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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