Looks like Dave's confession regarding his infatuation with bright-red Ducati-loafers has found a sympathetic ear 'upstairs"
and the curse was lifted…the morning's blackbellies are vanishing fast, the afternoon sun burns dry the ever-shrinking puddles and we're good for a short commute up-valley to St. Leonard and the fabled Lac Souterain, the Underground Lake.
Lac Souterain , here's the blurb:
The subterranean lake of St-Leonard is located in Switzerland, along the Rhone valley, between Sion and Sierre in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
With a length of around 300 meters this is the largest natural underground lake in Europe which can be explored by boat.
During a 30 minute boat trip on the crystal clear water, you will enjoy the peace of this amazing place while your guide explains all sorts of fascinating details about the origin and the history of the underground lake.
Pretty thin on the details or anything else substantial, it rather turns into a MickyMouse affair of " can you see the Crocodile without a tail in that rock over there"….."and there's another crocodile with 2 heads", rahhrahh.
It's obvious our "guide" is bored shitless with his job… but shutting that out, it is interesting to hear how the glacial melt finds its way through the rock strata into these caverns, which apparently extend for another 1.5km after the current 'back-wall" section, which is a roof cave-in creating 2 underground water reservoirs, both of which are tapped to supply the local towns and villages.