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A bike trip from Feldkirch via Zürich (where I visited a friend and ex-co-worker at google and attended a Swiss Perl Monger meetup) and, along the Rhein, to Basel and Strasbourg, for the French Perl Workshop and some Act hacking. I covered 5 countries (AT, FL, CH, DE, FR) in 4 days, starting each day in one country and ending it in another (without a single passport check or, in fact, any indication of crossing a border; EU++)

The route back went up through Schwarzwald (with a big emphasis on up) to the source of the Danube (so I can claim to have seen both ends) and then along the Danube up to Ulm.

Scroll down (to after the map) for the per-day reports!

Here are the routes I planned: Feldkirch to Strasbourg" and Strasbourg to Danube (Linz was never a realistic goal...)

And here's what I rode, according to my ancient Garmin (with a few gaps, when it crashed...):

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16.06.2019: Day 1: Feldkirch (AT) to Schaan (FL)
17.06.2019: Day 2: Schaan (FL) to Zürich (CH)
18.06.2019: Day 3: Zürich (CH) via Basel to Bad Bellingen (DE)
19.06.2019: Day 4: Bad Bellingen (DE) to Strasbourg (FR)
23.06.2019: Day 5 - 7: Strasbourg
23.06.2019: Day 8: Strasbourg to Zimmern

Today I put the lower 7 gears of my rohloff to good use! The first ~50km where going very slightly uphill, but the next 30km not so slightly... I even had to get off an push the bike for 100m, because the path was just too steep.

My reward was to see the source of the Danube river (technically called Breg), and the actual start of the Danube (where Breg and Brigach join). Oh, and I made more than 60km/h on a stretch of proper road :-)

I decided to not stay in Donaueschingen (where I arrived at ~17:00), because it seemd rather touristy. Unfortunantley, this resulted in an additional ~30km (with headwind!) because the next few villages did not have any accommodation at all, or where fully booked. In the end I endend up in the aptly named small village Zimmern ("rooms"), where I found a basic and cheap B&B, and a restaurant with Wifi.

I forgot to take my Garmin to the restaurant, so GPX etc will be posted later. But my bike-computer says I cycled 155.2km in 8h 57m, with an average speed of 17.3km/h. I started in Strasbourg at 8:30, and arrived in Zimmern at 19:30.

Update: Here's the GPX (which records lower distance because I cleaned it up a bit and removed some detours..)

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Cycle Route 5043323 - via Bikemap.net

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24.06.2019: Day 9: Zimmern to Rottenacker
25.06.2019: Day 10: Rottenacker to Ulm
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