Southern Black Forest Cycle Route 2020
From Bülach along the Rhine on the German side to just after Bad Säckingen
Today on September 19, 2020 I set out for the Southern Black Forest Cycle Path. In the morning I packed my touring bike and set off. The way first led me along the Glatt to the Rhine. Then I switched to the German side at the Eglisau / Glattfelden Rhine power station. From then on it was a leisurely ride along the Rhine. The weather was lovely.
In the evening, shortly after Bad Säckingen, I wanted to go to the Schwörstatd campsite. Before that, I had just lost my way. When I got there, the navigation system showed me a path that was blocked. So continue along the street and look for the entrance. Even after trying several times, I found no reference to the campsite. Is it closed because of the Carona pandemic, or worse? I dont know. So I started looking for a suitable place to sleep. I found it behind a corn field on the Rhine. Yes, wild camping is also prohibited in Switzerland, i.e. with a tent. After I had set up the tent, a car actually came along the dirt road (further ahead there was a kind of allotment garden settlement). Confused, I waited a little. Never mind. I stayed there and made myself comfortable ...
From Bad Säckingen along the Rhine to Basel, direction Müllheim to Sulzburg.
Had slept well so far. It was still tomorrow morning, around 6:30 a.m. My destination today was near Freiburg in Breisgau. I didn't know where exactly. so I packed up my things, had a little breakfast and then drove off towards Basel.
Shortly before Basel, the signage was pretty bad. But somehow I fought my way through. When I drove into Basel from Germany, the bike paths turned out to be bad. It was nice to drive along the Rhine. Last year I went to Basel on the French side of the Rhine. This time I wanted to drive on the German side. A lot of things seemed familiar to me from last year.
I stopped at a restaurant. It was weird when you had to wear a mask to order. Yes, a lot was different this year. Then I drove on and along the Rhine. At some point I stopped at a table and made myself comfortable to eat.
At the height of Müllheim Germany I looked up and decided to turn right soon. I decided on the Sulzbachtal campsite in Sulzburg. Shortly before that, we had to push something. Yes, my fitness has dropped a little. But that wasn't a problem for me, you can also move forward with pushing.
When I arrived at the campsite, I reported to reception, again wearing a mask, of course. It was a little strange. After waiting a bit, I was welcomed in a friendly manner. The gentleman at the front desk looked and then showed me the place. The neighbors motorhome campers were friendly. So I set up the tent and then made myself comfortable ...
From Sulzburg to Freiburg im Breisgau, Kirchzarten to Oberried
Got up well in the morning. The place was still sleepy, I only saw people one by one. I quietly packed up my tent, stowed everything in my pockets and loaded my bike. Then to the toilet, etc. also fill bottles with water. Had to go back again, forgot mask, grrrr.
Then I drove off. It was another sunny day. I made good progress and the route up to Freiburg was pretty flat. After I arrived in Freiburg and drove through the city, the bike rose slightly upwards, still pleasant to ride. Slowly the mountains got to see. However, no major increase was planned for today.
When I arrived in Kirchzarten, I thought about whether I should go to the campsite or the risk in Oberried at the campsite. On Google it showed me that it was only for campers, not for tents. But on the homepage there were tents. Ok, so to Oberried, I can go back again. When I arrived in Oberried, the road was about 300m steep upwards. Once at the top, I was out of breath. Then I realized that I was still too early, the place didn't open again until 3 p.m. So wait Then finally I could register, pay and the friendly gentleman showed me my place on the map. Nevertheless, I still had to search a little and asked a couple of campers. We talked a little more.
So put up a tent. Then I ate tarte flambée in the in-house restaurant and then let the day end comfortably ...
From Oberried over the Rinkenpass, Kirchzarten to Lenzkirch
Today one of the most beautiful pass routes was on my program that had it all. I had to climb 890 meters in altitude. Therefore, pushing was the order of the day, as the road led up steeply. At the top of the pass between Rinkel and Feldberg the view was wonderful. Once at the top, I cooked a little something first. The ascent was quite strenuous, but still worthwhile. Then came the mountain descent, which my brakes challenged for a while.
When I arrived in Kirchzarten, it was no longer so beautiful, although the sun was shining wonderfully. But the place was completely overcrowded with tourists despite Corona, so I drove through as quickly as possible. Then came nature again, which was a pleasure.
The signs for bicycles sometimes left a lot to be desired. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the day extensively. Later in the afternoon I arrived at the Kreuzhof campsite in Lenzkirch. I was welcomed nicely and after paying I was shown the place. So I pitched my tent and then went to take a shower. For the next day, the weather wasn't so warm anymore.
From Lenzkirch to Stühlingen, Eggingen, Hallau CH, Jestetten D, Rafz CH
The night was restless. I slept badly. That was because it was freezing cold during the night and I had a sleeping bag that was much too thin. Despite the onion principle, I was frozen the whole time. So it wasn't surprising that I was up early either. Outside it was slightly hazy and damp. My tent was soaking wet. Drying off the outer tent didn't help much because it got wet again. So wrap up wet. My bones were stiff, I was tired. When I had finally packed everything, I drove off. There was hardly anyone to be seen in the square.
The day was sunny again and gradually I warmed up. The tiredness also vanished. Still, I realized that I didn't have that much energy today. I made good progress and enjoyed the day too. But my receptivity was somewhat limited today.
At some point I passed Stühlingen, a beautiful place. From there I drove along the Wutach River to Eggingen. A beautiful route away from the road. I crossed the river and drove into Switzerland towards Hallau. After the border it went up through the forest. Pushing was back in fashion. This part dragged on. Fortunately, hardly any traffic. This corner seemed sleepy, I liked that.
I bought something to eat and drink in Hallau CH. Then I drove on towards Jestetten D. I felt far away from the world, a quiet corner. When I arrived in Jestetten, I already knew the route and had often already driven this route home. So I drove to Rafz CH, where I decided to take the train for the rest of the way. But unfortunately that was a wrong decision. When I was on the train and drove into Bülach, I found that the door was broken and that I had to laboriously carry my bike with luggage to the other side of the car through first class to get out. In the meantime the train went on to the next stop, which annoyed me a lot. Got out in Niederglatt, I had to wait 30 minutes to drive back. I didn't buy a ticket. If I was checked, I would complain. Finally arrived in Bülach, my anger evaporated and the beautiful 5 days memory came back. Why does the good time always have to pass so quickly. When I got home, I thought about these days, totally relaxed on the sofa ...