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Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 15: Carouge to Zurich

From Jennie's apartment in Geneva, Saleve dominates the landscape. All dinner we could see the light on the mountain, which was shaped in my mind the same as Uluru, but of course much more forested and in a much friendlier climate.

It looked clear as we rode towards the West end of Saleve, which according to Raphael was the gentler climb, but when we got to the views, we saw that the day was indeed murky. We were denied the sight of Mont Blanc yet again!
From Tour of the Alps 2011

A little further climbing and steep descents brought us, however, to nice clear views of Geneva and its surrounds. It's always great to have a local show you the roads because you always end up with the least traffic'd sections.
From Tour of the Alps 2011

After the ride, Jennie prepared a spaghetti lunch which we ate with gusto, and then it was time for us to make the long drive back to Zurich where we had to return the car for XiaoQin to catch her flight early the next morning. We got to Zurich with plenty of time to spare, though gassing up the car turned out to be more trouble than expected as every gas station rejected my credit cards and ATM cards. I finally dumped what's left of my cash into one machine and fortunately it was sufficient to gas up the car.

We then spent the rest of the evening in Zurich, where the bookshop did not have Motorrad Reisekarten Alpen which both Phil and Cynthia wanted. We would end up ordering it from and having it shipped to our hotel. We walked around old town where I bought a pair of gloves to replace a pair that had mysteriously gotten lost on tour. We then got caught in the rain after dinner, but not before a final picture for XiaoQin to remember Zurich by.
From Tour of the Alps 2011


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