|Tourists in Chur|
The last few days have been challenging. After a hard push through to Buochs and then a long, increasingly steep climb to Andermatt, we were starting the day with a solid 500m climb over 10 kms to the top of Oberal Pass. At least the weather was on our side. The skies were so clear and blue, you'd think you were watching a Swiss chocolate commercial. A gentle tailwind was breezing in behind us too. The climb provided spectacular distractions from the effort of having to pedal up this intimidating slope. Green grass and wildflowers eventually gave way to scrub bush, snow and bare rocks. After getting to the top, we celebrated but noted that it had taken more time to get there than we had anticipated. We had covered only 12 km and 450 of vertical, but we still had 85 km of distance and 900m vertical to go ... and it was almost 11 am. We started down on a mission.
|Gord descends like a pro|
Our day off has done us a world of good. Tomorrow we have a much more gradual start, fresher legs, less residual anxiety and a better idea of what Chur has to look at (Kate and I did a short walking audio tour of the historic landmarks).
Sadly, there is a 90 percent chance of rain all day tomorrow.
|not all of the riding was on paved paths. Single track!|
|the weather clears climbing away from Bergun ...|
|... towards Oberalp Pass|
|looking back down the valley|
|higher and higher|
|beautiful rest stop|
|Team Langsam Canucks|
|Kate vs. the cog train|
|we climbed from the bottom of that valley|
|up into the snow|
|Better weather on the way down|
|Heidi takes a break from cycling|
|sturdy covered bridges|
|Our accommodation in Chur.|
|Find the steeple, find a spot to fill your water bottle|
|fashion choices in Chur's bike shops|
|staring down some street art|