An ice cream truck, bright orange slugs and a nude beach are just a few of the things you’ll come across when biking through the German countryside with no destination in mind.
I started my Sunday morning by deciding that I’d go on a bike ride through some small towns and bike trails in the area in an attempt to add some excitement to an otherwise uneventful day. I spend most Sundays bored in my tiny apartment, as pretty much the whole country of Germany closes, but as I buckled my helmet and took off down the street, I had no clue what I was going to come across in the following hours.
Of course, when I decided to combat my usual Sunday blues with a relaxing bike ride to a neighboring town, I never anticipated that it would turn into a six-hour trek up mountains, past castles and through fields of horses, sheep and goats, but when a closed portion of the bike trail led me up a small mountain path, I found myself grateful for having left my apartment in the morning.
What started as a relaxing jaunt quickly turned into a day-long excursion as I approached the top of the mountain and took in the sights of the Swabian Albs and Schönbuch Forest. To my right, I saw a fully-forested peak of the Albs and to my left, a small town in the valley.
I knew immediately that I couldn’t just turn back then, as there were surely so many more beautiful sights ahead. I looked to one of the many small, crooked signs displaying city names and distances that scatter the trails and decided on aiming toward Nürtingen, a smaller city just outside of Stuttgart and only 20 more kilometers ahead.
Throughout my trip, I passed hundreds of other bikers, joggers and even roller-bladers. As we all stopped for breath atop mountains or to take in a particularly breathtaking view, we had the chance to meet and talk a little before going our separate ways, sharing a tiny part of our day taking in the beauty that a random decision to go out on a sunny day has to offer.