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  1. Singing in the Rain Part 1: Albula, Via Mala, Splügenpass

    Since we stayed in a private apartment, we bought some breakfast at the local Coop grocery store early in the morning and had a great breakfast. Afterwards we walked to the garage where we had parked the car for the night. It was parked just next to a classical green Porsche 911T (unfortunately the pictures I took with my cellphone are lost with the cellphone now). Our goal today was to do a multi-pass roundtrip from St. Moritz over Albulapass, then down to Thusis, following the old road along the ...

    Updated 12-08-2012 at 05:27 PM by Mike R.

    Porsche , Boxster 981S , Roadtrip , European Delivery
  2. My morning's commute

    On cold mornings, I take a little longer drive to work than normal - I live only about 2.5 miles from the office, but there's really no practical way to ride a bike between the two locations - to at least try to get the car somewhat warmed up. This route takes me past my office and through the parking lot of the local sports arena to come back into our office complex.

    Apparently this morning they are preparing the arena for a show (Disney on Ice, I think), and the roadways were filled ...
  3. European Delivery: Shipment of the Car and Waiting

    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:

    1. You return either of the two factory pick-up locations (Zuffenhausen or Leipzig)
    2. 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.

    Porsche , Boxster 981S , Roadtrip , European Delivery
  4. Stelvio to St. Moritz

    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.

    Porsche , Boxster 981S , Roadtrip , European Delivery
  5. Reaching the Pinnacle: Stelvio Pass

    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.

    Porsche , Boxster 981S , Roadtrip , European Delivery
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