Day 28: From Salem to Switzerland July 28
Salem- into Switzerland - Steckborn - 32 miles
Spent the morning getting some home business done like banking and emails on the camping wifi. We are taking a half day so it was okay to wait until 10am to leave. Set off with a head wind again... Grrr... But today is a half day so it is okay. Pedaled into Meersberg and took the big ferry over into Konstanz on the Bodensee (Lake Constance). Fun being on the water. Bruce's dad, John, called us while we were in the middle of the lake! He is awesome! We love that our family can follow us on our trip. After the ferry, we hopped on the bike path into Konstanz. Poor surface on a very busy bike path... Meh... But it's a half day so it's okay! Bruce navigated us through the streets of Konstanz back the the same border station that we crossed before on the last trip to Istanbul. We saw the doner kebab place we ate last time we crossed at the same border station. How cool! At the border, we got our passports stamped into Switzerland even though you don't have to do that anymore. The border guard/customs office guy was very nice. And then off into Kreuzlingen to hunt for a Swiss SIM card to make our phones work in a new country. Bruce was very successful in a mall we found and got us up and going in about an hour. But it is okay... Because this is a half day... Finally we set off pedaling into Switzerland. There are all new crops of veggies to pilfer in Switzerland; fennel, zucchini, kale, and the usual corn and wheat. Can't wait for my first pilfered fennel salad. I have red wine vinegar in the kitchen bag ready to go!(Joany will understand). We pedaled some more until we found a Campingplatz on the River Rhine. When checking in to the camp ground, Andrea used her passport and got called Fräulein Aeschlimann, since the lady recognized her name as a Swiss name. Yay! After setting up the tent, we went swimming in the Rhine. The camping place had some swimming and diving platforms set up and even had a huge blow up climbing wall the shape of an iceberg in the water. So of course we tried to climb the inflatable iceberg and failed... What do you want? We are cyclists and dancers... We have no upper body strength to speak of... We swam ashore and made dinner. Had a beer/glass of local wine at the restaurant cafe. When we went to take showers we realized that Swiss electrical outlets are different than the rest of Europe...damn... Now we need to find an another adaptor... Drizzling now... Time for bed... Good job today. Even though it was a half day.
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