Bicycle touring south through Germany
This post marks the end of cycling the Danube and the short hop south into Switzerland to make the transition onto our next great European river: the Rhine!
The most exciting part of the last leg of the Danube was the Danube Gorge. The river enters a narrow, wooded gorge and meanders past huge cliffs.
As the evening drew near Thomas wanted to once again camp under a bridge but I drew the line at camping below a train track, insisting it will be too noisy. In any case, the weather cleared and we found a nice spot where the field bordered on the river.
I awoke in the morning to a heavy dew glistening over the grass and beading along the freshly placed spider webs.
We crossed over a rickety bridge that reminded me of the cycle tour last year, around the wilderness of the Baltic Sea.
We finished the Donauweg in Baden-Württemberg, the route from source to the Black Sea is roughly 1800 miles, we did it in 36 days, so only about 50 miles a day. But that doesn’t factor in deciding to cycle through the Carpathians in Romania instead of following the river.
From the end of Donauweg, we headed directly southwards towards Switzerland. The homeward stretch was in sight and both of us were feeling positive. That is until we started thinking that the homeward stretch was actually another 1000 miles through a bit of Switzerland and then from the eastern border of France to the west coast.
Once we started getting closer to Switzerland, we found ourselves cycling up and over rolling hills. The tranquility of this area was amazing.
For our last night in Germany we cycled up a dirt track through plowed fields and camped on top of the hill overlooking the small town of Behla. The sunset in the evening was beautiful, and then we woke up in the morning to find Behla shrouded in mist with our hill standing clear.
I asked Thomas to remove himself from my photo so he crouched down and hid in the tent… I then pointed out that it didn’t have the outer on!
The next stage of the tour is finding Rheinfall (shouldn’t be hard) and then following the Rhine for a short distance to French/Swiss/German border!
The cycle tour so far:
Romania – Departure and the Danube Delta
Romania – Cycling through Transylvania
Romania – Up and over the Transalpina in Romania
Serbia – Through the Iron Gates
Croatia – Eurovelo 6 in Croatia
Hungary and Slovakia – Hungry in Hungary
Austria – Bicycle touring through Austria
Germany – Cycling the Danube in Germany
Germany – Bicycle touring south through Germany