due, we hopped back on the bike and headed back down and on towards Chamonix. Another road of twisting, turning thrills took us back to the main road and headed up towards the snow capped mountains in the distance.
Google is your friend and we were able to locate a BMW dealer near to our intended destination so back on we hopped and headed off, Iain feeling a little lost without the mirror that he kept trying to use!
Freddie came to Montreux and settled there in 1978. It’s reported that the locals were very discreet and he fell in love with the place, famously stating, “if you want peace of mind, come to Montreux”. To commemorate him, a bronze statue was placed by the waterfront and Freddie now stands, in his iconic pose, gazing out over the beautiful Lake Geneva and visited daily by worshipping fans from all over the world.
It was from here that we took our diversion off to get the new mirror. It was an hour added to our ride but a necessity. The very kind folks at the BMW Moto Vionnet did not have a mirror in stock but were able to take one off of a showroom bike and give us that. Very nice of them!
Back on the bike and back towards home, we returned to Montreux and were able to take a lovely scenic road all the way round Lake Geneva before cutting back through the mountains, via another “blink and you miss it” border crossing into France again. This EU lark is good and obviously much less hassle but I was looking forward to picture opportunities and passports stamps!
Originally I had penciled in two waterfall stops on the route back but, our day had lengthened somewhat and there just wasn’t time. However, there are many to be seen from the roads as we swept our way through the mountains and back to Chamonix.
So many bars and restaurants to choose from and we opt for a good old curry 😉
The Aguille di Midi, a 3,842m altitude mountain, accessed by, as it turned out, two cable car rides and giving the most spectacular views over Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains.
I have a fear of heights, cable cars and confined spaces. Deep breaths were needed to step in the car and being packed in like sardines didn’t help my claustrophobia…however, I kept telling myself that it was going to be worth it.
…and, hot damn, it most certainly was!
I’ve used up all my describing words already…too amazing to write about so here’s the pictures.
Is it a bad thing when the server brings out your drinks without asking your order? We’ve only been here a few days
Our next adventure found us way up in the mountains to the south of Chamonix and riding the “Col des Saisies”, “Col du Pré” and the “Cormet de Roselend” along with about 200 cyclists who were taking part in the “Time Megeve 2018.” We were caught up in the middle of a bunch of crazies who think that cycling 115Km (including 3225m of vertical ascent) is fun! Seriously, as much as it was a tad annoying having to keep slowing, you have to hand it to these folks. I get out of puff just on the straight!!
Sure, we can do it! We’re tough bikers. We can do anything we want! Back on the bike we hopped and headed back on up the road, scooted past the signs and carried on to see what the blockage was about. The road was uneven and was being worked on but not impassable…until we turned a corner to find deep snow completely blocking the way. Hmpf!!
No problem for Iain, just so long as I wasn’t on the back. That was cool with me, I got to take some video footage!
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