Tuesday, August 19, 2014

July 20th: Reuti to Zurich


From Tour of the Alps 2014
We woke up to cloudy skies to the East and sunshine to the West, so it was a good thing that we were going West. After the breakfast, we got on our bikes and pedaled towards Brunig pass, an easy 200m of climb from where we were. It was strange to see rain across the valley where Rosenlaui was, while we were right in the sun.
From Tour of the Alps 2014

At Brunig, we made a quick descent into Lugern, and then the road split off from the highway tunnel and we got a great look at the lake up close and personal. The descent into Giswil was easy as well, and then the ride to Sarnen was straightforward. In 2007, I gave up on riding past Sarnen because the traffic was annoying, even with a bike lane along the road. On a lazy Sunday with rain on the horizon, however, the road was quiet and quite pleasant.
The night before, we'd calculated that we would break 1000 miles sometime today, so when we were sure we exceeded 1000 miles, we took a short break and got a picture of me holding up 2 zeroes and Arturo holding up a 1 and a zero. The ride into Lucerne was very nice, with separate dedicated bike path alongside the water while the train and the freeway went through a tunnel to save time. In Horw, we stopped at a Kebab place for lunch. While we were feeling rain drops, it still wasn't raining, so we knew we would make it to Lucerne for sure.
From Tour of the Alps 2014
At Lucerne, we took a brief sight-seeing tour of both the oldest bridge in the world, and the dying lion. The lion was supposed to signify the death of Napolean's ambitions. It also commemorated the Swiss confederation's declaration that as mercenaries, they would never take both sides of a war again to avoid the Swiss people killing each other.
From Tour of the Alps 2014
From Tour of the Alps 2014

In Lucerne, we took the road to Ebikon along the number 4 highway. It felt a lot like riding through El Camino Real: suburban hell with strip-malls and uninteresting riding, but then at Root the road became a lot more rural all of a sudden. My goal was to find my way to Zurich on the Reuss river, but then Arturo's friend David called, and we agreed to meet him at Cham instead.
From Tour of the Alps 2014

Once at Cham, which was a very pleasant ride from Root/Ebikon, David suggested that while Reuss might be appropriately rural, it would also dump us out on the wrong side of Zurich, while the Sihl bike path would take us to Zurich on the correct side. Never one to contradict a local, we opted to go with his route. David liked mountain bikes, and preferred more technically challenging terrain, at one point dumping us on a dirt climb that was reminiscent of the Meiringen to Hasliberg bike path, but Arturo was still clearly uncomfortable on technically challenging terrain, so he gracefully dialed it back and kept us on the official bike path the rest of the way into Zurich.
From Tour of the Alps 2014

By 4:30pm, Arturo's foot had started hurting again, but by then we were within 5km of David's house. Places started looking familiar and I realized that David didn't live very far from where Shauna was! Soon we were at his house, and I was carrying my bike into David's kitchen. It'd been quite a trip but my tour was over, and so were my cycling gloves which had served me well for so many miles.
From Tour of the Alps 2014
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