Camping quickly gets you into a “natural” rhythm, crawling into the tent at sunset and rising with the sun in the morning. We’re back on the road before 9AM. The plan for today is to ride the Grossglockner Hochalpstrasse and then cut across via Lienz to Villach and into Slovenia.
Weather has been very hot the past 2 days, but today starts of rather drab and gloomy, even quite chilly. On the descent towards Zell am See the weather changes drastically and we are quickly back to the heat of the past days. We duck into a shop for some provisions and then it’s straight to the Grossglockner. The toll is pretty steep, so we better enjoy the ride. After about 20km we spot a nice place to have our lunch. At least the money pays for great views.
It’s another 30km down to the valley floor. The price by mile isn’t cheap but you get the views and 47 hair pin bends thrown in for good measure. After Lienz, Villach and then it is only a short burst to the Slovenian border.
Only 15 minutes into the country all I can think is “Slovenia, douze points”. We stop to soak up the view and have a coke.
We continue our ride over the Vrsic pass, which is an amazing ride. Many of the 50 hair pins are paved in cobblestones and the view of the mountains is simply gorgeous.
And we are not alone to enjoy it.
We took our time to enjoy the landscape on all of our stops today, so it is already getting close to 5:30. Time to start looking for a spot to put up our tent. The first camp site we come across looks pretty nice. Small, cosy and on the banks of a mountain stream. Well take it!
The FZ6 decides to have an anniversary there and then.
Our route of today: