Cycling Switzerland: My first solo journey

Day 6 | Meiringen – Schwyz (100KM)

Today was the best day of the entire trip! The weather was perfect, I did not get lost, and Brunnen was stunning! The Susten Pass was a good challenge but it was beautiful. I left Meiringen at the usual time, around 9:15 and headed for the Susten Pass. I had no idea what to expect but knew the summit was at 2224m. As usual, I kept a steady pace and took the time to look at the scenery…it was such a sunny day and everything was clear. This was my favourite climb of the trip!

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Cycling Switzerland: My first solo journey

Day 5 | Hospental – Meiringen (70KM)

Today was a great day but the weather was horrible again. I went from 25C in Bellinzona two days before to what felt like -5C at the summit of the Furka Pass and Grimsel Pass! At 9AM on July 14 2011 I left the hostel in Hospental to climb the Furka Pass at 2436m and the Grimsel Pass at 2165m to arrive in Meiringen. This time I was ready!

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Cycling Switzerland: My first solo journey

Day 4 | Bellinzona – Hospental (125KM)

What is that expression that people say: “Always trust your first instinct” or something like that? Well, I did not follow my own advice from the previous night and let stubbornness get the best of me and made some really dangerous mistakes on day 4. This was by far my worst day of cycling! Mostly my fault, I got lost, stuck in a huge thunder-storm, and almost suffered from hypothermia. Yes, I said it, mostly my fault! Before I share this part of my journey with you, I must admit I now understand how quickly things can degenerate when you are at the mercy of nature. Luckily, there are very good people out there and I wish I could thank them again.

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Cycling Switzerland: My first solo journey

Day 3 | Hospental – Bellinzona (125 km)

What a day this turned out to be! To start, I did not sleep well. The co-ed thing did not bother me since it is a common thing to do in hostels and I was sharing the room with a couple and their children and another guy who looked quite harmless. I am not certain harmless is the correct term to use since he snored so loud I was convinced a freight train was right next to my bed the entire night! Anyway, all was well and I was up bright and early and ready to face not one but two passes. The Oberalp Pass at 2048m and the Lukmanier Pass at 1920m. Before I left I took a short walk around the village, checked my bike, and left my luggage at the reception.

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Cycling Switzerland: My first solo journey

Day 2 | Linthal – Hospental (90KM)

I left the hotel around 9:00 on July 11. A full breakfast was included with croissants, breads, cheese, meats, yoghurt, and cereal…all breakfasts were complimentary throughout the week. I had to prepare for my first Swiss pass, the Klausen Pass at 1952m. I had no idea what to expect as I had never climbed a pass before but I knew if I kept a steady pace and enjoyed the ride everything would be great!

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Cycling Switzerland: My first solo journey

In July 2011, I embarked on my first solo cycling journey in Switzerland. It only took two weeks to organize and it was one of the best trips of my life (so far!). A company called SwissTrails made it possible. I knew I wanted to cycle in Switzerland so my search was easy. I found SwissTrails by doing an Internet search, immediately contacted them and within a couple of days my cycling trip was booked!

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