Karlsruhe – Eppingen

  • Author: Katrin
  • Created: May 9, 2018
  • Updated: May 12, 2018
Route type: Mixed
Difficulty grade: Medium

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 56.89 km
  • Time 3 h 16 min
  • Speed 18.3 km/h
  • Min altitude 110 m
  • Peak 239 m
  • Climb 354 m
  • Descent 282 m

It was predicted to be another hot day and my calculated route would be around 90 km, including some height meters. So I started the day with only a very small breakfast (only one dry bread roll....yummie ;-)) ) and veeeeeery early: I was on the road at 7 AM.

As usual, I had to check the directions on my phone pretty often before I found my way out of Karlsruhe. The passing of the towns of Durlach, Weingarten, Bruchsal,....and suboptimal cycling paths (surface and signs) slowed me down, so that I knew around mid-morning that most likely I won't cycle the whole planned route. I had already booked my accommodation in Heilbronn before checking the parameters of the route, so I actually had to get there on the same day.

Because of that and being in ambition mode, I pushed and stressed myself out nevertheless which didn't really help but is the reason why I didn't take ANY pictures - I think this is a first.

The route was quite hilly, no big ascents but many of them and the voices in my head switched between ambition:."sure, if you really want it, you can do it" and  reason "you'll never do it with this many climbs and the hot weather and....." I probably wore myself out once more.

So when I arrived at Eppingen (~ 30 km before Heilbronn) around 1 PM and I was already tired, demotivated and half-cooked, I decided to call it a day and took the tram to Heilbronn. I also had hoped to meet there an old friend but I only asked him some hours before....I'm just too spontaneous for most people ;-)

That's why after the check-in, the obligatory unpacking chaos and my refreshment ritual (shower, "normal" cloths), I went on a quick window-shopping trip, ate some pasta and later a burger and hit the pillow around 10.

The day was a bit of an anticlimax to the previous days but I reached the final stop before cycling to my parent's home and my large break of at least two weeks. So I don't really care ;-)))

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