Day 29: Rainy Day in Switzerland July 29
Steckborn to Bad Zurzach Switzerland - 52 mile
It rained overnight, so the tent was a bit wet when we woke up. Andrea decided to try drying the tent with the hand dryer in the ladies bathroom. It worked! Yay! We got out on the road by 8am. Leaving that early meant we needed to find some breakfast and coffee. We found a perfect little cafe right over the tracks about 4 miles down the road. We had cappuccino and Swiss pastries with walnut and almond fillings. They even had complimentary croissants on the table. So we took advantage of that! Yum! We found our first Ovamatine drink! This is a chocolate milk kind of like Nesquick over here but get also make cookies and a crunchy chocolate spread that we fell in love with the last time. Yay!!! The path we were following today ( the Swiss route number 2) was supposed to be an easy route. There were lots of people on this bike path including lots of families with little kids and bike trailers. What was weird though was that this route wasn't so easy. We got really frustrated with the ups and downs, busy roads, bad surfaces, circular intersections that this path is taking us on. We even got a bit nervous for some of the families on the busy twisty downhills. But then at other times the path was a beautiful wide paved cycle way, nicely graded, and totally lovely. WTF? All in all, it turned out to be really pretty and nice but the variation from town to town wasn't expected. We saw lots if grape vineyards. Some that went straight up (and down ) some VERY steep hillsides. We wonder how they harvest the grapes at such a grade. It was really overcast and rainy today. So we kept taking shelter when the rain got heavier. Once in a barn, once under a bridge in Schaffhausen. Under the bridge we met a nice cycle tourist who had just started his tour today! We chatted until the rain slowed and then headed off to do some grocery shopping. In the city of Schaffhausen, we found a Swiss adapter plug at a Spar grocery store! We forgot that the Swiss have different plugs than the rest of Europe. Now we have a 2 tiered adapter: American to European, and European to Swiss... Only a little dangerous but we will keep an eye on it. On our way to the Rhinefalls, we found another diversion on the bike path... We got half way up the diversion and realized we were climbing something steeper than the Harz mountains, so we said" hell no !", turned around and broke through another diversion zone... This one was due to erosion but it wasn't so bad. Just a bit muddy. After diversion hopping we were back up to the higher elevations. From our view the hills looked like the misty mountains in the Rhine valley with wisps of clouds dipping down between the green hills. We crossed an International Covered bridge over the Rhine with customs offices at either side back into Germany and out again... Because Bruce really wanted to. We actually went in and out of Germany and Switzerland several times including the exclave of Germany called Busingen. That was cool. We pedaled until Bad Zurzach and found a guest house. We had wanted to camp but with it having rained all day, we knew the ground would be wet and we didn't want to deal with that. Not the nicest place we have stayed but it would have been a lot better if they didn't encourage swallows to nest in their court yard. Swallows are very dirty birds and they spray their bird poop all over the walls and floors of wherever they are, so this courtyard was totally smeared with bird shit over every surface. So we decided to carry our bikes up into the room with us, even though the room was on the 2nd floor. We didn't want to take any chances. We had dinner and will hopefully get a good nights rest while all our stuff dries out over night.
The World is Ours.