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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


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