Bank Holiday (we finally discover)
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
Where I stayed
Yverdon Les Bains campsite on Lake Neuchatel
I woke this morning at 7:30 keen to get going after a couple of days rest. Also I thought that if we could get going early we would miss the campsite attendant and blag a weekends free camping. we did!! We pegged it down the road, red pesto balanced on one handlebar and other bits strapped carelessly around the bike. We stopped when we had cleared the site to readjust and get going for the day. The ride along the lake North was gentle and we were passed by some keen cyclists decked out in loads of poncy team gear. We branched off the lake after a while to follow one of the Swiss cycle routes everybody had been raving about. Seriously, if you want to come to a beautiful country and try some cycle/camping this is the one. The routes are less direct than the roads but take you through all the villages and miss any traffic. We spiraled up through vineyards in the swiss sun. Polly had Monday morning blues, not really, I think she said she had a sore throat! The cows we passes stereotypically clunked big bells around their necks. It was in sharp contrast to the harmony produced by a field of sheep who wore their bells much better and played a much more agreeable tune. Birds of prey were once again common, one remaining on its telegraph wire until we were just meters away. Our lunch stop proved fruitless, everywhere was closed. What was going on? Polly + no food = trouble. We went on to the next village, again a ghost town. we decided to then just go for it so headed to Yverdon Les Bains where we discovered it was actually a regional bank holiday. We quickly joined the locals in bank holiday mood and sat back on the lake to enjoy the evening sunshine. We were treated to the most amazing David Attenborough moment where a male duck was catching fish and then swimming over to his bird to feed her. Another cracking day and we go to sleep on a weird but comfortable campsite.