The wonderful saddle that I’ve been riding on, my Manta, is made by Jon Catling up in Skye. One of his partners, is a guy called Martin from Comfort Line who offer a high-end service for those looking to find a saddle that works for them. They offer a wide variety of saddles, and one of those is the Relax IQ – their name for the Manta. As I was in the region, that was the next destination on my list, and it was only a one-day ride from where I had stayed in Liechtenstein.
It was baking
My stay in Liechtenstein was brief, but long enough to class it as a lovely place. I crossed over the Rhine, and made it to the capital city of Vaduz. The whole country only has a population of about 37,000 with Vaduz having not even 6,000. It used to be part of Austria, but since World War 1 has had closer ties to Switzerland after Austria lost so much power. It uses the Swiss Franc, and shares the ridiculous prices of Switzerland. It has an absolutely sensational setting, with most of the country
Switzerland certainly loves organised paths, and so there was no surprise when on the network map there were trails for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, skating and even canoeing. I only saw a couple of skaters as I headed east along the lake, but that’s still a couple more than I’d seen up to that point. What I did see were incredibly clean and full-featured parks, that and really high prices. A trip to my staple of Aldi revealed prices that were two to three times as high as in
Just over the border from France I found myself in Freiburg, the entrance to the Black Forest. To me, there are two distinctive things. The colour of the buildings, from the local stone, and the small open-air sewers that are visible on most streets. I also learnt that it is the German centre of renewable energy, with even more solar panels on show than in other places. Apparently as a way of making money, you can lease out your roof space to a company who will pay for installation and then pay