TDE2022’s last day has come. Two weeks and an epic trans-European TWIKE adventure…is going to end today. Best to make the most of this day!

The hotel I chose and the simple room I got was a perfect choice: I slept like a baby. I get up early, as every day and am, as with every hotel I’ve stayed this year, the first to have breakfast.

The new buildings mark where the devastation was
The new buildings mark where the devastation was

The place is just incredible – it feels like the 70’s … everything is as it was 50 years ago, except for the WiFi one could, theoretically, connect to. All mobile phone providers have rather bad coverage here…except for older RAT’s which are, due to the lower frequencies (EGSM900 and utran-8) acceptable for calls. eutran-20 is available, but at very low field strengths…but I digress.

Breakfast was fully locally sourced and very tasty. I got to speak to the owners once more and was impressed by the conviction with which they were keeping this place afloat against all odds.

Time just stood still here
Time just stood still here

An hour later I was on the road again and started climbing toward the Simplon pass. The name of the region ‘Zwischbergen’ (between mountains) is apt and fully correct. The road snakes along a very narrow valley for many kilometres.

The first climb of today: Simplon
The first climb of today: Simplon

Just a few km later I arrive at the pass, which is just 5 metres above TW560′ bucket list abitrary cutoff of 2000m!

Another one off the list
Another one off the list

From here, as during my last stage from Vars, I need to be very careful on my way down to the Valais valley – only with a very low speed and no high currents I’m able to get all the energy back into the batteries.

Valais valley waiting for us
Valais valley waiting for me

Having arrived, I’m back to enjoying cruise-controlled driving up the valley. Temperatures are perfect and the traffic is much less than anticipated for a Saturday in Summer.

Upper Valais - very, very nice
Upper Valais – very, very nice

With 0°C at 5000m+ it is unsurprising that all passes are open and viable.

Instead of driving across the Furka pass (…again) I decide to see how the Nufenen pass (after driving across it in the opposite direction just a month ago) looks like from the Valais side.

All green! All options open
All green! All options open

And I’m not disappointed! Perfect driving conditions and eerily traffic-free.

Nufenen: perfect TWIKEing
Nufenen: perfect TWIKEing

This is another day with infinite visibility. The views are like 8k – maximum sharpness and detail.

Nearly at the top
Nearly at the top
Second time this year
Second time this year

At the pass there are the usual motorbikes, but all of them are parked and not driving – I take some pictures and head down toward Canton Ticino. My plan is to arrive at Airolo, then take the motorway back home.

This is where they all are!
This is where they all are!

Beautiful views with a TWIKE are always worth a pic!

Heading back down to Ticino
Heading back down to Ticino

On my way back down the Nufenen on the Italian Swiss side I stop at a farm that specializes in catering to travellers…

Swiss prices: A sauasage and some fries CHF 16
Swiss prices: A sauasage and some fries CHF 16

I order the only thing that makes sense here: Pizzocheri – at 18 CHF without anything I’m reminded that I’m back in Switzerland but can confirm that the quality is exquisite and it was well worth the price.

Pizzocheri - as local as it gets
Pizzocheri – as local as it gets

I’m not surprised when I’m in Airolo that the entry to the motorway has been closed – it’s the last weekend before work and school starts again in Switzerland and there is a 20km long traffic jam waiting to go through the tunnel.

This doesn’t bother me too much… I really like the old pass road over the Gotthard pass (except for the fact that most of it is cobblestone and my 8+ bar pumped tyres are rock hard and my suspension is as direct) It will be 12 km of testing if all screws and bolts on my TWIKE are tightly screwed-on.

The Leventina valley
The Leventina valley

Up we go!

Up the last pass we go!
Up the last pass we go!

Very soon I’m taking things very slowly. The road itself is following a very unusual pattern: many, many hairpin bends – very different to modern pass roads – see below.

San Gottardo old pass
San Gottardo old pass
Hairpin bend fest
Hairpin bend fest
Cobblestone hell
Cobblestone hell

The road is taking a very different route to the normal pass road and is steeper than the normal road – at least there is virtually no traffic here.

The last few hairpin bends
The last few hairpin bends

The old road leads me to the old pass sign which I hadn’t discovered until now.

Time for a pic!

I discovered the old sign
I discovered the old sign

The rest of the drive will be 100% motorway.

At a service station in Affoltern am Albis I decide it’s time to check on an artefact of early electric mobility whilst buying some liquid energy – the former TeXX charging station.

It used to be part of an initiative to enable EV’s to charge at 22kW whilst crossing Switzerland.

Costing a fortune and with added difficulties to get the corresponding key, unsurprisingly, this initiative was doomed and abandoned after a few years. What I liked about them was the fact that they were barrier-free and accessible with normal plugs – from 3.7kW all the way up to 22kW with all relevant RCD’s user-accessible.

The charging stations themselves still exist – no sign or information is left, just the charging stations infrastructure. I was interested in checking-in on them and seeing if they were still operational.

For those who have been driving EV's for a while...
For those who have been driving EV’s for a while…

The new, expensive quick-charging station has been in operation since 4 years. It still looks new.

The expensive version
The expensive version

The same is true for the ‘normal’ 15-year old -charging station just beside it – it still fully operational!

10 years later: Still works perfectly
10 years later: Still works perfectly

Another 45 mins later I arrive back home – 3056 km later. Zero energy costs and lots of very nice experiences later!

What a trip this has been – yet again!

TDE2022 is over
TDE2022 is over

Let’s see how the tyres have faired during this trip. Minimal abrasion. All is nominal.

3056 km later - minimal abrasion
3056 km later – minimal abrasion

The last thing to do today is check the stats and calculate the totals – 3056 km and 124kWh used to travel to Spain and back.

Thanks for following this blog – don’t forget that the comment functionality is back. I love to hear back from readers and am very happy to answer questions.

This will be the last long-distance trip this year. My usual trip to Styria will not take place (missing the white wine already). Maybe there will be another One-Day-Trip but nothing is planned for the moment.

Stay safe and TWIKE on!

TDE2022 day 15 stats
TDE2022 day 15 stats
TDE2022 day 15 GPS track
TDE2022 day 15 GPS track
TDE2022 day 15 elevation profile
TDE2022 day 15 elevation profile

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