I slept crap, again! Quite annoying waking 4 times a night whilst my body still has not adjusted.
Packing took a while as Tony needed to rig an alternative fastening system for one of our rear luggage bags, as the correct straps were left at home. A series of cable ties did the trick.
Bidding Ben farewell we descended into Stein and crossed the Rhine into Germany.
It was a nice river path, with a variety of surfaces. The water was calm and peaceful.
We had decided to deviate from Germany and head back to Switzerland to a town we’d visited before en route London to Venice. Rheinfelden is a town in both countries, with a bridge joining.
The village was just waking up but we found a cafe to sit and have a coffee in the street below.
We had only done 20 km of what was to be a longer day so we needed to keep moving.
Back on a river track we had about 15 km to do to reach the outskirts of Basel. We rode through a series of buildings owned by Roche, which is where Ben works.
This stolen photo shows their twin towers. it was too hard to get a decent photo with this particular angle.
We rode over the walkway connecting Switzerland to France at Port Louis and headed to Huningue and followed the canal, on and on and on.
The next canal was the south branch of the Rhone and Rhine canal, followed by L’Allan. One waterway seemed to become another seamlessly
Following canals can get a bit tedious. There are a variety of surfaces to contend with, plus more locks than I could count. There are also no shops meaning a lack of food options.
As we closed in around Mulhouse we departed the track to search for food, and lo and behold Paul’s boulangerie magically appeared. The food was horrid, just horrid…🤩🤪 No photos were taken as we were starving.
The building below was one of the few close to the waterways. This is a relatively modern building by European standards having been constructed in 1869. it is a seminary.
One final peaceful waterway pic.
We were pleased to arrive in Montbeliard as we were weary having ridden 139 km and adjusting to riding with the extra weight of our luggage.
Whilst it was relatively flat, we had had issues in a few busy city centres with road works, and needed to re navigate quite a few times
We were both pretty thirsty and hungry too. We had run out of water about 20 km short of our destination, so veered off the track and headed into a village. No shops. The school gates were locked but I could hear voices. I saw a lady outside her house so approached her and she kindly filled up our bidons.
We have showered and wandered around the town. Surprisingly most food places are closed tonight so made do with some basic food.
Breakfast in the hotel is at 6.30 am. We will be there promptly and will devour heaps.
The Chateau de Montbeliard is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the town. There has been a fortress on this site since Gallo-Roman times.
In the 1300s the castle was privately owned until 1793 when it became part of Revolutionary France. It has since been transformed into a history museum.
Todays route is below. A three country day with 5 border crossings.
The bike survived its first full day. The Trek Checkpoint SL7 certainly handles the gravel and uneven surfaces well. it is slower on bitumen for sure, but you would expect that given the tyre size.
I am getting used to the gear change differences. Multiple times I tapped the right shifter to only make it harder lol. Etap uses shifters on both sides. I will get there.
I am hoping I get a decent sleep tonight and my tweaky back improves.
Ooroo and smile on 😊