Bamboozled in Basel

Shorter blog today as I spent a good chunk of it catching up with two special friends that I first met back in 1985 in the Maldives.

I travelled by train up to Basel and just literally rode around looking for the Cathedral…as then I would have my bearings. The Bahnhof is set well back from the Rhine River.

In the process I found a sign that said France. So I followed the signs.

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Border area ahead, totally unmanned. Anyone can cruise into France today.

So here is France, a nice little park with signs pointing to towns and villages in three countries.

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When I had enough of France, thought I would be bold and dash over to Germany for a while…over this bridge.

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Bridge over the River Rhine joining France and Germany,

I did not hang around Germany long as I needed to be back in Switzerland, at Sissach around 2 pm (ish).

Basel is very attractive from the river.

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I did toy with the idea of riding to Rheinfelden and doing a loop back to Sissach, but….Basel was inundated with a large women’s running event. police had blocked off lots of intersections ( all the ones that happened to say Rheinfelden).

I also got to have a chat with a Swiss policeman (making a habit of this these days). This one told me in German that I could not ride my bike, even at about the 10 kmh I was doing…I needed to walk….

Time was getting short and when I stumbled on another section of the course I thought, stuff it….head to the Bahnhof.

That too was not technically easy. I found a Swiss Information shop,  opened the door, wheeled the bike in only to be told by a young whipper snippet that I needed to leave my bike outside. I asked could I just grab a map and go, but no…I could not have a map unless I left my bike outside, in a busy street, unattended.

Being astute, I figured he was not a bike rider!

I left without a map.  I found a McDonalds and tried to hook into their free wifi, but nope this store did not had free wifi ( what is going on McDonalds!?) but a Museum did. I figured out where I was, and where I needed to go.

Basel beat me today!!

Final views of Basel, near where I was lost…

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On another train to Sissach. Checked the village out.

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Found Ralph and Sandra’s home, remembering this from my last visit ( it is their neighbours).

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I had a lovely afternoon and evening with Ralph and Sandra. It is ‘only’ 20 months since my last visit, and I have promised to visit again…with a son living in Basel that is a promise I hope to keep, along with the same promise to Mirek and Sarka.

It is so neat having friends in Europe you can visit, experiencing different cultures and their local beauty.

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Here is a map of my three country visit.

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Another day is done. Farewell!

 

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One thought on “Bamboozled in Basel

  1. Were there vary many large women in the running race??!!
    Is photo 11 a picture of you after your were nobbled on the cobbles the other day??!!
    Three countries on 1 ride…. next thing you will be doing around the world in 80 days!!

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