I was encouraged by Sheryl to experience a self-guided cycling holiday because "Once you've done it, you will know how great and easy the experience is."
And so I decided to heed her advice and embarked on the Explore Lake Constance, Rhinefalls & Basel on 2 Wheels ride. I received all my trip e-documents before departure including the digital route file. The information is comprehensive and upon check-in, there was a hardcopy too because we requested it prior to arrival.
I went on the trip with a spirit of adventure and a little bit of complacency because I'm attempting a beginner's route, the EuroVelo Rhine Route, and the elevation map looks pancake flat. I soon realise why the hotel staff gave me 2 thumbs up when he saw my friend and I taking manual bikes instead of e-bikes HAHA.
Throughout the ride, there were many signposts guiding us along the way. They are well marked with the route numbers and oftentimes come in handy when I misread the GPS.
Signposts are situated at main junctions to point us in the right direction.
I relied on the GPS and digitial map 95% of the time and my friend cycling behind me will double-check the route based on the signages along the way. The beauty of teamwork!
The bikes came very well equipped with a phone holder, bottle holder, and pannier bag, which is very useful for storing our snacks and lunch. And they are so comfy to ride on, very clean with smooth gears. It lasted us well throughout the ride. Too bad I couldn't bring the beauty home with me.
What we enjoyed about our ride is the endless non-stop cycling on a mixture of dedicated cycling paths, roads, and nature paths. The motorists are very patient with us and gave us plenty of space on the roads (even single-lane highways), overtaking only when it is safe for us and them. Never once did I feel pressured by them to give way, and never once was I honked. I felt so paiseh but grateful for their graciousness.
The dedicated cycling paths provided us with endless smooth riding.
Cycling through farm lands with fresh crops.
When the going gets tough, we push!
I saw a side of Switzerland that I wouldn't get to see on a train or self-drive holiday. Riding through many tiny villages, I got a glimpse into the lives of the locals. Them farming in their backyard, children playing in the school compounds, and everyone enjoying their day by the lakes. There are also plenty of water fountains to keep us hydrated during the ride.
The locals enjoying a nice spring day by the lake.
Loving the clean lakes and rivers along the route.
One of many water fountains spotted along the way. The water is simply delicious!
There are plenty of cyclists on self-guided rides too, and we always give one another a smile or nod as we cycle along. Most times I nod because they couldn't see my face behind my bandana ? It's so funny seeing their amused expressions when they spot us.
That's me, 90% of the time hahaha
At the end of the holiday, I corrected myself. The route is not pancake flat, but waffle flat with short steep elevation at some parts of the ride. In general, it is still considered flat in Europe and definitely an eye-opener for me. Would I do it again? YOU BET! Parts where I couldn't cycle up, I just get off and push my bike. The benefit of OTOT riding!
This ride is just the beginning and it made me want to do MORE ;) There’s something about constantly cycling with minimal stops that is oh so addictive!
View all the photos taken during my ride here and watch my ride in motion here!
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