Watching the competition.
|Approaching just another small settlement in the la vallée du Rhin.|
|Over the bridge - First signs of French territory.|
|Charming riding along the Rhine channel.|
|Calm waters - Clouds are covering a windy rhine river.|
|Coffe and cake - café et gâteaux|
|I drove along that avenue.|
As the drizzly rainfall gets drizzlier I enter the first long climb in the Vosges mountains.
|Simply beautiful. Beautifully simple - Département Vosges|
Must do - the distinctive cockpit shot.
Tarmac wave riding.
Leaving for the mountain top.
As I rode my bike into the Vosges I was already drenched. Starting in the long and windy flats of the German and French part of the Rhine plain I was dreadfully looking forward to some quality vertical.
I opened my wet soaked jacket and felt the crispy rain. The battery of my iPod just died a couple of minutes ago and I now can listen to the sweet loneliness of the French mountain roads.
The rain does not stop but I don’t care. The roads are rough and bumpy but I still roll. Joyfully.
Someone said the fun stops after 100k on your own. I opt for the opposite.
My breaks do not really break anymore. Finally I stop in front of my friend’s house.
Gazing at the watch I spend the entire day riding. Listen to the heart it feels like I just finished a two weeks holiday. Merrily.
Tune of the day: Ben Howard BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Special