Lahnstein on the Rhine
Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
25Trip End May 25, 2010
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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
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.