May 13: Swiss Camino Day 4

Today was tougher than I care to admit, and it was the shortest of the three days we’ve walked so far. Why so tough? Because so much if it – I’m thinking about three quarters of it – was on asphalt. That stuff is a killer, especially when you can see green grass so close by. Walking on a street/sidewalk/footpath is so much tougher on the feet than a natural path and we’re both suffering because of it.

I had my phone interview at 8am which I think was ok (please be good!) and then we left the Hörnli at about 8.45am. Lots of downhill to start the day and then into Steg … and then a very long straight footpath next to a busy road for about an hour. Ugh! Reprieve came in a short grassy path but then it was back onto a narrow road which serviced some smaller villages.

We chatted with another walker in a lovely field of wildflowers and she cracked us up. The first thing she said was the Canton of Zürich, being Protestant, had terrible signs for the Jakobsweg, or Swiss Camino, which is a Catholic pilgrimage. We laughed at first but then we had to agree with her. Not only was this 24km stretch between Hörnli and Rapperswil tough (yes that is the real name of this lovely village on Lake Zürich – I always joke about it being full of rappers), but the signs were pretty non-existent. The woman we spoke with in the field had been on a very long detour thanks to bad signposting, which involved going a long way down only to have to come a long way back up again. She was livid!

Later we spoke with an old woman who ran a little cafe for walkers/pilgrims and she said a few years ago, the canton had ordered all the Jakobsweg signs to be taken down, and because they live on the path, her husband had bought a few of them at the markets and put them up again! They were very helpful, so hats off to him for his foresight!

We struggled slowly into town just after 4pm and I’d lost my sense of humor by the time we found an overpriced hotel. I had a pain shooting from my right butt cheek down my thigh and Leo was also struggling. Why do we do this? Oh that’s right, it’s fun!

We did see amazing snow-covered Alps (the photos don’t really show them so well) and an incredible storm rolling in which thankfully bypassed us, but we were both very happy for the day to hurry up and end.

Even though it’s a lovely city, Rapperswil goes on the ‘must-see next time’ list for when we have more energy. We had a quick drink on the waterfront and then pizza near the hotel, where Leo cracked me up. I took a photo of him at the table and he was surprised that the man who refuses to wear sunscreen could be so sunburnt!

It was warm again today, and our decision to make the five day trip into a four day trip seems to be a good one, because bad weather is forecast for Friday, which would have been our last day of walking. Thankfully, tomorrow is our last day and we’ll be home and comfy on the couch when the bad weather kicks in.

Hope you enjoy the photos. No surprises that I didn’t take many photos of walking along the roads and on the footpaths etc. Hardly inspiring stuff!

I’ll post descriptions when I’m home.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

4 thoughts on “May 13: Swiss Camino Day 4

  1. Ooh that sounds like hard work!

    Rapperswil is lovely; I wrote a bit about it about 18 mths ago after a beautiful day out there 😉 It’s my go-to for a pleasant day out not far away… the rose gardens will be gorgeous in a couple of weeks.

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    • Hi Swissrose, I had no idea you lived in that area. I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday overseas. We’re looking forward to seeing Rapperswil when we’re in better shape – ie haven’t walked all day. It really had a lovely feel about it and I can see why you would consider it a go-to destination. I think I could live there (but then again I say that about almost all the places we visit here!).

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  2. Ah, I didn’t express myself well – I actually live near Lake Constance (20km) and referred to Rapperswil as “not far” inasmuch as it’s less than an hour by car and my husband’s company is located just up the mountain from it, near Einsiedeln, so it’s a place I pass occasionally anyway…
    Switzerland is pretty small whichever way you look at it, though, isn’t it?!! 😉

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    • Yes, very small, swissrose. If we’re ever back in the Lake Constance area, I’ll give you a forewarning! Welcome home after your trip. It’s lovely to ‘see’ you again!

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