S: SWISS BIKE TRIP - 2009
BC: BOOK OF 2009 SWITZERLAND BICYCLE TRIP COMPILED BY SARA SCHNABEL & JIM BRENNEMAN PICTURES TAKEN BY JIM BRENNEMAN, PAUL SCHNABEL & SARA SCHNABEL
FC: SWISS LAKES, BERNESE OBERLAND & LAC d'ANNECY BICYCLE TRIP JUNE 2009 BICYCLE ADVENTURE CLUB
1: being silly | Our bike trip began in Geneva, Switzerland. We stayed near the airport in Ferney-Voltaire. | Farmers market in Ferney-Voltaire.
2: Ferney-Voltaire to Morges 34 miles along Lake Geneva
3: Morges is on Lake Geneva. Beautiful lake, interesting castle, & wonderful views.
4: We rode to the hill towns outside of Morges. Jim guided the group to the impressive castle in the distance. Bicycling is a fun way to explore the countryside. | Audrey Hepburn's grave
5: Pirate ship in the harbor as we left Morges | We took a ferry boat across the lake to Neuchatel | Morges to Neuchatel - 51 miles | Great medieval towns with wonderful views
6: We rode through Estayer Le Lac with frogs hanging over the street! | Paul and the knight armor | Interesting walled, medieval villages
7: We took a ferry boat across Lac Neuchatel to Neuchatel
8: Neuchatel | Neuchatel .... | ....to Gruyeres - 59 miles
9: Gruyeres is a very picturesque medieval village.
10: Cheese is made the old fashioned way up here. This area is famous for Gruyeres cheese. | Moleson | While in Moleson we toured the cheese factory and then took the fenicular to the ski resort. We had a very nice soup de chateau at a restaurant on the mountain. It was too windy to take the cable car to the very top.
11: We hiked back down to Gruyeres through cow pastures and past an old ski lift. Wonderful views on our way down! | Our hotel in Gruyeres
12: Wonderful fondue dinner in Gruyeres. | Sunset picture
13: Gruyeres to Berne - 50 miles | Great beer in Berne
14: Views around Berne | Albert Einstein's apartment in Berne
15: Sightseeing in Berne The cathedral, the clock tower, and a busy city street
16: Berne to Lauterbrunnen with a side trip to Oberdiessbach, the town that Jim's ancestors came from. 43+ miles
17: Castle in Thun | Great views along our way to Lauterbrunnen
18: Hotel Silberhorn in Lauterbrunnen | Paul played the alp horn.
19: We took the train to Wilderswil and then the cog railroad to Schynige Platte where we hiked and had wonderful views of the Eiger, Munch, and Jungfrau.
20: Lauterbrunnen to Chateau d'Oex 56+ miles We took a detour to Gstaad, the Aspen of Switzerland
21: View from our hotel Hostellerie Bon Accueil in Chateau d'Oex | Jim and Shelee riding up the Col des Mosses. This route was part of the 2009 Tour de France.
22: Aigle, Switzerland Home of UCI World Headquarters
23: Chamonix | Le Hameau Albert 1er, a wonderful 4-Star hotel overlooking Mont Blanc
24: Riding from Chamonix .... | Mont Blanc in the background
25: Ff | ....to Annecy Today was supposed to be 51 miles but due to a deviation (detour) we had to go an extra 15 miles over a steep pass. Part of today's route was also in the 2009 TdF! It was a long, hot day!
26: Annecy, the Venice of Haute Savoie | Olde town and the Bastille on the canal
27: Riding around Lac d'Annecy This was a time trial in the 2009 Tour de France. Beautiful views of the lake and a great pastry shop in Menthon.
28: ANNECY AT DUSK
29: Annecy to Ferney-Voltaire - 38 miles
30: Riding back through Geneva | Packing the bikes to fly home
31: We had a great bicycle trip in Switzerland and France! We enjoyed the wonderful towns, fantastic scenery, great food, and the fun times with the other bikers on our tour! Jim and Shelee | Fondue and gelato