Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 30: Neuhausen to Kloten


We woke up in the morning to overcast skies and wet roads. Looking at the weather forecast, it looked like rain was in the cards for the next morning as well, so I called Hotel Flyaway and informed them that we would arrive a day early. We ate an anemic breakfast and got on our bikes and headed again for the Rheinfall, since our route would initially be along Swiss bike route #2.
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What a difference 12 hours made! Instead of the beautiful water, now all we saw was gray. Riding past the falls, we quickly found ourselves back in Germany!
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The gray skies continued all the way until we came back into Switzerland, but at last the rain stopped. At Flach we ignored the bike path sign to Eglisau and headed instead towards Embrach and Kloten. Since our GPS units already had Hotel Flyaway set as a way point, we had the units set, but ignored the GPS most of the time since the bike path signs were more reliable.
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Upon leaving the Rhein, the route led relentlessly uphill for an hour or so, but at a gentle grade and without much rain. Even the roads were starting to dry. Once in Embrach, bike path signs for Kloten showed up and we followed that over a hill and found ourselves descending at speed into Kloten, where GPS units and Phil's memory led us easily back to the hotel. We checked in, got our bike cases out, and started taking apart the bikes for stowing. The skies were blue when we checked in but as we started wrenching on our bikes rain came down from the sky in sheets of water and thunder shook the skies around us. We had clearly ended the tour right at the nick of time.
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It took us about 45 minutes to pack the bikes, after which we cleaned up, feeling happy about not having to do laundry for a change. Our freshly laundered clothing had arrived safely from St. Moritz, as had our Amazon.de order for maps. We ate a late supermarket lunch, then started shopping for chocolate. Phil had never really spent much time in downtown Zurich, and Cynthia had wanted us to bring back some Lindt Summer Edition chocolate, so we caught a train downtown with a day pass. We took a quick break at the Sprungli cafe downtown for some chocolate cake.
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I was starting to despair at finding summer edition chocolate when I finally found it in the basement of the City Coop near the Sprungli store. Phil and I each bought about $100 worth of chocolate. We then had dinner near the train station and headed back to Hotel Flyaway just in time to see the Double Rainbow.
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We had one more day in Zurich, but our tour was over.
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