Cycling is one of my favorite outdoor activities during weekends or short vacations, and bike tours alongside the Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.
There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg to the city center of Bamberg, I need roughly three and a half hours with my mountain bike.
The global pandemic has thwarted a great deal of my (and probably everyone else’s) scheduled holidays and confined me to my apartment in Nuremberg since mid-March.
Fortunately, solitary outdoor exercises were and are still allowed to date, and so I’ve made the best of the situation and cycled extensively through solitary landscapes in Franconia.
The Franconian Switzerland is an upland in Upper Franconia not far off from Nuremberg (which is situated in Middle Franconia).
I visited the Franconian Switzerland fairly often during my student days with my buddies, for …
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- The Pyrenees
- Col du Tourmalet
- Hunt for the Col
I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.
It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.
As I was climbing up this mountain half an hour ago, a jeep was passing me by, and the French driver asked me through the lowered window if I …