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And we thought it was all downhill from the Alps

Murg to Lorrach

sunny 30 °C
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It rained a little during the night but it’s dry when we wake. Enjoy our coffee and breakfast overlooking the river.
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I need to replace the spoke I busted yesterday. I've never done it before. I ask Philip if he has ever replaced one. He hasn't but interested in how to do it, so gives me a hand. I remove the wheel and the tyre so that I can see the inside of the rim where the screw tip of the spoke needs to go through before screwing onto the new spoke we have threaded through the wheel hub. Philip is an engineer and comes up with some out of the box thinking to solve some of the logistical problems in replacing the spoke...like taping the screw tip (which is not magnetic) to the the screwdriver so we don't lose it down the inside of the rim. Success! Spoke replaced! I check which of the other spokes that are pinging which I can tighten. Half of them are rusted so I leave them alone. I don't have any more spare spokes.
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Kim has done a great job packing up while I have been busy with the bike. So we are on the road pretty quickly. Todays cycle is to Lorrach just outside Basel. Kim has found us an Airbnb within budget but it’s at the top of a hill so we have a steep climb at the end of the day!

Nice way to start with woods along the river...
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First stop after about 6km. Europe's longest covered wooden bridge. It's in the beautiful town of Bad Säckingen and connects it with the municipality of Stein in Switzerland. It's 206.5 meters long and quite picturesque. We cycle across it an back before we continue on.
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About 24km into the day we cycle through the gates of "Schloss Beuggen". Schloss meaning castle in German. We had not realised this was on our route and so its a pleasant surprise. Kim puts the video on as we cycle in and do a loop around the inside of the walls before cycling out the clock tower gate on the other side. Note the storks nest on the top!
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A couple of kilometers later we cross another hydro dam to the Swiss side. Our route on the other side turns out to be a narrow walking track with stairs. Backtrack to the German side to find another crossing. Turns out to be fortuitous. The ride to the next town along the river is up on a hill with vineyards overlooking the Rhine and the Swiss side of the town of Rheinfelden on the other side.
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Cross the river again to Rheinfelden. Another surprise for the day. It has a beautiful old town with cobbled streets, beautiful tudor buildings, stone gates and majestic clock towers. We do a loop of the old town before we stop at a supermarket for lunch which we eat in a park across the road.
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Continuing onto the Swiss side for another 10km to Augusta Raurica, site of the oldest known Roman colony on the Rhine. We cycle right up to the Roman Amphitheatre. I take some photos while Kim makes friends with a local who asks about our trip.
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Back over the river to Germany. 40km done and another 15km to go. Some easy cycling though farmland until we reach the outskirts of Basel.

10km left. Just before entering Switzerland again we stop at an Aldi for dinner supplies. Then ride though Basel until we reach Lorrach. It's a suburb on the German side. That's when the hill to our AirBnB starts. In the last 5km we go from 325m to 473m above sea level. I try to find the less steep route which takes us through some of the Black Forest. The last 200m is a grind and one section we need to get off and push.

We arrive at our AirBnB panting and dripping with sweat! Our host Bernd welcomes us and lets us park Polly and Pacman in their garage. They are of course in the top floor. Our legs just love stairs at the end of our ride - not!

Bernd offers us a cold beer and we sit and chat on his balcony overlooking the town with France and Switzerland in the distance. We spot a castle too and decide to check it out tomorrow.
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Pre-marinated pork steaks and salad for dinner. Tasty but the steaks are a little salty. We probably could do with the salt considering how much we sweated today. Eat on the balcony as we watch the sunset. Bed not long after.

Stats

Days cycled - 99
Rest days - 50
Distance cycled - 55.1km (4942.5km)
Ascent - 530m (Total 45090m)
Descent - 400m (Total 44640m)
Money Spent - $91 AUD (Total $16791 AUD)
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Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Germany

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