(and the best roads so far!)
03.10.2012 - 03.10.2012 12 °C
What an amazing nights sleep, I slept like road kill all through the night! (I'm sure it helped to know the bike was safe in a secure underground car park).
I had all the intentions of going to the Hotel gym this morning, but no chance as it was late morning and we wanted to get on the road again. The ritual of stuffing 75 litres of kit into a 40 litre pannier began and after a bit of a heaveho everything was stowed away and fitted to the bike again. A bit peckish and reluctant to pay the £15 each for breakfast at the hotel we set off in search of the penny market we had seen practically next door. Unfortunately it was closed, as was the Lidols and countless other stores we saw!? It wasn't until a bit later we realised that it was Germany Day and being a national holiday most things were closed. DOH!
It was going to be a long day today and keen to get most of the way through the Black Forest it was going to have to be Motorway for an hour. The weather was bright and sunny so it wasn't too much of an effort but due to Germany day depriving us of breakfast we stopped in a town called Baden Baden (presumably so good they named it twice?). Just on the outskirts to town Jayne spotted a Cafe that was open so I bounced up the curb, dodged a few unsuspecting locals and parked right outside their window.
It was a bit of a shame but the Cafe only served coffee and the most disgustingly amazing looking array of Gateau's and cakes!
3 whopping sized slices of Gateau and 4 coffee's later we felt ready to take on the Black Forest (the actual Black Forest, not another Gateau!). Jayne picked out a road that seemed to take us through the middle of part of the forest and in the general direction of Switzerland so off we set.
The road took us over a mountain pass where we climbed steeply up to over 1000 meter's and the air got noticeably cooler as we entered the clouds. There were amazing views all around us and the roads were full of motorbikes enjoying the scenery. We stopped for a quick photo before continuing on.
The next 2 hours consisted of the most incredible roads I have ridden so far. Sweeping bends of smooth tarmac slicing through dense green forest and views of villages far below that are simply stunning. I was in biker heaven!
A brief stop at an idyllic town called Schiltach...
...for some water and a comfort break was all we needed before heading of on more amazing roads to try and get as close to the Swiss border as we could before bedding down for the night. At around 5 o'clock and the daylight starting to fade we arrived in a village called HinterZarten and after a few visits to hotel receptions, Jayne managed to find a reasonable priced one with a great room.
Tired from the long day it was decided that eating in the hotel might be favourable so we scoffed another massive meal before having a planning session for the route tomorrow into Switzerland.
It was at this point we googled translated the name of the town we were staying in to find out it was actually called 'Tender Behind', how appropriate!!!