The Rhine route

The scenic bicycle route north of Chur, Switzerland.
The scenic bicycle route north of Chur, Switzerland.
The valley widens as we continue north.

The sun was out again this morning, although everything that was not protected got a thorough soaking the night before during a noisy thunderstorm.

The high mountains are over for us and we followed Swiss Cycling Route 2 alongside the Rhine while the Alps watched us on either side. The Rhine is a strange river at this point. It churns and flows swiftly, especially after the rain and as higher temperatures melt the alpine snow. It is a chalky color and looks as if it has small particles in it. We have seen no one swimming in it, only one fisherman, and no boaters. But the bike path sure is flat and the scenery is amazing.

Barely, wheat, apples, grapevines abound in the fertile Rhine valley.
Barely, wheat, apples, grapevines abound in the fertile Rhine valley.

We had the wind behind us as the cold air from the mountains rushed down and pushed us along, and we moved along faster than the flowing Rhine. We found out later that as the day gets warmer, the wind reverses direction. This, we are told, is normal and expected. And it did.

The path started off in the woods and ended up on top of the dike that keeps the Rhine from roaming across the fertile farmland.

The Rhine is a chalky, greenish-white color. We have seen no one using the river for recreation.
The Rhine is a chalky, greenish-white color. We have seen no one using the river for recreation.

We diverted through a village here and there. At Lichtenstein we could not resist a visit to another country, the only one that lies completely within the Alps, and the first or second most prosperous in Europe, depending on your source.

Entering Lichtenstein.
Entering Lichtenstein.
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Lichtenstein.
Leaving Lichtenstein.
Leaving Lichtenstein.

Lichtenstein is a principality (to this day) that was created back in the early 1700’s. The Royal family of Lichtenstein would not visit their principality for over 100 years. They would still reside permanently in Vienna until moving to Lichtenstein as World War Two began.

One reason Lichtenstein is so rich because if you want your passport stamped, you must go to the tourist center and pay them 3 euros.

Our lodging for the night is at another “warm shower” host, the Rothis, Austria home of Christof and Elizabeth. They have graciously cooked us dinner and served us some of there home made wine.

We are having a wonderful time interacting with our Warm Shower hosts.  Christof and Elizabeth have a beautiful house up a small hill. the entire small yard has been turned over to a jungle of fruit trees, grape vines, and vegetables. They have a small pond that is fed by a mountain spring and we took a quick dip in it before dinner. Over dinner we talked about Austria and Europe,  and our families.

Christof and Elizabeth, Rothes, Austria.
Christof and Elizabeth, Rothes, Austria.
Tom and Christof enjoy an invigorating dip in the spring-fed pool.
Tom and Christof enjoy an invigorating dip in the spring-fed pool.
Christof served us much home-made foods, including his red wine.
Christof served us much home-made foods, including his red wine.
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6 thoughts on “The Rhine route”

  1. Warm Showers is an organization that can be found easily on line. Tom and Ginny have been warm shower hosts for years. Living at the crossroads of two map cycling trails in Missoula, they have hosted hundreds of cyclists.

    1. On an unrelated topic, I just narrated a video of the twin’s pre-school graduation. (I was the only relative who could make it today.)

      I’m not sure if I was horrified or delighted to see that I completely sound and look like you in the video. Emma cracked up when she saw it.

      What, are we related?

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