Onward to Schleich

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

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Friday, May 21, 2010

I really miscalculated the distance on this leg of the trip. It turned out to be 80 kilometers instead of the 44 I had predicted. A 50 mile day it was, and thank goodness the weather was wonderful. I am definitely not cut out for more of this type of daily distance. But hey, I made it. The sky was deep blue and cyclists were out in droves, drinking in the sunshine and warmth, and starting early on a religious holiday weekend called Pfingsten here in Germany. The waterfront restaurants and beer gardens were filled with people and the camping areas along rhe shores were well populated. The excursion boats were plying the river, people were waiting at boarding ramps to take a local excursion cruise, and the day just had a festive quality about it. This all helped to make the miles tick by and by the time I had put in six hours of pretty steady pedaling, I found my nights accommodation. It was a relief to call it a day. I traversed some pretty large towns today including Traben-Trarbach, Krov, Zeltigen, Bernkastle-Kues, and Neumagen. You could easily spend a few days in each town, they are all so scenic with many options and offerings for accommodations and dining. There is no way to count the number of lovely beer garden restaurants I passed.

Tomorrow marks my final day of cycling as I will have a short run of a couple of hours before entering my destination city of Trier.

Hannelore's sister, Christiane, will be meeting me there, once I let her know of my arrival point. She lives way up on top of the ridge that marks both sides of this beautiful Mosel Valley. The drive to her lovely home will spare me a grueling two hour push of the bike up this very steep slope. These girls truly love their "Uncle Dave," and it shows by the way they watch after me when I sally forth in Germany on my own. Hannelore and Reinhard check every day to make sure I make my destinations safe and sound, and Christiane has arranged with a neighbor who has a bike carrier on his vehicle to pick me up in Trier. Gosh almighty, I feel really loved by all this special attention. All three of these sisters are wonderful people; Hannelore, Ingrid, and Christiane. I am very blessed.
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