Posts Tagged ‘Ehningen’


A day extra before visiting friends in Meßstetten. I’m really in purple cow Milka territory now. Pine covered steep hills, and green fields. I can’t stop thinking of the alps in Switzerland. Due to a miscalculation, I find myself in a camping ground just 20km from Meßstetten. My plan of cycling a bit along the Danube before Meßstetten will be challenging.

In the forest before Tübingen

In the forest before Tübingen

The friend I am visiting in Meßstetten will only be there on Friday evening, so I have an day to kill. Emil from http://www.2radforum.de suggested I cycle along the Danube and see the beautiful caves and cliffs. Based on this, I planned to cycle along the Neckar to the source, and tomorrow, skip over the source of the Danube, and follow it to Sigmaringen. So, today: first to Tübingen (again) through the beautiful forest.

Bebenhausen

Bebenhausen

The Neckar is long, and it winds back and forth.

Path along the Neckar

Path along the Neckar

The Neckar valley is quite deep

The Neckar valley is quite deep

In Sulz I investigated possible destinations for today. I noted that there was no way I was going to reach the source of the Neckar today. I also noted there are no camping grounds after Sulz along the Neckar. So… I cut cross country, to a camping ground just 20km from Meßstetten. I’m not sure what I will do tomorrow. I need to end in Meßstetten. Any suggestions?

Oh. By the way, I passed 1000km today. Yay!

1000km mark

1000km mark


Dirk, the bringer of good weather, came from Bonn and blessed us with sun today. My ‘rest day’ was a gentle meander downhill with Dirk to Tübingen through a beautiful forest. The rain started the moment Dirk got on the train home. I hope he joins me again.. 🙂

Kloster Bebenhausen

Kloster Bebenhausen

Tomorrow my trip continues with luggage. Today was with a naked bike to the castle at Herrenberg, and then through the forest to Tübingen. I found it hard to believe that we were high enough to continue downhill all the way to Tübingen. It was wonderful, rolling through the peaceful and sunny forest. Birds were circling above, and I saw a fox bound away into the forest. We also passed a monastery just before Tübingen.

Herrenberg

Herrenberg

Dirk and me in the forest

Dirk and me in the forest

Dirk in the forest

Dirk in the forest

In the forest

In the forest

My precious at the monastery

My precious at the monastery

I’m glad that I can see one of my best friends, Cristina, before I leave Europe. She has just arrived in Ehningen after a business trip. What a good reason to have a rest day today!
Also, thanks Radwelt Ehningen for helping me out with a broken screw on my Ortlieb pannier!


The long way from A to B is best. I am not used to taking time on bike trips, and am slowly learning this new art. On the wide curves of the Neckar River are the most amazing vineyard views. And, as the day proceeded, the sun emerged, bathing them in a beautiful light.

Grapes on the Neckar

Grapes on the Neckar

The day started grey, cold and damp. Marius joined me for the first kilometres. It was great feeling his excitement about his upcoming world bike trip. I was there 6 months ago. It’s hard to wait.

Marius

Marius

But, great things are given to those that wait. In the past I would have never followed a windy river, but rather cut off the curves. These wide curves are where the wine is grown. These wide curves were the highlight of the day. The great panorama opens out before the cyclist as he slowly passes around the bends. Magic.

Vineyard on the Neckar

Vineyard on the Neckar

Vineyard on the Neckar

Vineyard on the Neckar

Me in the Neckar

Me in the Neckar

The weather was perfect in Stuttgart.

Stuttgart

Stuttgart

And the weather at Philips was great too. I’m still a Philips employee – until the end of September. Hello Philips in Böblingen. 🙂

Innovation and you

Innovation and you