What do you do after an epic bike tour? You get back in your bike of course, even for a shorter 48 km or so.
Itchy feet, waiting for the rain to ease and we went off on an exploratory ride to check out both sides of the Rhine and its villages.
Bad Sackingen was coming to life. A market was setting up, looking like lots of fresh produce.
Adjacent to the river is Gallasturm dating from 1343.
The river looks calm as the clouds start to lift.
We call this guy Lewis, after a character in Suits.
Laufenburg was our first bigger village, and we were on the German side at this point. On the other side of the bridge lies Laufenburg Switzerland.
The same name is not by accident as the two were the one town. In the early 19th century, Napoleon divided the town, with a bridge linking the two.
Below is our picture and following is one from 1896. Much remains the same.
We continued riding along the German side of the Rhine
We crossed over onto a largish island in the middle of the Rhine that you can see on our route map below. The trail is all dirt and our bikes are now filthy. We have mud up along our bottoms as it flicks up off the rear wheel.
Lots of fish in the Rhine including a very large 3 metre variety.
Leaving the island and returning to Switzerland we enter the Swiss Laufenburg and find a place to grab a coffee and some breakfast. Lovely spot and we hope to sneak a return visit in on Monday, the same day we fly out to Australia late in the evening.
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