Aug 11

Lost a day due to rain. Today I felt a little less intimidated by the heights I had to climb in the Black Forest and a little more prepared. I suppose it isn’t rocket science to take such basic supplies as water with you, but you have to remember that I am used to a short, 40 minute training run along the flat bike paths of the Hardtwald near Karlsruhe. Things often turn out differently to what you expect, and I certainly had been planning just to ride along the valleys of the Kinzig, where the bike paths are wide and flat. What I ended up doing was heading straight into the hills. Heh. So much for the conscious mind controlling things, right?

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Aug 09

On my first day touring, I decided to head up the valley of Welschensteinbach and try and follow one of the bike tours on the map. Only 300 meters from the start my foot slipped from the dew drenched pedal and I crashed into the bank at the side of the path, which threw me back on to the path with a thud. I suffered bruising to the ribs and muscles between them. Unperturbed I straightened out my bike and continued on. 

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