Pragel

Pragel

We have planned to do Pragel Pass with the bike since 2 years. But every summer there was either not enough time or we were not fit enough. But last Sunday it was ok. I had the time, the weather was pretty and I felt that I could do it.

I started early in the morning, was a bit cold but came forward very fast. After 2 hours I was at Klöntalersee and thought that the rest would be easy.

But no, needed another hour to reach the top of the pass and had to stop from time to time because I was totally exhausted.

Going down the other side is very funny. It is one of the steepest streets I have ever driven upon. And I took me another hour until I was down in Schwyz.

From there it is another 25 kilometers back to Einsiedeln, and that’s it. This is a tour you can only do after you have already a couple of miles in your bones. I was at home exactly 2 and a half hour after my start.

Growing Tornado

Growing Tornado

It’s unbelievable but I was able to take a photo of a tornado! Were sitting in the restaurant of our hotel in Cyprus about 2 pm after having lunch and suddenly saw something coming out of a cloud looking like a finger.

First I was not sure but when I looked at it for a couple of seconds I saw that it really was growing. I told my wife to take a picture and ran to our room to get the kids to the restaurant to see it too.

When we were back it was already grown down to earth and looked like a real tornado. It was just in front of us, maybe 2 kilometers distance. I never have seen something like that and I am sure not a lot of people have.

It’s a pity that we forgot to take a video. Would have been much nicer. The whole thing had a duration of about 3 minutes, then it was over.

Tornado finished

Tornado finished

When is was down to earth it started getting thinner and thinner and vanished within seconds.

And I am also sure that you get only once in your like the opportunity to see something like that in reality and to be able to take a picture.

The whole thing was really only about 3 minutes until it was gone and I was able to see it from the beginning.

I just was nipping on my coffee when I looked at the dark cloud expecting a flash and thunder every second, when I saw the little white finger coming down slowly.