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Dübendorf to Öhningen Lake Bodensee Germany

all seasons in one day 22 °C
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Our room was cool enough with the fan on all night. There was also a bit of rain overnight so I think that cooled things down a bit. With climate change Aircon may well be needed in Switzerland soon! It's still overcast and the air is heavy.

Breakfast is included in their cafe. We make the most of it. Coffees, cereal, breads, eggs, hams, cheeses, fruit and pastries. Yumo! Europeans aren't big breakfast eaters. Most guests have only a coffee and maybe a pastry. We buck the trend, this morning we settle in for 3 or 4 courses. Pretty sure we will burn it off in no time.

Check out is 10am, so we have time after breakfast to go Unicorn spotting. After a little research we discovered that Unicorns appears on the towns coat of arms and flag. Every town in Switzerland has a town beautification committee. For the committee's 100th anniversary they asked local businesses to decorate blank Unicorns and place them about the town. Here are a few more we spotted... there are apparently more than 30.

Leave just before 11am after spending nearly an hour in the hotel car park finalising our route and chatting to other guests mostly from Holland who wanted to find out about our trip after seeing Polly and Pacman.

Follow the river though forest around Winterthur. There is a castle on the hill which I was hoping to catch a glimpse of, but the trees were in the way. As with most castles it is at the top of a steep hill. Our legs are not up to it so we we leave it for another trip. It's really enjoyable riding.

Out of the forest and into farmland, riding on country lanes and villages. Stop for lunch on a park bench overlooking fields of corn. Then one cute village after another down to the Thur river. Solid hill climb from the river. We stop at a drinking fountain part way up the hill for a rest and to top up our water.
Not sure where this was but I'm caught in the act of toilet spotting. An important game on the road.
Once at the top it's 10km of mostly gradual downhill to the Rhine. Cross the river to the village of Stein on Rhein one of Switzerland's best preserved villages. All the houses are painted and picture perfect on the cobble streets. large_1693919160153.jpglarge_1693919123815.jpglarge_1693919219964.jpglarge_1692968339888.jpglarge_20230825_150045.jpglarge_20230825_150147.jpglarge_20230825_150322.jpglarge_20230825_150003.jpg
2km along the Rhine and we are in Germany, our 13th country. Even though we are now in Germany our cycling over the next week will see us back and forth into Switzerland. That’s pretty cool!

Another 5km and we are at our campground in the village of Wangen. The campground is right on Lake Bodensee. Perfect.

After setting up the tent we head to the campground bar for German beer, and dinner - a meat filled pitta for me and spaghetti for Kim.
Tired... we crash not long after 7pm.


Days cycled - 96
Rest days - 47
Distance cycled - 57.8km (4783.8km)
Ascent - 730m(Total 43700m)
Descent - 760m (Total 43260m)
Money Spent - $109 AUD (Total $15930 AUD)

Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Germany

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