Today was simply a peaceful day walking...little did I know that the most peaceful part of the day awaited me at my final destination at the Sleep in Straw farm in Riggisberg...more later.
Day started off very well with Alfred drawing a map of how I would rejoin the Via Jacobi from their B&B...without his help I might still be wandering around Thun at this point...thanks Alfred!
I walked about 7 hours today likely in the high 20 km range under partly cloudy skies and mid 20's. Perfect walking weather on maybe 80% small country roads with a mixture of forest paths. While there were a couple of step ascents that got the heart pumping today just seemed to fly by. A few pictures of the countryside today...
Cycling in Switzerland
While I haven't met another pilgrim in 2 days I have seen countless cyclists...seems like everyone in Switzerland is geared up fashionably and cycling the roads. Today the roads were great for cycling with their rolling nature and very sparse traffic. Scott you have to make it out here sometime in your cycling career!
|One cyclist flying by|
|Something to drink and a cookie at backeria|
I forget what the menu item was called however it was the best thing I have eaten in a long time. It had a shortbread texture with fruit jams...weighed a ton and was so filling...once again so many Canada Food Guide groups covered off in one go!
Later in Riggisberg I had a real meal of Spaghetti in a local restaurant...that with iced tea sure made the walk worthwhile.
Dangerous animal update
I really thought that the day would pass without incident...believe the dangerous part do Switzerland is behind me! As the day progressed some pictures:
|Swan (hidden) with young - not dangerous|
|Cute cows - not dangerous|
|Black cat or black panther?|
|Huh! - was on my guard for next hour|
|Cow had horns - no protective fence!|
Now here I am maybe 10 feet away with a RED backpack with only walking poles...how I am supposed to be a matador? I just thought if it's my time then that's fate...quickly moved on and all was good.
One minor incident walking over wooden bridges...noted that one trekking pole was making a metal sound...note picture! Well I used my well honed home handyman skills plus the spare in my bag and on I went.
|Missing rubber foot|
Upon arrival at the Bohler farm I was warmly greeted by Christine and later the same by her husband Rudolf. Before I knew it I was provided with fruit tea to relax, shown what was needed from a sleeping, shower etc. standpoint.
The neatest thing though was when Christine showed me her special walking garden.
|Special walking garden|
Feet were very happy...they haven't been too happy lately with many a blister! Oh and Christine speaks French!
Tomorrow a longer day in the low 30 km range to Fribourg which is recognized as the starting point of French in Switzerland.
This is my last sleep in straw farm and the best was reserved for last! Plus I am all alone tonight!
The best of the 6 sleep in straw farms I have stayed in so far! It is 2.5 kms off the Via Jacobi however I am told that I do not need to backtrack in the morning and a path rejoins the Via Jacobi by going forward. As I finish this I am having a great meal of salad and a lentil mixture. Go for it!