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Aug 10, 2017 - Rain day

Thursday, August 10 It rained all day. The camp operator seemed happier today. No ride today. Pierre and Carol went looking for a youth hostel. There were no stirrings from the tent of the couple from Utrecht. I did all my blog notes but the reception was too wet to use for posting. I stayed in my tent a lot, glad it has head room. Walked to Netto for a coffee and makings for sandwiches for tomorrow. A late walk up river. Read a lot of the John Gardner: The Secret Trilogy.

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Aug 9, 2017 - Rain day

Wednesday, August 9 I have decided to halt my forward progress here in Mainz. Today will be a rest day. Not sure yet on what happens tomorrow. It was a leisurely start to the day. There was no sun on my tent so I couldn't bask. It was after eight that I got out of my tent. I wandered over to the Netto store for morning coffee and strudel. The sun was shining, the day would be good. I did a little cleaning on my bike giving back to the earth the earth which had clung to the bike from yesterday. While I was cleaning I heard the English...

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Aug 8, 2017 - Koblenz to Mainz

Tuesday, August 8 Koblenz to Mainz 6 hrs 14 mins 108.2 kms I woke up at 6 AM. Surprised I got to sleep with all the train noise. And it still went on so I lay in my tent for an hour pretending that I could go back to sleep. Finally I put paid to the night and started to pack up. I was on the road at 8:02. A few blocks away from the campground I encountered a Netto discount market. I had enquired at the campground check-in where a restaurant might be. I was told they were across the river; accessible by ferry. Why didn't they tell me of this...

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Aug 7, 2017 - Koln to Koblenz

Monday, August 7 Koln to Koblenz 5 hrs 5 mins 96.1 kms I get up after 7 AM. The sun is not on my tent. I packed up and head to reception. The tag I hung on my tent had a deposit of 5 euros against it. The coffee and the chocolate croissants that I got at reception ate up the five. The route south from Koln is easy to follow. Even the need to keep my left hand in the water is not needed. The trails are a variety of surfaces: hard, soft, broken, cobbled. And there are a variety of things to see. Near Bonn the trail turned into a wide smooth...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Amsterdam and River Cruise through Germany and France

Arrived in Amsterdam on July 15th. Stayed at a great Hotel with a very nice Restraurant right on one of the canals. It has a retractable roof, but the weather was wonderful and they only closed it for breakfast. On Sunday, we walked to Beethovenstraat (street) and found a nice outdoor cafe to have brunch. all the shops were closed on Sundays in the area we were in so we saved some of our money. Monday, we walked down to the Museum Square where they have several museums. The Ruijs Museum was very large with over 1 million items to view....

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Jun 12, 2017 - Day 4: Koblenz, Germany, & Marksburg Castle

After departing Cologne the previous evening, we arrived at Koblenz, Germany the next morning. Koblenz is located where the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers merge. The merge is very evident where the waters meet, as the Moselle is clear water and the Rhine is quite cloudy. At that spot is a promontory point of flat land known for the equestrian statue of William 1 (Kaiser Wilhelm), the 1st emperor of Germany. It was erected in 1897 and destroyed in WW II. Following German unification a replica of statue was erected in 1993. The two sides of the...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Cruising and Heldelberg - Sept. 22

A relaxing morning cruising to Speyer - a BIG city after all the little towns we have stopped at. Then onto buses for a visit to Heidelberg, the old university city. The ruins of the castle which still dominates the city are magnificent and the amount of visitors on our day affirmed that Heidelberg is one of Germany's most visited historic sites. Heidelberg was a major player in Martin Luther's Reformation activities and became Protestant in the 1550's - 100 years before the castle was destroyed. After the tour of the castle we had free...

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Sep 24, 2016 - The Rhine Gorge - castles, castles and more castles

Sept 21 Castles on the Rhine - Boppard to Rudesheim - in sunshine!! WE pulled into yet another small town in the morning and then had guided walk of the town. Again this was a very small town so most people just explored on their own. I'm sure if many of the towns we visited were build on Roman ruins, but Boppard had done their digging (they had been trying to build a parking lot) and had unearthed a fair bit of the wall and gates of the Roman town. Back to the boat for lunch and the cruise down the Rhine Gorge. Our dining room is on the...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Koblenz, Germany

Valkenburg to Koblenz, Germany - 119 miles, total to date = 499 miles It was hot overnight again & we had all the windows & roof vents open. Even our lightweight duvet was too much. There were nice showers on site so it was good to have a freshen up first thing before breakfast. We were a bit later getting away today as we had wifi & caught up with emails & updating the web site. No particular plans today so we headed off towards the Eifel National Park across the border in Germany. Pleasant driving through hilly wooded country & we stopped...

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Aug 27, 2016 - Moving north through Germany

We headed north through Germany to a campground we knew in the countryside between the Rhine River and the Moselle River. We travelled 230 miles which was a long journey for us but we wanted to cover the miles. We arrived safely at the campground and enjoyed the next day chilling out in the gorgeous sunshine.

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Jun 29, 2016 - Bacharach

Yesterday was mostly a travel day for us. We took a 4 hour train ride to Frankfurt, rented a car and drove another hour to the small town of Bacharach. We took naps and rested as we are all tired and Elizabeth is sick with a fever. We took a short stroll around the town that evening and went to dinner. The food was very German and was wonderful. Ryan had pork in an onion sauce, Elizabeth had goulache soup, I had bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sour kraut, and Emily had pasta. We even splurged and got desert. I got the creme brulee and it...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Day 22 Cycle Tour St Goar to Bacarach

Overview Woke up to rain but by the time we were ready to leave it was just overcast. After riding for about 45mins the rain started and we came across a train derailment. Caused by a landslide on the tracks next to the cycle path. It had happened a couple of hours earlier. We got past the cycle path roadblock and continued but the rain became heavier. Knowing the railway was blocked (it was our planned means of getting back to Koblenz ) we enquired in the next town and found we could get a boat back mid afternoon. With the heavy rain not...

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