Bicycle Trip to Switzerland Hans-Jürgen & Klaus-Dieter Weber 16.06.2022 - 09.07.2022



16.06.2022 Remagen
17.06.2022 Guldental
18.06.2022 Sandhausen
19.06.2022 Walldorf
20.06.2022 Kehl
21.06.2022 Lörrach
22.06.2022 Bad Säckingen
23.06.2022 Giswil
24.06.2022 Goms
25.06.2022 Saas-Grund
26.06.2022 Saas-Fee Spielboden
29.06.2022 Hohsaas + Monte Moro Pass
01.07.2022 Weissmieshütte und Saas-Fee
02.07.2022 Burgdorf
03.07.2022 Lörrach 2
04.07.2022 Bad Säckingen 2
05.07.2022 Schuttern
06.07.2022 Sandhausen 2
07.07.2022 Guldental 2
08.07.2022 Remagen 2
09.07.2022 Gelsenkirchen


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09.07.2022, 21. day, 145 / 1858 km, Gelsenkirchen

Almost everyone at the campground is still asleep as I get ready, pack up the tent and load my bike. The weather is still cool and cloudy.
I go along the Rhine River in the direction toward Bonn. I can already see the Siebengebirge mountain range in the distance.
I have breakfast in a bakery in downtown Bonn. I am happy to be out of the traffic and to continue my journey along the bank of the Rhine River. It is warm now; the sun is shining. I go over the Rhine bridge to Cologne-Deutz. The entrance is hard to find; I find myself on the northern side. But there is a large construction site here.
Only pedestrians are allowed on the left side, and only bikers on the right side. Cars are not allowed at all. I am on the wrong side, and I end up pushing my bike for 1.5km.
Here I leave the Rhine River and go toward Leverkusen, where I get delicious tea and freshly baked croissants from my niece Anna. I also get to meet my newborn grandniece who does not want to know anything about me and just sleeps. The break does me well, as I have only finished half of my journey so far.
I then pass by Langenfeld, Mettmann, and Velbert. It becomes mountainous, but I am already used to that.
I have not followed the news for three weeks now. In the meantime a law must have been passed to the effect that every resident of a nursing home must be given an e-bike. I cannot find any other explanation for the flood of older e-bikers.
I see dark clouds ahead of me. I ride along wet streets; it must have rained heavily shortly before. I end up staying completely dry though.
The area becomes more familiar, and I find myself at Lake Baldeney which I have run around many times before. I arrive at the Erzbahntrasse after passing Essen-Steele and Essen-Kray, and I am finally home.
This was yet another lovely tour with brand new experiences. I enjoyed it a lot.
The most difficult moments: Hypothermia at the Grimsel-Pass and biting houseflies on some of the steep uphill slopes in Switzerland.
The nicest moments: everything else.
I am very thankful that I was able to regain my former athletic performance level after the accident so that I was able to do a long bike tour again.
It should definitely not be the last one.
Thank you also for the many encouragements and messages on the home page. We really loved that so many people took part in our tour.

The little green tent seems to be somewhat lonesome

The Siebengebirge (Seven mountains)

Refineries at Wesseling

I approach Cologne

The "Panorama Bike Path" short before Mettmann

I pass a model airplane field

At the Baldeney barrier lake in Essen

Bike path beside the Ruhr river

Finally at home

km on the bike computer at the end of the trip