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Just leaving Koblenz

First village

There's a castle

One of the many locks

Busy little villages with vineyards growing behind

Charming towns

Steep vineyards

Up river,sleepy little villages

Building a bridge to nowhere it appeared

Quite intrigued with these vineyards

Cruise ship passing through the lock

View down to the Mozelle

Quite the climb up

Just a few switchbacks

Home for the night

Entrance


Thursday, July 30st.

With a map of the Moselle (in German-Mozel meaning mosey) we headed out. The German section of the river, which rises in France than traverses Luxembourg, runs for 195 kilometers from Trier to Koblenz on a slow serpentine course, revealing new scenery at every bend. Unlike the Romantic Rhine (which we cruised down) the Mozelle is spanned by many bridges.

Paved walking and hiking trails line the river on both sides. Many bikers tent along this river as they travel carrying everything on their bikes, some even have trailers.

We passed through many little enchanting towns with their churches and castles. I was mesmerized with the vineyards. Every square inch had a vine on it, didn’t seem to matter if the land was perpendicular to the river. In fact Europe’s steepest vineyard with a 69% gradient is found here.

The ride up the bank of the Moselle was quite spectacular with its switchbacks.

Enough lollygagging it was time to head to the Black Forest. We knew we couldn’t make it in a day so we headed across country to Karlsruhe.

There was no easy way to get there but despite traffic tie ups, wrong turns, and an accident we finally found the campground. We both had headaches.



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