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Switzerland 2021





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Wednesday August 18, 2021
Geneva


This year I targetted a list of 14 Swiss rides with a few stretch goals.  My primary goals were my three remaining Swiss paved roads of the 20 highest in the the Alps - #12 Nufenen 2478m, #14 St Bernard Pass 2469m, and #20 Oberaarsee 2390m.  Beyond that the rest of my targetted rides were all above 2200m, roughly the 53 highest paved roads in the Alps.  A few Swiss rides above 2200m are in places I'd already backpacked or been very near over the last decade - Lac de Moiry near Sion, Täschalp near Zermatt, and Mattmarksee near Saas Fee.  I decided I didn't need to ride busy roads in relatively crowded locations where I'd already backpacked, the point of cycling the Alps is to be alone in the mountains.  I changed my itenerary a few times before adding a detour to the Bernese Alps / Mürren in between the lower (Martigny) and upper (Oberwald) Rhone valley.  I finally realized that I hadn't been to Mürren since 2005 and a return trip was long overdue.

I ended up rebooking my flight to Switzerland to get a business class seat on Swiss for 75k miles one way, my first ever splurge for business class.  Swiss has a 2-2-1 configuration in business class.   I reserved the last window seat 7k in the front row.  There was an empty seat next to me, but if someone took it I'd need to climb over someone to get in and out of my seat.   According to ThePointsGuy and seatguru, the single seat is nicknamed the 'throne' and costs $220 more to reserve in advance, though I read online that unsold thrones become bookable for free 48 - 24 hours before departure.  Many Swiss Business flyers feel the throne is awful and clausterphobic since the not very wide seat feels more like a sarcophagus when in a lie flat configration, but I was undeterred and was excited that I was able to change my seat to seat 8k 24 hours before departure.

I rebooked my return flight from Switzerland to fly connect from Zurich to Munich so I could fly back to SFO on a Lufthansa 747-8.  This broke my own rule about not connecting in another European country this year.  I was very excited to be able to fly a 747 since there are so few airlines still flying them.  I choose 45J, a window seat in the back with no middle seat (2-4-2), so I'd only need to climb over one other person to get in and out of my seat..

For the first time ever, I took out trip insurance at the last minute - it cost around $250, including an extra $4 that fully covered electronics like an iPhone.

Wednesday August 18, 2021 Geneva
Friday August 20, 2021 Grand Saint Bernard
Saturday August 21, 2021 Lac du Vieux Emosson
Sunday August 22, 2021 Sion
Monday August 23, 2021 Sanetsch
Tuesday August 24, 2021 Lausanne
Wednesday August 25, 2021 Galm
Thursday August 26, 2021 Mürren
Friday August 27, 2021 Männlichen
Saturday August 28, 2021 Kleine Scheidegg
Sunday August 29, 2021 Schilthorn
Monday August 30, 2021 Oberwald
Tuesday August 31, 2021 Nufenen and San Gottardo
Wednesday September 1, 2021 Oberaarsee and Grimselpass
Thursday September 2, 2021 Oberwald
Friday September 3, 2021 Locarno
Saturday September 4, 2021 Lago del Narèt
Sunday September 5, 2021 Cardada Cimetta
Monday September 6, 2021 Passo del Bernina
Tuesday September 7, 2021 Julierpass and Albulapass
Wednesday September 8, 2021 Alp Anarosa
Thursday September 9, 2021 Corvatsch
Friday September 10, 2021 Flüelapass
Saturday September 11, 2021 Davos Platz
Sunday September 12, 2021 Zürich
Monday September 13, 2021 El Granada
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Wednesday August 18, 2021
Geneva