35 miles and a train ride

We pretended we were college students last night and got a late start this morning because of it. It was sunny again this morning although Mr. Thunderstorm would pay us a visit.

Genuine Tudor framed buildings abound in the villages.
Genuine Tudor framed buildings abound in the villages.

We relaxed and rode gently back into Switzerland and along the Rhine that was now flowing west. The river opened up into another, smaller lake and then became a river again at Stein am Rheim, one of the most beautiful and charming medieval cities we have seen.

A building in Stein am Rhein center.
A building in Stein am Rhein center.
imageA Stein am Rhein side street.
A Stein am Rhein side street.
Look closely and you will see the coolest setting for a bike shop.
Look closely and you will see the coolest setting for a bike shop.
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Friends enjoying the river front in Stein am Rhein.
Bike shop employee.
Bike shop employee.

We almost cycled right past it as it was across the bridge from the bike path, although still in Switzerland (the Swiss/German border varies slightly here and there along the Rhine). My rear wheel felt wobbly and sure enough I had broken a spoke. Volker had taught me how to locate a bike shop under “automotive repairs” using my Garmin and we found one less than a kilometer away in Stein am Rhein.

While the wheel was repaired, we sat on a bench looking out over the river and the ducks watched at our feet for any offerings. A thunderstorm rolled in and the merchants raced to bring in their goods and button down the umbrellas. We waited 15 minutes and thus avoided a major soaking.

Watching the lightning in Stein am Rhein.
Watching the lightning in Stein am Rhein.
On the path to Schaffhausen.
On the path to Schaffhausen.
Double checking the bike path signs.
Double checking the bike path signs.
There are a lot of signed bike routes in Switzerland.
There are a lot of signed bike routes in Switzerland.

In Schaffhausen, after waiting in the bus ticket line, and one incorrect train ticket line, we purchased a ride for us and our bikes to Bad Sackingen (which none of us has ever pronounced correctly). The train door was beeping at us as we threw our luggage and bikes into the designated car. The reverse occurred when we exited the train and I am sure the locals were amused.

This train did not have a car dedicated solely for bike storage and it got a little crowded.
This train did not have a car dedicated solely for bike storage and it got a little crowded.
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One thought on “35 miles and a train ride”

  1. Great pix of bike shop. Clicked on to zoom in and wondered how long all the cool sun glasses would last outside in Hartford. Ride carful..Ray

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