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A Grand Day Out

I had an excellent surprise yesterday, my nephew @planetjones had purchased a Switzerland day pass valid on ALL public transport anywhere in Switzerland. It was a promotion been run at the CooP.

So it was decided to visit the Queen of Mountains – Mount Riga. This meant bus travel to Zurich main station then rail to Lucerne. We crossed the lake on a boat built in 1901 still using it’s paddle wheels (schrecklich – it was a whole 8mins late) . Alighting at Vitznau it was straight onto the mountain railway that is even older than the boat, opened in 1871 and still in perfect working order!

At the top of Mount Riga we did the touristy thing taking photos and having lunch at Hotel Rigi Kul . After lunch it was a walk down the mountain, admiring the paragliders, with me shuddering at the thought of my last solo lesson where I nearly perched myself on the top of a conifer growing on a precipice 🙁

We caught the cable car down to Weggis and then the boat back to Lucerne for a wander along the historic (totally rebuilt after the disastrous fire 20 years ago) chapel bridge.

Then back to Zurich where one of our party immediately collapsed into bed with a migraine 🙁 🙁

So an amazing day clearly demonstrating the virtues of a fully integrated public transport system. Many thanks to Jonathan for organising it all so skilfully.

My photos are here

Aarau to Zurich

First apologies for the whinge about lack of readers in my previous post. I totally forgot what a sophisticated bunch of followers that I have! with Feedly reporting 71 folks have signed up to my RSS feed plus on Friday my readership leapt to 191 readers according to Jetpack.

IMG_3582The ride started of as a very pleasant route along the river Aar, I loved the swimming pool embedded in a pond thus allowing natural oxygenation and purification without chlorine etc. Very green in more ways than one. It’s very interesting to see the low tech way of hydroelectric generation on the Aar, every 6 miles or so there are hydraulic barriers that raise the water level by 10 feet or so, the water then goes into low head turbines. In the towns these are disguised as pretty buildings. Neat & no huge dams & lakes needed.

I loved the town of Baden so picturesque with its medieval covered bridge, cobbled streets and old buildings.

In the afternoon it was a very zig zag course into Zurich where I kept taking wrong turnings. It’s a fine balance either looking at the iPhone or searching overgrown hedges for signs. But I made Zurich.

I set off to search for my brother, unfortunately the address I had for my nephew was wrong and even worse it was 3 miles walking in the opposite direction wrong 🙁 However, I did get to see the brand new Tesla showroom, the Apple store & managed to procure a new 8GB uSD card for the Garmin. I eventually made contact with even more confusion over timings but we eventually made it to the  Zeughauskeller restaurant 🙂

Total mileage done is now 994 miles with 95 hours in the saddle.

Here is the Strava for the day:

Strava_Ride___Aarau_to_Zurich

and the pictures