Tour de Hans – Scooby gets his butt kicked again

Today I cycled 120 miles, it took 12hrs even though I only made quick stops to buy water. The first 30 miles were easy because they followed the Tauber river, then I started the seemingly never ending climb up the B45. A this point I truly didnt think I could make it because of my cummulative fatigue and the fact that I had to pedal on my heels so I decided to just take it one mile at a time. I just had to do one more mile, after that I could call a taxi if I wanted. The B45 is merciful, it gradual up one side and gradual down the other over the 40 miles or so, at least it wasnt up and down. Then I went along the beautiful Main river. Too bad, both rivers had great riverside trails exclusively for walkers and cyclists but they would have slowed me down too much so I stayed on the “B” roads. Its amazing how bicycle friendly Germany is compared to America. Even though there was no shoulder and the speed limit was high (60mph), I felt completely safe. German drivers know how to drive safely around bikes, maybe because they are all bike riders themselves. If there is an oncoming car, they will slow down so they can pass the bike as if it were a car. In America by contrast, at best, drivers just ignore the presence of the bike completely. At worst, thru ignorance or anger, they dangerously startle cyclists by honking, shouting, throwing things, or swerving dangerously to the cyclist like it was just a video game.

Perhaps the difference is that in America driving a car is a God given right where in Germany it is a priveledge. In Germany they seem to take pride in how precisely and skillfully they can drive. In America drivers take pride in being able to talk on the phone, sip their coffee, change the radio station, and wipe the druel off their kids chin all while steering with their knee.

Anyway I safely made it today, again nobody has recognized me yet and offered me a shirt! This photo was taken in Heidleberg.

30 thoughts on “Tour de Hans – Scooby gets his butt kicked again”

  1. (Ninjuries)

    120 miles is impressive Scoob! Go go go! We'll all be watching your progress and cheering you on! :)

    Hans with you or does he have his own bike? :P :)

  2. Are you sure, you are in Germany?
    "honking, shouting, throwing things" I have that every day! No, Germany isnt Cyclers Paradise, im sure! I drive over 15.000 km every year on a Roadbike and know that.

    But im happy for you that you dont have that….maybe cause of your cute little bike :D

  3. @heiliger_strohsack
    Mist, das hab ich dann wohl verpasst, sonst hätt ich ihn zu nem Edelstoff eingeladen. ;)

  4. I can't believe it, I was exptecting you to come around this area sooner or later and I'm keeping a shirt on me all the time. Today, being totally annoyed of the weather I drove around a while just for fun (since im an student I only get do drive a car once or twice a month), I was driving to Eberbach considering going to heidelberg to have a coffee for quite a while but decided to go down to mosbach following the Neckar instead, bad decision… :-/

    Well, even if my chances are sliming, I still hope that I will drive past you in the next few days throwing a Shirt at you out of the passenger window :-P

  5. You Must have been close to where i live. Too Bad you didn't say where you were going to be. I hope you enjoyed the countryside. The area is very beautiful, but we do have hills. Were you in Rothenburg o.d.T? It is a very lively old town. Stay Safe on your Ride!

  6. Hey Scooby, glad you are having such a great time in Germany. Enjoying your posts. Come to England on your next trip and you can have a room and a family meal any time.

    Vosprung durch Muskel!

    Go Scooby Go!

  7. I could have make it to Heidelberg and give you a T-Shirt….but unfortunatetly you fear telling us where you go :(

  8. I agree with you even in Canada I don't actually feel safe on the roads on my bike. My city has recently put a couple bike lanes up I still don't care much for biking on the road. Stay safe and keep at it =)

  9. If you are coming by Odense, Denmark then I'll be more than happy to show some of the great flat roads here :) but we've some short hills that are fun :) And I'll have a big shirt ready for you :D

  10. heiliger_strohsack

    @anonymous above me:
    He was already in Munich and he had a beer.

    Just look at one of his first posts.

    Mixed with Fanta!

  11. heiliger_strohsack

    How much are you filming on your tour? You must have few hundred hours of video footage.

    You can make a 20-DVD-Box!

  12. If you come to Munich I want to invite you to a beer. You can't visit Bavaria without drinking any beer. ;)

  13. Dimitri cauwenbergh

    I hope you take a visit to Belgium! I would love to meet you. Everything that I know about weightliftig I've learned from you!

    Scooby you're a true hero! :)


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