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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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Aug 6, 2017 - Langst to Colgne

Sunday, August 6 Meersbuch to Koln 4 hrs 42 mins 79.8 kms The sun was not shining on my tent at 6:30 in the morning. There were trees in the way, but the sun was there. And the sky was blue. I finally started moving after 7:30. I broke my camp down and loaded up the bike. I then went to reception to get my breakfast. Markus saw me as I entered and barked out an order to get breakfast for Mr. Schamber. I look forward to seeing him on my return. I ate my sandwich in the communal hut and then I was down the road. There was a bridge that I...

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Aug 4, 2017 - Xantem to Langst

Friday, August 4 Xantem to Meersbuch 4 hrs 45 minstrel 84.1 kms It was a noisy night. The campground is situated adjacent to a well travelled secondary road. Through the night cars trawled the road. The Germans love their cars as much as North Americans do. I was awake at 6 AM but I put my night shades on and stayed in my tent till 8. There is a stiff breeze blowing out of the west. I am packed and ready to leave an hour later. From the other side of the field the Irish girl is up and heading for the washrooms. She waves to me as she...

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Aug 3, 2017 - Zutphen to Xanthem

Thursday, August 3 Zutphen to Xantem 5 hrs 6 min 96.0 kms I am on my own today. Totally. I had hoped that Cor would lead me out of Zutphen and point me in the right direction. No; his back was getting worse and he was taking the drastic action of staying off his bicycle. It was 9:30 when I cycled in front of Cor’s home for some obligatory bon voyage photos. A right hand turn and I was down the road heading for the Rhine River. Forty five minutes later I was taking shelter in a highway bus shelter from a rain storm. While I waited out the...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Day 3: Cologne, Germany

Our third day on the Rhine, and we have already passed from the Netherlands into Germany. This morning, we approach Cologne mid-morning. Watching from our balcony, I was first surprised to see a massive FORD Motors plant along the banks of the river. The entire complex must have stretched for nearly a mile. Adjacent was a refinery complex; whether that was part of the FORD property I don't know, but I suspect not. Soon after, Cologne came into view along with the many church steeples of the city. We passed under a large multi-use bridge...

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May 2, 2017 - Cologne

Breakfast at the hotel, updated the travel blog, sent off a couple post cards, packed my bags and off to the train station to continue my journey. Today it is off to Cologne will have one night there then will be on to Hamburg. It is another cloudy day looks like more rain but will be on the train. A nice train ride through the country side, lots of vineyards and castles can be seen along the river, also saw a lot of river cruise boats. Got into Cologne and the rain had stopped, a short walk to my hotel, checked in and out to see the...

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Dec 16, 2016 - Dusseldorf

Hotel check in at airport - very nice - Maritim Hotel Dusseldorf. Train into town. Shopping mission- Mephisto shoes. Decisions - hard - but finally. Hello red ankle boots Hello walking shoes. Productive shopping. Xmas markets and an early dinner. Flame Salmon - Yum Deep fried Camembert with Cranberry sauce- another Yum Exploding mulled wine - Yum Tummies full and time to head back to the hotel for an early start tomorrow. Metro full of police - more guns. Delays with train - unsure of what was going on. Pleased to retreat to the calm and...

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Dec 16, 2016 - Cologne

1am connect with Letitia and Emily. 3am - live stream 3.30am - watched Letitia and Andrew get married in Auckland. Big congratulations Mr & Mrs Williams. Little sleep... Morning tea at the chocolate museum with Ben and Aimee (NZ) - Lindt hot chocolates and waffles. Midday and road trip to Dusseldorf.

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