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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 12 and Day 13 (77km Neuf-Brisach to Strasbourg and 95km Strasbourg to Karlsruhe) — August 15, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 12 and Day 13 (77km Neuf-Brisach to Strasbourg and 95km Strasbourg to Karlsruhe)

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The Rhine at Neuburg

Two blog entries in one as I couldn’t stay awake to write yesterday. 

The run to Strasbourg should have been fine, but I was struggling once again with the cold-that-will-not-give-in and general tiredness. It’s a very flat route and we should have done almost all of it along the Canal du Rhône au Rhin. This is very straight and for the early part wooded on both sides making an attractive forest path with a reasonable gravel surface. After a few kilometres, though, it was starting to feel a bit monotonous, with nothing to see but trees as there were not even any boats on the canal. We ducked out and followed the nearby road instead, which at least meant we saw all the villages along the way.  There was cycle path by the road for part of the way but where we ran out, the traffic was fine with one or two exceptions. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 11 (70km Basel to Neuf-Brisach) — August 13, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 11 (70km Basel to Neuf-Brisach)

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Dreiländereck monument in Basel

Easy cycle across flat farmland in France today. We started off in the rain and took a detour through the docks in Basel to see the Dreiländereck monument which marks the spot where the thee borders of Switzerland, France and Germany meet (well, almost – they actually meet in the middle of the Rhine and the monument is nearby on the bank on the Swiss side). 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Days 9 and 10 (89km Kaiserstuhl to Basel and rest day) — August 12, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Days 9 and 10 (89km Kaiserstuhl to Basel and rest day)

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The Rhine near Koblenz (Koblenz, Switzerland, not Koblenz, Germany, through which we will also pass – confused yet?)

Somebody turned the heat back up.  It’s hardly been cool these last few days, but this afternoon in Basel it has been well over 30 degrees once again and I am cooked. I am deeply grateful not to be on the bike today and just to be doing some gentle sight-seeing instead. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 8 (79km Konstanz to Kaiserstuhl) — August 10, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 8 (79km Konstanz to Kaiserstuhl)

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The Rhine Falls (from the German side)

The Rhine Falls were just as spectacular as I remembered, and definitely the highlight of today’s trip for me. The cycling was varied – hardly anything flat till the last stretch before we arrived at the hotel tonight, as there are rolling hills surrounding the lake and the Rhine, and the route twisted and turned along a mixture of roads, paved paths and gravel paths.  I lost count of the times we crossed and recrossed the same railway line. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 7 (63km Bregenz to Konstanz) — August 9, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 7 (63km Bregenz to Konstanz)

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Stage set for Carmen on the lake at Bregenz

Round the north side of the lake today, stopping first at the amazing stage in the lake where they perform the concerts and opera for the Bregenz summer festival. The stage set for Carmen looked stunning. I couldn’t get a good angle for a photo to show how the stage is fully in the lake but the effect is dramatic when you are there. The summer festival is something you might enjoy another year, Janet, if you are reading this?

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 6 (75km Maienfeld to Bregenz) — August 8, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 6 (75km Maienfeld to Bregenz)

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Long stretches of perfect cycle path. There is even a separate path for pedestrians.

A very flat route today along the Rhine valley, and crossing international borders three times.      First stop was an old church in Fläsch which has a colony of mouse-eared bats nesting in its roof. They have set up an infra-red camera with a screen outside but we couldn’t get the live feed to work. A video of the bats from earlier worked just fine, though. They are very cute!

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 5 (79km Trun to Maienfeld) — August 7, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 5 (79km Trun to Maienfeld)

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Looking back towards the descent from Versam

Another net downhill day, but with a fair amount of climbing along the way – 380m of ascent and 735m of descent according to Bruce’s Cyclemeter record. The main climb was in the heat of the afternoon up the side of a stunning gorge but I confess I was more preoccupied by the pedalling. We did stop at a viewpoint so I could admire it while giving my legs a break. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 4 (35km Oberalppass to Trun, plus hike 8km to source of Rhine and back) — August 6, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 4 (35km Oberalppass to Trun, plus hike 8km to source of Rhine and back)

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Lake Toma, the source of the Rhine

Feel the fear and do it anyway, as the saying goes – but I didn’t think they were talking about holidays. I was quite nervous about the first part of the day’s cycling down a steep main road with hairpin bends. All my real cyclist friends would have loved the descent on beautifully smooth tarmac, but I am not a happy descender on anything steep with sheer drops and very minimal barriers. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 3 (pushing bikes and luggage on and off trains and a very short ride to the hotel) — August 5, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 3 (pushing bikes and luggage on and off trains and a very short ride to the hotel)

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Not the Rhine, but a tributary of the Reuss. There are a lot of rivers round here.

This will be a short blog update as we are very tired and sleep beckons. All five train trips successfully completed. The overnight train from Duisburg to Basel was booked out for bike places so we got the last two – which took quite a bit of manoeuvring. Unfortunately no sleeper berths = night spent trying to sleep sitting up = little sleep. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 2 (35km IJmuiden to Amsterdam and touring around) — August 4, 2018