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Zug to Dubendorf

sunny 33 °C
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Kim woke during the night to the smell of cow poo. Then she heard the cows and their bells! It made her happy! She is in Heidi country!

Sleep in until 8am. Ralph left early and Franzis is getting ready to walk Aaron to kindy. Kim sees them as they leave. Aaron has a high vis vest on. It's compulsory for school kids so they can be seen by drivers especially in the snow! Roxanne was unwell through the night so is staying home.

Franzis tells us to help ourselves to breakfast and enjoy it on the balcony. In her pantry she has jars of spelt, amaranth, oats, flakes, nuts, and seeds. We add them to our own muesli and top it off with fresh blueberries. When she returns she makes us coffee. Kim could stay and chat all day but we need to get going. What an amazing night we have had. We have been overwhelmed by the hospitality of our hosts. They have plans to drive around Australia in a Motorhome soon, so I think we will see each other again!

It’s 10:15am when we get on the road. Cycle back into Zug to see the old town. It has beautiful wooden houses on narrow cobbled streets, and a stunning clock tower. The combo never gets old. Both Stans and Zug are places we would love to return to. To see our new found friends, to hike and to savour the mountain air.
We have a 11km ride from Zug to the Sihl river. On the way I think make a wrong turn or decide to go through a village rather than stay on the main road. It means a nasty hill to get back on track. Once on the river though it’s beautiful mostly downhill riding through forest. At the 21km mark we leave the river and forest for a hill and rolling farmland. At the top we can see the lake and the suburbs of Zurich. At 27km we descend down through the suburbs to the lakeside More of this please!

We arrive into Zurich hot. We were here in 2010 so don’t give it much time. We stop in a central park to make lunch along with the locals who are out on their lunch break. It’s nice to people watch and of course cool down in the shade of the trees. I take the opportunity to change our back brake pads. Using them has had no slowing effect for most of the day and I've been relying on the front ones!

There is a tough hill out of the centre of Zurich. Harder than the elevation profile indicates. Maybe it is the heat, or maybe our legs are still a bit broken from the pass over the Alps. We've only done 34km but we are feeling it.

Our goal is supposed to be a campground near Winterthur, another 20km. We knew it would be a big day before we set out and weren't confident we could make. So we haven’t booked any accomodation. It's a good thing as Kim is spent at 40km. We are in the village of Dubendorf and have no idea what is here accomodation wise. I see some signs to for hotels so we ride from one to the next to see if there is any availability. No luck until the third hotel. It's not cheap... but probably is by Swiss standards. Lock Polly behind the hotel cafe and then take Pacman down the 15 steps to our room which is built slightly underground. Thankfully it is at least 10 degrees cooler down there! None of the houses or hotels have A/C... It's so unusual for it to get this hot.

Kim has a cold shower, naps and wakes wanting food. She is ok! Go outside, the heat hits us like a wall as we walk up the stairs. Scurry to the supermarket for dinner supplies. We notice there are painted unicorn statues about the place. Need to find out what that is about. Don't want to stay out in the heat too long so head back to the room to eat. Bbq chicken, couscous, salad, cheese and wine makes a good picnic dinner in our room! After 13 nights camping and 2 with friends it’s nice to just stop to recharge!


Days cycled - 95
Rest days - 47
Distance cycled - 44.8km (4726.0km)
Ascent - 620m(Total 42970m)
Descent - 650m (Total 42500m)
Money Spent - $268 AUD (Total $15821 AUD)

Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Switzerland

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Gee!! The little girls in my preschool class would love those unicorns 🦄

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