Subtitle: Ach, mein Arsch!
- distance cycled: 67.2 miles (Mainz to north of Koblenz)
- cumulative distance: 629.6 miles
Pros of today
Cons of today
|The route was mostly flat.||There was over 1000 feet of climbing.|
|It was close the Rhine, in the bottom of a beautiful glaciated valley.||Glaciated valleys are major wind-tunnels. Just guess which way the wind was blowing.|
|The sides were mostly terraced, with lots of vines and fruit-trees, adding to the beauty.||So there were many ‘Kodak moments’.|
|There were many castles, perched on breath-taking crags both sides of the river.||We got to see these during forced stops to medicate feet and adjust recalcitrant saddles and brakes.|
|There were train-lines either side of the river, bearing a mixture of German inter-city and regional passenger trains, Swiss passenger trains and even an Austrian passenger train, and many huge goods trains.||Oh for a magnapoon!|
|The restaurant at Lorelei served lovely salad with Bauernbrot.||There was nothing negative about this.|
|This was probably our longest segment of cycling.||It’s probably good that we won’t be doing any 100-mile segments.|
|We’re in an Ibis budget hotel: comfortable but cheap.||
|There are cycle-paths almost all the way.||There was a 10-mile stretch after St Goar/Loreley consisting of speed- and arse-destroying bricks, gonad-battering decaying tarmac, ankle-breaking gravel and earth-surfaced paths, and sphincter-shattering cobbles.|
The pros outweigh the cons, somehow. Tschuss!
Some of these photos are out of order, but it’s a PITA to rearrange them using my phone.