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- Hove UK
- T5 SE 180 4Motion
Thank you, really appreciate the appreciation. I have been very lucky with the weather for years in September as rarely has it rained. What caught me out this year was a really cold snap in my first week. Had not taken thick enough gloves to use the bike and then got worried when it started to snow heavy one evening 2500m up.... what if I get stranded... for the winter! Thankfully it soon passed and dug the shorts out.Great pictures, thanks for sharing. That's the way to enrich this nice forum.
You were very lucky with the weather, that can change very quick in these Alpine regions. When these unpaved roads get wet, I can imagine that even a 4x4 WD will be slip sliding away soon.
Which maps do you use? Print or offline digital?
(On Open Street Maps it's hardly possible to see the difference between a driveable piste usable for cars and a walking trail.)
Regards from Amsterdam,
Because almost all the tracks are gravel it makes little difference if wet apart from exiting some of the deep water run off trenches on steep climbs as they are often lined with rock slabs. To me the real danger lies when it gets muddy or you drive over grass. Had one really scary moment when a very steep and challenging track suddenly went muddy. Could not turn round, would have to reverse for a mile on a track that was more than tricky to go forward on and faced with mud on such a camber that if the van slipped it would either end up in a deep ditch damaged or drop hundreds of feet into the valley. Then to top it all, I'd have to do it again on the way down... eeeek! This was one of those moments when you really appreciate how great it is to be in a AWD camper. Made it up with all wheels spinning at times but only by being as close to the edge of the sheer drop as I dare. On refection I took a very big risk, at one point the van was crabbing awards the ditch and had it gone much further would have trashed my treasured Cali, the holiday and my ego. But worse was the thought that I had my outer tyres right on the edge of a sheer drop that could have easily just crumbled away with the weight of the van. I learned my lesson and will (probably) never do something like that ever again. The view while having breakfast at the top was just spectacular, made all the more satisfying by what it took to get there.
I have read reports about some tracks turning into rivers of mud in the winter so yes there is a lot to consider. Being an old sailor I'm always watching the weather but with no signal for reports sometimes you only have a couple on minutes warning of what's coming.
I use a combination of maps. I find tracks I want to explore on Google maps satellite and street view. Maps.me really handy when no signal and my Tom-tom for general getting to places.