Posts Tagged ‘Konstanz’


Four countries, mist, then bright warm sun. And a tail wind surrounded by spectacular mountains. Ah! The alps!
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Last night I discovered it was a longer ride to my warm showers host in Chur than I thought. Early to bed and early to rise. Healthy, wealthy and wise? Well, healthy, and very very happy!

Today saw me cycle through 4 countries.
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The Bodensee was misty and was mostly one long settlement. It was flat and meant that fast cycling was called for.
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When I left the Bodensee, the sun came out, a wind started blowing in my back, and the mountains rolled past me.
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Did you know they grow grapes in Switzerland?
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And some more nice views..
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I was fascinated by Lichtenstein. How did such a small country become established? Cycling past and through it is interesting. You see the natural borders which gave rise to the country. The Rhein River, and a rocky cliff face that goes all the way to the river. The high mountains at the back make an unpassable barrier.

Thanks Suzanne for letting me stay over in Chur. She has travelled everywhere – always doing adventurous things. When looking at my route through the alps – ah – that is beautiful. And that. And that. Her stories and passion for her country make me all the more excited. Maybe we will meet sonewhere. In Georgia? In Armenia? In Iran?
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Goodbye Inge, Stefan, Jan and Jonas in Meßstetten. It was great to see you again. The mist in the Schwäbischen Alb dissolved as Stefan and I rolled downhill to the Danube valley, and further across green fields and forests, following little streams on their way down to the Bodensee at Konstanz. A beautiful sunny cycling day!

Stefan in the Schwäbischen Alb

Stefan in the Schwäbischen Alb

The bike paths in the hills are beautiful. They cross the rivers from one side of the valley to the other. They follow streams, rail lines, and sometimes the main roads – but more often than not they are away from everything, leaving the cyclist to enjoy the nature of an imposing valley, an open rolling field, or a cool shady forest. It is not all easy riding. Even following streams down, there are regular climbs as the path crosses the valley from left to right.

Cycling along a beautiful stream

Cycling along a beautiful stream

A rolling field

A rolling field

On the Bodensee it is flat, and the cycling masses are present. The at one with nature feeling is gone, but, it is pleasant cycling without any major hills, and the Bodensee is pretty. We also passed some nice sunflower fields.

Bodensee

Bodensee

Sunflower fields

Sunflower fields

Thanks, Stefan, for accompanying me. We bade farewell at the market square in Konstanz. Tomorrow I continue alone.

Farewell to Stefan in Konstanz

Farewell to Stefan in Konstanz