Still A Long Way to Milan
Trip Start Feb 11, 2012
6Trip End Feb 19, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hotel Forclaz Touring, Martigny, Switzerland
Setting off around Lake Geneva was great. It was a repeat of the route Polly and I followed over a year ago. Last time we were in vests, this morning however was -8⁰C
Failing to draw on experience, I then took a turning onto the Swiss Bike Route #1. MY thinking was that I could pedal along without any disturbance from traffic and it was indeed heavenly, taking me right down to the lakes edge and up through vineyards perched high up above the icy waters. However, as we found out last time, the designated cycling routes really do take you around the houses and when lunch came I was already feeling whacked and hadn't made much ground.
After lunch I hit the roads and tried to hammer out the miles. However, the damage was already done and my back and neck were really hurting. The hideously uncomfortable riding position of the antique bike was making me just want to get off and stretch out flat on the ground. I passed through glamorous towns which looked out across Lake Geneva. Lausanne, Montreaux and others tried to outdo each other with grand hotels and cafes. I however, kept on pedalling aware that the light would be fading soon.
My goal of reaching Sierre had to be seriously reigned in, so when I saw a sign for Sion 30 miles, I thought I could settle there. As it is, I struggled to get anywhere near Sion and it is 20 miles which I will have to make up in the morning. Martigny instead became the place of rest and I collapsed onto my hotel bed with no enthusiasm to go and check out the local attractions.
It has been hovering around -10⁰C for most of the day and it seemed to drop even more in the last hour as I started to hit some hills. I am now surrounded by mountains and have it all to do in the next couple of days. I wanted to get very close to the Simplon Pass today so that I would be fresh for taking it on. Unfortunately I have 50 miles to do in the morning before I even start the 15 mile climb through Les Alps. If all goes to plan I will make it over tomorrow afternoon and then settle in Domosodalla which will then leave 75 miles to get to Milan and watch the game. But when does a day on the bike ever go to plan?
I thought it was going to be easier than this!
Miles Cycled: 78 and then I really couldn’t go on.