Trier, End of the Bike Trip

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


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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saturday, May 22, 2010

 

Amazing what a good nights sleep does for aching bones. The morning dawned bright and clear, not unlike I felt, as the smell of freshly brewed coffee drifted up from the dining room just below. With not so far to travel this last day of cycling, it was possible to be lazy and have a liesurly breakfast and take it slow and easy on the trail.

Bidding farewell to my nice hosts, another family that is in the wine growing business, I slowly headed down to the river to pick up my journey along the bike trail. What was immediately apparant were the greater numbers of cyclists, runners and in-line skaters.

The holiday is in full swing and with the weather being near perfect, everyone, it seems, wants a piece of the action.

I made a stop to view the remains of an old Roman aquaduct in the little town of Poelich. It dates back over 1800 years to a time when the Romans ruled the area and used the rivers for transport. Indeed in Trier there are many Roman constructs still in relatively good shape including the Porta Nigra (Black Entry) that was the main gate to the walled city, extensive baths, and an amphitheatre.

I arrived in Trier by 1:30, gave a call to Christiane who came with her car to transport me and bike up the big,big hill to her home. Here I will do some unwinding, maintaiin the bike for storage, hopefully find a way to get on-line with my computer to upload the rest of the stories, and prepare for the early morning train ride to Frankfurt and the subsequent flight back to Ft Lauderdale.

This concludes my account of an unusual journey that was a bit out of the ordinary. I feel it fulfilled for me a lifelong dream, as I have repeatedly over the years wished to make a long distance trip by bicycle. Coupled with the unusual way of getting to Europe with the bike makes the whole episode even a bit more unconventional. If you have followed along with me I only hope you gained a bit from the experience. I know that memory fades so I will probably revisit these pages often. I still have to find a way to get the videos uploaded but that may have to wait till I am home. As for the ocean trip, it was something over 5000 miles with stops in six countries; the bicycling distance came to a total of 406 kilometers (254 miles). Speed average was 15 km/hr, and the maximum speed reached was 42 km/hr. I will always remember that particular downhill tear that equated to 26 mph.

I have tried several ways to post the videos and am still experimenting.  You Tube seems to be the best quality.  Here is the first, a video of biking along a highway with the camera mounted on my bike helmet.  It gives a bit of the atmosphere lacking in a still picture.  Click here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e6Z2qgxplw

This one illustrates biking through a town.  It's early morning, hear the bells from the oncoming truck (I have no idea what he was selling) and later all the birds chirping:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDdaLqhU56E

Riding Aside the Mosel River
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcF-B263JKs

More Mosel Scenery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHBRIaH24tk

A Very Long Coal Barge
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU_LCJeud8E

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Gordon Schiefelbein on

We enjoyed your entire adventure. Thanks for shariing it . Regards

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