Lahnstein on the Rhine

Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
Trip End May 25, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I am up early and drinking coffee while looking out the window at generally dark skies with just a hint of breaks where the sun could push through. Smoke from chimneys says it isn't warm outside. Only a vague ache in the right knee troubled an otherwise totally knocked-out night of deep sleep. I am trying very hard to ignore the ache. Perhaps the optimist in me is stronger after a good night's sleep. Gotta keep on keeping on, as they say. The alternative is not on my radar screen.

Lessons learned at this juncture of the biking trip are 1) Never underestimate the daily distance between towns, or base it on driving distance. Just double the cycling distance as opposed to driving distance to be close to accurate, as the bike paths zig and zag, while the roads are fairly straight. 2) Plan less lengthy distances for each day to allow more time for sight seeing. 3) Plan a stand down day about every third day to physically recover or else refer to 2) above. And if all else fails, rather than reserve accommodations in advance, take a chance on finding a vacancy when you are pooped out and don't want to cycle further. I would not recommend this alternative for Germany though, especially during the busy travel season of June through August. This month I believe it would work, as school is still in session and vacations have not begun big time yet.

Today we will cycle to Lahnstein, where the Lahn connects to the Rhine just south of Koblenz. There Hannelore and Reinhard will be departing for Munich and I will be on my own the rest of the way. They have been so kind and thoughtful and have certainly made the trip so far a real joy. And just between you and me, I probably would not have gotten this far, this easily without them. They have taught me a lot about navigating through the towns on a bike, following the way markers, and dead reckoning where the markers are absent. Their GPS has also been a big help especially in locating the hotels I booked because they have not always been close to the trails. And their special friendship is a gift I treasure and one which I will hopefully be able to repay in the future. They have gone all out to get me oriented and conditioned to the road ahead.

I am picking up on this entry this evening from our destination, Lahnstein on the Rhine. We made it on schedule and with only about an hour of rain. My odometer reads 200.24 kilometers for the three days of cycling. That converts to 125.15 miles or 41.7 miles per day on average. Whatever caused the knee ache has disappeared and I hope it gets lost completely as I still have 4 more consecutive days of similar distance to cover. Final destination is Trier on Saturday the 22nd. Hanna and Reinhard will drop me and the bike off on the other side of the river in Koblenz at the famous confluence of the Rhine and the Mosel Rivers, called the Deutsches Eck. From there I will head up the Mosel River to Trier, a four day journey the way I have it planned.

Today's photos shown below.
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Regina on

Thanks, great pictures. We lived in Wetzlar for 4 years 1960-1964 on Mozart Street in Goverment Quaters. It is a great City to live in. I often wonder if those buildings are still there. I tried to find them on the internet but don't seem to have any luck.

Colonel Chell B. Uhl on

David: Sharon & I are SO PROUD of you especially when considering the accomplishments you've made on your trip so far. You are an inspiration to an old timer like me. You have done a fantastic job keeping us up to date. After serving 13 total years in Germany (off & on) I see so many towns & villages I've visited many times. Bad Emms is one of them, Marburg another.Makes me homesick for a "Cordon Bleu Schnitzle." mit eine Gurken Salat u pomme fritz (sp?)
I've selected some of the photos you've included in your blog to print out for your personal album when you get home. Your buddies, Chell & Sharon

Christiane Boock on

Hi Uncle Dave,
I am happy to folllow your route and the pictures are very nice. Thus I can see my parents are well and you too. We are currently exploring Tuscany and are in Castelnuovo de Garfagnana heading to Lucca today. Best regardds to my parents and hope weather gets better soon.

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