July 2016

Cycling the Rhine

Days 12 & 13 – Cologne to Xanten to Maurik

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] Day 12 began pleasantly, cycling along the river bank through cologne; The weather was warm, even early in the day, but the riding was pretty easy so not much of an issue so far. The river bank passes behind the famous cathedral which was hit 14 times by bombs during the second […]

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Day 14 – Maurik to Rotterdam

On leaving the campsite outside Maurik I was soon back up on the dikes, following the river towards Rotterdam. The riverbanks are quite pretty along this stretch, although it is very very flat. And I spotted my first Dutch windmill; Having cycled along the dikes for a few hours, I kind of understand the whole […]

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Day 11 – Koblenz to Cologne

Well I hadn’t had a puncture for a few days……until very first thing this morning, before I’d even left the campsite. I had locked my bike in a secure cage on the site over night, but by the time I got it back to my pitch to load up, the front was flat. So off […]

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Day 10 – Bacharach to Koblenz

Having woken at 5am, the first thing on my mind was a bath. So I leapt out of bed and almost fell over. Somehow in the night my legs had decided that they had had enough. Staggering to the bathroom I managed to run a bath and soaked for a good hour. It was bliss […]

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Day 8&9- Karlsruhe to Speyer to Bacharach

As I am way behind on blogging and these two days were fairly uneventful I have combined them into one. The plan for day 8 was to have a fairly easy ride to Speyer, dump the tent and bike at a campsite about a mile outside town and walk back into town for something to […]

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Day Seven – Strasbourg to Karlsruhe

Another pretty uneventful day’s riding. The ground was pretty flat, chugging along by the river for the most part.  The scenery again was pretty, without being remarkable; I have felt a distinct shift though in the river. Apart from being a lot wider here, from Basel on down to the sea, it is navigable and […]

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Day Six – Basel to Strasbourg

Awaking on the campsite to sunshine was quite a novelty after three days of dour weather. I had a good chat with another English cyclist who was heading in the opposite direction to me, swapping advice about what was ahead. He was riding a reclining bike so fearful of the hills to come. I set […]

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Day Five – Schaffhausen to Basel

Having fled from the worlds weirdest hostel quite early I hit the road. My plan for the day was to visit the Rheinfall (The largest waterfall in Europe) and then head directly for Basel. The weather was grey and overcast, slight spits of rain in the morning, but nothing too bad. Even from half a […]

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Day Four – Konstanz to Schaffhausen

Having made use of the bathtub, yet again, I headed out looking for a bike shop for my poorly bike. She was not in a good state; The new front panniers which I had bought had snapped both sides and were only hanging on by the top clips.  The new rear panniers which I had […]

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Day three – Bad Ragaz to Konstanz

I awoke to the sound of rain on my tent at 5am. By 6am it seemed to have cleared away nicely. I swapped onto my last spare tube and I was keen to hit the road, but I had to wait until 9am when the local bike shop opened so that I could grab some […]

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Day Two – Carrera to Bad Ragaz

Where to begin with this one! A day of two halves really. The morning was good, waking early on the campsite in the hills I knew I had a bit of a climb ahead, but nothing compared to the Oberalppass the previous day, so I stuck camp and headed out after a healthy breakfast of […]

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Day One – Andermatt to Carrera

[mp_row] [mp_span col=”12″] Ok, so leaving Andermatt, perhaps I should have listened to either the hotelier who commented “Are you ready for the mountain?” Or Google maps which advised that I put my bike on one of the Alpine trains to reach Oberalppass. Being me and being massively over confident I set off to climb […]

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Day Zero – Getting to the start line.

So this was something new for me. My previous cycling tours have started in Margate and the only foreign clime was France – easily accessible from the ferry ports at Dover. This time though, having looked at all possible routes, the only sensible way to get out to Oberalppass and the source of the Rhine […]