Day 73: Walenstadt to Zug

Wednesday June 15, 2005, 92 km (57 miles) – Total so far: 4,617 km (2,869 miles)

It rained all night and the tent was soaked again. Then things got worse… almost simultaneously the internal workings of Agata’s front hub disintegrated and ‘ping’, I broke a spoke in my rear wheel. We struggled into a small town called Niederurnen where a couple of young mechanics set to work on the repairs: new cones for the hub and a replacement spoke – it cost us nearly 50 Swiss Francs. Not sure what that is in Euros, but nothing is cheap in Switzerland.

The weather improved as the day went on and after a terrible lunch from a burger van in the car park of a Spar supermarket the sun finally broke through.

Then, ‘ping’ – I broke another spoke as we approached Zug which I’ve replaced using the emergency spoke repair kit. The good news is that the weather forecast for tomorrow looks ace: 32°c and sunshine. Maybe we’ll get to swim in one of those lakes?

There were some pretty steep hills around Walensee, the road-sign is suggesting that we walk it

There were some pretty steep hills around Walensee, the road-sign is suggesting that we walk it

A hotel by the lake

A hotel by the lake

The view from Weesen over the Walensee

The view from Weesen over the Walensee

The very picturesque town of Rapperswil

The very picturesque town of Rapperswil

Boats on the lake at Rapperswil

Boats on the lake at Rapperswil

 

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