S: SWISS BIKE TRIP - 2009
BC: BOOK OF OUR SWITZERLAND BIKE TRIP COMPILED BY SARA SCHNABEL PICTURES TAKEN BY PAUL SCHNABEL, SARA SCHNABEL, AND JIM BRENNEMAN
FC: SWISS LAKES, BERNESE OBERLAND, and LAC d'ANNECY 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 | view from our hotel room
3: Morges is on Lake Geneva. Beautiful lake, interesting castle, & wonderful views.
4: We biked to the hill towns outside of Morges. Paul saw the castle in the distance so we had to bike to see it. Quite impressive! Bicycling is a fun way to explore the countryside. | Audrey Hepburn's grave
5: Pirate ship in the harbor as we left Morges | Bike trails were on farm lanes | Interesting view of a castle | Paul on the way to the ferry boat dock | Paul and Jim through an arch in a walled city | We took a ferry boat across the lake to Neuchatel | Morges to Neuchatel - 51 miles | Paul with knight armor in a shop window
6: We biked through Estayer LeLac with frogs hanging in the street. | Paul and the knight armor | Interesting walled, medieval villages
7: We took a ferry boat over to Neuchatel
8: Neuchatel | Neuchatel | to Gruyeres - 59 miles
9: Gruyeres - a beautiful walled city. Every where I looked I wanted to take a picture | 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 we were in Moleson we toured the cheese factory and then took the fenicular up 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 walked back down to Gruyeres through a cow pasture and past an old ski lift. We had a wonderful view on our way down! | Our hotel in Gruyeres
12: Hot air balloon outside our bedroom window. Wonderful fondue dinner in Gruyeres. | Sunset picture
13: Gruyeres to Berne - 50 miles | Bears used to live here in Berne | 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 detour to Oberdiessbach the town that Jim's ancestors came from. 43+ miles | The boat came out from under the house as we rode by | This was the most beautiful lake
17: Castle in Thun | Great views on our way to Lauderbrunnen
18: Hotel Silberhorn in Lauterbrunnen | Paul playing the alp horn
19: We took the train to Wilderswil and then took the cog railroad to Schymge Platte. 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: Hostellerie Bon Accueil in Chateau d'Oex View from our room. | Jim biking up the Col des Mosses. This route was part of the Tour de France in 2009. | Wonderful view leaving Chateau d'Oex | Paul at the top of the Col des Mosses. Down into Aigle after coming off the Col des Mosses. | We drove the van the first half of today's ride
22: Paul and I didn't get to go inside the world cycling headquarters since we were driving the van at this time. View coming into Martigny. We took the train from Martigny to Vallorcine, crossing the border into France. This route was 53 hilly miles and was very scenic, especially the train ride over the mountains.
23: Chamonix | Le Hameau Albert 1er a wonderful 4 star hotel overlooking Mont Blanc | Biking down into Chamonix with wonderful views of Mont Blanc.
24: Biking from Chamonix | Mont Blanc
25: Ff | to Annecy Today was supposed to be 51 miles but we choose to take the easier route and due to a deviation (detour) we had to go an extra 9 km over a mountain. It was a long, hot day! | We biked past Carlos Sastra who was training for the Tour de France He laughed at Paul's bike.
26: Lac d'Annecy the Venice of Haute Savoie | Olde town and the Bastille on the canal
27: Biking around Lac d'Annecy This was a time trial on the Tour de France. Beautiful views of the lake and a great pastry shop in Menthon.
28: ANNECY AT NIGHT
29: Annecy to Ferney-Voltaire - 38 miles
30: Paul thought Switzerland was the Garden of Eden Everything was manicured and just looked perfect. | Biking back into 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! Paul and Sara | Fondue and gelato