Indeed. It's true we turned around at Gotthard and Oberalp, but we did have a stop at each of the passes (at least 30 minutes). Plus we went back using the old cobbled road just north of Gotthard, and of course passed by the Devil's Bridge. Add nice weather to it, and that's a day well spent.That's not a "five-passes-tour" anymore.
It's a bit disappointing that it has a speed limit of only 60 km/h. This road is an Autostrasse (express road) that will accommodate through traffic, you'd expect at least an 80 km/h speed limit.
|Anschluss Engi bis Südportal Tunnel Engi||60 km/h|
|Südportal Tunnel Engi bis Nordportal Tunnel Michelau||80 km/h|
|Nordportal Tunnel Michelau bis Anschluss Neudietfurt||60 km/h|
Eh, ok, I was talking about the Alps.
If we're escalating, then here's a picture of sea-level glacier I took 3 years ago at Svalbard:
It is possible to go from Italy to Svartisen in Northern Norway using your own car, though. The glacier almost goes down to sea level as well. It has pulled back during the last 100 years but extended to 20 m altitude in 2007. Not sure about the lowest latitude today.Just don't escalate to the point we need to break into the international seed library that's up there.
nice videoYes, they are just a little bit optimistic.
Here a video I made of A9 near Visp a few days ago when passing nearby by train.
The "works" of A9 near Visp on 5-7-2020. This motorway has been under construction for decades, but so slowly that changes on the worksites are unnoticeable without comparing photos. I have NEVER seen a single worker on this road.
Here is the location: Swiss Geoportal
Two weeks before that I traveled on the opened section nearby by car. At least in the Brig to Lausanne direction one can partly avoid passing through Visp. In the other direction the motorway is also open, but using it makes no sense as there isn't the necessary connecting ramp in that direction (that would become basically useless once, in -hopefully- 4 or 5 years, the nearby section opens). So to use the A9 from west to east you have to make a detour much slower than passing through the town, so basically nobody does it.