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at Stelvio pass ("Stilfserjoch" in German) with the road running across the middle of the photo, lots of people standing on it, still some snow

lots more snow remaining here on the north-facing slopes at the pass -- Tony trying to visit the chapel above the Fausto Coppi memorial

Tony starting down the other (west) side of Stelvio pass (visible above)

continuing down the west side (toward Bormio)

and down the switchbacks (fewer than the east side, but dramatic enough)

but instead of going down to Bormio, we stopped and turned around and climbed back up those switchbacks

old mountain refuge along the road up the west side

then instead of continuing all the way back up to Stelvio pass, we got away from the traffic by going north over the Umbrail pass into Switzerland - - Tony enjoying the long downhill

lower on the Umbrail pass road in Switzerland, which has a section on dirt

quiet riding in Val Mustair in Switzerland

we continued east down thru Switzerland like this, later turned south to complete our loop back into Italy to our starting point at the village of Prad am Stilfserjoch

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