Another train(s) another country – to Switzerland, Country #4

Our last four weeks of our Spring cycle trip were spent traveling the Rhine River, from its source in Switzerland to where it empties into the North Sea in Holland. After a few trains from Bregenz to the top of

Oberalpspass (elevation 6,780 ft.) we were ready for a warm supper and a restful evening.

Austrian countryside outside Bregenz (from the train window)
Austrian countryside outside Bregenz (from the train window)

The next morning, gazing at the deep snow on the side of the roads, I was becoming anxious about the trek down the mountain. Wearing several layers because of the cold and misty rain, I started the descent with BOTH hands on the brakes. Nine hairpin turns later I could shake out my hands from the tension of holding on tight. The rest of the ride that day was more rolling through the countryside, following the Rhine as it wended its way down the Alps from a small mountain stream to a wider, rolling river.

Preparing to cycle from the top of Oberalpspass, Switzerland
Preparing to cycle from the top of Oberalpspass, Switzerland
Hairpin turns, really
Hairpin turns, really
First sighting of the Rhine, small mountain stream
First sighting of the Rhine, small mountain stream
Rolling countryside after descending from Oberalpspasse, nearTschamut, Switzerland
Rolling countryside after descending from Oberalpspasse, nearTschamut, Switzerland

Next stop – Ruinalta Canyon