Morning (241/365)

by Lee Santiva August. 29, 2019 231 views
Mountain Morning

Mountain Morning

Good morning photobloggers!

This was the view on our way back from vacation.

The Fernpassstrasse is a narrow, winding road with one lane in each direction which was originally built by Romans to get through the mountains in Tirol, Austria. There is no other way to get to or from the Oetztal valley from our part of Germany. This is the main traffic route for vacationers heading to Austria, Italy or beyond from other northern European countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark. On average 13,885 vehicles travel it every day in a 24 hour period with a peak of over 25,000 vehicles one winter day in February 2017. Considering that no heavy trucks are allowed, that is a lot of traffic.

The road is a mountain pass and thus has the geographical restriction of sharp curves. What slows the flow of traffic are the large number of RVs and vehicles towing campers which have difficulty to manuever the sharp curves.

If you don't want to spend literally hours either stuck in a traffic jam or just creeping along the pass at the same speed as you could walk it, you get up before the dawn. And you might just get a nice view like this one as a reward when you pass through.

Source: https://www.tirol.gv.at/fileadmin/themen/verkehr/verkehrsplanung/downloads/verkehrsberichte/VB_2017_web.pdf

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Russell Smith 1 year, 8 months ago

Beautiful :)

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 8 months ago

So impressive Lee- I was just watching a documentary that highlighted this pass.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 8 months ago

Thanks Bruce. There‘s a documentary on the pass? That‘s really interesting, can you share the name or where you saw it? Maybe I can access it from Germany

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 8 months ago

Lee- I think the documentary was on the 52 Tunnel Road not the Fernpassstrasse. I saw it on Rick Steve's Europe.

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