Day Four: La Chaux-de-Fonds to Courgenay, 45 Miles
As you leave the city of La Chaux-de-Fonds and roll into the countryside, you’ll notice a switch from cows to horses. Saignlégier, which you’ll hit midway through the day, is in the heart of Switzerland’s horse country, and local shows and horse fairs are common. Horse is on local plates too. If you’ve ever wanted to dig into a horse steak, stop for lunch in Saignlégier and look for cheval on the menu. The second half of the day will have more climbing than the first two, so fuel up — whether you choose the horse or a vegetarian lunch option. In the afternoon, make time to stop in the medieval village of St. Ursanne, and if you arrive in Courgenay with energy to spare, check out the town’s Roman ruins.
Where to Stay: To cut the day in half, stay in Saignlégier, at the Centre de Loisirs des Franches-Montagnes. The hotel has a spa, and has access to horseback riding, in case your backside still feels fresh after four days on a bike saddle. In Courgenay, spend the night at Hôtel du Boeuf. The rooms at this hotel are simple and clean, and it’s renowned for its dining room, which serves terrific regional cuisine.Back to top