- Distance Instructions
- Distance 66 km
- Time 0 s
- Speed 11.8 km/h
- Min altitude 0 m
- Peak 0 m
- Climb 814 m
- Descent 847 m
On day four of my "many-rivers"-tour, I decided to change to river number four: the Main.
After a perfect stay in the hotel Krone in Hirschhorn, I took the train from Hirschhorn to Mosbach (Neckar). I arrived there after a half hour train ride at around 9 AM, pretty late to start a stint in the shape of an upside down U and on a sunny day ;-)
I got lost after five minutes on the way because of a construction site and missing signs. But after that, the way was really easy to follow.
The first part of the trip followed an old railroad track, the Wanderbahn. This little railroad was also called "Entenkoepfer" (= duck beheader) because it was so slow that ducks sometimes didn't realize that it was coming - and lost their head in the process. But maybe that's only a myth ;-)
The huge advantage of a railroad track is that the climb is reasonable flat and you hardly notice that you're cycling uphill for two hours straight.
After about half an hour into my cycling day, I got "adopted" by a group of seven ladies from the area around Stuttgart who meet for one cycling weekend each year. And this year they are cycling around the Neckar/Main/Odenwald area.
I think, in average, these ladies were about ten years senior to me but - man - they knew what they were doing and quite in a speedy manner.
So, they pulled me up the mountain and we arrived in Mudau, the highest point, shortly after 11 AM.
There, we separated because they wanted to take a detour via Buchen whereas my way was leading directly downhill to Miltenberg.
Around noon it started to get really hot and I noticed that I had been cycling two hours at my personal limit: even cycling mainly downhill, I was properly exhausted when I arrived in Miltenberg around 2PM.
Arriving there was also a bit of a cultural shock: after a ride through the forest and rather deserted, suddenly one arrives in the buzzing tourist town with ice cream and cake shops everywhere, people sitting outside enjoying the summer in the city.
After checking into my hotel and a coooooool shower, I also immersed myself in the summer vibes, floated around the old town center and went up (of course) to the castle to enjoy the beautiful view.