Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 9: Mountain Biking the Alps

Author: Daniel

I would like to preface this in saying that the pictures could never do this place justice. Hopefully my writing will assist in painting the shear majesty of these mountains.

There's nothing in the world quite like waking up to a crisp breath of mountain air in a valley at the base of the Swiss Alps. The air gives you a feeling of excitement coming down from the mountains as if daring you to seek adventure in them.
Interlaken provides some of the most amazing outdoor adventures available. With paragliding, skydiving, canyoning, and mountain biking to name a few, nearly everyone can find something to peak their interests in these mountains (no pun intended.)

For those that know me well, a passion of mine is mountain biking. I was unable to resist the urge to ride the coveted Swiss Alps.

The four of us rented bikes and started our morning with a ride up the mountain.

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The ride was not easy by any means. Switchbacks almost all the way up going from road to gravel to trail constantly. Frequent stops were made to take pictures (or honestly catch our breath.)

By lunch time, we were getting fairly exhausted but continued on to the town of Lauderbrunnen to check out a waterfall.

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Upon arrival in Lauderbrunnen, we parked our bikes and went exploring.

Above is a look from just behind the waterfall while below shows it from the ground beneath. Our curiosity was sparked by an interesting looking rock and we climbed down underneath the falls.

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Video: Underneath the Falls

I think the above picture is my favorite picture of the trip thus far. Its amazing how much it really does look like a postcard. I am confident it is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

The three hour trip up the mountain was celebrated with the 30 minute ride back down. The speed was exhilarating while the cars passing on the winding roads were terrifying. I think we're all pretty happy we made it down without injury but loved every second of it.

We finished the night at the Hostel by washing clothes. I know, we made it to day nine without washing. Be disgusted or impressed, take your choice.

Tomorrow we'll take an extremely long train journey to Zagreb, Croatia through Slovenia.

Everyday is something new,


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Location:Interlocken, SW

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