Bikepacking, Europe adventure

I eat hills for breakfast!

Not sure why, but the only bikes I crossed path with were electric!

I left the beautiful city of Lucerne on a glorious morning, to attack some hills and explores Switzerland’s countryside. I followed a Switzerland bike route the entire day, no need to look at my phone or GPS.

My day was spent with the company of cows, goats and sheeps and barely any humans. Almost no engine sounds, just the cow bells and my heavy breathing. The route uses mostly bike paths (gravel and paved) and small barely used roads. There were 2 good climbs that day and I was prepared for them. I really enjoyed these tough kilometres!

The following day I decided to keep following the same road. It was so well marked the previous day, that I decided to not even map it out. From their little elevation chart, it looked like mostly downhill, NOT! I kept passing signs letting me know if a pass was open, some others with “ACHTUNG” a high percentage and many km. It was tough! More then I was mentally prepared for.

I made it! Taking layers off for climbing, just to get dressed again later. Making sure I ate and hydrated as much as I could.

I passed some ski villages and made sure to stop and have a good meal. Not sure what I ate, the lady just showed me a plate and told that’s what was for lunch today(in a mix of French/English/German).

Ended my day in Montreux, with a stupidly insane 40km downhill. Nice city in a wonderful wine region, on lake Léman.

My hotel had a hot tub and I spent a good part of the evening in it 🙂

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Bikepacking, Europe adventure

It’s all about the journey, not the destination

This will be a short one, I am done! Tired! In 2 days I climbed over 4700m on a total of 225km. I didn’t count my kilometres, didn’t care what distance was left I just enjoyed every moment.

I’ve always dreamed of skiing here, never got to, but Riding through this ski country is for me as much fun. It’s impressive, breathtaking! These peaks, lakes, charming tyrolean houses, castles,…

I ride a cyclocross bike (34lbs fully loaded) and I can’t imagine climbing these hills with a standard touring bike. I may not be geared properly, 36t (single ring) in the front and 11-36 in the back. But I made it! I climbed everything 🙂

I will tell you more about my ride tomorrow, right now I just need to sleep.

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