Tour is now finished!
Reports from each day’s ride
Day 1: Great Bromley to Düsseldorf
Day 2: Düsseldorf to Konstanz by train
Day 3: Konstanz to Meersburg
Day 4: Meersburg to Höchst (mostly by boat)
Day 5: Höchst to Stein am Rhein (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Switzerland)
Day 6: Stein am Rhein to Waldshut-Tiengen, via Koblenz
Day 7: Waldshut-Tiengen to Weil am Rhein, via Basel
Day 8: Weil am Rhein to Breisach, via France
Day 9: Breisach to Kehl am Rhein (Strasbourg)
Day 10: Kehl am Rhein to Karlsruhe
Day 11: Karlsruhe to Speyer
Day 12: Speyer to Worms
Day 13: Worms to Walluf
Day 14: Walluf to Koblenz – I made it!!!!
Day 15: Koblenz to Köln
Day 16: Köln to Kempen
Day 17: Kempen to Venlo, Den Haag to Hoek van Holland and then Harwich to Great Bromley.
I enjoyed my Berlin to London trip so much last year that I decided to do another long cycle tour on my own this year and thought that it would be rather nice to visit Bodensee (Lake Constance).
This very quickly developed into a plan to cycle round Bodensee then follow the Rhine northwards, at least as far as Koblenz and possibly further (maybe up to Holland), depending on time/weather.
Bodensee borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the Rhine journey also passes alongside France so I should get to visit a fair number of countries en route.
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It’s very difficult to work out where I will be staying and when. The joy of cycle touring without a fixed end date is that you can go as far as you want each day, have a rest day if desired, even go on an excursion off the official route.
However, experience tells me that I tend to like to ride 45-70 miles per day, sticking with the general route direction (although occasionally detouring if the cycle path is bad or particularly wiggly). With this in mind I have worked out the following vague schedule.
You’ll see from this that I have given myself the option to cycle the entire way along the Rhine to Hoek van Holland but I think it extremely unlikely that I’ll do this; if I continue on past Koblenz then it’ll probably only be as far as Köln (Cologne) or possibly up to Krefeld/Kempen.
Over my previous several cycle tours I have worked out the best way to plan for my hotels/B&Bs. What I tend to do is book one day ahead, so each evening I book my hotel/B&B for the next night. I’m likely to know the weather forecast and how tired I am feeling and can estimate how far I’m likely to want to cycle. I use the booking.com app for my iPad which gives me all the important information (i.e. whether or not the hotel has WiFi!). I set a waypoint for the hotel on my bike SatNav once I’ve booked it and I can be pretty confident of being able to find it.
I have booked my hotel in Düsseldorf (the CVJM – like the British YMCA) which is 100 metres from the railway station and had a decent spot for me to leave Alfie when I cycled from Berlin to London last year. I have also booked a hotel in Konstanz but after that it’s all unplanned – I will enjoy exploring a new part of Germany and making the most of cycling on wonderful paths. Everyone says the route around Bodensee is wonderful so I may take it a bit slower than normal to get a full chance to experience it.
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I’m really looking forward to this tour and am already thinking about the wonderful selection of cakes I will be able to consume!
Where am I now?
I’m cycling from the bottom of the map northwards!