We all slept badly last night so we were struggling in the morning. A window had been left open which meant that 20 mosquitoes (yes I counted) bothered us all night. I was lacking energy and aching after yesterday’s climb. We slowly organised the van and got ready for today’s trip.
It was Dad’s turn to join me. He was excited by our trip because we were stopping off at the Rhine falls, which are Germany and Switzerland’s version of Niagara (we shall see). We set off on a quiet road through some woods and every now and again we’d catch glimpses of the Rhine through the trees. My legs felt heavy and I struggled along at a modest pace. These first parts of the ride to the waterfalls certainly were a challenge.
We met Tim at the Rhine falls after cycling 19km. We queued up for a ticket and then made our way to the viewing areas. The views of the falls were spectacular. The sheer power took us by surprise. I wouldn’t want to kayak down them! It was very busy as well so getting a good photo wasn’t always easy. Luckily we have Tim and his super- duper camera. Check out some of the snaps below.
After our tourist pit stop it was time to get back on the road. We crossed into Germany and made our way along the Rhine. The next few miles were on a main road so it wasn’t very enjoyable. I had a bit more energy but was still struggling. To make things worse I nearly fell off my bike but thanks to my amazing powers of balance, I stayed upright. My tyre slipped as I tried to get onto the bike lane causing me to lose balance. Oh well, these things are to be expected once in a while.
The route then took us along some excellent bike lanes through some impressive scenery (quelle surprise?). Dad seemed to be full of beans (not coffee although it was “a three coffee morning” because of his lack of sleep) and revelled in the pleasant countryside.
We arrived at the campsite after cycling 40km in two hours. I was relieved to have finished looking forward to relaxing. The campsite had a great little pool that was perfect for post- ride dip. Hopefully I’ll get a good night’s kip this evening and feel fresh for my ride to Konstanz tomorrow!