Old Ned wrote:
Great memories Joe, I admire you for climbing all those passes on tandems, hard enough on solos! It must have been a great holiday.
Mind you, you (we!) were all a lot younger then!
I did another such tour, though on single bikes, with Tom Ritchey in 1999. 16 Alpine passes in 6 days. Tom hasn't slowed down a bit.
Following are two German guys (from Bavaria, no?) we found heading over the Stelvio (the longest sustained climb in Europe with 6,000 feet of climbing, 48 switchbacks) celebrating their ride 50 years earlier. They first did it (and the Gavia) in 1932. One of the bikes there was with them in '32, a single-speed! They were a great inspiration, and I do hope to be back for more.
Coming to England next week, south of Birmingham.