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A blog from a rider who had to do the Swiss trip without support due to Passport issues

My update on the Swiss cycle trip,

So I arrive in Geneva around lunchtime on Saturday and the bike hire guy gives me the bike, I take one  look at it and I say "where are the panniers?, I'm sure I booked panniers" and he goes "panniers are €25 per day extra" - my heart sinks as I realise I'm going to have to carry all my stuff on my back! (Didn't really have a choice as it just wasn't possible in the budget)
But I took your advice and emptied just about everything that wasn't essential for survival - but still half way up the mountain it feels like you're carrying a lead fridge.

Day one was actually ok, made good time into Vevay, bit sore but feeling somewhat capable and pleased with myself, relatively drama free.

Day Two aka Day from Hell!
The local hostel owner gives me pathologically understated descriptions of the intensity of the hills..... I only found out after I got back that asking the locals perhaps isn't always the best thing.
I took the Chair lift thing from Vevay to Chatel St Denis - about 10 mins and 5 Euros.
A few Day 2 highlights;
        - ran out of food and water, prayed for manna but all that was left in my sweaty backpack was a capsule of peppermint smints! , had to scramble down into a  deserted mountain stream once to top up my water bottle or die of thirst); up on Brunigpass had to (quickly) ride through what I can only describe as a ultra right wing Swiss German quite likely fascist leaning rural extremist retreat/training facility/pub, got lost and ended up on a busy highway, got stopped and escorted off same highway by Swiss German Police, grew a beard, developed love hate (mostly hate) relationship with Garmin bike GPS(which I was convinced was alive aka "Garman" and actually trying to kill me!) my phone died and I lost the address of hostel I was going to, ended up riding in the dark without proper lights, had to hold up same Garman as light source - but finally arrived in Interlaken after 11pm!

Day Three was superb, once again there was an abomination (aka bitch) of a mountain.....Jaunpass
But the other side of it, my goodness! Coming down the mountain just as the rain stopped and and the glorious sun came out was pure ecstasy(and I don't mean the pill)

The final few miles were exhilarating, I turned on my iTunes  hillsong playlist and had my own little in-the-spirit mobile worship service riding into the beauty of Lucerne

I absolutely loved it - I met some wonderful people:) had some painful but productive conversations with God, did more miles on less sustenance than I thought possible...

A thousand things could have gone wrong, but in the end, nothing really did.
A few twists and turns, yes; yet more drama, absolutely.
But for all the pain and fear and angst, for all the moments my heart sank, I'll always remember how uplifting it was racing down that mountain in the refulgent sun.... :)

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