Biking to Kaiserstuhl

56 km, 4h30, Steinmaur – Kaiserstuhl – Bad Zurzach – Tegerfelden – Ehrendingen – Steinmaur

Yasuko promised it would be an easy bike tour of 35 km. It turned out to be rather strenuous 56 km stretch with a lot of ups and downs on a hilly profile. I should have known better…

The first part was a breezy downhill from Steinmaur to Kaiserstuhl, where we had our path to ourselves with almost no traffic. Kaiserstuhl is a sleepy, but charming medieval town at the Rhein River where we enjoyed some sandwiches and cake while looking at the peaceful water of the river Rhein flowing by on its way to the North Sea.

Due to the Coronavirus situation, the border to Germany is closed to any traffic. It was the first time since the outbreak of this flu that I felt something important had changed, something affecting our freedom.

After a long break on the riverbank, we get our butts back on the saddle and cycle through an industrial area along the Rhine to Bad Zurzach. Then came the only strenuous stretch over the rather modest Bad Zurzach Pass to the other side and on to Tegerfelden. From there we cycled back to Steinmaur, flanked by Regensberg and the Lägern, part of the Jura chain. We hiked there a few years ago, and as always, it is fascinating to see places from completely different perspectives.

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