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BICYCLE TOUR: EUROTOUR 2010

FLAVIO BASSI'S ON-BOARD DIARY

DAY 10

DATE: 16:07:2010
START: JESTETTEN
FINISH: BASEL
LENGTH: 104 KM
AVERAGE SPPED: 15.5 KM/H
DIFFICULTY GRADE: A1
Flowing day, and an invention...
Today there aren't many things to say; the day is really flowing, even if we have a little wind against we sail amongst countryside, villages and towns without exacting ascents nor other difficulties. So there is also time to take a sunflower and install it on the trailer of Samuele by way of additional flag.

Before Basel, we pass close to our first nuclear power plant. It will be the first of a long series, since they need a lot of water the Rhine is their home. It's frightening to look at polished neighbors' houses just below the chimney of the reactor; in case of an accident the residents would be the first to have some little problem.

In the cities along the Rhine people take a bath quietly. Sign that the water is clean, at least I hope so.
In Basel, they invented a truly original pastime, it put me joy just to see it: at the end of the day, after work, Basileans head in flocks, by foot, upstream from the city center, where there is an easily accessible beach; then pull out colorful inflatable donuts and floating watertight bags, put inside them clothes, documents and house keys, and... splash! Everyone in the water to let the current drag them placidly along the meanders of the river, to downstream of the center. Here they go out from water, pull out clothes from the floating bag and dress again. In these hot days we understand that many people come here for this, the flood of people arriving on this beach does not seem to ever stop, is like leaving a subway... Very creative, congratulations and +1 for the city of Basel.

Overnight stay at hostel [luxury], dinner downtown in Italian-like pizzeria [luxury]. With luxury I mean as prices, in euros, compared to normal European standards. The quality is good but rather ordinary.

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