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... when he'd finished. When we did get riding, we had to exit the city via the footpath inside another canal tunnel, that takes the boats from one side of the city to the other. Today's ride was very scenic once again, between the Doubs and the canal, with mountains towering either side. Today there were more than 30 locks, ( they were numbered, so I didn't have to count them ), so we were climbing upwards gradually. There were some good steep climbs as well, I'm sure ...
... of them still quite wet which led to nice mud-covered hiking boots) and remote farms enjoying the warm sun of a beautiful Sunday.
The hiking season has definitely started.
Our exact itinerary was as follow:
Train/Bus: Aarau - La-Chaux-de-Fond - Salignelégier - La Theurre
Hike: Etang de la Gruère - Gros Bois Derrière - Petit Bois Derrière - Montcenez - La Combe
Train/Bus - La Combe - Glovelier - Basel - Olten - Aarau
... down, we took the old funicular railway, one of Fribourg's historical monuments and curiosities. It would have been faster to take the stairs, but I had told the kids about this 100 year old mechanical marvel that, to this day, still runs on counterweight and sewage water. The kids were fascinated, and it was definitely worth experiencing the creaking and clattering of the old machine.
By far my most memorable time during our 10 days in Switzerland ...
... that when getting in and out of the tent, some water would find its way in. It was cramped and not entirely pleasant. When camping there is always the issue of needing of having to go to the toilet in the middle of the night and up to now this has been no problem - I have my headlamp and have even enjoyed getting up some nights when the sky is clear and the stars are shining (I even had to get out my ipad one night to use my skyline app and identify what ...
... Besancon. On the way we changed direction slightly and aimed for Ornans. I was reading one of the newspaper articles I cut and keep and this town got a good mention. It was a beautiful drive over small roads through the greenest farming country with flowering trees everywhere.
Tomorrow we check out the town.