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Apr 9, 2018 - Walk to Bruchhauser Steine

Daisy was better this morning so we decided we would try one of the more local walks to Bruchhauser Steine. The first part of the walk was fairly easy but then it was a steep climb up to Bruchauser Steine. The site has a number of huge stones where archaeologists have found remains of a hill fort and many human artifacts which date from the Pre-Roman Iron Age around 600 to 300 BC. It is believed to have been a ancient sacrificial site and it is not clear whether the ramparts found were part of a military hillfort or were intended as a...

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Apr 8, 2018 - Exploring the local area and ending up at Biggesee

Another good day forecast. As we were all a little tired from our walk yesterday we decided to do a little driving trip into the surrounding countryside. We drove through charming half timbered villages, stopping to have mid-morning coffee in one overlooking the square, tree covered hills, rolling pasture lands but the river valleys quite industrialised. We also found the biggest lake/reservoir in the area Biggesee which was very busy with local people enjoying the good weather as well as the inevitable motor bikers, who do like to beat up...

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Apr 6, 2018 - Walk to Borberg Kirchhof

Compared to yesterday Friday dawned sunny and warm as forecast. We decided we would try one of the local walks from the campground recommended by our host. This would test the signage, the quality of the trails, and confirm the classifications for difficulty. The walk was very well marked, the path in good condition and the level of difficulty accurate. We walked through glorious open farm land, and woods to reach Borberg Kirchhof, ruins of an old church partly built on the top of the mountain with great views. Coming down the mountain we...

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Apr 5, 2018 - Rainy Day

Our first day in Brilon was wet and cold so we did some shopping, briefly explored the town and got information on walks etc. in the area. Brilon sits in the area of Sauerland which is mini alpine area with an emphasis on the great outdoors. Tomorrow is forecast to be good.

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Apr 4, 2018 - Heading into Germany

Today we left Belgium and headed east into Germany. In Koln we had to take a diversion through an industrial estate as the motorway bridge over the Rhein was being worked on and no vehicles over 3.5 tonnes were allowed. We eventually got onto another motorway going north east. The rest of the journey was uneventful, except slightly narrow roads through a few towns just before Brilon. We arrived safely at the campground. The entrance was nice and big, the owner was friendly and helpful and we were soon set up on a large flat pitch, set on a...

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Dec 11, 2017 - Inside Drachenburg

We were up early this morning and had breakfast then got our things and left the ship for a bus which took us through heavy traffic to Konigswinter. It was raining heavily and we did not get a good view of the surroundings. When we arrived in Konigswinter we transferred to a cog railway which took us up to Drachenburg Castle. We were here some years ago on a Jerry Van Dyke Cruise. Their trip took us all the way to the top where the ruins of Drachenfels Castle are situated. From there you get a good view of the Rhine and its surroundings. Do...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Kissing Frogs - Aachen & Koln

Remember the old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a Prince? The same is true of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples of all sorts. Some you walk in, walk around, leave. Some you linger. Some you embrace. Koln's Dom is a famous World Heritage Site. You can tell by the throngs of tourists clogging its interior. It is huge. It is splendid. The stained glass is excellent. The relics of the Magi lend it a particular aura. I am impressed. It is still a frog. Aachen's Dom, however, is one of a select few It may not be at...

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Sep 8, 2017 - More to Cologne than expected

We started our German adventure visiting Vivian and Armando who we met back in Thailand. As they were at work they booked us onto a walking tour so we could learn a little about Cologne. The tour started by the beautiful fort gate where we saw the Cologne coat of arms. The coat of arms has three crowns on the top half which represents the Three Wise Men whose bones are housed in the magnificent cathedral. The bottom half of the coat of arms has 11 tears representing 11 virgins that where given to Attila the hum during the encirclement of...

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Aug 16, 2017 - Langst to Xanten

Wednesday, August 16 Langst to Xanten 3 hrs 48 mins 70.8 kms One would think that the Langst campground would be noisy due to its proximity to the Duesseldorf airport. And it is until around 8 in the evening. Then it is quiet. Until 6 in the morning. Then the planes start coming and going every few minutes. In between it is quiet. The planes woke me, then put me back to sleep with their rhythm. I was hoping that the sun would come out and bake me in the tent. There was too much ground fog for that to happen. The moisture that has poured...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Colgne to Langst

Tuesday, August 15 Koln to Langst 4 hrs 51 mins 87.9 kms There had been music playing till eleven last night. The source was from across the river. The locals were used to it for they stayed up with the music and talked till the music died. And then I woke at five in the morning and could not go back to sleep. Was I excited about the final leg of my tour? I broke my camp at 7:30. I made some sandwiches for down the river and had a coffee from the reception to go with one of the sandwiches. I rolled out of the campground at nine. I was doing...

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Aug 14, 2017 - Koln

Monday, August 14 Crossing the Rhine 30.7 kms I passed through Koln on a Sunday when I was heading up river. I felt like a salmon trying to get through rapids to calmer water. The waterfront was thick with people out on a nice Sunday. The cathedral was crushed by the tourists straining their necks to look up at the spires. I retreated from the rapids and looked for a calm campground. That was over a week ago. It was now two Mondays later and time to ride Koln. I would bicycle to the Dom. It would not be a straight route. There are seven...

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Aug 13, 2017 - Bad Breisig to Colgne

Sunday, August 13 Bad Breisig to Koln 3 hrs 25 mins 64.9 kms I got out of the tent at 6:30 to retrieve my power bank. I had left it at the communal shelter overnight to fully charge it. The valley was full of fog. It didn't portend for a nice day. I went back into my tent with my fingers crossed. At 8 AM I got out of my tent for good. There was blue sky above. The sun hadn't reached into the valley yet. I broke camp. I also made a couple of sandwiches; one that I had before I left. There was nothing open in Bad Breisig. It was Sunday, what...

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