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The end of the road trip at Sustenpass (CH), a new beginning to catch in 2014 ?

Still some mountain road to climb …

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… the last bends before reaching the last pass of the tour, the Sustenpass.

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Time for a walk towards the last glacier, at the base of Sustenjoch …

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… and when the alpine path gets too long, the zoom comes to help.

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And after the best raclette ever at the Berggasthaus Sustenpass Hospiz, time to drive down, back to the valley, back to Zurich

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Winter snow and ice and wind will keep Furka, Grimsel and Sustenpass closed … until the next Spring. See you there in 2014 ?

The place of fresh waters: uphill and downhill on Grimselpass, Switzerland

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The Furka road from Gletsch up to Grimselpass cuts through a region packed with dozens of lakes and hundreds of springs.

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Hydroelectric dams, pipelines, high voltage lines frame this alien panorama.

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In smaller lakes water is pumped up when electricity cost drops …

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… and the same water is then released into pipelines to downhill turbines close to bigger lakes, thus producing new low cost electricity.

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Wicked, uh?

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Pictures shot with D800 plus 16-35 mm f/4 – Click each picture to magnify

Black and white, black and white on the Furka cogwheel steam railway

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If I was ever a fan of rail transport, this HG 3/4 would have been my favourite.

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Black smoke from the firebox, white steam from the pressure boiler.

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A quick stop to tank water and coal, and on the track again!

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This jewel runs through Gletsch, between Furkapass and Grimselpass.

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Sharp your eyes from the Rhone glacier down into the valley and you might see it climbing up the steep track between the road and the Rhone river.

On the wheel traces of Goldfinger’s James Bond: from Furkapass down to Gletsch

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After Furkapass, close to where the most famous Aston Martin ever drove down the valley

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take your chance to explore one of the most spectacular roads of Switzerland.

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Sharp bends and steep down-hills

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to reach the young, rapid Rhone river

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cutting through Gletsch, at the crossroads of the Grimsel Pass (leading to the Bernese Oberland) and the Furka Pass (leading to Central Switzerland).

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On-the-road, stop-and-go pictures shot despite almost-unforgiving motor-bike policemen… with my D800 plus 70-200 VR-II or 16-35 f/4. Click to magnify

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