I left the pub at 6.25 after the mother of all sleeps. Just as well because the first part is straight up 2000 feet! I got to Oberalp Col in under 2 hours 🙂 and had a celebratory frustuck at 2045metres above sea level, this is also the watershed for The Rhine and The Rhone rivers.
I thought it was going to be all downhill from there but as a fellow diner at my lunch in Ildnz took great pains to point out there were going to be a series of whoppers until I got to Bonadoz. Through spectacular scenery – The Swiss Grand Canyon as its called locally. The whole of the ride so far is through stunning alpine scenery and the railway follows the route closely so for lazy sods you can dip in and out 🙂
I did 69miles in 7hr 40mins about 9mph plus over 3 hours of stops. Goodness knows the total ascent but must be over 3000feet. A fair bit of the way is over rough tracks so to be kind to the bike I had to slow down a fair bit 🙂
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With much trepidation and a loaded up bike I left my apartment in Les Gets at dawn break (06.30) to try and beat the high temperatures (30 deg) today. I made it to Evian by 8.30 getting frozen in the process! as its mainly downhill in a sun shaded valley.
I soon warmed up on the road to Martigny stopping for a 10quid sandwich at St Maurice and arriving in Martigny at 2pm after a 67mile ride. Once in Martigny I decided to take Michaels advice and get the trains upto Andermatt where the Rhine Radweg starts. So 47 pounds and three hours later that’s where I arrived.
It has to be said Switzerland is expensive but then again you get something for your money! Superb cycle lanes on the roads and along The Rhone, the railway is clean punctual with special places for the bikes and the ride from Brig to Andermatt is stupendous on a narrow gauge with new track viaducts and tunnels.
Here’s the cycling bit of today:-
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Tomorrow starts with a mega 600 metre climb up the Oberalp pass to Sedrun after that its mainly downhill and 1000miles to Holland!
I’m getting to practice my German too 🙂
On the Tenth day I made it to Les Gets by 4pm. Two Cols climbed with a total ascent of over 6000 feet (two Ben Nevis’s nearly) and a distance of 70 miles. Not bad at all, the total journey came in at 779miles.
The weather stayed fine so I managed to stay warm the N5 was not to busy so not as scary as I thought and the mega descent to Lake Geneva was great as the route is not used by trucks.
Now to work out how to get home! Here is todays trip:-
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A day in the Haut Jura. Dominated by the torrential rain and my freezing feet. They became blocks of ice on the descent into Morez through driving rain, my only thought became on how to get into a red hot bath asap.
I stopped at 61 miles with 1947m of ascent for the day. A lot of the trip was on the N5 not as bad as it sounds, as the carriageway is quite a bit wider than the D roads still it seemed funny to be finishing at 3.30pm.
Hopefully I can make it to Les Gets tomorrow, especially if I can get some plastic bags to wrap my feet in, it’s about 65 miles but with some pretty big ascents!. It’s Cathy’s last night in the apartment, so if I’m lucky I could get some food 😉
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