A Swiss Recap…

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I’m updating the blog a little.  The information below was on the ‘Where on Earth…?‘ page but is only relevant to the ride to Switzerland a couple of years ago.  So here it is as a final post in the set from that ride.  The ‘Where on Earth…?’ page should now just show the location of any recent little (or big) adventures from my SPOT GPS tracker,

So, at the end of the trip to Switzerland – here is a little day by day detail of the route taken…

25 Aug – Home to Liverpool St Station – 10 miles

26 Aug – Hook of Holland via Rotterdam to Dordrecht (Rhine Bike Route) – 42 miles; 52 total

27 Aug – Dordrecht to Wijk bij Duurstede (Rhine Bike Route) – 66 miles; 118 total

28 Aug – Wijk bij Duurstede to Millingen (Rhine Bike Route) – 47 miles; 165 total

29 Aug – Millingen to Xanten (Rhine Bike Route) – 40 miles; 205 total

30 Aug – Xanten to Duisburg (Rhine Bike Route) – 40 miles; 245 total

31 Aug – Day off in Duisburg

1 Sept – Duisburg to Koln (Rhine Bike Route) – 58 miles; 303 total

2 Sept – Koln to Koblenz (Rhine Bike Route) – 65 miles; 368 total

3 Sept – Day off in Koblenz

4 Sept – Day off in Koblenz

5 Sept – Day off in Koblenz

6 Sept – Koblenz to Reichensten (Rhine Bike Route) – 53 miles; 421 total

7 Sept – Reichensten to Oppenheim (Rhine Bike Route) – 44 miles; 465 total

8 Sept – Oppenheim to Speyer (Rhine Bike Route) – 60 miles; 525 total

9 Sept – Speyer to Karlsruhe (Rhine Bike Route) – 41 miles; 566 total

10 Sept – Karlsruhe to Pforzheim – 30 miles; 596 total

11 Sept – Pforzheim to Wildberg (mostly off-road in the Black Forest) – 33 miles; 629 total

12 Sept – Wildberg to Freundenstadt (mostly off-road in the Black Forest) – 35 miles; 664 total

13 Sept – Freundenstadt to Steinach (mostly off-road in the Black Forest) – 34 miles; 698 total

14 Sept – Steinach to Waldkirch (mostly off-road in the Black Forest) – 24 miles; 722 total

15 Sept – Waldkirch to Titisee (mostly off-road in the Black Forest) – 39 miles; 761 total

16 Sept – Day off in Titisee

17 Sept – Titisee to Basel (on road through the Black Forest) – 54 miles; 815 total

18 Sept – Day off in Basel

19 Sept – Day off in Basel

20 Sept – Day off in Basel

21 Sept – Basel to Laufen (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 21 miles; 836 total

22 Sept – Laufen to Delemont (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 22 miles; 858 total

23 Sept – Delemont to Montmelon (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 30 miles; 888 total

24 Sept – Montmelon to Saignelegier (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 18 miles; 906 total

25 Sept – Saignelegier to La Chaux-De-Fonds (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 30 miles; 936 total

26 Sept – La Chaux-De-Fonds to Creux du Van (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 42 miles; 978 total

27 Sept – Creux du Van to Ste Croix (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 22 miles; 1000 total

28 Sept – Day off in Ste Croix

29 Sept – Ste Croix to Le Sentier (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 31 miles; 1031 total

30 Sept – Le Sentier to Nyon (off road on the Swiss Jura Mountain Bike Trail) – 34 miles; 1065 total

1 Oct – Nyon – Vevey (Swiss Bike Route No 1) – 42 miles; 1107 total

2 Oct – Day off in Vevey

3 Oct – Vevey to Chateau d’Oex (Swiss Lakes Bike Route No 9) – 45 miles; 1152 total

4 Oct – Chateau d’Oex to Leissigen (Swiss Lakes Bike Route No 9) – 50 miles; 1202 total

5 Oct – Leissigen to Lucerne (Swiss Lakes Bike Route No 9) – 63 miles; 1265 total

6 Oct – Lucerne to Unterageri (Swiss Lakes Bike Route No 9) – 34 miles; 1299 total

7 Oct – Unterageri to Murg (Swiss Lakes Bike Route No 9) – 52 miles; 1351 total

8 Oct – Murg to St Gallen (Swiss Lakes Bike Route No 9) – 72 miles; 1423 total

That last day was a killer.  I opted to take the long route along the valley rather than head over the hills which were cold and snowy.  My body couldn’t warm up, my muscles were tight, the wind was blowing and the last ten miles were all uphill.  As I got to St Gallen, my friend Sean was watching my location on the SPOT tracker site and came down to the end of his road to meet me at exactly the point that I was arriving!   The wonder of technology.  The road to Sean’s flat is uphill and I wouldn’t stop riding until I could go no further as I knew that if I stopped I wouldn’t be able to start again. So poor Sean had to jog along beside me whilst trying to say hello whilst I just swore to myself and tried to eek out the last few metres that I could manage…

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