Cycling the Rhine

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 becomes a mix of leisure and industry – pleasure craft and barges. Previous to Basel the river was more of a natural force, carving it’s way between rocks, much more sedate down here.  I hadn’t really decided what to do in the evening yet, so I headed into Karlsruhe for. A nosey round before deciding. Glad I hadn’t booked anywhere – this city is at best described as “administrative” – in the same way that Milton Keynes may be described as “functional” – It wasn’t pretty. So I headed out of town to one of the worst campsites I have stayed on. Advertised on its website as having a “Bisto” and free Wifi, it had neither. The wifi was so slow and limited in range that it was effectively unusuable. The Bistro had been closed for months. So I rustled up a meal of pasta soup, complimented with packet rice and German sausage. It worked, just. Luckily they did sell wine, albeit pretty rank, so I grabbed a bottle and spend a not unpleasant evening chatting to a Dutch guy who was there with his family. He was a complete cycling nut job – one of those folks who throw themselves off mountains with a bike. But a decent chap and good company. In general though, my advice would be to avoid Karlsruhe – it’s not pretty at all.

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