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  • Made it to the capital of Switzerland. The ride out of Treisenberg was great. The old proverb of "what goes up must come down" suited the ride perfectly. The road down the other side was fantastic smooth tar with really well banked corners..just fun. Had to traverse a couple of ranges and the weather was looking a bit ominous but held off. Beautiful country side but with a fair bit of slow traffic including the obligatory milk trucks! The problem with a lot of these roads is that there is nowhere to pull over for pic taking.

    Bern is a mix of old and new like a lot of Europe. I thought Lietchenstein was expensive......just add 10% for Switzerland. Spent a couple of days wandering around the city ang got the shortest hair and beard cut of my life. I went into an African barber shop that advertised cuts for both "black and white". Well by the surprised look on all the faces in the shop when I took a seat, I'd say it had been a while since anyone took the sign at face value. There was a bit of whispeting and pointing and then some big smiles (ftom all of us) before I was invited to take a seat. Anyway great hair cut (a number 1 - took about 3 1/2 minutes) but still cost me £30.

    Next stop Italy and a chance to meet some relatives.
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  • We both were too tired and not hungry enough to go out last night. We didn't sleep that well, so we weren't up and out till noon. Russell went in to work (they will feed him there) and so I wandered around and found a beer hall in a 15th century building. Too late for coffee so I'm starting the day with beer.

  • 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)