With Joanne’s pannier bag now fixed by Daniel, we munched some breakfast – with laugenstange and seele!! – and then set off promptly as we had a long day in the heat ahead of us! Navigation was relatively easy, since Joanne already knew the first part of the route up to Neuenburg.
Afterwards, there were a couple of complications trying to find the actual cycle path we were aiming for, but one very helpful French guy gave us directions and a German guy actually chaffeured us to the cycle path,which runs for about 50k parallel with the Alt-Rhein. We were in the direct sun for all of this, but had no complaints as once we got to Breisach we found a supermarket and devoured an entire tub of lemon cremissimo icecream!!
We then had to cross the river back into France, which involved being stared at by 3 gendarmes, and then navigate our way to the little canal de Maur du Rhin. This canal leads straight up to Strasbourg in a VERY straight line for 58km, and the towpath has been converted into a fantastic piste cyclable. It would probably have been a bit dull if we were going slowly, but it was the end of the day and we were speeding along happily.
We arrived in Strasbourg at 7pm and made our way through the centre to la Place de Broglie, where we are staying with some friends of Joanne’s family in a 18th apartment. They fed us well on the rooftop terrace, and we have an entire suite to ourselves on the top floor!
Today we have a half rest day and have been enjoying a short wander around Strasbourg before getting some lunch and heading off to a youth hostel in Saverne via more canal paths!
The morning heat is already strong so it might be good that we have got a short stage planned today!
Moving time: 6hrs 51 minutes
Average speed: 21km/h
Altitude gain: 116m