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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


Wow, wow, wow! Amazing weather along one of the most beautiful routes I have ever cycled. The Danube between Tuttlingen and Sigmaringen is incredible. And then, the route up from Sigmaringen to Albstadt and Meßstetten – cycling through my own personal wooded valley in the evening light. It was hard work, though! 🙂

The Danube

The Danube

Thanks Emil from 2radforum.de for the tip. The Donau is one of the hidden pearls of Germany. From Tuttlingen the river winds its way through a narrow valley with amazing cliff faces flanking each side. The bike path runs along the valley away from the road and train, through the sun and shady woods. Around each curve a new vista opens out. In several places there were castles perched on the top of a cliff overlooking the valley.

The morning mist on the way to Tuttlingen

The morning mist on the way to Tuttlingen

The Danube valley

The Danube valley

Castle perched on a hill

Castle perched on a hill

Castle perched on a cliff face

Castle perched on a cliff face

After leaving the Danube at Sigmaringen, I climbed and climbed and climbed to Meßstetten. The valley I cycled up was amazing, lit with the soft evening light.

Climbing to Albstadt

Climbing to Albstadt

I arrived in the dark. It was a bigger climb than I had anticipated. Hello Inge! It´s been 15 years!

Me and Inge

Me and Inge