The plan is to follow the Rhine round Switzerland. I’ll be heading east instead of south through the country because I’m hoping to avoid lots of big mountains and stick to the flat. That hasn’t been the case so far in Switzerland though!
Tim joined me for his first taste of Bath to Rome cycle action. He was in good spirits and excited to get on the bike. The sun was out in force so we were in a buoyant mood. Tim put on his fancy one piece cycling shorts/vest thing for today’s ride although I feel he should stick to the normal shorts haha. We left our lovely campsite and set off heading east.
My lower back was feeling a bit tight but my legs and hip felt pretty good considering yesterday’s hill! Hopefully the back will improve once I’m warmed up! We followed Eurovelo cycle route 6 for most of our trip. It started off on main roads next to the Rhine but we soon found ourselves on quiet bike lanes. As always, the scenery was amazing. Tim loved it and enjoyed his first spin on the bike. He struggled (made excuses) at first about riding a road bike but he soon got the hang of it. I think Brandi was better than him even though she’s only cycled a few times in her life.
As we closed in our destination, Dad sent me a warning message of a small hill near the campsite. No bother we thought. We turned off the main road and started climbing a steep-ish road. Two ladies in their garden started laughing as we passed them. They seemed quite amazed that anybody would cycle up this way. The road soon turned into a gravel track and it got steeper and steeper. Tim had to get off and start pushing (he actually carried the bike on his back I later learned) but I carried on. The back tyre wouldn’t grip on the surface but I kept at it and eventually made it to the top. I was rewarded with an awesome view of rolling hills and greenery! That was the toughest few minutes of riding on the whole trip and my heart was beating rapidly. We started to make our way downhill again and found our campsite. Thanks Google maps for sending us on that route. There was another road we could have taken that was gentler!
Anyway, the campsite is fantastic (best toilet block ever!) and the views from our patch stunning.
A big day for me as I’ve hit the 1000 mile mark! I’m so pleased to get to the halfway point but there is still lots more cycling to come! Woop Woop!