Aug 12

I spent some time thinking about where to go next. It needed to be suitable for a road bike since finding out half way there that your road has become pebbles tends to dampen the spirit of the moment. There is a long distance bike trail marked on the map and part of it runs up the next valley to where I am. This stream is called Mühlenbach as is the bloody great big valley it has spent the last few million years carving out.

The trail to Landwassereck

The trail to Landwassereck

If there was any one trail I would recommend to the casual bike rider who wants to, see the Black Forest in all its glory, pass by cute traditional farm houses and exhaust themselves slowly rather than in one big whack, then this is the trail to take. It travels continuously upward at a steady pace except for the last 100 meters, which you will just have to spend pushing. In total the journey is around 30km.

The last 100 meters

The last 100 meters

At the top there is a sign indicating the height as 625m and generally trying to lull you into a false sense of ease with a bright friendly map. All other paths lead even further from home, so I decided that valley I had just come up was just too nice not to enjoy at breakneck speed going back down. Which is exactly what I did, safe in the knowledge that I had changed the brake pads the day before. Why did I change the brake pads? Well, to get rid of the scraping, groaning noise that they’d been making. Now I don’t speak “brake pad” language but I get the general feeling that the noise didn’t mean, “Hi OzJeff, everythings fine, just keep hurtling along.”

Houses in the Black Forest

Houses in the Black Forest

I’m still here to write this blog, so I guess I must have survived. Now I’m contemplating renting a mountain bike. There are just too many interesting looking green lines on my map. (Go read my previous posts if you don’t get that comment).

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