Peck's personal Web site
breaks from poring over the newspapers as the Bushies implode
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
round-up of still more farm pix, 19 March 2006
is a farm at 1270m near the top of Bassins' Route des Montagnes of which, in our
Farms of the Jura series, we have only the most
blurry and unsatisfactory photos.
weekend we set out alone and failed outstandingly, twice,
to reach Mondion, but today it will end differently. Because today, 19 March 2006, we're
bringing our personal fitness trainer along to keep us motivated.
has bludgeoned its way up to the trailhead at Bugnonet-Chaumette (971m) and thus
saved us half an hour on the walk up. But the snowmobiles
have been back and the Route des Montagnes up to the right has been thoroughly
defaced all the way to the top of it (as will be seen below).
Passing the farm of Le Bugnonet
top of the trail up the Bois au Ministre (1110m), the farm of La Dunanche appears
on its knoll, and behind it in the distance, La Dôle.
top of the Bois au Ministre above La Chaumette (1128m), the La
Dunanche sign, also advertising the new tourist amenity, the small memorial
and picnic spot at the extreme northern end of the World War Two defensive fortifications
that run down the hillsides all the way to Lake Geneva.
teeth" concrete tank-blockers are known as "toblerones", after
the Swiss chocolate that comes in the same shape, and the Sentier
des Toblerones is an interesting hiking path that follows the fortifications
down from Bassins village to Gland and Nyon on the lake. Here's the little lookout
called La Dunanche near the top of the fortifications, with its obligatory flagpole.
relaxing amongst dragons' teeth, and working on his farmer's-tan, March 2006
personal fitness trainer has his own priorities, however, and we scurry along
behind him past Les Frasses (1150m).
top of the forest of Les Gilles (1250m), we looked all round for the chalet at
La Bâme -- nowhere to be found -- it couldn't have gone away -- we wondered
whether it were buried entirely under the snow. We searched all over for it --
it was behind a tree.
J.J., took time off for some calisthenics and isometric fitness exercises on the
meadow and now has to catch up with us at La Bâme.
view over Lake Geneva from this chalet is astonishing, on a clear day.
architectural aesthetics may not be out of the top drawer, but in a huge windstorm
all that concrete must be comforting.
friends, having come up the Route des Montagnes to La Bassine, went wild out on these
pastures. Daring fellows, they must have been, too, and very fond of loud
farm at Mondion, our destination finally in sight.
far away from the snowmobile tracks, largely for ethical reasons.
farm from the south, with the big rock at 1303m on the left. Now we've finally
got some pretty fair photos to improve our Mondion
entry on the Farms list.
Pirri approaching the top of the Route des Montagnes from Mondion
snowmobile driver came off the cornice and was evidently airborne for at least
three meters -- one wonders whether it was planned that way, but anyway
he made it. Did this event take place in daylight, evading
witnesses, or did he sneak up here at night and just take his chances?
trainer/guide has decided that it's time to head back home, down the Route des
has Mr Vroom-Vroom not been, then?
signs with hats on
the top of the Route des Montagnes, a welcome to the Noirmont park
Number 7 Swiss National Bicycling Trail passes right up the length of the Route
des Montagnes -- it's got to be one of the most grueling sections on any of the
national bike trails. Even without all the snow. Similarly the Chemin des Crêtes
international hiking trail bisects the Route des Montagnes at about 1200m on its
way down to St-Cergue. This is the crossroads of the sporty world, right here.
end of the day, passing the farm of Le Bugnonet again, we're very pleased to have
got to Mondion finally, and we recommend bringing your fitness trainer along when
you really want to make good time on the trail.
from SwitzerlandMobility (http://map.schweizmobil.ch/?lang=en)
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 14 March 2006, revised 11 February
2008, 28 August 2014.