04.10.2012 - 04.10.2012 10 °C
Up early as we got a lot of miles to cover today and the weather outlook for the first time on the trip wasn't great. The hotel had a buffet breakfast which was awesome because it meant we could stuff ourselves and then create lunch out of the assorted rolls, meats and cheeses! We ended up making 4 massive rolls for lunch, which Jayne took great delight in making me try and smuggle back up to the room.
Bike prepared and bill paid we hopped on as the clouds started to roll in and the rain started to fall. It was pretty light at first but about half hour in it was full on lashing down and as the roads glistened and the edge of the cliff beckoned I slowed down to a snails pace and focused on getting us off the mountain in one piece. This was made more of a challenge by only being able to part see through a dark smoked visor that had misted up!
About an hour later the rain began to ease of and return to a light sprinkling as we approached the Swiss boarder. A queue of traffic was waiting and people were running backwards and forwards from an office that looked like it was issuing papers to cross. We opted for the 'look like a local' option and just rode straight up to the border guard, still with the dark visor down on my helmet. To our surprise the guard just glanced at us and waved us through without a second look. So far we have crossed 4 borders and only shown our passports once, and that was in England!
The roads had dried up a bit, but Jayne (convinced we were about to drive through a deluge) put on her neon twat sack. The twat sack is what we named her florescent yellow all in one water proof boiler suit that she bought prior to the trip, called this mainly because you look like a twat dressed in a bright yellow sack when you wear it!
As Jayne was making herself look....yellow, we bought a Viniette to stick on the bike. This is an annual motorway tax that has to be paid in Switzerland and cost around £30. Once bought you display the sticker on your vehicle and are then free to enter any motorway. even if it is only for an hour, you must buy the full year.
The roads got even drier and the sun started to come out as we stopped at Lucerne in Switzerland for our pre-made rolls and a diet coke. It seemed like a very touristy town with many people posing for photo's with the swans and a large variety of boat trips, pedalos available and flowery bridges available.
The hunt for a toilet was unsuccesful as Maccy dees and BK had locks on their toilet doors so off we went a little desperate for a wee, but glad the sun was shining. The sun began to come out in full strength and we had the most amazing next 4 hours. The roads were practically empty as they wound up and down mountains on squiggly roads that were to die for with pretty villages and massive lakes wizzing by.
We even managed to get a friendly Chinese lady to take a picture with both of us in it for once!
Eventually we decided to stop and find a place for the night next to Briez lake in Oberrieden, Switzerland. The task was to find a room with a balcony and view of the lake for less than £100 a night as it was super expensive here. After a few inquiries we found a rather strange and incredibly empty rustic looking place with a room that overlooked the lake for £95. The Swiss owner of the house couldn't speak a word of English but gestured we could put the bike in his garage, which was a nice thought. When he opened up the doors we were confronted by the most mint looking Ferrari soft top that I have ever seen. Apparently it was his so we should have maybe bartered the price on the room!?
We got a few large beers and sat on the balcony enjoying the sunset before chomping a sausage and giant pizza in his restaurant and heading to bed.
Long day ahead tomorrow as we have planned several slow mountain passes, but the forecast is sunshine all the way, so should be an incredible day on the bike.