Rivers and Ridges By John Harlin Lifestyle Weather in depth: CERN ... Print comment Fast water below! My first sight of the Alpenrhein, the upper Rhine where it drops out of the mountains. Waiting for my friends with the kayaks. We begin in the morning! Dragging the boats down a dike to the Old Rhine for the final 11 or so kilometers to Lake Constance. Launching from our night on the shore of Lake Constance. I don't know how it happened. I was riding (around canton Schaffhausen) and the derailleur seized up and I fell over forward. I think it got bent during my "bike-whacking" expedition through the bushes and vines. Notice the broken bits near where the wheel should attach. At the tip of the "iron finger" where a sliver of Switzerland juts into Germany. This is by far the oldest border stone I've seen: 1717. Note the three lines indicating three states coming together - long before there was a Germany. The Jungschar Aadorf Camp group from Weingarten visiting the Landskron Castle on the French-Swiss border. A particularly wet spot. A lax border control. The "menu" lunch in Roche d'Or was a spectacular feast of cabbage, potatoes, sausages and ham. More than three tired, hungry and cold bikers could eat. Early fog in the Doubs valley during our climb over the divide between the ends of the great bend. Gérard Cattin, the secretary general of the Association for the Parc Natural Régional du Doubs, with whom I visited over a trout lunch in Goumois. The trail on the Swiss side of the Doubs offered hundreds of hanging sections with cliffs above and below. Good fun in the snow. Wish you were here! When Jay asked David Barney (to my left) at Cern (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) what he hoped to learn from his current experiment, he replied "Life, the universe, and everything." End of the bike journey! On the shore of Lake Geneva, at the beautiful little town of Hermance, complete with a medieval castle. Transferring everything back info a boat for the final leg this year. The Montreux tower, love it or hate it, dominates the skyline as the sun makes inroads on burning off the clouds. Pulling in to St-Gingolph, the start and the end of this year's border journey. This content was published on November 4, 2010 11:32 AMNov 4, 2010 - 11:32 Extreme changes in weather and bike trouble along the border.John Harlin experienced it all during the second stage of his Swiss odyssey. Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletters and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address Top stories (weekly) Latest news (daily) Business (weekly) Politics (weekly) Society (weekly) Fintech (monthly) Click here to see more newsletters swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!