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Skiing in retirement
21st Jul 2015 - 1st Aug 2015 - Skiing the Eurovelos 2015
Meanderings along the Mittel Rhin

The first couple of days in Germany are through urban-industrial landscapes in humid weather. We pass through Karlsruhe to reach Mannheim, a place remarkable chiefly because it took us an hour to find our way out after an overnight halt. 

From there to Worms, passing en route the vast expanse of the BASF works. From Worms back to the other bank and another lakeside camp for Debs to enjoy a swim. This sets us up well for the next days ride that sees us reach Nierstein in time for lunch before pushing on to Mainz. 

Finally the hot weather breaks and we are battered by strong winds, thunder, lightening and heavy rain overnight. The storm continues the next day as we start late and manage a modest 30k heading for the Rhine Gorges. Fate smiles on us for our ride through the Gorges in good weather and a following wind, before more rain overnight. A strong headwind is the feature of the next days ride out of the Gorges through Koblenz and it is with heavy legs that we arrive at a small woodland campsite a little distance from the river where we continue our custom of celebrating the end of each days riding with a cold beer, and so to bed.

A shorter day follows, punctuated by a visit to the "peace" museum at Remagen, and on 29th July we arrive at Cologne. A rest day is called for and we much enjoy visiting the Wallraf-Richarts gallery and the Farina eau de Cologne museum. We did not enjoy discovering that our pannier bag had been pilfered in our absence with the loss of waterproofs and Debs down coat. Still, worse thing happen at sea, as they say.

This called for an unscheduled stop at TKMaxx the next morning and suitably 're-equipped we make good progress through Dusseldorf, but by-passing Duisburg, all in beautiful warm sunshine on well-signed cycle paths, with few diversions. Much to enjoy in the way of rural landscapes and villages, and a last night in Germany is a wild camp.

Next: Through the Low Countries
Previous: Alsace

Diary Photos
22nd Jul 2015  Benz in Mannheim
Monument to Mr Benz

22nd Jul 2015  Mannheim sunset
From the beach below the camp in Mannheim

23rd Jul 2015  BASF main gate
Where 35, 000 people work on a 10square km site. The largest single occupancy employment site in the world, apparently

23rd Jul 2015  BASF bikes
You can have any colour.........

23rd Jul 2015  Worms. The Nieberlungen
According to tradition, the name of the city derives from when the legendary hero Siegfried slew a lindworm (dragon) near the city, as recounted in the Nibelungenlied.[The Nibelungenlied, translated as The Song of the Nibelungs, is an epic poem in Middle High German. The story tells of dragon-slayer Siegfried at the court of the Burgundians, how he was murdered, and of his wife Kriemhild's revenge. Here we see a clever street artists rendition of the tale

23rd Jul 2015  Worms Niebelungen bridge
Worms prospered in the High Middle Ages as an Imperial Free City. Among more than a hundred Imperial Diets held at Worms, the Diet of 1521 (commonly known as the Diet of Worms) ended with the Edict of Worms in which Martin Luther was declared a heretic. Today, the city is an industrial centre and is famed as the origin of Liebfraumilch. Worms today fiercely vies with the cities Trier and Cologne for the title of "Oldest City in Germany." But in 1945 60% of it was destroyed by RAF bombers

24th Jul 2015  Vines
Approaching Nierstein.This area is the second-largest wine-growing center in Rheinhessen, with 1935 acres (783ha) planted in vines. Of these, the vast majority are white wine varieties, with Riesling dominating the best sites. It is impossible to talk about Nierstein wine without mentioning the Rheinterrasse sub-region's famed Roter Hang (Red Slope). The iron-rich clay and sandstone soils of the slope give the formation its name, and are prized for the influence they exert on local vineyards. Typical descriptors used in conjunction with Nierstein wines are 'fragrant', 'delicate' and 'mineral',

24th Jul 2015  In Netto
Bread is our staple diet wherever we go. Germany has the best bread, in our opinion

24th Jul 2015  In Nierstein
When in Nierstein........

24th Jul 2015  Nackenheim
What Debs felt after lingering in Nierstein

24th Jul 2015  Camping in style
In Mainz we were loaned 2 camping chairs, but after so long sitting on the ground Debs has forgotten what a chair is for

25th Jul 2015  Half plastered on the Rhine
A few nicely preserved villages to be enjoyed. Here we enjoyed a glass or 2 of something chilled

25th Jul 2015  Floating greenhouse
Many Rhine cruisers to be seen. Mostly with very few passengers as far as we could tell

25th Jul 2015  Stormy weather
The barrels and bales are concrete. The woman is real

25th Jul 2015  Wine crane
Operated by 2 men on a kind of hamster wheel.

26th Jul 2015  Rhine cruiser
Crossing the river at Rudesheim for Bingen

26th Jul 2015  Vineyards above Rudesheim
Rudesheim is second only to Cologne in the number of foreign visitors it attracts:

26th Jul 2015  Start of Rhine Gorge with mousetower
The Rhine Gorge is a popular name for the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a 65 km section of the River Rhine between Koblenz and Bingen in Germany. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in June 2002 for a unique combination of geological, historical, cultural and industrial reasons.

26th Jul 2015  Rhine gorge
Many castles, many now hotels

26th Jul 2015  Rhine Gorge view
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26th Jul 2015  Rhine car ferry
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26th Jul 2015  Rhine features all in one shot
Gorge; castle; vines; church; village; barge; cruiser; paddlesteamer;

26th Jul 2015  Double barge
Passing Lorelly, the narrowest part of the river downstream from Basel

26th Jul 2015  Lorelei rock
According to German legend, there was once a beautiful young maiden, named Lorelei, who threw herself headlong into the river in despair over a faithless lover. Upon her death she was transformed into a siren and could from that time on be heard singing on a rock along the Rhine River, near St. Goar. Her hypnotic music lured sailors to their death. Needless to say, Debs broke into song too at this point

27th Jul 2015  Koblenz
Nicely framed (sorry)

28th Jul 2015  Photo at Remagen memorial
The Ludendorff Bridge (sometimes referred to as the Bridge at Remagen) was in early March 1945 one of two remaining bridges across the River Rhine in Germany when it was captured during the Battle of Remagen by United States Army forces during the closing weeks of World War II. The ability to quickly establish a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Rhine and to get forces into Germany allowed the U.S. forces to envelop the German industrial area of the Ruhr. The Allies were able to get six divisions across the damaged bridge before it collapsed on March 17, 1945, ten days after it was captured. The collapse killed 28 and injured 93[6] U.S. Army Engineers.The unexpected availability of the first major crossing of the Rhine, Germany's last major natural barrier and line of defense, caused Allied high commander Dwight D. Eisenhower to alter his plans to end the war. Since 1980, the surviving towers on the western bank of the Rhine have housed a museum called "Peace Museum Bridge at Remagen" containing the bridge's history and 'themes of war and peace'

29th Jul 2015  Rhine hound
Don't remember this dog

29th Jul 2015  Starey men, Cologne
You never know who is watching

29th Jul 2015  Industrial Rhine
All part of the Rhine scene

29th Jul 2015  Coats of many colours
The yellow one now being worn by some hobo in Cologne, no doubt

29th Jul 2015  Beer Hall, Cologne
The beer is on its way

29th Jul 2015  Jazz bar, Cologne
No, these are not wax works. But they might just as well have been

31st Jul 2015  Cologne
View from the river promenade

1st Aug 2015  The Rhine Route
Nearly there!

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