Aug 22

The school holidays are drawing to a close which finds me back at the camping grounds at Steinach to pick up my youngest and her bike. I wanted to make the best of the two mornings that would give me to explore further the valleys and hills in this part of the Kinzig valley. As usual, I would be up and on my wheels by 6 AM. Summer is ending and the days are getting shorter.

Even the cows were still sleeping

Even the cows were still sleeping

Saturday morning I decided to follow the same path as day 4, up to Landwassereck. The weather was looking a little uncooperative and I wanted to be back in time for breakfast with the family. There is a great bakery at Mühlenburg which still makes and bakes its own wares which I was keen to revisit. Finally, the route is one of the nicest by far – not overly difficult, but very picturesque and relaxing. It was a nice trip and lived up to my plans. It began to rain on my return journey, however I was down the mountain and the bread rolls were safely tucked inside my backpack.

23.08.2009

Sunday was to be my new adventure. As I am still limited to roads I needed to map out a path that was accessible via asphalted roads. Last week I had mapped out a path up to Biereck, but wasn’t sure what to do from there. Closer examination of the map revealed that I could probably cirlce around from Biereck, past Heidburg and Rotebühl and onto the B294 all along sealed roads.

Looking back toward Hofstetten

Looking back toward Hofstetten

In the end it turned out being a pretty easy tour. Of the 30kms, only about 5 of them were a steep climb up to about 550 meters. This was through some interesting pine forests along an old roman road. There were some very old, moss covered waystones at the side of the road. I wondered if they were perhaps really that old.

The Tour to Biereck

The Tour to Biereck

Once at Biereck the path remained high on the ridges, passing through stretches of forest and passed farmhouses that had been converted into hotels. The area is obviously ideal for weekend getaways – high and flat with a touch of quaintness. I cycled around Rotebühl and then followed farming roads down the valley to Kaiserhof. From there it was an easy ride down the main roads and back to the camping grounds.

All in all a nice run, but I really am itching for more mountain biking action!

I’m back home now and fished a 2/3rds emtpy bottle of Pinot Noir from Bouchard Père & Fils out of the wine fridge and it’s still OK. Combining with some swiss bergkäse and crackers. Oh all right, there is a bit of cheddar too. Pinot is great in summer.

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