Published on 11 July 2012 ‐ Duration: 10:37
Both mountain passes, Nufenen and Klausen, are favourites of Paddy. Even though these are two completely different to drive. Nufenen has a wide road, starts with long curves (from South) and has a few serpentines ‐ a nice road for a VW Scirocco. Klausen Pass, on the other hand, has narrow roads, it's hard to overtake and one has to take corner sharply. Sometimes Paddy wished he would own a four wheel drive to improve sharp acceleration after driving around a corner. There is debate about background music in this episode. Paddy experimented with classic music pieces and metal songs in the second part of the episode. Well, some like it ‐ others not so much.
Published on 04 July 2012 ‐ Duration: 07:57
If someone asks Paddy Murphy what the best way from Bellinzona to Glarus would be, he will answer: Nufenen ‐ Grimsel ‐ Susten ‐ Klausen. This episode shows two of those mountain roads. Grimsel Pass is like a motorway over the mountain, when you start in Gletsch, wide road, some serpentines and long, straight tracks. Interesting fact, at the summit is a lake called Totensee (lake of the dead). According to Wikipedia the name Totensee is said to be derived from soldiers of Duke Berchtold V of Zähringen who were driven into the lake by the people of Valais. The Susten Pass road connects Innertkirchen with Wassen in the canton of Uri. There is a 300 meters long tunnel at the summit and it would be a brilliant idea to use a light in that tunnel, especially for cyclists.
Published on 27 June 2012 ‐ Duration: 07:29
The similarity between the San Bernardino and St. Gotthard Passes is that both mountains can be circumvented using major traffic tunnels. But nobody in his right mind would prefer a tunnel over a mountain pass road! Some say there is an alien base hidden in plain sight on the summit of San Bernardino, but who believes in ghost stories these days anyway. In this episode a scene is announced with the simple word Geronimo! ‐ Paddy uses this exclamation occasionally when he overtakes more than one car at once.
Published on 20 June 2012 ‐ Duration: 08:40
When mountain roads are open for public traffic after winter season there is a lot of road work to be done. That concerns the Albula Pass as well ‐ so Paddy had to watch out for temporary non-paved road. The driving experience over Monte Spluga this time was so bad that Paddy decreed four golden pass drive rules. Nobody should assume that he's alone on the road. Those rules make sure that every driver will become a master of Zen and all maniacs on mountain roads will be gone forever. They will make the world a better place. And Paddy will act as a shining role model, won't he?
Published on 06 June 2012 ‐ Duration: 08:21
The early driver gets snow on mountain roads, says an old proverb. Might have been something with birds and worms, too, but Paddy does not eat worms. Paddy started driving mountain roads as soon they were open. The people of canton Grisons did a good job and so was no snow on the road (sadly). The most interesting part of this episode is its soundtrack. Paddy chose classical music pieces when he went up hill and their metal counterparts for downhill.
Published on 23 May 2012 ‐ Duration: 08:17
The Julier and Maloja Passes are both open in winter because they are important links between valleys in Switzerland and Italy. However, that implies all sort of traffic uses those roads such as lorries or buses. And to make matters worse, the Maloja Pass has twisted and blind curves. So there is a good chance to meet a bus and a lorry in a curve without warning. Some say Paddy drives to fast ‐ but they are wrong. There is now proof to dismiss this false accusation once for all.
The thing about Irish roads is that you'll never know what comes next after a hill or a bend. Just close your eyes, come and rely on the luck o' the Irish.Paddy Murphy, 2012