Today's juice-controller…Andrew, the man at the schnozzle.
Filling up a half-dozen bikes has become a 5min job at worst…with petrol paid out of the group-pot, it's a one-lane, one schnozzle affair, bikes getting filled and pushed out of the way immediately to make room for the next one, two, three. Everyone keeps the flow going, the group-banker pays cash out of the common pot and we're back on the road in no time at all.
It all looks like a bit of a military operation to the locals…but it's the fastest way to get the job done and back to the important stuff.
Despite the hour, the down-valley commute past Martigny to Bex isn't too bad, where we trip over the Salt Mines (and more!) just where the road starts to climb up the valley towards Gryon and Villars.
It also looks like the mines were used as a storage facility for the "Etat de Vaud"…the region's riches and wealth being stored in those mines and tunnels from 1700 to the mid-1900's.
The buildings certainly look period enough for it.
Don't really have to be a French-speaker for that…LOVE the sign for being that much less sterile than our own here in Oz. They make you LOOK!!
Another artistic rain spout.
Out the back of the place…
I think I just found a little backroad….
Looks like they're generating their own power to run this place...now that roaring whitewater out the back makes sense!