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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 6: Hotel Zwirgi to Goldswil

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Our hopes were raised when we got up in the morning and saw the fog lifting, granting us beautiful views near Zwirgi:
From Tour of the German Speaking Alps 2010

We had a hurried breakfast, then set off up the road towards Rosenlaui. The fog that looked to be lifting earlier settled in at a high altitude instead, giving us an overcast day.
From Tour of the German Speaking Alps 2010

We quickly rode up to Kalterbrunnen and then into Rosenlaui valley, where we saw gorgeous views of the surrounds, but unfortunately Rosenlaui Glacier was shrouded by fog. At Hotel Rosenlaui where I wasn't planning to stop, I spied Andreas Kerhli, the owner, and shouted out his name. I stopped the tandem, hopped off, and we shook hands. I'd been to Hotel Rosenlaui in 2003, 2007, and 2008, each time bringing more and more people with us. Our reservations were for July 4th and 5th, and I asked if we could get them for tonight instead, and Andreas shook his head sadly. "We are so busy this summer! Hey, can I offer you tea or coffee?" "We could use some tea. It's cold!" "Yes, but the weather will change soon. It's coming. Hang on a minute." He soon brought out some tea but refused to accept payment for it.
From Tour of the German Speaking Alps 2010

Kekoa rolled up with Phil, and Cynthia said, "We're having tea here because Piaw knows everyone." All warmed up from the tea, we rolled up the road, hitting the super steep section and only getting off the road whenever the post bus came by. The peaks around us were shrouded behind clouds, and with the cold temperature we would not hear the sound of ice falls that day. At the summit, we stopped for obligatory photos and then descended into Grindelwald.
From Tour of the German Speaking Alps 2010

In Grindelwald, we stopped at the supermarket for a grocery store lunch, and Cynthia went into the Montbell shop to buy more clothing since she was still cold from the descent. After lunch, we descended to the junction and then headed over to Lauterbrunnen on the bike path, which was mostly rideable dirt, but was a change from the road I had used in the 2007 tour. In Lauterbrunnen we tried to get lodging but everything was full except for 2 places, one of which looked unacceptably bad, and the other had the owner telling us that it was too noisy for us to want to stay there. Neither Cynthia nor Kekoa was interested in seeing the falls, so we turned around and headed down into Interlaken, where the tourist information got us lodging at Goldswil, since I didn't want to be in town.

We got to our lodging at 5:00pm, but everyone was happy since this was the first full day of riding. Tomorrow would be a hard day, since we would ride Grimsel pass!


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