July bike trip to Switzerland

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July bike trip to Switzerland

I will be flying into Geneva July 22 and returning to Boston July 31, Does anyone have a suggestion for where to bike that week. I will probably bring my own bike. I would be happy for any WarmShower host names in the area of Geneva. Thank you so much. Barbara Martin age 72 from Boston, MA, USA

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Hi Barbara,

Hi Barbara,
Jessi and I just returned from a bike tour from Geneva to Zurich. I suggest you follow the swiss bike route system. We started on Route 1 in Geneva and continued onto Route 9. It was all so scenic and Warmshowers hosts were very kind to us. Here's a link to the National bike routes. http://www.veloland.ch/en/national-routes.html
-Mike (Brookline)

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Thank you Mike for this kind suggestion. I was wondering how long the #9 and #1 took you to ride? I am thinking about doing only #1 as I only have 6 days. I was thinking about taking the train from Geneva to the start at Andermatt - it is a 6 hour train ride I think. Looking at the stages, frequently it is suggested one take a train due to heavy traffic and narrow roads - did you do this or did you bike the whole route? Did you find Warm Shower hosts along this route? Thanks for this additional request for help. Barbara

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Hi Barbara,

Hi Barbara,
There were many generous warmshowers hosts in Switzerland. The only time we had to stay in hotels was when ours plans changed due to weather.

We took the train one day because there was about 3 inches of fresh snow on the roads and we didn't want to deal with that. We didn't find the traffic bothersome at all. If you are comfortable riding in Newton you will be more than prepared. Taking the train with a bike is very easy. If you're starting in Andermatt, I believe there is an alpine pass you will need to climb (Furka Pass). Maybe you would take the train instead? Or start your ride a little west of Andermatt before the pass (Oberwald). I'm sorry but I can't speak to details on that part of the route since we did not ride it. We rode Route 1 from Geneva to Vevey and then Route 9 to Zurich.

We found that we didn't cover nearly as many miles per day as we normally do at home. The climbing and the frequent turns reduced our overall speed. With all the stops, 30 miles per day was a lot. We did a couple 60 mile days but it was too much - we felt rushed and couldn't stop in the nice little towns. At home we regularly ride 60 to 80+ miles but don't stop much... Just something to keep in mind as you plan.

-Mike