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... in all my winter gear and was extremely happy when this long pipe through the mountains finally came to an end.
As I approached the end of these tunnels I could watch the temp dropping every few seconds and finally it was back to an average of about 10 Celsius most of the day. Not bad at all for this time of year.
Rather than stay on the main route 6 road I turn off and take in some of the small winding roads along the way. It's a much longer way to travel but ...
... section is truly breathtaking!! As the train winds its way up the very steep grade towards the next station of Eigerwand at 2865m the half way station below looks more like a small dot in the snow.
Soon it all falls into darkness as we enter an extremely long and winding tunnel which must be quite a few miles long as it takes about 20 minutes to reach the top of the mountain from 1st entering the tunnel. However, it’s not all sitting looking at the dark tunnel ...
... knife as I inherited one from my mum and I really don't need another horse-shoe gouge but I did get a few of my favourite paring knives for 1.50Fr each (they cost nearly $10 each in Australia). Boring, I know but I can't squeeze any more souvenirs in my luggage.
After lunch I found a newsagents and snuck a look at a very detailed road map. The town I needed to head for was actually well sign-posted all around Schwyz and why JH doesn't mention it in his book is beyond ...
... top of the hill and back down again. The pass used to be a cobbled road but they put in a major road and cut out all the fabulous hairpins. The cobbled road is still in place for the mountain bikers - and intrepid motorcyclists.
Then they put in the St Gotthard tunnel which cuts deep into the mountain directly from Switzerland to Italy leaving the mountain roads to the adventurous.
Boy am I gonna have some fun tomorrow.
... We went out aswell for two evenings at the local bar and it was amazing and again alan got drunk..haha
I also remember a game we played trying to hit nails into a wooden stump, the military boys took this so serious, leisha got stalked by one for ages after and it was so funny.