Let me interrupt the trip report with an update on the shipment procedures. At the end of the European delivery, you give the car back, so it can be shipped to your local dealer. There are two ways to give it back for shipment:
You return either of the two factory pick-up locations (Zuffenhausen or Leipzig)You can drop it off at one of the shipping agent's (E.H. Harms) designated locations in Europe for an additional fee (to be paid in cash, no check or credit card!). The fee
Updated 12-02-2012 at 09:16 PM by Mike R.
Continued after the bratwurst ...
Umbrail, Stelvio down to Bormio
Finally we continued with the journey. Since the Stelvio pass is just next to the Swiss border, we decided to drive the few hundred yards across the border into Switzerland to take some pictures looking back to Stelvio and also "bagging" the highest road pass in Switzerland, the Umbrail pass. Since Switzerland is part of the Schengen-treaty, the border patrol house was empty, something we gotten
Updated 11-26-2012 at 03:32 AM by Mike R.
On the next morning, we woke up to another beautiful blue sky! After another delicious breakfast, we decided to explore Meran and visit the Thermal Baths and explore the center of Meran before continuing on to St. Moritz. Of course we were looking forward to one of the highlights of the trip in terms of driving enjoyment: Passo di Stelvio, the second highest alpine pass at 2760m (9045 feet) altitude and with its 48 hairpin turns on the eastside (and not quite that many on the western side towards
Updated 11-26-2012 at 02:59 AM by Mike R.
...continued from Mountain Heavens
Bozen to Sellajoch
After listening to my brother's spiritual chants earlier, we of course had to get the 60 minutse Ohmmm song at the museum and listen to it, while we continued our journey - still lagging behind our time plan. My wife drove the next leg through Bozen onto the Brenner highway up towards Val Gardena, which was not made simple for her, since I am a bad navigator and co-driver. I will tell her what sign to follow, that
Updated 11-23-2012 at 08:42 PM by Mike R.
We woke up to a delicious breakfast buffet, that "unfortunately" put us a bit behind our schedule for the day. It was going to be a full day indeed: The goal was to enjoy the heavens of Mountains and driving in them!
First we were going to visit one of the four Messner Mountain Museums, and then we planned on driving several of the most awesome passes in the Dolomites, heading from Bozen over Val Gardena towards Cortina d'Ampezzo and then back over Passo di Giau to Bozen
Updated 11-23-2012 at 05:39 AM by Mike R.