Cycling through Vorarlberg
and Bowser stays at home

Before I start, I want to make clear that I like Bowser a lot. And I like doing stuff with him. But every now and then it’s also very nice to do something without him. And so last Monday I left him with Anna at his grandparents’ place while I cycled the whole day through a part of Vorarlberg. By myself, so I could just cycle in my own desired pace and stop wherever and whenever I wanted to. I could decide which route exactly to follow, without taking other people’s preferences and suggestions into account. That’s why I like doing stuff on my own. Also, I don’t like people that much.

Vorarlberg is a perfect region for mountain biking, but I’m saving the real mountains for later – maybe next year. This time I went for a relatively easy trail along the Rhine, following the river up to the point where it flows into Lake Constance. From there back south through some villages and towns. A nice route, in total about 100 km – I was quite tired in the end.

I cycled past small churches in the countryside…
I cycled past small churches in the countryside…
…and some abandoned railway coaches.
…and some abandoned railway coaches.

I started at the church in Rankweil, a village next to the one Bowser’s grandparents live. From there I cycled through the countryside, in the woods and along lakes to the Rhine. I followed this river up north – basically cycling on the Swiss-Austrian border – to arrive a couple of hours later in Bregenz, where I had lunch before I started on my way back.

The church in Rankweil, perched on a hill above the surrounding village.
The church in Rankweil, perched on a hill above the surrounding village.
I found this lake near Rankweil, before I even got to the Rhine.
I found this lake near Rankweil, before I even got to the Rhine.
Same lake, different point of view.
Same lake, different point of view.
One of the bridges above the Rhine, connecting Switzerland to Austria by road.
One of the bridges above the Rhine, connecting Switzerland to Austria by road.
Hard: a village directly on Lake Constance, right next to Bregenz.
Hard: a village directly on Lake Constance, right next to Bregenz.
After some hours I arrived in Bregenz, on the shores of Lake Constance.
After some hours I arrived in Bregenz, on the shores of Lake Constance.

The way back from Bregenz was a bit more of an up-and-down route than the way along the Rhine, but still nothing compared to the real mountain trails in Vorarlberg. Nonetheless, I got quite tired, probably due to the length of the route. I’m not used to cycle such a long way and in the Netherlands I would never do something like this just for fun. But when I’m on holidays, I enjoy it very much. It’s a good way to explore the surroundings and get some exercise as well.

Moreover, it’s a great way to get a sunburn, especially when you don’t take sun block with you and no shops are open. I went on the 15th of August, the day of the Assumption of Mary. I’ve never heard of this day – I guess the Dutch don’t consider it as anything important – but in Austria it’s a public holiday. And on public holidays all shops are closed.

I was happy to find this tunnel so I didn’t have to cycle over the mountain to get to the other side.
I was happy to find this tunnel so I didn’t have to cycle over the mountain to get to the other side.
Beautiful façades in the centre of Dornbirn.
Beautiful façades in the centre of Dornbirn.
One of the rural houses between Dornbirn and Hohenems. Nice view from the backyard.
One of the rural houses between Dornbirn and Hohenems. Nice view from the backyard.

I arrived back in Röthis tired and red, but satisfied with the fact that I cycled all day and have seen a bit more of Vorarlberg now. There’s still a lot more to see, but we’ll be back here many more times so I guess I’ll have plenty of opportunities to cycle some more. However, within a few years I’m probably gonna have to take Bowser and Watson on those cycling trips. I can already see them complain about their dad who wants to go this way and take a photo over there, and me being annoyed because I can’t just do whatever I want and have to consider what they like to do as well. I expect it’s going to be a lot of fun.

One of the many mountain villages I spotted on the way.
One of the many mountain villages I spotted on the way.

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