|Lots of cool street art in Bern|
Switzerland is very metropolitan, making their towns feel quite a bit more substantial than they are. Street tram systems and large, iconic buildings exist in towns with 35,000 people. I guess that is what can happen when you have 80 or 90 generations to work on the spot where you are living. In our countries, we are lucky if we've had 20 generations in one spot. It seems everyone is highly educated and polite - a drunk that wandered up to us at the train station while we were repairing bikes seemed quite fluent in at least three languages. Shop owners can easily switch between German, French and English. The whole of their houses, cars, and towns and villages look built to last, are in good repair and are sensibly designed. They do seem to be obsessed with chopping and stacking firewood, though.
|A snack beside the canals|
Making our way through the forests and meadows and thinking we were hundreds of kilometres from anyone, we would often 'round a corner to find a huge hydroelectric dam, nuclear power plant (yes, seriously) or some other engineering marvel, tucked away in the hinterlands.
Gord had planned a stop in Murten - famous for its original, 16th century town walls. By this time, the overcast had turned to fluffy clouds. We ate lunch by the nearby lake, then rode up the hill to the "altstadt" to have a look at it. We locked up our bikes and then toured the old cobble streets and even climbed up the 10 metres of stairs to walk along the fortifications. Gord was very impressed and would have traded his bike for a pot of boiling oil to pour on marauders.
After lunch, we carried on to Fribourg, stopping a few times for mechanical issues. I had a broken brake cable and a front wheel skewer that needed adjustments - everyone else's bikes seemed to be behaving. Now that these few, normal "old bike" issues have been taken care of, we should be good for a while.
|Sometimes the uphills are so steep, they have stairs|
|... and suddenly, we cross a hydroelectric dam|
|even beautiful in the rain|
|horse has right-of-way|
|bike path along water supply pipe|
|yahoo for flat riding along the canal!|
|stopped for a train|
|look for the steeple, find the village fountain|
|Bern, 14 km|