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Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Cathryn, 20 Dec 2007.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I heard today that my tremulous request for a month off next summer to go cycling has been GRANTED ;):biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

    The husband has yet to even ASK permission, let alone grant it, but boys and girls, come what may, I'M GOING CYCLE TOURING NEXT SUMMER....

  2. friedel

    friedel New Member

    On our bikes!
    Yeeeeeehawwwwwwwwwww! Now the hard question.... where are you going??????
  3. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Fantastic news Cathryn, something to look forward to. Maybe in the new year he should get some serious hill training in, so he stands a chance of keeping up with you? :biggrin:
  4. trio25

    trio25 Über Member

    Yay, so where are you going?
  5. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    It's been on a spreadsheet since May!! Going from Toulouse, over the Alps (she says, casually) to Geneva, through Switzerland and into Austria, ending in Salzburg.

    I'm seriously excited. I've not allowed myself to buy the maps until permission was given..so tonight I'm off to the map shop. What a great Christmas present!

    ho ho ho
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I like Salzburg, especially at Christmas.
  7. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Don't forget that alpine horn you promised me!
    Take extra bungees.
  8. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Don't you worry...it's on my list :biggrin:

    Might need the bungees to get me up the hills.
  9. trio25

    trio25 Über Member

    That sounds fab.
  10. will

    will Senior Member

    Cycling Across Switzerland

    Hello Cathryn

    Congratulations on booking the time.

    Are you aware of the Swiss National Cycling routes? Basically 9 routes that cross the country. WONDERFULLY signposted and usually choosing great roads.

    They range from almost IMPOSSIBLY challenging to fairly flat (flat for Switzerland at least)


    Warning, this second link is a PDF file. But it gives a VERY clear summary (in English) of each of the 9 national routes.

  11. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Great stuff, Cathryn. You'll have a great time. mrs rich p and I did a 5 week trip from Calais to Bologna last year and despite my reservations it wasn't nearly long enough! You'll not want to come home, I'm sure.
    Are you camping, YHing or hotels?
  12. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant


    Three days on and I'm still overexcited :becool:

    Will - thanks for all that info. Yes, i've used that website and we'll be following the Lakes Route 9 for a week or so. I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks also for that website you sent me about the du leman a la med route...very useful indeed.

    Rich - we're going to be B&Bing. I know it's lightweight but we love the soft beds, warm showers and good breakfasts. It makes touring more fun :biggrin:

    OH I'm excited. Might well start buying maps tomorrow so I can spend Christmas day poring over them.

    Happy Christmas everyone if I don't post again
  13. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    We intended doing half and half but ended up camping 90% of the time. It was so nice being in the open air in the long evenings and breakfast in the mornings. I am a fair weather camper though generally and my wife had to talk me into trying it originally.
    On the down side it does mean lugging more gear albeit as lightweight as poss.