January 30, 2018, 4:45 am: The alarm clock rings. I get up, pack the last things, warm clothes, hat and gloves, eat breakfast and set off for the station. With the first S-Bahn at 5:37 I reach the main station. From there, take the EC towards Venice. Shortly after the longest tunnel in the world I reach Bellizona. I take the S-Bahn back to Biasca. Warmly dressed — it is only just over zero degrees Celsius — I set out from the village to the river Ticino.
The calendar page shows Saturday, October 28, 2017, early in the morning I get up and take the first train to Ticino. Via the old Gotthard route I reach Faido. There I make my way down Valle Laventina.