Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Day Eleven - Saturday 6 August 2016

Day Eleven - Saturday 6 August 2016

Steckborn to Jestetten - about 46 kilometres

Cold start to the day but the sky seemed to be brighter on the horizon.

Off we went into the cold and not long afterwards a sudden change in both direction and gradient of the path we were following nearly brought both of us off our bicycles and onto the ground.
This was the view from nearby where we nearly lost it! This shows the Western end of Untersee, towards Stein am Rhein

Stein am Rhein was a very interesting place, which became even more interesting when some lunatic on some sort of motorcycle engine'd machine tried to run me down in the main street. JP was mortified - quite shocked. Luckily something told me that all was not well and I managed to leap out of the way. Apart from that, Stein am Rhein is a medieval town still in use in a more modern setting.

On the outskirts of Schafhausen we met an American from Oklahoma  who was doing the same trip as us - he'd planned doing it in 17 days but was already a day or two behind schedule because of the climbs. He was travelling light and staying in guesthouses and had a lightweight bicycle. Talk about the hare and the tortoise!

At Schafhausen there is another of the famous wooden covered bridges over the River Rhine:

It was amazing to me, in view of the water temperature of the River Rhine, just how many people were swimming in the river - or at least, floating past us being carried by the current. People also bobbed past in rubber dinghies and other floating contraptions.

Further downstream, I believe it was at Gailingen we stopped for Crepes, served from a Citroen van:

We paid a visit to Rheinfall, the waterfall that moves the greatest volume of water flow in Europe. It seemed rather tame to me after seeing Niagara Falls

In the town of Rheinfall, we stopped for a break as it was quite a climb to get there. I sent JP into a restaurant that also sold Swiss chocolates. He chose what he wanted with great delight as he'd never had genuine Swiss chocolates before. He was SO delighted - thrilled to bits!

Out of Rheinfall, we had quite a big climb all the way to Jestetten, so we were pleased to arrive and get settled in on this campsite. Being worn out didn't stop JP from heading for the swimming pool, of course!


  1. I am enjoying the Blog and the photos are superb. Sure that I have seen the choclates in Aldi at £1.50. (Or maybe not)LOL

  2. JP will you save me some of your chocolates... Can't wait to see all the photos. Nice pictures. xxx