WOW, I'm a long time mountain biker but always dreamed of doing bike touring. Thought of buying a Surly LHT next spring until I saw your trip
had never heard about that alpine trail(and I have family in Switzerland lolll)....I am going there in 2014 and thanks to you I'm not buying the Surly but rather putting rack and panniers on my mtn bike
YESSS I'm planning to do the Alpine bike loaded, now just have to convince my brother and sister in law to follow me
I'll spend next year mountain biking with my loaded bags to train for that trip lolll the face of other riders in Bromont when they see me
p.s. Did you make any reservations for hostels,b'n'b,etc?....I'd rather camp but I know camping is not allowed some places along the route like the national park.