Three countries in an hour
19.07.2016 - 20.07.2016 31 °C
Sun, sun, hot sun, hotter sun! And that was how the weather was for Tuesday 19 July with a forecast high of 31c. We left Metmenstetten around 8:30ish and headed north to catch the Horgen-Meilen ferry across the Zürichsee (Lake Zurich) and then on towards our destination for the night at Kreutzlingen on the ban of the Bodensee (Lake Konstanz).
The distance between our start and finish points was about 90kms, a bit short for a day's riding, so we took a more scenic route. We rode through beautiful farming country; towns small and large, old and new; along rivers; over our first pass - a little one, only 955m high (a practice pass); and generally had a great time on well maintained roads. There is a lot of road infrastructure being built here in Switzerland and so we were stopped many times to share the road with oncoming traffic.
Jim has brought Karen with him again this year and, to date, she has behaved. She had a little tantrum today and took us on a delightful little trip up a long and winding narrow road through several small villages where we waved to the locals... twice! It was when we passed the cows in the barn on the left and the semi-derelict barn, with the traditional overhanging eaves and fretwork balustrade on the right, that I twigged we had done a big loop. Those cows had not moved 1cm in the half hour it took us to pass them again!
Lunchtime was upon us so with less than 10 kms to go we stopped at Berglin for lunch and went to the auto bank to get some CHF in cash. Arrival time at the Hotel Plaza was about 3 and so we had time for showers, a lie down and then drinks in the bar before walking to Germany to dine at one of the many restaurants at one of the many marinas. From our hotel the border is about 2kms and the food and drinks are cheaper than in Switzerland. A slow and pleasant stroll home in the balmy evening and then a warm night's sleep as not many hotels in Europe have air conditioning like we do at home, and our room was no exception.
Wednesday morning was the same old thing... Hot and sunny, healthy breakfast, several coffees, on the road about 8:30. The destination for the day was Müster up in the Alps (1247m). We rode through Lichtenstein and Austria, through the towns of Davos, Klosters, Zernez following Route 28, and through the Flüela Pass (2383m) and a couple of other passes a lot higher than yesterday.
Again, lots of roadwork stops. The roads are well maintained - they need to be as there are so many motorbikes, RVs, cyclists etc. travelling around. Lunch was eaten down the mountain at Susasca (962m) where we found a covered bridge (á là Bridges of Madison County) and then through more perfect riding country and down into the town of Müster to Hotel Crusch Alba.