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San Bernadino Pass v Tunnel

Postby MilfoilMan » Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:46 pm

Hi Guys,
Well the time has come to return to the UK............ Barnsley actually.
In planning the route back I intend to stop over at San Bernadino and then in the morning choose over the San Bernadino Pass or through the tunnel. The time of year will be middle two weeks of September, so no snow to worry me (I hope).
Questions............
How much time will the pass add to my journey as opposed to the tunnel?
Anyone ridden over the pass and can advise me............(R1100RT plus wife & panniers & Topbox & tankbag) so rather full load.

In doing some research I have discovered that the tunnel is sometimes closed to allow migrating birds to fly through as they have discovered the shortcut. What time of year is that?
Kind regards,
Rich
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Re: San Bernadino Pass v Tunnel

Postby george baker » Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:30 pm

Hi
I dont know, not trying to offend anyone BUT--

you may be able to send your wife by bus through the tunnel and meet her on the other side somewhere so you can ride the pass with a lighter load

I once tried to do that when the weather was wretched on the way back from a rally in Dorset, She preferred the option but I could only get her a ticket to Birmingham. The rain was so bad and the field so chewed up the rescue vehicles had to be pulled out of the mud by Rescue/Rescue tugs.

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Re: San Bernadino Pass v Tunnel

Postby windmill john » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:38 am

The only advice I can offer is that when I went through Switzerland, I think the St Goddard's pass, I went up and over going and through the tunnel
coming back.
I will never do the tunnel again!!!
There was no ventilation and and it was like sticking your head in an exhaust pipe, bloody awful!
Choking, coughing, did I say bloody awful!
Even my wife was saying go faster, faster! I'm going to suffocate.

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Re: San Bernadino Pass v Tunnel

Postby MilfoilMan » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:04 am

Thanks John and Geoege,
Weather permitting it will be over the top then. The twisties on Mallorca down to Sa Calobra has taken most of the fear out and that was with snow all around and before the days of Bridgestones.
Must confirm the 623 north out of Burgos is a great road, but I turned left just before the coast and then through the Picos mountains to Leon. Also not to be missed.
Regards, Rich
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