From Main to Tauber: Wuerzburg to Bad Mergentheim

  • Author: Katrin
  • Created: July 17, 2018
  • Updated: July 28, 2018
Route type: Mixed
Difficulty grade: Medium

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 70.55 km
  • Time 0 s
  • Speed 12.6 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 589 m
  • Descent 558 m

After a hot day in the city of Wuerzburg, with visits to the residence and the stronghold, and some awesome food at the Brueckenbaeck, it was time for some work again.
Unfortunately, the club downstairs from the flat I was staying, held a Monday night party which lasted until 5 in the morning and which kept me from sleeping - and left me fuming - until 4 AM.
So, instead of an early refreshed start, I started late and sleep deprived into one of the hillier stints of my trip.

The first of the hills waited for me shortly after the start, to the heights of Hoechberg which also means "high mountain". In my calculation this would be the highest climb of the day but that waited some kilometers further, between Waldbrunn and Altertheim.
And even with the road being in the shade and well maintained, for the first time on my whole trip (since the Baltic Sea and more than 1000 kilometers!!!), I had to push my bike....which I also blame on the sleep deprivation and frustration of the previous night. And yes, there were also some angry, tired, frustrated tears involved..... - not because of the pushing, more the other way round ;-)
Luckily enough, during the uphill ride, so many endorphins were released that everything was fine when I, finally - after many road bends and more hill after the bends - made it to the top.

After that "nice" exercise, the route went more or less even or downhill for the rest of the day.
I made my way through the Welzbach valley - which is beautiful and offers well-appreciated shade- to the Tauber, the next river on my list.
Exactly at lunch time, I arrived in Tauberbischofsheim where the vibes were very Mediterranean-like: if you have to move, do it slow, but best stay in the shade and do as little as possible.

I found a lovely place in the shade at a well and ordered - big mistake - a pasta pan baked over with cheese...which kept my stomach at work for the next few hours.
Right after lunch I got back on the road to attack the final 20k for the day to Bad Mergentheim.
The cycle path led along the railway and was almost even so that I approached Bad Mergentheim around 3PM.

For once, I really, really wanted to have a nice and comfy accommodation, with working internet. So I checked into the hotel Bundschu and it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooo nice - and the internet DID work. I felt at home as soon as I entered my room.

After some rest, I went back into town and had another cheap and not so delicious plate of pasta but who cares (so much) if one can go back into the hotel and just relax :-)

Going down before we go up again

Sweet summer cycling

Hilarious road sign, saying: "Here, the 5***** cycling path through the lovely Tauber valley is interrupted. Hold onto your choppers! In rainy weather, this is also called the lake district of Königshofen."

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