We had an early breakfast in our hotel in Bad Gastein. We checked-out just after it.
The weather was good and we followed the instructions of our Garmin GPS.
Our plan was to drive from Bad Gastein to Lenzerheide, our new destination, this time traveling from Austria to Switzerland.
On the previous night I searched viamichelin.com for the best route but…. when our Garmin GPS (attached to the car’s windshield) gave instructions to turn left on Lend, I followed it instead of keeping on route 311 (direction of Zell am See) as I have read on the Michelin’s website.
Boy……. that was TOUGH.
The GPS’ route went up… and up….. and up…. and it was getting narrow with dozens of sharp bends. Welcome to the Alp’s countryside.
It was beautiful, I am not denying it. But… I was so scared of driving there that I couldn’t enjoy the scenery properly!
After almost one hour driving we saw a big yellow sign written in German. Of course we could not understand the meaning, but some “interior voice” told me that the road would be closed a couple of kilometers away.
After passing by a huge parking lot where dozens of cars were parked, with people going out for hiking, we continued and…..
As expected, after a couple of kilometers, there was a sign on the road where it was written: “Road CLOSED”!
I had to make an u-turn. So did the big truck that was just behind us.
The problem was that the GPS kept telling us to go on “that” direction (the closed road).
When I “disobeyed” its orders, the unit kept telling me to turn left and right and left on small gravel roads in order to return to “that” specific road that was…closed! Holy Moly! 🙂
The only way to work things out was to turn off the GPS and return to the last town we had crossed.
There, at a small shop, we found a nice girl who was fluent in English. She searched on her mobile phone and told us the town we could go in order to get close to the autobahn was Bischofen.
We wrote Bischofen on our Garmin GPS, went there, and from Bischofen we got to A10 (the modern Austrian freeway). The autobahn is perfect, we had only a few “pee stops” and some quick checks on the bikes that were hanging on the leased car.
After driving, driving and driving (one and a half hour had passed) we were……. at the same road where we started after leaving Bad Gastein! LOL
We “lost” 1.30 hours driving around a pass and returning to the same point ! Holy Moly!
Anyway, it was kind of an “experience”…. LOL
The trip that could have taken originally 5 hours was now with a 6.30 hours duration schedule, plus the minutes of our brief stops along the way…
Till Chur (Switzerland) the road is large and almost flat. After Chur…. on the way up to Valbella…….. oh my God… it IS steep !
Many bends, most of them shaped like a “Z” . They never end! I was scared, I must admit.
We knew the roads could be tricky because we have been to Chur before ( a couple of years ago, on our way to Arosa).
I would say that the road from Chur to Valbella is almost the same “scaring grade” as the road from Chur to Arosa, although driving in summer is much easier than in winter!
We arrived safely in Lenzerheide, parked our car and stretched our legs (mine a little bit shaken, haha).
As soon as we checked in at the hotel, a heavy fog covered everything around us! It looks like the skies were just waiting for our arrival! 🙂
We had dinner at the hotel (DELICIOUS) and I had a 500 ml beer just because…… I deserved it! 🙂
I took some pictures from our bedroom window and called it a day.
Well… a big day…I have to admit! 🙂