Darmstadt! Rode 120km to get here. I'm done! Fin.
Posted: July 9, 2011, 4:47 p.m.
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The first time I see the name Darmstadt.
Posted: July 9, 2011, 12:41 p.m.
I've stopped for lunch in Wörth am Main after riding 56km. I've never given the Main Bike Trail much thought before today, and can now summarize it in a word: Excellent.
I may have underestimated the distance to Darmstadt. From what I can guess I'm not even half way there, so today will likely be the longest day of the tour.
Posted: July 9, 2011, 10:16 a.m.
I'm camped a little south of Wertheim after leaving the Romantic Road about 20km back. This will be my last night in a tent for this tour. Tomorrow I will visit friends in Darmstadt before wrapping up the trip and heading home.
Despite riding 93km, my knee continues to bother me. Robb (the Dutch cyclist I met yesterday) tells me this type of knee pain is related to the tendons, and just needs time to heal. I tend to agree, and think a week off the bike will return things to normal. Perhaps I'll even hike up the Hoher Kasten as my dad suggested.
The ride today was gorgeous. The flat country side before Rothenburg changed into the Tauber River valley. I rode through many gorgeous old towns each with their own unique charm. I felt guilty not giving each place more time and attention. I passed more bike tourers in this area than anywhere else on the trip, and I understand why. This place is a gem.
The campsite was a great find. Well priced, hot showers, and a beer garden serving Weissbier on tap. The steak was delicious too. All is good.
Posted: July 8, 2011, 4:50 p.m.
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Stopped in Röttingen for lunch.
Posted: July 8, 2011, 9:46 a.m.
I hit the 1000km mark a few kilometers back. This area is gorgeous for cycling. It feels like I'm biking between the towns of a Carcassonne board game.
Posted: July 8, 2011, 8:50 a.m.
Yesterday I met Robb from Holland who is cycling to Vienna. We went for food and beer and didn't see anything of the city since it started raining. It was a little excessive. I only realized I had six 0,5L Weissbier when the waitress brought me the bill. Luckily, this morning it only felt like four. :)
Posted: July 8, 2011, 7:14 a.m.
Rothenberg ob der Tauber. Gorgeous city, full of tourists. Met Larry from Nebraska who wishes he was traveling here on his bike instead of on a tour bus. Next year Larry!
I thought of camping tonight, but decided to get a room so that I could explore the city a little.
Posted: July 7, 2011, 2:10 p.m.
I've stopped in Feuchtwangen for lunch. I've enjoyed the ride this morning and my knee has been cooperating. The road conditions are all over the place, and numerous times I had to walk the bike uphill over loose gravel. The sign posts are poorly done and are often ambiguous (e.g., sign pointing between a split in the road) or just missing. Fortunately, my GPS (with OpenCyclingMaps installed) has been keeping me on route.
Posted: July 7, 2011, 10:52 a.m.
I've arrived in the old town of Dinkelsbühl. It seems each house along the main street is painted a different colour such that no two colours are consecutive. Pretty town.
Posted: July 7, 2011, 9:19 a.m.
Nördlingen is a charming town and is well known for its old city wall dating back to 1327. I spent a part of the evening walking along the northeastern section and taking a few photos.
This photo is of the Löpsinger Tor, which is one of five tower gates around the city.
Posted: July 6, 2011, 5:33 p.m.
I'm stopped in Nördlingen for the night. The last 40km was much easier on the knee - or I'm just getting used to pedaling harder with the left leg. :)
I had a beer while checking into the guesthouse. I sat in the bar with another patron, who left a few minutes after I arrived. The owner was a little chatty and started telling me that the patron who just left had body odour because his wife doesn't take care of him (among other problems). I didn't notice anything. The owner then started spraying deodourizer into the room. I finished my beer and left the bar to go to my room, and guess who was sitting in a chair just outside of the bar? The man with the body odour. Yikes! I hope he didn't hear any of that!
Posted: July 6, 2011, 2:50 p.m.
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I've picked up a map for the Romantischestrasse. Just one thing missing... :)
Posted: July 6, 2011, 11:16 a.m.
I've arrived in Donauworth and am split on where to go from here. The ride this morning was nice, but overshadowed by the pains in my right knee. Flat surfaces and downhills are okay, but the easiest hills require me to dismount and walk. I shouldn't ignore it. My body is clearly telling me something is wrong. I'll give it another day or two and see if it improves, and if not, head home.
Posted: July 6, 2011, 10:33 a.m.
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It was a short 55km that was slowed by pains in my right knee. I'm camping at the Neuburg Rowing Club just meters away from the Donau.
Posted: July 5, 2011, 2:04 p.m.
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Lunch and thinking about number theory in Ingolstadt.
Posted: July 5, 2011, 10:45 a.m.
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Making chili with the Trangia. :)
Posted: July 4, 2011, 4:07 p.m.
Posted: July 4, 2011, 1:14 p.m.
I've stopped in Ergoldsbach for lunch after riding through many sleepy villages. The place isn't so bad, but I think a lot of charm is lost when heavy trucks keep rolling through the town center.
For the last few days my right knee has hurt when pedaling. This surprises me because my left knee is fine after causing so many problems the last half year. I've slowed my pace and this seems to help, and fortunately there aren't many hills anymore.
Posted: July 4, 2011, 11:14 a.m.
I've arrived in Landshut after an uneventful ride from Moosburg. The accommodations last night were satisfactory, but not for what I paid. Breakfast was one if those types with cheap cereals, cold cuts, cheese slices, and white bread. The coffee was weak, and although they had egg holders they had no eggs. I see little reason to return.
I temporarily fixed my gears by turning the adjustment on the rear derailleur. This will hopefully keep me going, but I'll eventually want to replace the cable.
The Isar Radweg is excellent. The path follows mostly along the river on a dirt track and is void of people and traffic. It's very relaxing.
Posted: July 4, 2011, 8:28 a.m.
I've checked into the Moosburg Hof Pension/Gasthof for the night. The ride along the Isar was enjoyable until it started raining over the last 5km.
My rear gear cable is fraying and has made gear changing difficult. I will try to get it fixed tomorrow at one of the local shops.
Posted: July 3, 2011, 3:57 p.m.
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I'm riding north along the Isar Radweg that'll take me to the Donau Radweg.
Posted: July 3, 2011, 1:02 p.m.
Coffee with Robbert in the Englischgarten.
Posted: July 3, 2011, 11:34 a.m.
The Donisl restaurant was featured on the cover of my university German textbook. In one chapter we read the story of Claudia and Martin and their date at the restaurant. They ate weiß würste, which is a Bavarian specialty.
Posted: July 3, 2011, 10:46 a.m.
Robbert joined me for the ride into central Munich, which was awesome. I was first in the Marienplatz back in 1996 as a "backpacking" student. I would never have guessed I'd cycle here one day.
Posted: July 3, 2011, 10:34 a.m.
It was a wonderful stay with Robbert & family in Bedham. Thank you again and I hope to see you in CH soon!!
Posted: July 3, 2011, 9 a.m.
It was a wet ride today, but good. I'm in Bedham and staying with an old friend from St. Gallen. It's Friday and that means... Beer Friday!!
Posted: July 1, 2011, 4:39 p.m.
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I found an overhang just as it started to pour rain.
Posted: July 1, 2011, 11:41 a.m.
Some very dark clouds ahead.
Posted: July 1, 2011, 11:31 a.m.
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I've stopped for lunch and to pick up a map in Rosenheim. I didn't think much of the town riding in, but the pedestrian town center seems really nice. I'm in a fish shop where customers have to stand at high tables to eat their lunch.
From here I leave the Inn Radweg and head towards Munich.
Posted: July 1, 2011, 10:11 a.m.
The set of Evan Almighty 2.
Posted: July 1, 2011, 9:14 a.m.
This is the second self-service "bike box" I've seen in these parts. So cool!
Posted: July 1, 2011, 7:44 a.m.
The famous Roemerhofgasse of Kufstein. Last night I had a great steak here.
Happy Canada Day!
Posted: July 1, 2011, 6:56 a.m.
Having a beer and burger at the Route 66 American Pub. The "Best Pub in the City". I feel bad for the people of Kufstein if that's true.
Posted: June 30, 2011, 4:17 p.m.
A concert band just started playing in the street.
Posted: June 29, 2011, 6:06 p.m.
I'm staying two nights in the border town of Kufstein. I don't know anything about this place, but what I saw coming into town looked really nice. I hope to explore a little on my rest day tomorrow.
Today's ride was fantastic and fast despite the headwind.
Posted: June 29, 2011, 3:09 p.m.
I've stopped after 60km in Rattenberg for lunch.
Posted: June 29, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
I'm relaxing on this bridge, cooling off, and listening to the river rush below me.
Posted: June 29, 2011, 9:32 a.m.
Posted: June 29, 2011, 7:43 a.m.
I arrived in Innsbruck early this morning, got to ride along with other cyclists commuting to work, and watched as the city woke up. I was last here about six years ago for the hockey world cup.
I found a bookshop that opens in an hour, so I'm killing time at the back of a McDonald's with all the other Internet freeloaders. :)
Posted: June 29, 2011, 6:28 a.m.
Posted: June 29, 2011, 5:22 a.m.
I'm camped just outside of Innsbruck after riding about 100km. I went further than expected, and this leaves open the question what I'll do tomorrow. Rain is expected on Thursday and I had hoped to take the day off to rest in Innsbruck. However, tomorrow looks nice and it would be a shame not to ride. I guess my rain day will be somewhere else downstream.
This campsite is a little odd. It's in the middle of a neighborhood which means it's surrounded on two sides by houses (with balconies that can see into the campground) and on one side that looks like a school. They have "free" hot showers and wifi, but I don't consider that free when it's €20.- to pitch a tent.
Tomorrow I'll ride into Innsbruck, buy a map, look around, and keep riding.
Posted: June 28, 2011, 4 p.m.
Making good time, but the widening valley leaves little protection from the sun. The only relief is the shade and cool breeze off the Inn River.
Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
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Arrived in Landeck with little sense of what to see or do here. A massive traffic jam (perhaps caused by the race?) clogs the main street. Just 79km to Innsbruck.
Posted: June 28, 2011, 8:39 a.m.
Posted: June 28, 2011, 8:10 a.m.
I'm often suspicious of places that look too good to be true, but last night's accommodation exceeded expectations. Highly recommended!
It looks like another hot day ahead.
Posted: June 28, 2011, 5:32 a.m.
I'm calling it a day in Pfunds, Austria. After walking into the foyer of Pension Schone Aussicht I felt the cool air and knew I had to stay. I got a nice room with a balcony and a gorgeous view. Free WiFi too!
Posted: June 27, 2011, 2:35 p.m.
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I've arrived in Austria! I'm looking forward to some schnitzel & struedel!
Posted: June 27, 2011, 1:40 p.m.
I was nervous having to go through this tunnel: It's narrow, is slightly uphill, has a blind right turn, and is full of trucks!
Posted: June 27, 2011, 1:23 p.m.
I've stopped in Martina for a bite to eat. The riding has been great, but any small hill is torturous in this heat.
Posted: June 27, 2011, 12:40 p.m.
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Some funky sculptures along the route.
Posted: June 27, 2011, 11:27 a.m.
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Posted: June 27, 2011, 7:22 a.m.
What a fun night! Last night I had a few beer with couples from Germany and Austria. The German couple is following the same route as I so we'll probably cross paths again in the coming days.
It's a gorgeous day today and not a cloud in the sky.
Posted: June 27, 2011, 7:09 a.m.
Setting up camp in Zernez after a long and tiring day. From here on I'll be following the Inn Radweg to Innsbruck.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 1:33 p.m.
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I've arrived in La Punt after a gorgeous descent from the pass. The next 23km runs along a river and should be mostly flat.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 11:22 a.m.
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Posted: June 26, 2011, 10:44 a.m.
I was definitely the slowest as cyclists, motorbikes, and cars kept passing me. Even an elderly lady in a motorized cart was faster! Leaving early this morning paid off. I had much of the road to myself for the first few hours before traffic picked up. Most cars and motorbikes were respectful, and my biggest gripe was with the few cyclists who squeezed between me and oncoming traffic.
My legs are beat, but the reward for my effort is a 200km downhill to Innsbruck. I think there will be a few hills in there, but after today I say: Bring it on!
Posted: June 26, 2011, 9:51 a.m.
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Being passed by cyclists with lighter bikes and stronger legs than me.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 7:20 a.m.
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One of those places where the train loops through the mountain to gain altitude.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 7 a.m.
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Where I'm going.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 5:29 a.m.
Where I've been.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 5:29 a.m.
Posted: June 26, 2011, 4:56 a.m.
Arrived at this campsite just as it started to rain. The campsite has a teepee that costs as much as pitching a tent, so why not? With luck I'll have it to myself!
It was a tough day as expected, and tomorrow will likely be tougher. Some sections went along main roads with crazy drivers and blind corners. White knuckle riding isn't fun!
Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:28 p.m.
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Passing through the pretty mountain village Alvaschein.
Posted: June 25, 2011, 12:54 p.m.
These tunnels are hair raising!
Posted: June 25, 2011, 12:24 p.m.
I knew I brought a light for a reason.
Posted: June 25, 2011, 12:07 p.m.
The Swiss Alps are beautiful, but also intimidating. Wish me luck!
Posted: June 25, 2011, 11:26 a.m.
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Posted: June 25, 2011, 9:55 a.m.
The first warning... and here it begins.
Posted: June 25, 2011, 9:29 a.m.
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Here I take a left.
Posted: June 25, 2011, 9:04 a.m.
Chur. I must have passed at least ten bike tourers on this short stretch. I will soon begin my ride on the #6 Graubunden Route.
I've stopped here for second breakfast and a coffee.
Posted: June 25, 2011, 8:33 a.m.
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Last night I shared a campsite next to Helen and Peter from Australia. They are touring around Europe for the next three months and plan to end in Scotland. Safe travels!
Posted: June 25, 2011, 6:16 a.m.
Tonight is some special closed event for bank executives. Security is tight and the music is loud and awful. I'm told it could go to 2am. I need more of these.
Posted: June 24, 2011, 3:16 p.m.
I planned to stay at this "Schlaf-im-Stoh" (sleep in hay), but would have had to share my bed with this cow. Kamal couldn't stop laughing. Off to find a campground!
Posted: June 24, 2011, 2:10 p.m.
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On the Rhein Route
Posted: June 24, 2011, 10:01 a.m.
Playing lotto. Update: I didn't win.
Posted: June 24, 2011, 9:42 a.m.
Posted: June 24, 2011, 8:38 a.m.
Twenty minutes into my tour and already a problem. A bus driver yelled something at me in Swissgerman, and it took about 30s to translate what he said. I lost my bike lock, so I turned around, couldn't find it, and was happy that somebody was now a bike lock richer.
I'm meeting Kamal here who is joining me for the first day.
Posted: June 24, 2011, 8:11 a.m.
Here begins my bike tour for 2011.
Posted: June 24, 2011, 7:15 a.m.
An open ended bike tour. I will try to adhere to this motto:
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu (604 BC - 531)