Lost, in Liechtenstein.
The morning started with big fluffy clouds and blue sky. We headed off, destination, Germany. We didn’t expect to reach our intended spot, however, we gave it our best shot. As it happens, we very nearly did.
The mountains were, as expected, glorious. One pass in particular was lovely sweeping bends with the occasional (non-scary) hairpin thrown in. The Flüelapass was just very, very ‘nice’. I reckon if someone was wanting to do a pass for the first time, that would get the vote. Another Green Welly sticker got attached, eventually. Ed trying to shin up the pole was a real LOL moment. Fail. Ended up jumping.
We stopped before the pass at a garage to tighten Ed’s hand guard. Obviously my observation skills were lacking. I said, “Bloody hell, that’s expensive petrol!” Aye, that’s because we’re in Switzerland. Oops. His jovial jape was, “What did you think CH was at the toll (before the bonkers tunnel) Chocolate?” I just didn’t see it. I also didn’t ‘see’ the flag at the border to Liechtenstein. Ed pulled up onto the pavement and we took the necessary photos.
I would like to know how the couple got down there to do their fishing!
It was getting cold, so we put on our thicker gloves, instead of our vented summer ones, snoods too and off we went. There’s a wee hill in Liechtenstein, and Ed had said that it was an uppy-downy circuit. Why not! So, we headed off. It was a bit strange, I was getting a head ache. Probably from lack of water. I also couldn’t work out why on earth my eyelashes were flapping. Oh, god. I had put my glasses on the seat when I put my snood on. Shite. Back down the hill, back along the way we came, no glasses to be seen anywhere. Who’s the Fanny now then?
Luckily, I have my stonking polarised, prescription sunglasses. It’s the only option. Back up to finish the loop. It was a nightmare. The road down was closed and we felt like we were riding through people’s back yard to get back down the road. Knowing what we know now, we wouldn’t have bothered! It’s going to have to be a wee insurance claim for that mistake. Not cheap glasses, specifically for riding my bike. The great thing about my sunnies is though, when my visor’s down, it highlights all the naughty bits of road that you want to avoid; over banding strips and man hole covers. Nice.
We headed onwards, into Switzerland again, Austria and then to Germany. We stopped for lunch today, which was just as well. It was needed. A lovely salad for me, a toastie for Ed. Tonight’s dinner, was turkey medallions with rice and curry sauce, and my 5 a day. It was really good. A nice bottle of wine and it seems we are ready for our beds. I don’t think there will be a fight with Fanny tonight (the sat nav, that is!). We are heading to the Black Forest, and a friend has already marked a map for us.
A day off is out the question, we will be hot-footing it back through France, heading for the channel tunnel, for crossing on the Saturday morning. We are feeling a wee bit ‘down’ knowing that our fabulous trip is coming to an end soon. The good thing is though, we know we will be heading back to that lovely spot in Italy again. Even better, the hotel, half board was seriously good value for money. Ya dancer.