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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
These photos are from a little while back but I've now got some time to kill so...

Getting in some kms ready for our aborted tandem ride My GF and I decided to go round lake Lemans. It's 180 kms or so, so we figured on two days with a stop in a youth hostel in Montreux.
This is leaving
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I got the lighter bike and the lighter child (2 1/2 yr old Ben) :) but... the trailer with bags:(
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The forecast said storms for the evening so we figured with the trailer we could put the kids in out of the rain and wear the backpacks if necessary.
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We went past the world Meteorological organisation building on the way into Geneva
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This is part of the accident prevention scheme. It says "wear a helmet, or pray"
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There are parks and cycleable paths along alot of Geneva lakefront
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This is looking up the lake where we were headed
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This is looking down the lake to Geneva with the water spout "jet d'eau" and the Saleve mountain in the background, which is a killer climb I have yet to do
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This the bridge across the river/lake in Geneva
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The paddle steamers and the "jet d'eau"
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The fire fighter's "portacabin" down by the lake
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The solar powered boats that operate across the lake in Geneva that are made by "Decision", the same company that built the hulls for Alinghi's Americas Cup winning boats.

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And again the jet d'eau :)

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The bike path continues along the lake to....
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Alinghi's yacht club
With some beautiful boats around
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We continued along up away from the lake (mmm pretzle sticks)
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to the Swiss French border.
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I don't want to sound like a snob or anything but the road quality just goes out the window when you cross into France:(
I find that if you ride in the track on the road that the car's right hand wheels do it's a lot smoother... but with a 2 wheel trailer...:(

My kids have quite a taste for sports drink
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I read later on a powerade bottle "not recommended for children"

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Storms have done alot of damage to the fields around here

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mmm... more pretzle sticks

we saw a postman on one of those bikes that MB1 likes, but I had put the camera away to save batteries so I only got a rear view
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But we went past the post office later and there was one outside :)
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So we stopped for lunch just outside Thonon

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Sorry I was too hungry to get a photo of my whole steak:D

We then carried on through Thonon past a bike shop that always amazes me but I'll have to continue tomorrow. Time for a pain killer and bed :)

Have a nice day
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Nice pics!

At the first lunch pic I was thinking, "That looks like any generic American diner..."

Then I saw the second pic, and I see that apparently that was the point. What is it with kids and chicken nuggets? Some things are truly universal :)

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
undies said:
Nice pics!

At the first lunch pic I was thinking, "That looks like any generic American diner..."

Then I saw the second pic, and I see that apparently that was the point. What is it with kids and chicken nuggets? Some things are truly universal :)
Yeah you're right about the diner. It's part of a chain called "Buffalo Grill" that are all over France. You'd think you were in the States except for the tiny steaks.:D

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
The bike shop

I go past this place every time I bike round the lake and am always amazed that it's still there. View attachment 97538
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Their stock always seems to be the same. It's like the place is in a time warp.
(except the roof of the building its in)
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We continued through Thonon and tried to get off the main road
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But we ended up exploring the delta of the river Dranse with no through road
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Ben thought it was funny
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Emma was pretty much asleep
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But we found a bridge eventualy
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And then went passed the Evian bottling plant (Ididn't quite manage to get the sign which is behind the traffic sign View attachment 97552
And got back along the lake-side into Evian
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which is about the widest part of the lake
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Dried mangos mmmm...
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The casino in Evian
(the ultimate destination of quite a few petro-dollars from the Arabian gulf :D )
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We continued along the lake road
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as the storm clouds got more and more threatening
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and the mountains started to close in on the side of the lake as we got closer to the delta of the river Rhone
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Ben was quite happy to have water poured over him to cool off
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Great photos. Looks like a happy family. Was this before or after the broken collarbone? I'm guessing before because I don't see a butterfly splint under your shirt, and I can't imagine hauling a kid -- let alone riding -- with a broken collarbone.

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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
We got to the border

French-Swiss this time, and it was like riding on a magic carpet on the swiss tarmac again.
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Across some rail tracks with warning signs you just can not miss

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And a sign for a music festival that killed me to miss
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We got down off the main road to the delta and onto some nice MUTs
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and past the water attraction parc that the kids recognised and wanted to stop at..
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The donkeys and llamas distracted them soon enough
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Then over the bridge to the woods on the delta

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Then back out on the road pretty near to our stop for the night
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Apparently the island with the 3 or 4 trees on it was given to the queen of England
I wonder if she could build a high-rise on it :D
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Boy would I have fun exploring all that area. I love where I live (the Sierras in Nevada US) but it's not all that easy to plan out routes due to dangerous traffic conditions (heavy summer traffic) around here in the mountains right now. I get good rides in, but it's hard to find new areas to explore and photograph. Great stuff!

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A nice outing and an excellent photo collection. I visited Lake Geneva for the first time just a few weeks ago. I didn't see it this extensively, probably covered 70% of the shore, and sadly I was not on a bicycle. People may be wondering why you took so many shots of the Jet d'Eau, which looks like any ordinary fountain in a photo. It is in fact the king of all water fountains. Water leaves the nozzle at 120 mph and reaches something like 400-500 feet in height -- hypnotizing to watch. You can even walk out the jetty and within twenty feet of the nozzle if you want to get drenched.

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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
AllUpHill said:
People may be wondering why you took so many shots of the Jet d'Eau, which looks like any ordinary fountain in a photo.
I'll haveto try again to do it justice. :D

You should bring or rent a bike next time, n'fact let me know when, n I'll lend you one if it'll fit

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Thanks :) Ridgetop
I must say working the odd shifts that I do helps with the traffic. This was in the middle of the week if i remember correctly, which helps, (just the rush hour to contend with)
Sounds like you should/could be mountain biking :)

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
That's the chateau de Chillon

that you can see in the distance and was the next thing we went past
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The sun was on the way down as we got to Montreux

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The youth hostel was the first thing we saw on the way into town
and it had a bike lock-up! Bonus

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Montreux has quite a musical aura to it, with the jazz festival'n all
There is a statue of Freddie Mercury

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and a monument to Deep Purple

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That was more impressive when the sun went down :D

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We went into town for dinner before bed

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When we got back there was a pretty flashy bike in the hostel's bike lock-up

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I guess the rider was travelling light on that!

Then up to bed

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