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Going Back West

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Not so clear today, still 10 degrees but very misty outside our chalet. Breakfast at 8, usual continental rolls, coffee, jams, cheese & meat, where's the cereal?

On the road heading South by 9 am on the A8 to Wilderswil just South of Interlaken where we fuel up and top up the V Stroms oil. Carry on directly South and follow the signs off East to Grindelwald after 6-8km of winding mountain valley roads, a few cars and a couple of coaches which posed no problems, arriving at 10:35. No bike specific parking here at the far end of towNot so clear today, still 10 degrees but very misty outside our chalet. Breakfast at 8, udual continental rolls, coffee, jams, cheese & meat, where's the cereal?

On the road heading south by 9 am on the A8 to Wilderswil just south of Interlaken where we fill up and top up the V Stroms oil. Carry on directly south and follow the signs off East to Grindelwald after 6-8km, a few cars and a couple of coaches which posed no problems, arriving at 10:35. No bike specific parking here at the far end of Grindelwald, so squeeze in out of the way but buy a parking ticket anyway, 2 ChF for 2 hrs better than a clamp!
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Drink at a nice little diner looking up towards The Eiger - 3970 mtrs shrouded in low cloud but clearing as the sun warms the valley.

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Quick bit of window shopping and moving again by 11:20 back down the valley and a left takes us south again to Stechelburg, we're off to see the Trummelbach Falls. On the approach we see the Jungfrau at 4158 mtrs ahead of us, the sky is full of paragliders leaping off the tops of the valley, the helicopter waits in a field beside the road to whisk them back to the top. Looks a bit dicey to me, best leave it to the experts. Some good camping to be had here in the level valley.

We park up and fight our way to the entrance to the falls, seems to be some sort of convention taking place!

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11 CHF for entry to the falls, we take the lazy way up in the lift, it travels up at an angle inside the mountain, depositing us near the top.

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The pathway cut into the rock winds up inside the mountain following the falls, all very impressive.

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We walk down, you' miss too much taking the lazy way. In any case it only takes, 15 mins - and it's all downhill

Great views of the valley below as we head to the cafe.

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By 13:30 we're on our way back through Wilderswil and onto the A8 heading West, with Thunersee (the Western lake) on our right where we stop for lunch.

It's on towards Boltigen on the A11 before a right turn to the Juanpass, the roads are smooth, twisty & narrow on the accent to 1509 mtrs. A cafe is filled with bikers, a trip to the souvenirs shop for a JuanPass sticker. There's a mountain bike event going on and the chance to test a few, but not in our kit!

The ride down is not particularly interesting although we pass through a few villages and scare the life out of at least a couple of drivers. The roads here have a light covering of mud from the adjacent fields and a huge stretch of gravel and unmade road.We're soon entering Bulle where we book into The Ibis hotel, only 15 min walk to the town centre for a pizza and a glass of vino.
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It's all becoming a bit more built up. Time to head back north tomorrow.

Posted by Eric_The_Viking 17:44 Archived in Switzerland

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