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  • Have to say the Swiss know how to brew a bloody good stout and this is no exception! A very chocolatey stout that puts colour in your cheeks and a smile on your face. Frankie, the resident stout hater, can tolerate this! 8.8 out of 10

  • Mum found out how close we were to Switzerland (only 43km) so we just had to go!! Another country! It was a bit rainy and the city was pretty normal-looking but the lake was nice and the big fountain was cool. There is a mixture of old and new buildings side by side. Mum & dad had cheese fondue for lunch, they could hardly walk afterwards. We went to a nice park and science history museum too.

    Nannie is much better, she has all tubes out and breathing normally!! We are so glad. She will get her strength back gradually now.
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  • We started with fresh bakery treats for breakfast...
    Sheril got a new wheel and we started out for Chur
    Group A- Sherelle and Jan headed on the train and had their own misadventures (but will leave it to them to share that story)
    Group B- Bern, Dave, Illy and me set out on our bikes
    It wasn't the best start with us heading off on the wrong road and also taking a MTB path which was scary/fun/time consuming/energy sapping
    Oopsies... We made it to Castrisch in a very unspectacular time
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  • It was Jan, Bern and me heading out early on our bikes today. Sheril and Dave went to the bike shop, and Illy needed a rest day...
    The dark clouds were looming... and as we decided to pull over under the eaves of a barn to don our wet weather gear the skies opened up... The lovely owner ran over from her house to unlock the barn and let us in...and we enjoyed watching the lightning show

  • Much to my delight we rolled upon a random bike repair shop (that was open) right on the track... My back brakes were in much need of replacement... The lovely guy put my bike on straight away and changed the brakes, and did a quick tune. I was so so happy!! (Hence why it gets its own post...Sucks to not have brakes on some of the hills we have done)

  • Another good day, very hot at over 30 all day. We got lost more than once. The first time a really nice German insisted on taking us about ten miles to the correct road. The last one was as we arrived at what we thought was the hotel but it was the address of our friends house so after climbing a mountain for half an hour then going down through many hairpin bends we had to turn around and do it again to get to the hotel.
    Once at the hotel we gave the tea bags we were asked to deliver to the manager who in turn gave us his friends and family rate. Then instead of leaving the car in the car park they asked us to park it in the main entrance which is safer. We had a nice meal then as we finished we heard yodelling coming from inside. There were about 15 men at around a table practising and they were rather good so I recorded some on my phone and will post on YouTube here is the link
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  • morning started with Sheril cracking a soft boiled egg on her forehead...definite highlight...imagine sitting at a nice restaurant and then unexpectedly having egg yolk covering everything...gross but funny
    Then we had a train journey to ilanz where we dropped off our gear

    I am without words to describe the views today- spectacular rolling mountains, aqua coloured streams set against a clear blue sky
    (possibly due to some spontaneous loud singing we discovered Ilona has yet to experience the wonder that is The Sound of Music)

    Train travel had us hustling to get our fully loaded bikes to the connecting service but it was achieved by creating delays (and it seems the Swiss are quite pedantic about keeping to a very tight schedule)!
    Sheril ripped open her thumb on moving the bikes (which is the pic)...the Sharon Strzelecki pose is 'cause she is special
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