Itinery of the journey
Ben Reinhardt ( Cheshire south committee member ) and Jim Forkin ( fund raiser ) are cycling the majestic River Rhine from its source in the Alps ( Lake Toma near Andermatt ) to its outlet in the North Sea at Hoek van Holland 32 km from Rotterdam in Holland .
The total distance covered will be 1378 km ( 860 miles ) during 3 weeks 9th to 30th September with a half way stop in Mannheim Germany of two days 17th September to sample the Wurstmarkt ( local and largest wine festival in the world at Bad Durkheim ) . Once recoverd from this the plan is to finalise the adventure by finishing at the North Sea outlet 28th /29th September for the flight home
We anticipate that the official 28 stages will be covered at approx 60 miles a day which will take 14 days leaving 7 days for mishaps and half way stop.
9th September – Arrive Basel airport then train to Hospental Hostel
10th September – Locate and visit the Rhine source – this will involve a climb to the lake from the south side of the Oberalppass at 2345 m by footpath taking 90 minutes
11th September – Pick up cycles from Andermatt or Goschenen train station then ride the first two stages of 87km(55 miles ) to Chur . Descent will be 2046m to 585m so hope the brakes are working . First day cycling so short distance to get acclimatised and see the wonderful scenery .
12th September - Stages 3 and 4 (65 miles ) to Bregenz
13th September – Stages 5 and 6 (65 miles ) to Schaffhausen
14th September – Stages 7 and 8 ( 80 miles ) to Basel
15th September - Stages 9 and 10 ( 83 miles ) to Strasbourg
16th September – Stages 11 and 12 ( 55 miles ) to Karlsruhe
17th September – Stage 13 ( 45 miles ) to Mannheim
18th/19th September Halfway stop – two rest days and trip to Wine festival in Bad Durkheim
20th September – Stages 14 and 15 (64 miles ) to Mainz
21st September – Stages 16 and 17 (62 miles ) to Koblenz
22nd September – Stages 18 and 19 ( 65 miles ) to Koln
23rd September – Stages 20 and 21 ( 53 miles ) to Duisburg
24th September – Stages 22 and 23 ( 74 miles ) to Arnhem
25th September - Stages 24 and 25 (63 miles ) to Schoonhaven
26th September – Stages 26,27 and 28 ( 43 miles ) to Hoek of Holland
This allows 3 days to 29th for mishaps .
29th September – Final night in Rotterdam then train to Eindhoven for flight home 30th September