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2008: Strasbourg

Fri 25. July 2008: Strasbourg - Basel - Frick - Bremgarten - Steinhausen, 247km (13:00)

Awake 7:00, but 7:50 departure, I first go to Strasbourg center, look at and into the cathedral, hardly any people in the town, very quiet - 9:15 I ride toward the south out of the city, and find the end or beginning of no. 468, and remain on until shortly before St. Louis before Basel - go a little slower than yesterday, although I have no wind and heat is still acceptable. Buying more eating and drinking, and riding more comfortable to Basel, 17:00 I cross border to Switzerland, passage of Basel I succeed well, then Muttenz, Pratteln, and then down towards Augst, along the Rhine on the main street but not bicycle trail - yet surprisingly hilly, until Frick, then the slight climbing Bözberg, then more steeply downhill to Brugg, and from there I go to Birmenstorf, Bremgarten, Obfelden at 23:30 and finally back into Steinhausen, 247km and again 13 hours on the bicycle. Total 525km driven in 2 days. Thanks!

Next morning
2008/07/25 07:18
Heading to Strasbourg center
2008/07/25 07:51
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:24
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:31
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:32
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:32
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:35
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:36
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:36
Cathedral, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:37
Cathedral, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:38
Cathedral, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:39
Cathedral, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:46
Cathedral, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:46
Cathedral, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:48
Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:54
Yellow woman on a yellow bicycle, Strasbourg
2008/07/25 08:55
2008/07/25 11:08
2008/07/25 12:11
2008/07/25 12:12
Neuf Brisach
2008/07/25 13:32
Old city walls, Neuf Brisach
2008/07/25 13:33
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2008/07/25 13:37
2008/07/25 13:39
2008/07/25 13:59
Dome (public bath), Fessenheim (F)
2008/07/25 14:12
Dome (public bath), Fessenheim (F)
2008/07/25 14:13
2008/07/25 14:51
2008/07/25 15:51
2008/07/25 16:04
Saint Louis (F)
2008/07/25 16:34
Basel (CH)
2008/07/25 17:03
2008/07/25 17:03
2008/07/25 17:16
2008/07/25 17:16
Trainstation Place, Basel (CH)
2008/07/25 17:18
2008/07/25 17:24
2008/07/25 17:25
Möhlin
2008/07/25 18:41
2008/07/25 18:51
Frick
2008/07/25 19:24
2008/07/25 19:34
Bözberg climbing . . .
2008/07/25 19:49
2008/07/25 20:00
Looking back ... (1)
2008/07/25 20:00
Looking back ... (2)
2008/07/25 20:00
2008/07/25 20:05
2008/07/25 20:07
2008/07/25 20:08
Bözberg reached
2008/07/25 20:14
Bözberg 569m
2008/07/25 20:14
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (1 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:17
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (2 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:17
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (3 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (4 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (5 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (6 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (7 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (8 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
Panorama Bözberg - Brugg (9 of 9)
2008/07/25 20:18
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Brugg
2008/07/25 20:29
2008/07/25 20:30
552km: Steinhausen/Zug (Switzerland)
2008/07/25 23:31

Endurance with Recumbents

The first day was very fast, by noon I drove a good 140km, 3 hours and I had a tail wind - in the afternoon, as I mentioned the head-wind had slowed me down noticeably for 6 hours. With neutral wind conditions 300km would be possible, but 278km is still very good. I was tired in the evening, I noticed my knee very much, more physical activities would be hard. In the night I could recover, and the next morning, the knee had no pain anymore - just when I use excessive force then I felt my knees again.


2nd day was a more calm riding, but noticed that I no longer have as much energy, no matter how much I eat or drank, so I noticed that I am used up a little substance on the first day which was missing the 2nd day then. Sleep and rest are fundamental, on the first day I made about 30min at a break, the 2nd day I went almost continuously except for brief lunch or shopping and visiting a dome - would be better 10-20min break every 4-5 hours, which I will do next time.

  • Day 1: 14.75 hours, 13 hours riding, rest 1.75 hours
  • Day 2: 15.25 hours, 13 hours riding, rest 2.25 hours

All in all I am satisfied with a flat route and get up early and go before 6:00, 300km is possible, even with about 15kg luggage. This requires an above average fitness, which I am after the 7500km long Europa tour, but I am far away (and will remain) being an athlet, but I am someone who is just happy to ride a recumbent - and with a longrider as I use 80-300km are possible for a day, without feeling overly exhausted at the evening.

As I said, with a recumbent you have almost non-existent pain at the behind, even less so neck or wrist pain long riding for over 10 hours is comfortably possible.


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