Rainy day off in Zug

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Friday, September 24, 2010

As Polly's leg is still swollen and not feeling great we decided to have a very quiet day.  We packed up slowly and agreed to just cycle 10 or so miles to see how it goes.  Out of Lucern we went at a very leisurely pace. We stopped for a very nice coffee at a tourist trap Swiss hotel, it was beautiful though and the waitresses even wore traditional cow girl type dress.  We did another 5 miles or so before coming to rest at a campsite on the edge of the town called Zug.  It is now raining and it looks like a relaxing afternoon where we can catch up and book flights to India.  Very exciting, it is so hard to imagine how different it is going to be cycling in India as we spend day after day here in lush green hills and beautiful lakes.


Will update this later in the day, going to plan our way out of Switzerland now and into Liechtenstein into Austria trying to avoid as many mountain climbs as we can!

It rained all day and all night so we were a bit stuck for things to do, but I made the most of the time sleeping and reading my book. Mikey made friends with some nutty people on the campsite who gave him a phone card so that he could ring home and also speak to his best mate Tom. They explained to us that the reason the caravans are all so set up with furniture, garden gnomes and gardens etc is that people rent/leave them there for a year or 6 months. This also explains why we sometimes see people around in the day who donīt stay the night. We ended up playing scrabble sheltering from the endless rain under the awning in the campsite restaurant with all the people who come every weekend. The friend Mikey had made was originally from New Zealand but had been here 21 years and now didn't seem to be able to speak either English or German properly so spoke a mix of both to everyone. very confusing. No cooking because of the rain so had a picnic in the tent with head torches.
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clareabelle on

sorry about your leg Pollen, get well soon xxx

Elizabeth&Olaf on

Hey my lovelies, we are missing you here in Bos, just had Mands, C&G and Andy Robson around for a memories of india curry which was much fun - normal random banter and chat going on (have a feeling they are all laughing at some of my...classic chat!!). They have all headed off on cycles to the Anchor to catch up with steve etc and so am going to head up for an early night now but thinking of you and hope your leg is MUCH better now Pollen and the rain eases off. oooh and will send you some nice pictures of the boy now!
All our love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

triciagick@googlemail.com on

Great to talk to you last night when we returned from 5 days at sea. Whacked out last night, so caught up with the blog this morning - stupidly started with Zug and worked back to Chartres, so all a trifle confusing! However, it's obvious you are having a brilliant time and are doing amazingly well.Anxious mother that I am, I'm concerned about Polly's leg and can't wait to hear all's well and you are toatally fit agian. Dads and I have had an exhausting but amazing last few days with the Fatface crew, free lance photograhers and a make up lady not to mention the dishy Clyffe and Jack, and beautiful Amanda and Lindy (models!) They all were great and got on with everything - diving into the water, wake boarding,climbing masts and leaping around generally - not to mention a hairy sunset sail within yards of the Needles lighthouse - the keeper came out and couldn't believe his eyes! An enormously rough and cold sail back yesterday with windsurfers, kete surfers and ribs alongside - not to mention poor Gina(make up) throwing up continuously over the side! Will also be strange not having to do breakfasts and lunches for up to 18 people every day. Keep going you two and look after the knees and leg! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Spigaroo on

I was so excited to get your email - thank you. Loving all the blogs and have already put Switzerland on the 'holidays to do' list; looks amazing. I hope your leg is alright Pollen, be careful with it. Met up with the Morrison-Prices on Thursday for a pub quiz at a very random pub. You'll be pleased to hear that we won a rancid bottle of Chardonnay for winning the picture round. Jon managed to spot a picture of Carol Smile in a stars and stripes bikini and a distorted picture of Melanie Blatt. We were very proud of him and went on to come third in the overall quiz for which we received £5. A jolly good evening's work and we thought of you both. Take care Xxx

maddy on

well, i've just been extremely naughty and eaten up an hour of time when i should be working on my mountains of work to catch up with your blog - but it was worth it! feel like running round the block ten times after hearing about endless hills and cycles and snacks and innapropriate ladies, Hope your leg's feeling better pollypopkins. find a big lentil stew to restoe you had help your body fix it. have done two and a half weeks of uni now and reading lots and lots of books. start at my first school on monday! nice and local so really looking forward to it. Its a stunning day in brighton, and the market is out and i cant beleive I won't see you for so long! missing you lots but so excited fro you both, still! Lots of love xxxx (p.s. P+I are auntys!) xx

pollyandmikey on

My leg better today, yes! But after torrential rain all day yesterday and all night, it's been doing it all day today as well! Done 25 miles in the downpour and just warming up before 25 more in Starbucks with an enormous latte.free wifi so we can read messages is amazing. Love all the news. So much luck in school pricicle, you will be amazing. Barnes recent photos of Olaf amazing-how dare any one laugh at your amazing conversational skills. Should get near the border of litchenstien tonight- hope it stops raining before we have to put the tent up again! X x x

Mands on

Her conversational skills were significantly better than mine - by the end of the evening Charlotte tells me I sounded a lot like Olaf - ooopsey daisey! Have turned to drink because my best friend has gone off for a year!!! Sorry about your poor leg piggy and sorry your knees aren't getting any younger daddy.
Olaf's eyes have changed colour again, they are now a bit greeny xxxxxxxx

Alice B on

Loving the photos pols looks like you are having an amazing time. Your blog is a brilliant distraction from writing my dissertation. Not much to report from the big smoke my whole world is centred around A&E triage right now and its making me fill like I want to kill myself. Looking forward to india will give your folks a call about what your movements will be. Look after yourselves your knee especially...


pollyandmikey on

On border of Switzerland heading through litchenstein to Austria. Run out of map on a Sunday so had stop and check using wifi. Going to see the king of litchenstiens castle now. Mikey thinks he will invite us in for tea. X x x

jojo on

If that King had any manners at all and had been brought up proper he would invite visiting dignetry's like yourselves for the traditional Roast Sunday lunch. Just had ours with the 3 Stortons, Amanda Mae and Mandy (+ Monty). Olaf did not appreciate his first brussel sprout but we all enjoyed the leg of lamb, Hope leg of Polly is now well on it's way to recovery.

All out love CJB & JEB

Mum and Dad on

Fantastic to speak to you both on Friday eve.Was sorry to hear about your leg,Polly but tonight relieved to hear it is getting better.Hope the rain has stopped.Been for lunch at Midhurst today with Carol and John.Everyone sends their love and are now set to catch up with you on the blog.Max has now started school and had lots to tell us.
Much lovexxxxxxxxxxx

Pam and Chris Welland on

Wow! What a trip so far - we are reading with interest. Hope the leg is better Polly - and continue to enjoy this epic trip. Lots of love, Pam & Chris

auntbymarriage on

Am trifle anxious that your blogs are so good, you'll usurp me as bsc-writer-in-charge. Have you done any of those mountains that have ups only and no downs? Am going to get myself bike now and will cycle out to India to meet you. (That probably bit of exaggeration - will probably just cycle up to indian at top of road). Anyway... fantastic blogging and hope legs and knees, recovering. Boat show now finished and Adrian has had fantastic few days working on Alice. Meeting with Tom and Nat on Thursday to see how wedding preps going and I'm going to do absolutely nothing this weekend so will think of you both and mountains. Take care much love XXXXXXXX

Rachel Mercer on

Hi Guys, just been catching up on your blogs. Dave and I went to Bern - v.nice! Did you see people swimming in the river? You are doing so well, take it easy if Polly's legs swollen sounds like your way ahead - so have a day off! Have you hit the big mountains yet? Lots of love Ray and Dave xxxx

Charlotte Eastley on

Hey guys, Hope the leg is better Polly and you are both using it as a good excuse to have a well earned rest for a few days! Have spent the weekend doing DIY and as usual made things worse before they got better but at least the spare room is now a different colour.... Netball season has started again and we won our first match last night so we are already doing better than last season! We have also had some lovely new neighbours move in next door so are very excited about that ;-)
Love Cxxxxx

Foos on

I so enjoyed reading all your latest blogs, took me an hour to read them so I can imagine that constructing them must have been epic! I do hope your leg is continuing to heal Pollen, poor you.

I've just got back from my birthday trip to Paris (btw thank you so much for the message Pollen, I was most impressed that you remembered considering your current adventures!), which was amazing. Despite the best efforts of the French General Strike we got to CDG and then into the city in one piece, which we explored on foot and managed to get around all the amazing sights in the 24 hours we had. Sore feet but totally worth it! Much exploring of various brasseries and patisseries involved too, yum! Ian had arranged for us to go up the Eiffel tower for sunset, which was very romantic (well between us and the thousands of other tourists!), and Ian sensibly had champagne at the top and I wished that I liked it!

On Friday lunchtime we proceeded onwards to Disneyland Paris, where we stayed at the very pretty Newport Bay Club Hotel and were able to enjoy a few hours of no crowds at all to run riot on the rides as much as possible, before the masses descended on Saturday! We went to the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show on Friday evening, and had cocktails in the pink palace. All in all an amazing weekend, and I was not very excited to head back to work on Sunday night! Off home this weekend as I have a course in Portsmouth next Monday so a good excuse to extend the birthday celebrations with the parents and hopefully see the girls too.

Lots of love to you both and enjoy the adventures! xx

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