Monday, August 20, 2001

France, Germany and Luxembourg, Weeks 8-10

From Cycle Tour Photos...

Germany was a highlight for us! Everybody was very friendly and ready to chat. Following the Rhine River and the Mosel was a highlight. The sight of castles perched on top of grapevine covered hill sides was breath taking. There was never a dull moment when taking a break of the river bank with a caravan like procession of barges and tourist boats traveling upstream and down. There were also many riverside cafes to be enjoyed!

Germany is very cycle friendly with cycle paths provided as an alternative to busy roads. Most were very well marked, however the occasional dead-end was not uncommon. we face a few challenges finding our way into Heidelberg.

Camping grounds were well equipped and plentiful in Germany - most had a bier garten.

Luxembourg was a revelation, as a country it was very pretty, the history is fascinating and there were some great cycling routes. On a couple of occasions we found ourselves on abandoned railways which had been paved especially for cycling. The old tunnels were even equipped with automatic lighting which was activated by motion detection.

We also traversed the southern edge of the Ardennes which provided some more challenging riding and lovely vistas. In our view Belgium is underrated as a cycling destination. However I would add we met more potholes on Belgium roads than anywhere else we visited.

For details either click on the links below or on the appropriate part of the route marked on the map. Otherwise continue to follow the route>>

Week 8: Frieburg to Bingen
Week 9: Bingen to Diekirch, Luxembourg
Week 10: Diekirch to Cologne/Kiel