vaya con pance

the hiiiiilllls are alive May 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — gogopance @ 5:40 pm

I never thought I would have to say this… but, er, the time has come for me to go where GoGoPance cannot follow. This saddens me. I don’t even know what it’s LIKE to travel without ending each day with a regurgitative brain dump of fun stories, photos and literary musings; to end a day of adventure without validating it with witty prose.

Alas, never fear WebWatchers! I plan to take copious notes (ya know – notes on paper, written with a pen), so upon return I can recap on GGP accordingly; day by day, photo by photo.

This Thursday I am bound for Zurich, Switzerland (via Istanbul, Turkey) for a five day biking tour through the Swiss Alps. Crraaaazy! I will be carrying everything on my back – mostly because it sounds (and will look in pictures) pretty badass and we don’t really want to deal with pre-organizing luggage transfer services. We will be free to ride however long we want every day, landing for overnights wherever we find vacancy. It is for this reason my computer is not getting packed. I simply do not want to carry its weight when I have other things of more importance to consider, like, clean underwear, toothpaste and snacks. And to help save a little fundage I might also try to BYOHelmet overseas. We’ll see.

We start off in Burgdorf and will end in Interlaken, averaging 25-30 miles a day on a combination of at least three different routes: The Herzroute, The Lakes Route and  The Bernese Oberland Route. Switzerland’s map o’ bike trails:

We have rented e-bikes which have an extra boost of battery power for those not-so-flat alpine mountain passes. Now, this may sound a little wussy to you (it sure does to me as I picture myself sitting upright and buzzing cheerily past people actually making an effort), but I assure you I have read up on the electric bike phenomenon and they do not work unless you are also pedaling. My cycle pride can stay intact. Example of the sites and the ride below:

GoGoPance will return in early June. Until then, maybe watch “The Sound of Music” for entertainment and picture me spinning around on grassy hilltops yodeling with goats. OH! I think I still have time to make some biking pants out of curtains… hmmmmm.


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