In a previous thread that I started (Lucerne vs. Lake Constance in May/June), I had posted a tentative itinerary in which I would cycle to Bern over 3.5 days from Kreuzlingen
I realize now that I have to cut down one day on the trail because I absolutely must arrive in Bern on May 23 (Day 5). So I can only be on the trail for 3 days (or 2.5 days actually).
Day 1 : Fly into Zurich (May 19) and head to Lake Constance (tentatively Kreuzlingen). Flights have just been confirmed yesterday and the ETA to Zurich is 1 pm.
Day 2: Rest at Lake Constance to overcome jet lag
Day 3-5: Bike to Bern from Lake Constance. Arrive in Bern on Day 5.
The difficulty of the Rhine and Aare Routes have stretches that are "easy" and "medium" in difficulty. My question is this: What do these adjectives mean? Difficulty is extremely subjective, and I also hear that your typical Swiss is really fit, so the average person might take a bit longer to complete each section. Up and downhill sections are also a factor.
Stage 6: Kreuzlingen --> Schaffhausen (48 km (easy)Stage 5: Schaffhausen --> Koblenz: ~52 km (easy)
Stage 7: Koblenz --> Aarau: 42 km (easy)
Stage 6: Aarau --> Solothurn: 56 km (easy)
Stage 5: Solothurn --> Biel (Nidau): 31 km (easy)
Stage 4: Biel (Nidau) --> Bern: 46 km (medium)
I am female. Let's just assume that I can bike 20 km/hr (maybe faster...I don't know. I want to stay conservative). Realistically, how far can I get in 2.5 days? I'm hoping to arrive in Bern at 3 pm.
I don't want to overdo it. I am already thinking that I'll have to take the train somewhere in between. Any suggestions on where I should rest? Will it be easy to get off the trail to head to a train station?
Is Stein am Rhein worth visiting? If not, I might just take the train directly from Kreuzlingen to Koblenz. I'm generally not fond of places that are overrun with tourists. Or should I head to Stein am Rhein from Zurich?
So many decisions! Help! :-)