We intend to go for a ride along the 417 and the 430/431 (Route de Cretes)  but it rained all night and the bad weather continued.

After dropping off some washing at the laundry (a bit of a mission to follow local directions but we eventually found it – cost 15.50 Euro), we road into Mulhouse to visit the Schlumpf Collection of Automobiles in the National Museum. For around 25 Euros (plus a 10 Euro deposit for a locker for our helmets) we spent 5 hours or so in the fascinating place.

The collection included some of the first automobiles ever produced and featured a huge assembly of Bugatti vehicles from the first to the 2011 Veyron…..which can go from 0 to 100km in 2.5 sec and from 100km to 0 in 2.3sec. It has a top speed of 431km per hour.

After Breakfast we left Freudenstadt and headed along the route described in Great Motorbike Tours of Europe, along the L96 to Gutach (where we refuled and had a Mars Bar), then onto the 531 to Triberg (The land of Cuckoo Clocks and Tourists). We tried to get to Badenweiler but it was blocked off (we don’t know why) so we went into Basel and that was not helped because Vince had the GPS on Curvey Roads/Avoid Major roads so we went on a scenic drive! From Basel we went up through Mulhouse into Cernay.

In the Black Forest we passed a Bear and Wolf Park

Alternativer Wolf- und Bärenpark Schwarzwald
Rippoldsauer Straße 38a
77776 Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach – Schapbach
phone 07839 910380

We turned back and called in and for just 5 Euro each we spend about an hour and a half there. We managed to see all 9 bears currently there. …awesome…I’ve never been so close to a bear before…..they were amazing creatures. Martmoort, a Ranger at the Park, chatted with Vince (whilst he was putting on his wet weather gear as it was raining when we departed), about how they care for the bears and acclimatise them.

We continuted our scenic route eventually crossing the border into France, finding a Acacias campground in Cernay on the banks of the River Thur. We many stay a few nights here….we will see how we feel in the morning.