What better to do while lying in the bed with the flu than to plan the actual route?
The main reason I can actually cycle home is that my girlfriend is taking a course in Langenargen for a week. However, since we don't have a car, it's impossible for her to get there in time for the start of her course on Sunday, so she must go there the previous day. So going there together for a Saturday seems like a great idea - if the route from there is still doable within the time constraints (I have 8 days to get to Budapest). Based on a quick google maps search it seemed so, so I went into the details (elevation is not such a big issue when driving a car, but for cycling with bad knees it certainly is).
Finding cycling routes in Germany onlineRadweg is the keyword to search for. Finding routes today is much easier - there is so much available content blogged (trip reports, and more trip reports) and shared via fitness tracking sites(RunKeeper, EveryTrail, Endomondo). I have to say though that the route tracking sites are somewhat hard to use for long routes, so if I haven't found the 360 degree blog, I might not have been able to find their routes as one that might interest me. Also, until I knew the actual route's name, it was somewhat difficult to search for it :) The find the name of the route - fahrradreisen.de was a great help there, and it has rough map sketches at the bottom, just above the ads. And google translate can make a world of a difference (though I was pleasantly surprised I didn't need it all the time - I must actually been learning some German, not just trying to!) And then there is naviki, which ties together user's uploaded tracks, creating an incredibly full coverage for German cycling routes. Or routes people cycle on :)
naviki is great, but has a few limitations (hey, it's beta!)
- it doesn't know about "official" routes, so it will always give you the shortest route between two points - even if there is a mountain to cross, which could have been avoided by making a small detour. But you can provide intermediate points, just like with google maps to guide it to your desire
- when you misspell or don't give the precise name for a town (e.g.: Wernstein vs. "Wernstein am Inn"), it hangs, and you have to reload the site, and start reentering *all* the data - previously entered location names are forgotten (and it doesn't trigger the browser's autocomplete feature)
- you can only have 19 points specified (and sometimes less - no clue why)
- it gives you the elevation profile
- and you can download the whole route in many file formats (I prefer GPX)
- Crailsheim - Donauwörth and then the Donau Radweg
- Langenargen - Bodensee-Konigsweg-Radweg; Isar-Radweg; and then the Donau Radweg
- Langenargen - Munchen; Isar-Radweg; and then the Donau Radweg
- Langenargen - Bodensee-Konigsweg-Radweg; Inntal-Radweg