And then, suddenly, it was October. A rain-sodden forecast in the mountains motivated us to the leave Zinal and head back into the Rhone valley where we faced a choice. Hang around for a few days and see what the weather actually did, or believe the forecast and accept it was time to say farewell to the mountains of Switzerland for another year. We changed our mind several times, as we are prone to do, but eventually settled on a late night drive out of Switzerland via Lac Leman and Geneva.
Spending the night in the car park of an organic supermarket just inside the border of France, we reflected on what has been a magnificent summer. We’ve cycle up dozens of Swiss mountain passes, hiked in some of the most amazing scenery of the Alps and for the most part enjoyed perfect summer weather. The dogs have been spoiled with remote, safe and quiet places to run their little socks off several times a day and even when we broke down, we stumbled across someone with a ‘spare house’ we could stay in. We really couldn’t have asked for more, and yet, if we’re completely honest, we’re both still wishing for a just a few more days of Switzerland. We know it’s not very mindful of us and that we should just be grateful for what we’ve had, but it’s very hard to leave.