Maderanerthal Region (Swiss Alps) - Day 127-128

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Day 127 - 28/06/08

A train and a few buses today to reach Golzern which is a small village in the beautiful snow capped Swiss Alps. The transport system is amazing here, completely integrated, so when you get off the train the bus is waiting to take you to you're next destination. The British could certainly learn a lot from the Swiss transport system, even the smallest most remote villages are connected to the main train networks. After me waffling on about the amazing transport system it only works if you get off the bus at the right stop to catch you're next bus, otherwise you're buggered! We got off the bus at the wrong stop and missed our connecting bus, so we're stuck on a twisty mountain road. The only option was to hitch-hike, so we did. Within a couple of minutes two girls picked us up and took us to a village, then we hitched another ride to Golzern with a nice middle-aged couple. Back in the UK there's no way we would have got a ride so quickly, we even saw people who were on the first bus with us in Golzern, they'd just arrived. So our slight detour didn't even lose us any time.

We are now in the mountain area of Maderanerthal in the county of Uri. It so beautiful here, could spent weeks hiking and relaxing in this part of the world. Unfortunately I only have two days and one night here, but I'll defiantly be back one day. We caught a cable car from the valley floor to 1250m on the mountain side. Then hiked through meadows of flowers to a beautiful lake surrounded by forests of conifer trees. Lots of families relaxing and swimming by the crystal clear waters having barbecues. Then we changed trails and hiked down a steep rocky path back down to the raging river in the valley through the forest. We arrived at small village where stopped for strawberry yoghurt shakes and then headed back up hill to a remote hotel before finding a place to camp around 2-3kms behind the hotel. Found a beautiful spot on a small plateau by a stream over looking the valley. We're completely surrounded by dozens of waterfalls carrying snow melt from the 3000m peaks around us to the river on the valley floor. Probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever camped. Still plenty of snow on the peaks and the setting sun reflecting off the snow was truly magnificent.

Day 128 - 29/06/08

Woke up this morning to the ringing of cow bells at close proximity to the tent. Decided to poke my head out of the tent to see what was going on and the tent was surrounded by big heffers licking the fly-sheet. Like the northern country boy I am, I got out of the tent and preceded to shout and wave my hands at the herd to move them on but everytime I stopped doing this they just returned to mock me. This continued for well over an hour. I became quite close to my herd and got to know them quite well. Cow number 1985 was a young cheeky heffer who was the most courageous and bold. Heffer 3265 didn't like me too much and when I ran at her, she looked like she was going to charge me so I kept my distance from this girl. I told my friend to pack up the tent while I kept my herd at a distance. We moved on and headed back to the hotel which we passed yesterday for some breakfast.

Returned to Zurich on the bus and train by 5pm. Watched the Euro 2008 final at the FanZone. Viva Espana, really wanted the Spanish to win and they did 1-0. Been a long time since the Spanish have been successful in any football tournament. There must of been 20,000 people at the FanZone, the majority German which was not to surprising due to Zurich's proximity to the German border. After the final whistle blew the streets of Zurich erupted with jubilant Spanish fans singing and dancing.
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