Had my first bike ride here Southern Germany on Saturday and though it was on a paved bike path, it was pretty damn fun to get out and enjoy a day of sunshine (only the second sunny day we've had in the last 3 weeks). My buddy loaned me a beater bike to use until mine arrive from the US it's a 35# beast of a commute/tour bike, rock solid.
90's vintage Trek Antelope 820 - Fatass Edition :
We basically rode this route from Stuttgart up to Marbach Am Necker:
We started off from my buddy's house and rode over to the Uni to catch the S-Bahn to downtown Stuttgart. This brief leg set the tone for what was to be a beautiful sunny day:
Then it was underground to the S-bahn to catch a train into downtown:
On the train it was a bit crowded:
Cruising thru the main station downtown:
Once out into the day light we got on one of the hundreds of bike paths that wound thru the city and started our ride up the River Necker:
The famous Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station - a target of dozens of bombing raids during WWII)
Once out of town we started seeing a lot of vineyards on the hills:
Our crew had 6 riders and a guy on a tandem with his mom and towing 2 toddlers:
The scenery reminds me of Shreveport, Louisiana, but without the poison ivy, heat, humidity, trash etc:
First stop was at a lake alongside the river; Max-Eyth See..
..at a beer garden...
for a beer!
That stop lasted 45 min or so, as everyone rehydrated:
Then it was back on the path:
Until the next stop for lunch, and a beer:
After an hour+ we got back on the trail and headed north, passing some beautiful scenery:
Last stop of the day was a beer garden in Marbach Am Necker (Marbach on the Necker). Every stop was full of cyclists and bikes:
We chilled for an hour and had a couple beers:
Then we rode a mile to the train station, got on and came back to town where I had yet another beer (a mild German IPA) on the patio with my friends who'd invited me along for the day.. good times:
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