|Day got off to a real good start at Breakfast - ate almost everything|
Really hot again today however at day's end I am happy to say that the distance was 24.4 kms. Feet were not protesting however shoulder's are starting to. I am going to have a look at the backpack tonight to ensure that the weight is on my hips...if only I knew where my hips were!
One thing that is really apparent now is that the Swiss will avoid roads in favour of goat paths to get from A to B. this makes sense however I have also noticed that the quality of the signage really decreases on goat paths...at times it is really disconcerting to plow up and down a hillside following a fence and not being really sure!
I had a few oops again today with only one real problem that being within the first 45 minutes. This one was totally my fault as I missed a key sign and kept going up this nice road...until I hit a Swiss farmer's house. I must have circled it 3 or 4 times to make sure of my next move.
I followed what looked like a well defined path for a number of minutes and then came to goat path fork in the road where I tried various special Camino routes. Defeated I trudged back to the farm house where I met a young man who spoke some English. He said I could go the way I was going however at a certain point I should cut over to a path in the forest...and then do this and do that...I was worried.
Then he said that I had missed a sign up the road and I could backtrack...easy decision. I regret I did not give him a Canadian lapel pin...I was on the move.
Sooner or later I was worried this would happen...face to face with a Swiss cow with no fence between us. Well it did on one of the off the beaten path trails...the cow (see facsimile below) was essentially blocking the trail...and not moving.
|Disclaimer - not cow in story...it was much bigger!|
Option 1 - try to sneak under the cow
Option 2 - attach my 2 trekking poles and pole vault over the cow
Neither seemed like a good option...pilgrim dies when squished by cow or pilgrim seen riding a cow in pain after failed attempt to pole vault it.
Option 3 - try to shoo it away...however after all my limited communication attempts with people what were my chances with a cow...limited
Option 4 - go behind the cow
Option 5 - go ahead of the cow
Option 4 was possible however was worried it could "backfire" on me if the timing was off so to speak.
I went with Option 5 keeping my eyes locked on the cow ( it had no horns and it's ears were swishing) and all went well until...the cow starting following me. This lasted only a few minutes however I was already wondering how I would explain this at the B&B.
Lapel pin 3 for the day came at the top of a long climb and a lady pointed me in the right direction...seriously how could someone other than a local know THAT was the path!
|Stopped for lunch at noon...again real thirsty and ordered the following based on the picture in menu which only had fruit - it was delicious|
|Ordered the following based on price without knowing what I was getting...still don't know what this was - veggie something|
Last part of the day was going downhill (Swiss don't believe in switchbacks...for sissies I think!) to Watwill...where I had real trouble following some directions to the B&B. I ended up at the train station where I tried phoning...I thought I had figured out yesterday how to do this.
I asked a gentlemen sitting beside me how to phone...you need 2 zeroes not 1 to start and then you ignore the first zero after the area code. How did I do this by mistake yesterday?
Reached Anne the B&B owner along with Rudolf who gave me directions and then came down from her house to meet me and guide me. Very nice of Anne to do this.
Had a delightful stay with Anne and Rudolf Frische who have been welcoming pilgrims for about 12 years. We ate outside in the garden area, highlight being tomato/onion and cucumber salads. Very interesting talking to Anne and Rudolf considering their backgrounds which stretch back into Germany. Had my own room again...all at a cost of 40 Swiss francs. Very highly recommended...great sleeping arrangements, food and hosts!