Our tour around Switzerland begins
17.07.2016 - 18.07.2016 30 °C
We arrived at the Speck residence late afternoon Sunday 17 July after a brilliant day on the bikes. Our route had taken us through Freusenstadt, Schramberg, St Georgen, Donaueschingen, Tako, Blumberg (lunch stop), Wettingen, Wohlen - none of which any of us could pronounce with any authority! Lan, Urz and daughter Sarah had everything ready for us - cold beer, iced tea and red wine set up under a gazebo adorned with Indian signage and paraphernalia. A nice touch thanks Urz. A BBQ dinner cooked in the garden where Lan keeps rabbits and turtles of all shapes and sizes. A real menagerie she has.
The Speck's live in a multi storied building that is divided into three separate houses. It was built in the 1700's as a single residence (Speck house) with barn (now the other two houses). There is also a shared barn where Urz keeps his collection of Indians and Harley's and his original VW Beetle and Combi. The town of Metmenstetten is picture perfect and the views in every direction marvellous! Behind our temporary home are fields of corn and cows with bells... After all we are in Switzerland!
Monday dawned in brilliant sunshine and another el fresco brekky was consumed. A lazy morning saw males sitting talking and females taking a walk up the hill, past the ever running stream, past those cows with their bells, through the wood, and back via a cherry orchard.
Into our riding gear and off for an afternoon's ride around the local area and a little further. We had lunch at a "very nice restaurant" high atop a big hill, "we are not in the Alps yet" Urz told us, then down to a big lake, the Zuger See, around that and then back to Metmenstetten for afternoon drinks in the garden with the turtles having their dinner.
Lan took Sharon and me to the local farmer to buy some cherries but alas!, there were none left (picked that was so we went into the orchard and had a feast direct from tree to mouth! Yum'!!)
Back in the garden (which is across the lane just like the allotments we saw in England last year) Jim and Urz went over the route we will be taking, checking roads and which passes we will be able to ride through.
A traditional Swiss meal, wine, beer and prosecco was consumed on a balmy evening and then to bed in readiness for our 5 day foray into the Alps starting tomorrow. Apparently we are leaving about 8ish. Let's see eh?