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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
24.06.2019: Day 9: Zimmern to Rottenacker

Today I was happy that I did pack my bike pump and emergency kit!

Shortly after leaving Zimmern (after a basic breakfast, but still good value for 30€ for the B&B), my front tire went flat. So I unpacked the bike, flipped it around, removed the front wheel, removed the tube, and easily found the puncture, which most likely wasn't a puncture at all. About a kilometer earlier I had to do a very sharp break (because I was checking the Garmin and not paying attention to the path, and thus nearly crashed into a signpost..), and I guess this sharp break caused some shearing between the inner tube and the rim, which lead to the flat tire.

After 20min "break" I was back on track, and soon entered a rather nice landscape, where the Danube breaks through some limetone, which results in a lot of bends, nice cliffs (with impressive castles on top) and some detours up and down some hills.

Unfortunantley this was followed by some rather bland landscape and semi-strong headwinds, for some not too joyfull cycling (I plugged in the headphones to keep my mood up). And it was rather hot, but nearly impossible to find a nice spot to swim in the Danube. At ~15:30 I found a place (probably not a legal one..) and I did some very refreshing swimming in the Danube.

The rest of the day was again rather uneventfull (though it could have been flatter and less windy), and I enden up in a village called Rottenacker. As the only pub is closed on Monday, I had to cycle back 3km to a cluster of supermarktes, and bought dinner at Edeka (and then had to cycle the 3km again, uphill,,,)

The bike computer says 142.74km, 18.8km/h average speed, 52.2km/h max speed and 7h 34m ride time; Garmin adds 549m total ascent.

Tomorrow I will probably only ride to Ulm, declare an end to the bike trip and take the train home. Hm, but Günzburg is right after Ulm, and has a Legoland...

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25.06.2019: Day 10: Rottenacker to Ulm
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