Tuesday 15th October. Strasbourg to Speyer. 86 Miles.

Nice early finish today, not! I had it in my head that I would stop early today, so come 4 o’clock as I passed through Germershiem I spotted a campsite, which as it turned out wasn’t a campsite at all!

Cathedral in the sun
Strasbourg cathedral

Not a problem as I wasn’t expecting to camp tonight anyway, and I knew that there was some hotels in Germershiem I’ll just go and check into one of those!

Glass covered building
The European Parliament

Not a chance, they were all full, although I did have my doubts on some of them, I just don’t think they could be bothered!

Anyway the long and short of it all is, that I ended up in Speyer another 10 miles down the road. Unfortunately all the hotels here were also fully booked! But thanks to the two very nice girls on the reception of the last hotel I tried, they found me a room, or rather an apartment!

Sunflower
Spotted this pretty sunflower

Apparently Tuesday and Wednesday are not very good for finding accommodation, all the hotels are booked up with business people, according to the owner of my apartment, I’ll have to bare that in mind tomorrow!

Seeing as I’ve got my own place tonight I thought I’d cook, and went out and brought something very simple pizza and chips!

Country sign
I’m now in Germany

Good idea, not! I get back to the apartment, only to find theres no oven! I’m currently trying to cook a pizza in a frying pan, and oven chips in a saucepan on the hob!

All in all a rather stressful end to the day!

Monday 14th October. Doubs to Strasbourg. 82 Miles.

I’ve now left the Eurovelo route 6 and am now following route 15. I must admit that I’m not really one for following designated routes, but that EV6 was excellent, I recommend it to anybody, and of any ability!

I’m hoping that my new route will be just as good, it’s certainly started out well!

Road through Forest
Though the forests first thing this morning

It’s been very easy riding today, through forest trails first thing this morning, then the rest of the day has been spent along canals! All very flat!

WW2 bunker
Loads of WW2 bunkers all along the canal today

I arrived in Strasbourg around 4pm, and came straight to the campsite. I knew that if I didn’t get my tent up quickly it wouldn’t dry out and it would be a damp old night!

House with flower boxes
Pretty houses here in Alsace

Once the tent was up I went out for supplies, beer mainly! Upon my return the tent was still soaking wet, and even after having a shower it had only just about dried out!

Tree lined canal
Tree lined canal coming into Strasbourg

The joys of camping at this time of year!

I might venture into the centre of Strasbourg tomorrow morning before I set off. I’ll see how much of a detour it is first! I’ve been here before so I’m not that fussed if I go or not!

Monday 14th October. Live YouTube Video. Along the Canal du Rhone au Rhin.

More of Garry messing about with YouTube videos.

Garry’s left the campsite where he’d spent the past two nights, and is now cycling along the Canal du Rhone au Rhin.

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Sunday 13th October. Doubs.

Decided to have a day off today.I didn’t arrive here until after 5 o’clock yesterday, and then instead of putting my tent up, I decided to have a beer in the campsite bar!

Bad mistake, although it probably wouldn’t have made much difference! The light and sun had already started to go, and any hope of drying the tent out had already gone!

.The tents always wet when I’m touring, due to my early departures in the morning!

After setting up camp and realising everything was wet I went for something to eat, in the hope that things would dry out by the time I returned!

Not a chance, things only got wetter! And to top it all my phone died! So I couldn’t even write my blog!

Waking up at 4am I realised I hadn’t posted for the day, and proceeded to blog.Well after such an early start and everything being wet, I decided to take the day off!

Not done a lot today, went in search of a supermarket, but they are all closed on a Sunday! Then sat in the campsite bar and met my latest friend, Tyson!

But at least I caught up with my washing, made some more boring videos on YouTube and sat around drinking beer! Not a bad day at all really!

Apologies for the lack of photos, for some reason I can’t upload any! Not too sure if it’s the phone or too much beer on my part!