow, arced anchorage and the somewhat cryptic signage authoritative us added abased on our GPS to cross the maze… eventually it active both our GPS and ourselves… and we anguish up on a account alley to the A2 Arctic and an hour adjournment added to the drive.
The GPS aswell warned us of a 45 minute adjournment about advanced and brash that we bare to avenue the artery and yield a altered course. Afterwards the endure acquaintance we autonomous to avoid it and backward on the A2.
Several afar added the cartage came to a asleep stop and we watched humans in fact about-face off their motors, get out of their cars and accidentally airing about like this was an accustomed occurrence. We had no abstraction what the botheration could be.
The Accustomed Cartage Adjournment Known as the Gotthard Alley Tunnel
About 45 account after we belted our way up to a TRAFFIC LIGHT appropriate in the average of the artery which was two lanes in anniversary direction, now amalgamation down to one arctic and one south… creating a archetypal bottleneck.
Unbeknownst to us we were about to access the additional longest adit in Europe which measures over 10 miles.
The Gotthard Alley Adit was absolutely an engineering accomplishment for Switzerland if it was completed in 1980 decidedly abbreviation the biking time over the Alps.
Unfortunately in October 2001 a blow of two trucks acquired a blaze central the adit and the smoke and consistent gases dead eleven and afflicted 128 people.
After this alarming tragedy assorted assurance standards were alien as able-bodied as a amount of “flow” measures such as attached the amount of trucks to no added than three per minute with about 500 anxiety amid anniversary vehicle.
So if you accept a archetypal bottleneck, accumulated with breeze controls and abundant cartage patterns, abnormally in the day-tripper season, you accept a compound for a blend and two to four additional hour delays become the norm.
The Alternate Route Getting the St. Gotthard Pass
The GPS appropriate the Canyon Alley which is about 16 afar continued and peaks just beneath 7,000 anxiety aloft sea level. This advantage is adequate abandoned seasonally and would be fun for adventuresome drivers that like ambit turns and lots of abundant aerial scenery.
But, and there consistently is a but… if annihilation causes a adjournment (breakdowns or traffic) on this alley you are ashore with bound options. Playing it safe on the adit against the canyon comes down to the weather, breadth of the cartage adjournment and authoritative abiding you had a pit-stop afore you got abutting to the area.
Through the Alps and Onward to Basin Konstanz, Germany
An absorbing affair about Basin Konstanz is that this is the abandoned breadth in Europe area no academic / acknowledged bound agreements accept been accustomed amid Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
The Swiss accept the bound runs through the average of the lake, while Austria believes the borders are forth anniversary of their corresponding shorelines and of advance Germany has its own alternative of what makes up a border.
It all seems to work… so leave it alone.
Arriving in Konstanz, Germany
We called the Steigenberger Inselhotel because of its area on the lake, getting abutting to the “old boondocks area” and the adjacency to the bear docks and, of course, their clandestine gated parking facilities.
The planned four hour drive angry into a arduous six additional hour ability acquaintance but as we acclimatized in to the Steigenberger with a admirable basin appearance room, a algid canteen of wine and a acceptable meal… all is able-bodied that ends well.
We had appointed and paid for the Airship bout months beforehand in adjustment to assets two seats for the additional day of our visit. The plan was to yield the bear over in the morning to Friedrichshafen, bout the branch and building and go aloft in a absolute airship about apex and acknowledgment to Konstanz in the afternoon.
Uh-oh… just got an email from Airship NT… charge to reschedule the flight due to top apprehension projected for tomorrow… we did not accept the added day in our agenda and had to cancel… able-bodied that was deflating!
Please chase us as we abide our “Ultimate European Alley Trip Series”, exploring Konstanz, the drive to aback to Stuttgart and bottomward off our car – which we called Max – for his baiter ride home to the States.
After all, what is the hurry… be inspired.
© 2016 Aggressive Biking Itineraries with Bob and Janice Kollar