Monday, August 6, 2012
I set off after lunch, preferring to make up my own route rather than following the designated Eurovelo 15 and headed over the Rhine to Kehl in Germany.
What I saw of Kehl was purely industrial, but I soon picked up a cycle route right alongside the Rhine, and started racing with a cargo barge a few hundred metres ahead. It took me over an hour to catch up and overtake, after which I headed ‘inland’ to a nearby town for my ice-cream stop.
The ice-cream stop is now a sacrosanct part of every day, and it was the main reason I decided to travel on the German side – everywhere in rural France is shut as I found out yesterday.
I’d been riding for over 2 hours and had already covered 50km for the distance to Karlsruhe. The final 30km was entirely ‘inland’ as I tracked (but manged to stay off) the highway headed north.
Karlsruhe is one of those places I instantly liked, it’s quite a big city (hard to tell when cycling around, but maybe the same size as Sheffield?) and has lots of bars and cafes. It just seemed to have a good atmosphere.
I finished the day with a grosse bier and schnitzel on one of the main squares before getting an early night ready to put in some more km’s tomorrow.
Time, 5hrs (4hrs 30mins ride time)
Total distance so far, 767kms
I needed an easy day and the hotel in Karlsruhe was one of the nicest of the trip.
Just €80 for a huge room in the 4-star Novotel and I spent the evening eating huge chicken schnitzels and large beers before getting a great nights sleep.