Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day Four: Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

Today we spent the day sightseeing along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse,or High Alpine Road.

I first visited this area back in 1987 when, as a young development engineer with Land Rover, I spent three weeks driving up and down the hill brake testing. 

It's still used by all the major car companies today, indeed we spotted a couple of UK Registered Land Rovers and a Jaguar full of test instrumentation.

For us it was all fun and no work, first driving up the pass before parking at the summit to enjoy the view of the Grossglockner itself, Austria's highest peak, and the surrounding area including the Pasterze Glacier, the longest glacier in Austria and the Eastern Alps.

After enduring temperatures that reached the low 30's I was very relieved it was just 17 degrees at the viewing spot!

Tomorrow we head for Switzrland and more Alpine Passes!

Angela's asleep so her postscipt will have to wait!

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