it seems dorothee got bitten by the walking bug! after my birthday walk last thursday she did a tour all by herself on friday (einsiedeln – chli amseln and retour) and was itching to go yesterday — only the really hot weather and me having to do the weekend shopping prevented us from storming the summits of the alps. today, there's no stopping her — as i'm slowly waking up this morning i seem to hear her winding up her feet, and after church it feels a bit like one of those traffic light situations: the bloke in the neighboring is pumping the pedal, the clutch disengaged, but ready to shoot off at the first flicker of green. so, it will come as no surprise that shortly after 3 o'clock we are walking over the hill to rüschlikon station to catch the train to thalwil, then to wädenswil, then to schindellegi-feusisberg.
everything works clock-work like and we alight at schindellegi-feusisberg. we make our way towards the church where we face a choice of taking either the route up to büel and then onward to st meinrad, or the route along the sihl and through forest before climbing the mountain. frankly, the sun is burning down, and walking along the sihl sounds more enticing than tackling the incline right away — however, schindellegi's village council has other plans: the walk along the sihl is blocked due to construction work and the detour is along the highway…hmm, not really. we trace our way back to the church and follow route A.
the sun is burning down and the road uphill has very little to offer in the way of shadow. what little it has to offer is of rather brief duration and we are really glad once we reach the foresty part above büel. mind you, the views before across lake zürich were fantastic, sun or no sun.
we break our walk in st meinrad (which is right on one of feeder route to the st james's way) and have an early dinner outside, enjoying a good plate of bread, cheese and cold meats along with an einsiedler lager — very nice
we continue our walk and make our way via egg and then along the river sihl to the sihl dam (very nice and quiet walk). then it's "follow the road" around lake sihlsee towards einsiedeln.