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Title: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on August 06, 2019, 02:04:57 pm
It is has been a long time since i've posted anything here, but since yesterday's ride was short and sweet, I'll toss up some pictures for your eye-candy enjoyment. Like most day rides, there isn't much of a story to go along with it. So the pictures will tell those 1,000 words...


Basel - Melchsee-Frutt - Basel

August 5, 2019

Leaving the cozy garage
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Riding through the neighborhood
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Early enough to play with the bicycle commuters (usually I'm one of those)
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After half an hour on the motorway, I changed the fast roads for fun roads
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Free-range chickens! The eggs we buy have a code stamped on them that tells me exactly which farm they came from  :inlove:
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Free-range hay bales - plastic wrapping isn't very popular here, thank goodness
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Getting closer to Luzern
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Looking back down the valley
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Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on August 06, 2019, 02:13:36 pm
Some random agricultural train
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A quick stop in Willisau - which I'd never heard of before  :lol:
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Heading for the Sarnersee
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A Swiss fighter jet flew over at this point (too fast for me to get the camera aimed properly, of course)
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Heading up Glaubenbergpass - which I'd also never heard of before
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The military guys were hustling up the road - a few smiled and waved for the camera
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The view - with cattle guards every couple of kilometers, of course
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Another group of Swiss guys doing their military service
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The other side of Glaubenberg pass was really nice
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Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on August 06, 2019, 02:28:07 pm
I was too busy taking photos, so I waved this guy by
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The Sarnersee
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One of many little villages
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An ideallic scene
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I had gone around the Sarnersee and heading up - this would be an in/out trip from here on
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Ok, this is where it got weird  :crazy:
I had reached the Melchtal Stöckalp, which included a massive parking lot, cable car station and restaurant area. The signs were not terribly clear and after pausing to get my bearings, I ended up following a couple of cars past it all and up a narrow road

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The road was narrow and covered in pea gravel outside of the tire tracks. It did not inspire confidence to speed, but it was too beautiful for me to care about that.

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I made a brief stop at a chapel to check it - and the scenery - out for a little bit. There were a couple of young cows nearby, too, who found me very interesting  :inlove:

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Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on August 06, 2019, 02:42:07 pm
I had reached another parking lot - there was nowhere further to go
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I was greeted warmly
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I had a nice bite to eat while watching the clouds scuttle by and listening to the cow bells. Then I meandered around a little bit, but didn't want to hike too far in my boots and gear  :crazy:

(http://The lake that the area is known for)
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I got my gear back on, mounted the bike and rode down the parking lot. I had planned a nice back-roads only route back most of the way to Basel and was looking forward to more exploration.

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Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Blue is Best on August 06, 2019, 02:54:25 pm
WOW. Very nice!!!! Really beautiful. These pictures gets me to thinking of a vacation over there.


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on August 06, 2019, 02:59:48 pm
And that's when my plans fell apart:
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To the best of my translation, it read that when the light was read, the road was closed and no one was allowed to descend, even bicycles. The times were "example" times, and "periodic", so I parked the bike and prepared to wait. It was quarter of two - I had time to wait. And I waited. I found a grassy spot, dropped some gear and laid back to watch the clouds and cows.

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After 45 minutes I started to get antsy. A few cars had come up the road, but so far no one was interested in going down. I toyed with the idea of going down anyway, but my love of life and law kept me from doing so. I did, however, stop one of the cars to ask them what they knew of the timing of the red light. It was enlightening: it would turn green at three o'clock. Another half hour to go! Because the road was so narrow, and corners so tight, it was a one-way road that changed directions at certain times.

About ten minutes before the appointed time, cars started to appear and lined up back from the light. Other people knew about this time - what had I missed, and where?  The first car in line was very polite and let me go ahead of her when the time came. At least I wouldn't be behind a camper!

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My favorite photo
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Now that I knew that it was a one way road I was a lot more comfortable with the blind corners
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Cows are big critters
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The road was a ski run in the winter, and metal supports would be used to fence off the edges
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Because of the unexpected delay at the top, I re-routed for a direct line home. Unfortunately, this put me directly into post-work traffic. :rolleyes:
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And it was getting hotter, too. The temperature hovered between 32-33, but hit a high of 35 as I hit the Basel traffic jam
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And that, my friends, is how I spent my Monday  :bigok:


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Delegate1k on August 06, 2019, 08:12:11 pm
I need a Monday like that.  :bigok: :bigok: :bigok:

Thanks for sharing, beautiful photos as always.  :inlove:


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: rajflyboy on August 06, 2019, 09:06:28 pm
Most awesome ride report  :bigok:


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: lobo10s on August 07, 2019, 10:50:03 pm
Great pictures. Always loved your ride reports


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: motrhead on August 08, 2019, 12:05:37 am
It is a beautiful country . I would love to ride there!


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Daughthe on August 08, 2019, 07:19:24 am
Was there a festival in Willisau? I mean just because of the flagging.


Title: Re: Melchsee-Frutt - a day ride into the alps
Post by: Mrs. DantesDame on August 08, 2019, 12:21:03 pm

Was there a festival in Willisau? I mean just because of the flagging.


No, this was left over from Swiss National Day (August 1st). Most everyone had flags out at their homes and villages. Either the basic Swiss flag, or some combination of the local cantonal flag. It was a very colorful day  :D


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