At the beginning of these challenge I was in a doubt if I will be able to do it or not. Because I never did a climb of 2.000 meters on one day.
The more I thought on it the more doubts. The exit strategy was that I am always be able to turn in go back to Merano and take the Brennero way back home.
On the other hand I felt the burning ambition.
Yesterday I felt that I have got the confidence to do.
From this moment on my energy was focused on getting it done.
In this attitude I started pedaling alone on the road with the bakers delivering their bread.
The mountain's summits were lightened by the first sunbeams.
It was colder than the many days before ;-) my feet were terribly cold.
Climbing higher and higher is an absolutely euphoriant feeling combarable with nothing else. I had 5 hours to enjoy this feeling.
I did 3 little brakes, ate some nuts and berries and drank a lot of water. I had no magnesium anymore what led to some terrible muscle cramps in the lower legs the following night.
There are fountains all the way up.
Because the bicycle has a dynamo/generator it had always light in front and on the backside too. That's important to be seen in the 18 tunnels.
I started at an altitude of 690 made 1.900 meters up to the top at 2.590 where I arrived at 11:45. After a few km downhill there is another climb of approximately 100 meters. In total I made 2.000 meters.
For the downhill I prepared myself with windstopper clothes and gloves. Was a good downhill.
The road from obergurgl to Ötz is a street with lots of traffic and on this day with continuously headwinds.
At 4 pm I arrived at Ötz and got the prize, a wonderful icecream ;-)
I had asked two friends of mine whether possible to stay overnight at there wonderful home at Ötzerau. They invited me what meant to do another climb of 200 meters ;-)
After nice takes and a delicious dinner mainly with legumes from the own garden I slept on their wooden terrace under the starry sky.
It was really fantastic :-)