The only real threat was the weather. Last week, the forecasts for Nauders' Sunday weather ranged from steady rain to thunderstorms to sleet, with predicted high temps ranging from about 48-62oF. Of course, the forecasts for Freiburg proved not to be terribly accurate, apart from the initial 98oF day, so we shouldn't have worried too much. Nevertheless, after four hours of sunny driving on Saturday, we encountered increasing clouds and then pouring rain about 15 minutes outside of Nauders. It wasn't looking great for Sunday morning.
|Saturday evening outside our pension: a pause in the rain.|
|Testosterone Central, 6:25 a.m. Sunday|
|Stefan waiting with the rest of the jocks|
|The victorious biker|
The highest pass in Italy, the Stilfser Joch is one of the most dramatic and demanding ascents in the Alps. Stefan took a photo near the top of the pass:
|Sunshine and switchbacks|
The road was built in 1820 to connect Austria to Lombardy, which then belonged to Austria. The road has 48 switchbacks. We drove up Monday morning to admire the view and Stefan's prowess, and this is what we saw: