The 20k's on main roads should be fairly quick, but development along the valley-floor has created a near-continuous string of towns, settlements, commercial yards, factories, industrial areas etc. over the past few decades…despite the sparse traffic, progress is pretty slow.
Soon the rock and tree studded northern slopes give way to vineyards, with every tiny patch, many barely as big as a loungeroom floor, extensively terraced and planted with even just a handful of vines.
The Rhone river, originating from near the Belvedere Hotel in that hairpin in yesterdays fog on the Furka Pass (scroll back a few pages, Andrew took a shot, I think), is well and truly "tamed" by now, contained in a neat man-made channel past Martigny and into Lake Geneva.
Approaching Sion, the turn-off to Saviese is a ragged affair with multiple turnoffs even on the lead-in to the roundabout, then another roundabout immediately after….roads going everywhere all at once with a forest of signs to match.
Better run a couple of laps of the roundabout to have a good look at the signs. 3 possible turn-offs within a space of 20m and local traffic pushing the group from behind are a bit of a handful.
Climbing northward, through the vineyards above Sion
Looking better…now we're cooking.
Again we're climbing towards the snow-line and the higher it gets, the more exhilarating the ride and views!!