Road Cycling, multi stages, in the valleys, from Lille to Budapest, 13rd until 31st July 2019

Presentation of the raid
On the road again
Route along the Altmühl
The barge
Crossing of the Danube in Austria

Merzalben - Schwabisch Hall

Having had lunch at 8:00 am and having forgotten my alarm clock in the inn, I start the day on roads with not important difficulty to overcome and a lot of wood to be crossed. Then come very beautiful villages as Albersweiler, Siebel, where vineyards are very attractive. Then, I cycle towards Speyer to find a main road. To Speyer I'm stopped by a procession of carnival where a waitress bring me a beer which I savour on my bike accompanied by a cyclist that I meet some kilometers before. Unfortunately, I hadn't enough time to look the procession! When I leave Speyer, I égars me and as the national road is not accessible for bikes, I spend a lot of time and I really have difficulty to find the good way back. Then I follow a group of bike which puts me back on the right way, on a cyclabe runways fitted out well for the family walks. Once far of the suburb of Speyer, I leave on a good rhythm but the delay is there and the road is still long. I follows the river Kraichbach then I pass in villages as Guglingen, Brackenheim, Lauffen, Talheim and I arrive at Ilsfeld where the night begins to come. There is a party in the village of Illsfeld. The wine is the principal drink because there are a lot of vineyards which I was able to see. Over there a lady explains me the itinéraire to go to Lowenstein where I take the B39 parralel to the N39 to arrive finally at Schwabisch Hall at about 11:30 pm, to the house of Dieter Albrecht, member of the ADFC-Dachgeber, who was already in Bed. I have a shower bath and after I fall asleep peacefully after more than 250 km and a tiring day, especially over the end where there was ascents by arriving at Lowenstein. During this Sunday, I met a lot of swimmers taking advantage of a sunny weather to have a bath in the lakes.