Super hard uphill ride through forest roads in the Vosges mountains, Alsace, France. Fantastic ride, although first 8 kilometers took an hour! Cycling on muddy roads, up steep hills in rain and sludge. Rode two hours without seeing a soul.
This picture shows one of three 12-14th century castle ruins high in the Vosges mountains above Ribbeauville and providing a great view from our hotel. My bike route went right by two of these old castles.