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Sunday, October 19, 2014
|Crossing the Rhine on a bike-pedestrian bridge|
We were delighted to participate in slowUp Basel-Dreiland, a closed-road mass cycling event in the Basel area. 40 km of road closure through Basel and the surrounding area. The Route goes through Switzerland, France and Germany and crosses the Rhine river 5 times, and it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to see the area by bike and participate in a community event.
|Yogurt feed by Roche campus in Basel|
There are 14 slowUp event in different Swiss communities. Here is some information on the series:
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/slowup-the-car-free-adventure-days-from-switzerlandmobility.html?iPadCover (english, with links to the main site info which is in german/french/italian).
|milk can stacking/climbing dexterity contest at the central festival|
|The route went through farmland (in Germany at this point)|
|Cobbles coming over the Rhine river (between Rheinfelden, Germany, and Rheinfelden (Switzerland)|
|On the Rhine|
|Dan in Rheinfelden (Switzerland). The route loops through the town on cobbled roads, including a climb up through an old part of the city. Wet cobbles, baby!|
|Canal crossing. Bridges wait in a lock to get up to the lake above. The route later wound around the lake over a hydroelectric dam.|
|View of Basel from upriver|
|Heavy rain did not deter the riders (or as Dan said, whereby the Swiss demonstrate that they do not fear the weather).|
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|Ah Paris by bike|
What an amazing day! We ended up with about 18 miles of riding on 7 different bikes. We made 5 stops during the day, and made most of our connections in 30 minutes. What a super way to spend a day in a wonderful city, going from activity to activity. I really can't recommend this enough for the cycling oriented tourist. The system was pretty easy to use, and the density of Velib stations made this a very practical way to get around and see the city.
I look forward to the day when the San Francisco bay area bike share (aka "BABS") system has sufficient density to make it a practical option for me. At the moment, I live and spend most of my time outside of the rather limited service areas. See Dan's blog for some comments on the density of Velib verse BABS: http://djconnel.blogspot.com/2014/09/visiting-paris-day-2-velib.html.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
|Dan heading down our steep street on his new bike. First loaded trip!|
|Mandatory stop at the fruit stand to pick up some treats for the trip|
|Heading out to Tennessee Valley beach for lunch|
|Lunch at the beach. I didn't get any good beach photos|
|Dan jams it up the steep hill climbing out from the beach. I think I walked this one (but I have fewer gears than Dan, which is somewhat ironic|
|Gear exploded from our panniers once we arrived at the campsite|
|Incredible full moon rise over our campground|
|Fog is burning off!|
|Heading back home on the Sausalito bike path|
The ride home went very smoothly, and I enjoyed Dan's mellow pace, the result of his hard two hour trail run. We made our way up the climb out of Sausalito, pausing at Fort Baker for a photo, then continuing up the winding climb to the bridge pathway.
|Dan and the bikes pose at Fort Baker|
|Massive fog on the bridge- it was a chilly and windy ride back across to the city,|