Bad Sackingen-Germany-Mulhouse-France-8-25-14

Bad Sackingen-Germany-Mulhouse-France Took the Train-On to France! World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Bad Sackingen  – map World > Europe > France > Alsace > Mulhouse  – map We cheated! Another heavy rain day when we awoke prompted a train ride through Basel to Mulhouse, France. We did not mind skipping the ride to Basel as industry was becoming more prominent in the towns along the route.We boarded the train on the Swiss side as that allowed us to make a connection to France from the same train terminal in Basel. The Swiss trains are amazing. Speed, comfort, and a bicycle compartment in every car. Roll your bike right onto the train from the platform. No steps to lift up over. The train rides covered about 80 kilometers distance and only took about an hour each. We laughed as the rain continued to pour down on the windows! Our weather research showed Mulhouse was a bit warmer and rain would let up sooner.   When we arrived in Mulhouse, the sun poked out and we had a chance to enjoy this magical town. And change to French language which always takes a youthful mind to do! But, it was business for us. We had to find the Euro Velo map for France, and get a SIM card for the Tablet so we would have internet while in France. We found the map book that went as far as Nevers, France. The SIM card took most of the day. Getting the correct one that can be initiated on the spot took more effort than we thought. We finally went to the provider directly, instead of the electronics store because the provider got all the settings and everything...

Lienheim-Bad Sackingen-Germany-8-24-14

Lienheim-Bad Sackingen-Germany Long, gentle downhills Busy industrial towns and old charming ones 34 miles (54 km) Total so far: 1,022 miles (1,644 km) Ascent: 1372 ft (418 m); Descent: 1595 ft (486 m) World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Lienheim  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Waldshut  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Laufenburg  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Bad Sackingen  – map Route 2,965,678 – powered by www.bikemap.net Today we got our downhill cruise. We stayed on the German side and had all the way to Waldshut excellent bicycle path and a lot of nice downhill with an easy gradient. It’s perhaps not as attractive as the route going through Switzerland, but it sure is fun to cycle. Waldshut was a mess. It is a bigger town with congested traffic. Construction of roads had the bikeways closed and the roads closed and the signs down. It must’ve taken us an hour to work our way through the town and out the other side. There have been a lot of sections with heavy traffic. But for the most part, we’ve had a very nice bike path right next to the main Highway. We are following Euro Velo route 15. Many times there are no 15 signs, just a green bicycle with an arrow pointing in a certain direction. We did have one longer section of gravel, but it was packed and small in size compared to the gravel on the Swiss side the day before. After Waldshut, there’s quite a bit more industry along the route on the German side. Of course we don’t know anything about the Swiss side. The nicest town after that is Laufenburg on both sides of the River. On the Swiss side, it’s an old walled...

Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Leinheim-Germany-8-23-14

Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lienheim-Germany Enough of Switzerland-Back to Germany 27 miles (44 km) Total so far: 988 miles (1,591 km) Ascent: 1616 ft (493 m); Descent: 1834 ft (559 m) World > Europe > Switzerland > Unknown > Schaffhausen  – map World > Europe > Switzerland > Unknown > Eglisau  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Hohentengen  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Lienheim  – map Route 2,965,678 – powered by www.bikemap.net Fantasies of an easy downhill crashed. The route for Euro Velo 6 goes through Switzerland right on the border with Germany along the Rhine River. Why they chose to run the route through Switzerland is anyone’s guess, but it does not suit the character of Euro Velo 6 which is supposed to be the easiest cross Europe route.   The scenery through Switzerland was absolutely delicious. The houses, the gardens, the flowers, the landscaping, the scenic vistas were all superb. But the effort to see them was almost too much for us. At one point we were thinking of getting on the train to Basel as we passed by the train station.   Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lienheim-Germany-pretty towns Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lienheim-Germany-pretty towns Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lienheim-Germany-pretty towns Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lienheim-Germany-pretty towns But going through Switzerland on Euro Velo 6, we climbed and we dropped, and we climbed and we dropped and we climbed. Several sections were course rough gravel that required pushing the bikes. Some of the paved sections required pushing the bikes because they were so steep. It seemed the trails in Switzerland are hiking trails with heavy gravel on them. They are not suitable for touring bikes with luggage. Although of course, we saw a few other touring bikes with luggage riding the same route, we found the gravel sections extremely unpleasant and difficult and a few of the paved sections a bit insane for loaded...

Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-8-23-14

Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland Switzerland_Steep hills, rough gravel 32 miles (51 km) Total so far: 961 miles (1,547 km) Ascent: 1552 ft (473 m); Descent: 1546 ft (471 m) World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Markelfingen  – map World > Europe > Switzerland > Unknown > Stein am Rhein  – map World > Europe > Switzerland > Unknown > Diessenhofen  – map World > Europe > Switzerland > Unknown > Schaffhausen  – map Route 2,965,678 – powered by www.bikemap.net   Welcome to Switzerland. We left Germany this morning from Lake of Konstanz and rode around the shore into Switzerland. We had no idea when we crossed into Switzerland possibly at Stein am Rhein The EV 6 was well marked and it was quite easy bicycling until after Moos when we encountered quite a few hills. The route was hilly most the day after Moos; some of the hills we had to push because they were too steep. Other cyclists also pushed up these hills. There were quite a few people on electric bikes. Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lake of Konstanz Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lake of Konstanz Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-Lake of Konstanz-small villages Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-traditional homes Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-cafes Markelfingen-Germany- Schaffhausen-Switzerland-electric cars The highlight of the day is Stein am Rhine. It is a beautiful small town with a stone gate entrance at both ends. All of the buildings inside the town were painted with elaborate murals as if looking up at the Sistine Chapel. It was almost too much to take in. The next town was of Diessenhofen had a covered bridge. The covered bridge was like one you might see in northeastern United States. Flowers bedecked the little peepholes. In the background was church and steeples and half timber framed houses. One could cross the bridge and enjoy a tour through the town, but as always, we needed to press on to get a...

Orsingen-Markelfingen-Germany-8-21-14

Orsingen-Markelfingen-Germany The Rhine River 13 mi (22 km) Total so far: 930 miles (1,496 km) Ascent: 638 ft (194 m);  Descent: 827 ft (252 m) World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Orsingen-Nenzingen  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Markelfingen  – map Route 2,965,678 – powered by www.bikemap.net It’s a short ride to Lake of Konstanz and the route is not too hilly. We reached Lake of Konstanz. It’s a very large lake and it is a source of the Rhine River. So we have reached our plateau and starting from here, we will be going down river rather than up river. It is a landmark achievement for us. We are exhausted. Although we went a very short distance today, it was more than enough. Our legs are burned out and we are going to take a rest day here and not bicycle at all. We found the campground in Markelfingen on Lake of Konstanz and have a view of the lake right from our tent. It is a big campground park full of motor homes and large tents, but it is very lovely here. Ever since we bought our raincoats, we have not had more than one day of serious rain to ride through. So now we are in this sunshine and the warmth of the lower elevation at the lake. It’s as if we flew magically on a carpet from the North Pole to the tropics. Suddenly we have summer again. We hope it lasts.     8-22-14 We spent a rest day off by taking the commuter train into Konstanz. There were more bicycles in the town that in all the Wal-Mart stores around the world!   From here, we...

Tuttlingen-Orsingen-Germany-8-20-14

Tuttlingen-Orsingen-Germany Leaving the Danube River 18 miles (28 km) Total so far: 916 miles (1,474 km) Ascent: 1278 ft (390m); Descent: 1927 ft (587 m) World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Tuttlingen  – map World > Europe > Germany > Baden-Wurttemberg > Orsingen-Nenzingen  – map Route 2,965,678 – powered by www.bikemap.net We have completed our journey along the fabulous Danube River from Budapest, Hungary to Tuttlingen, Germany near the Danube source. We rode about 1446 kilometers across. Today we started a new adventure. We left the Danube River in the afternoon and headed straight South for Lake of Konstanz. This is the route that Euro Velo 6 takes even though the Danube Bike Trail continues up to the headwaters of the Danube which is another 30 miles west. It became an adventure in more ways than one.   We had no map, we had no idea where we were really going, Euro Velo 6 website doesn’t explain any of the towns that you ride through and has no detailed maps for viewing. Further research on the web just became frustrating.   We stopped into Tuttlingen to try to buy a map of the area, but the book store didn’t have a map even of their own town. So we decided to just follow the Euro Velo 6 signs and hope that we didn’t miss one or that they forgot to put one up. We were going to be riding completely blind with no expectations of the kind of terrain or distance we would be riding. The first obstacle was the hill out of Tuttlingen. No sooner did we bicycle through the center of of town, and then we started climbing out of the Danube Valley....
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