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Canton Grisons

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  • Day7

    dont take your touring bike on mtb track

    August 27, 2016 in Switzerland

    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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  • Day6

    train to Ilanz

    August 26, 2016 in Switzerland

    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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  • Day6

    high in the hills

    August 26, 2016 in Switzerland

    Up to Oberalpass by train...
    And then ride down Alpine road with Sheril Joy and Illy (olds were not up for this section)

    Easily the coolest thing I have done on a bike to date! I was on the brakes whole descent and couldn't slow enough, there was hairpin turn upon hairpin turn, we went from 2044m at oberalpass down to tschamut at 1450m in about 5km.

    Once we got off the road and on to some gravel Sherelle took a fall (on to her bad shoulder!) just after Disentis.. her bike was not good (trip to mechanic tomoz) so we caught train at Sumvitg back to Ilanz... So only 26km on the bike!

    Today was cows in the fields with bells ringing, smells of freshly cut hay and mountains upon mountains as far as the eye can see

    In terms of risk management concerns I honestly thought the Alpine descent would be craziest thing for today but no...we rode our bikes through an active rifle range! So so so scary... I have video but no photo
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  • Day8

    Igis this is done

    August 28, 2016 in Switzerland

    Set out from Chur (all six of us) after an early-ish start... And all went to plan until Sherils pedal went caput near Igis (it was all a bit Dan Brown on the MTB)
    So Sherelle and Dave headed back to catch the train to Buchs and the lucky 4 continued on our journey

  • Day16

    Source of the Rhine River.

    October 15 in Switzerland

    We are really getting high in the Alps. Welcome,
    Patience, it's really good to have you here with us. Roxy is going to join us along with Patience. They will have the opportunity to go back and start at the beginning or just pick up from here on. At any rate I am glad to them travelling with us.

  • Day5

    Travelling to St Moritz

    September 8 in Switzerland

    Today was a travel day. I’ve come to St Moritz so I can catch the Glacier Express. Originally I was only going to stay one night and catch the train tomorrow but I ended up booking it for Monday so I have two nights here.

    The train journey from Zurich was lovely. The first leg was to Landquart and only took an hour. There isn’t much in Landquart and according to my train schedule I should have changed trains and kept going. It would have gotten me into St Moritz too early to check in and the seat wasn’t reserved so I could take any train along that route.
    So I took a look through the Fashion outlet which is like a mini villiage in itself. There were so many interesting things but not having the storage the only thing I bought was some Lindt chocolate. I know we have it at home but I chose flavours I haven’t seen before such as elderberry and orange.

    The train from Landquart to St Moritz was stunning. I could tell we were increasing in altitude so I downloaded an altitude app on my phone (yes I know I’m a dork) and we went from 736m to 1829m.
    The hotel is wonderful. It’s a 4 star hotel, I have a single room but I’m sure the bed is a double bed. Everything is just a little bit fancy. After checking in I returned to the train station to get some information on what to do tomorrow as there is a lot to choose from. Fortunately there is a summer special where if you stay 2+ nights you get a complimentary travel card which gives free travel on all the cable cars and trains. I then took the bus just to see where it went. That’s when I discovered that both the public transport app and google maps did me a disservice by having me get off the bus one stop early and having to walk uphill with my suitcase when the bus stops opposite the hotel.

    It’s been a long day so I’m due for an early night I think.
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  • Day6

    Top of the World

    September 9 in Switzerland

    So much beautiful scenery today. I need to marry a doctor who runs a sanatorium in the Alps! I’d love to spend a month here.
    I started with Piz Nair, a mountain that overlooks St Moritz. Two funiculars and a cable car got me two the top. On the way up I saw and heard cows with cowbells. The scenery was simply stunning.
    I returned to St Moritz and took the train towards Tirano to Diavolezza. The scenery on the trainwas amazing. It is the first part of the Bernina Express and I can see why.
    At the top there was a glacier. Again stunning.
    What surprised me most about both mountains is that it wasn’t that cold. I had one layer on (long sleeves) and I was fine. I lugged my jacket around all day but didn’t need it.
    By the time I got back to the hotel I was really tired and footsore so I booked in for foot reflexology. Definitely worth it. I had picked up a roll and bits which I had in my room for tea. What I saved on food I spent on the foot massage.
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  • Day7

    Glacier Express

    September 10 in Switzerland

    There isn’t a lot to say about today. It’s all about the pictures.
    The Glacier Express was stunning. It’s is the “slowest fast train in the world”. There wasn’t much fast about it. A lot of the line is single track so we pulled over quite a few times.
    It took just under 8 hours to go from St Moritz to Zermatt. We dropped down to 600m and at the highest were about 2000m.
    Most of the passengers in my car were Canadian, American or German. The guy sitting opposite me was German and his English was better than my German but only just.
    I started out sitting with my back to the direction of travel but there were some empty seats so I was able to move. At Chur we changed direction as we went back the way we came and that was only 2 hours in.
    It was a long day but very much worth it.
    Zermatt is a car free town I was picked up in an electric vehicle that was more or less an oversized golf cart.

    The pictures don’t do it justice, please forgive the glare/reflections, all the photos were taken through a window.
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  • Day7

    Käserei Besichtigung

    July 13 in Switzerland

    Nach anfänglicher Fahrt durch Städte mit Stau und lustiger Ampelschaltung (1sek rot dann wieder grün), kamen am Mittag wieder schöne Strecken.
    Wir hielten bei einem Bauer an, um Käse zu kaufen und bekamen gleich noch eine Käserei Besichtigung

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kanton Graubünden, Kanton Graubunden, Graubünden, Canton Grisons, Cantón de los Grisones, Grisons, Cantone dei Grigioni, 그라우뷘덴 주, Chantun Grischun

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