- Distance Instructions
- Distance 78 km
- Time 5 h 10 min
- Speed 15.0 km/h
- Min altitude 0 m
- Peak 482 m
- Climb 1086 m
- Descent 1076 m
Today, I started my way back to the North.
For the first time, I felt more scared than thrilled, for no particular reason...or maybe I already sensed that I put a little much on my plate for the first day: I already booked my hotel in Rothenburg, so that was a little extra pressure. It also promised to be another hot day and I suffered from a nice little headache the third day in a row. Also my bike felt a bit wobbly after we dismantled the handlebar and the connected parts, in order to get the navigation device holder fixed to my bike. Just yesterday I also repaired a hole in my tube, so everything was a bit off when I started in the morning.
Consequently, I didn't really enjoy the trip, despite the wonderful (hot) weather and the beautiful landscape which both invited for beautiful pictures. I just noticed the uphills, the many kilometers ahead and the "wobbility" of my handlebar and the warm wind which made me feel like circulating air oven.
And of course I also battled a bit with Edgar, my new navigation device, which luckily doesn't speak but is quite stubborn and needs quite a bit getting used to.
But after a lot ups and downs - and beautiful landscapes and all the hot air around me, I finally made it to the final hill, the hill Rothenburg ob der Tauber sits on. But this hill I didn't cycle up anymore but walked and pushed the bike instead, dripping of sweat from all possible places...it was almost impressive ;-)
I checked into the very nice hotel "Goldenes Fass" (= golden barrel) and after a nice veeeeeeeeeeery long shower, some rest, a trip to the local bike shop where my handlebar got fixed, and a delicious meal at the restaurant Roedertor, where they specialize in potato dishes, I feel substantially better :-)
Besides, there was a huge thunderstorm just after I got back to the hotel and it is still raining outside - and my headache is slowly disappearing. What a glorious end of this demanding day!