home turf

Week 22 Week 23 Week 24/5
A short one, with my two longest rides though. Deviated from my plan to bike to Cologne and found myself in my home village with the help of a train. A lot of rain this week and I didn’t see the point of camping when I’m so close to a warm bed. Will bike from Fulda to Cologne though, if weather allows.
Where the 394 kilometers took me
Stage From To Distance cycled this weekDistance Ascend climbe this weekAscend Average speed this weekSpeed
Day 121 Clerval Basel 152km 490m 22km/h
Day 122 Basel Breisach 88km 190m 20km/h
Day 123 Breisach Eichenzell 155km 790m 19km/h
Total distance of the bike tourTotal: 394km 1470m 20km/h
Fri, 28. Jul 2023
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A little bit of suboptimal planning. But sometimes days are short, sometimes longer, always depending on where I find a place to sleep. But this one was definitely long. The longest one so far. Again hardly any images, the horizontal one is even from two weeks later, when I passed the same place again. I should have taken a picture of the Roche building that all of a sudden popped up, when I approached Basel, it was really like a Fata Morgana. But I was too focused on making it. Specially knowing that I had quite a steep part at the end. And man, it was steep. But I was greeted with a lot of hospitality, thank you for that!

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Sun, 30. Jul 2023
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Biking into Germany. Actually first time ever biketouring in Germany. Sun is shining, but it’s a Sunday, which I forgot. Shops are very much closed here on that day. But restaurants aren’t, so it’s a bit easier than in France. And something new popped up. Vending machines. First one was for meat and eggs, got some sausages. Then this one, for raspberries. Almost as good as the ones for oysters! Sign posts are actually very good, never realised this before. Well, because I did not use them. And there’s another thing here which I looked very much forward to: beer gardens! With Erdinger alkoholfrei, my preferred sports drink! And those Germans, actually very friendly!

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Mon, 31. Jul 2023
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What a day! It all started nice, with cake and bretzel! I decided to go to the edge of the Black Forest, instead of following the Rhine. Very beautiful area. Lots of small allotments, vineyards and great views on the Rhine valley. I had planned a rather short day. On a break I looked at a news site and that changed my plans. Super heavy rain was announced on my way to cologne. So, I wondered what best to do. If I would go towards cologne it would be useless to take a train there as my brother was still on vacation. So I looked for trains to my hometown. All was booked for bikes, only one very early the next day was available. Decided to bike to Karlsruhe and take that early train. I had some Käsespätzle and Maultaschen and then spent the night in the train station. Pretty unpleasant, but very much not worthwhile to spend money on a hotel for such a short night. Once I arrived in Fulda, I biked to my home village in heavy rain and took a warm shower.

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Mood: happy :)