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August 2019

2019 AUGUST 11 to 23 - GOZO

The smaller paradise of the Maltese Islands! Day 51 to Day 63

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12 days in Gozo

Gozo is the middle sized island from the Maltese group, and a lot less populated than the main island of Malta. We spend equal time on both islands cause we love them both.

Quick Facts on Gozo

37,000 Inhabitants

Small island covering just 67 km2 (26 square miles)

Second largest of the three inhabited Maltese islands

Known for a few popular sites like the Dwejra inland sea, the Citadel in Victoria (a small bastion city built atop one of the hills in Gozo with a rich historical background) and the Ġgantija Megalithic temples.

A number of big budget film productions were shot in Malta and Gozo. In the first series of Game of Thrones, the Azure Window (natural rock formation which unfortunately collapsed recently) featured in the backdrop of some of the more memorable scenes.

Said to have been the home of the mythological Calypso, the nymph from Homer’s Odyssey.

Here are some random photos of this year in Gozo!

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2019 JULY 28 to AUGUST 11 MALTA

A holiday in the middle of our travels. Day 37 to Day 51

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2 Weeks in Malta

I don't usually do a blog for my time spent in Malta, mainly because my time here is spent relaxing, a lot of relaxing and doing not a great deal at all. And although I am still not writing a blog, I thought I might share some photos with you.

First, here's a bit about Malta for your information.

Malta , officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Italy, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. With a population of about 475,000 over an area of 316 km (122 sq mi), Malta is the world's tenth smallest and fifth most densely populated country. Its capital is Valletta, which is the smallest national capital in the European Union by area at 0.8 km². The official languages are Maltese and English, with Maltese officially recognised as the national language and the only Semitic language in the European Union.

The size of Malta is about 27 km/ 16.8miles long by 14.5 km/ 9.00miles width, Area - 122 square miles-316 square km (Malta 246 sq km, Gozo 67 sq km, Comino 2.7 sq km). Coastline - 196.8km (not including 56.01 km for the island of Gozo).

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History:
Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, with a succession of powers having contested and ruled the islands, including the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British. Most of these foreign influences have left some sort of mark on the country's ancient culture.

Malta became a British colony in 1815, serving as a way station for ships and the headquarters for the British Mediterranean Fleet. It played an important role in the Allied war effort during the Second World War, and was subsequently awarded the George Cross for its bravery in the face of an Axis siege, The British Parliament passed the Malta Independence Act in 1964, giving Malta independence from the United Kingdom as the State of Malta, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and queen. The country became a republic in 1974. It has been a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations since independence, and joined the European Union in 2004; it became part of the eurozone monetary union in 2008.

The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino, as well as countless megaliths, medieval dungeons and atmospheric towns and villages. Meandering streets contain Renaissance cathedrals and Baroque palaces. Malta is the largest island; rural Gozo is next in size.

Here are some random photos of this year in Malta!

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2019 JUNE 30 to JULY 28 GERMANY BIKE RIDE EXPENSES

This is how much it cost us for our 29 day bike ride in Germany.


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Hi Everyone,

This post is for mainly for my own information, but I thought maybe some of you might be interested in what our 29 day bike ride in Germany cost us.

We have always kept a record of expenses for every trip just out of interest for ourselves. I used to create an excel spreadsheet from the manual records of daily expenses we would to write in a little note pad.

Now due to wonderful technology, I have this great APP that I have downloaded into my phone and each time we pay for something I enter it into this APP and it keeps a tally for me, easy.

There are many APPs available, however the one I chose is called TravelSpend and I highly recommend it. It's a free APP, however, I paid the extra couple of dollars (about Aud$6) for the upgrade so I could add my own categories etc.

All the amounts listed are for 2 people, as my travel companion, my sister Lyn, had exactly the same expenses as me on this trip. We came in under budget, which is good, means more money to spend on the next leg of the trip. The APP allows me to work in what every currency I like. For this one, I was able to enter our expenses in Euros and it converted to Australia Dollars for my convenience.

So the entire 29 days in Germany costs us a total of AUD$3390.03 (or AUD$1695.02 each), which is an average of AUD$116.90 per day (or AUD$58.45 each per day).

Below are screen dumps direct from the APP which show the break up of our expenses.

Accommodation and transport are always the highest cost of any trip.

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We spent;

$924.27 on 9 nights in hotels or apartments

$577.26 on purchasing 2 bicycles with pannier racks, handlebar baskets, spare tubes, a pump and a few misc tools

$524.01 on 17 nights camping fees

$275.06 on food we purchased from supermarkets

$273.01 on public transport, which included $113.34 for the train from Frankfurt to Saarbrucken where we started the bike ride

$200.33 on beer in total from both supermarket and bars

$133.51 on activities which includes luges and chairlifts

$131.28 on 7 restaurant / café meals

$112.79 on postcards and postage, which included $101.40 for parcel of camping gear we sent home

$45.38 on wine in total from both supermarket and bars

$44.44 on clothing, towels and leggings purchased from Decathlon

$40.54 on sim card to make calls and data in Germany

$32.89 on coffee and cake x 3 times in café

$30.70 on ice cream cones

$27.98 on camping gas used for cooking

$9.15 on souvenirs

$7.22 on coin washing machines

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So, there we have it. Not a bad trip for the price.

Departing Frankfurt:
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everywhere in between:
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arriving back in Frankfurt.
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2019 JULY 24 to 28 - GERMANY - RHINE RIVER

last days on the bike and on the Rhine!

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WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY 2019 (DAY 33)

BIKE DAY 23 (RUDESHEIM TO MAARUA)

Today was hot! Today was REAL HOT!

We woke up at around 8am again and had breakfast. I cooked bacon again, a real treat for us! We were packed up and I went and paid the bill and we were rolling out at just on 10am. The guy in the reception said to me that it was going to be hotter today then it was yesterday, and tomorrow it going to be hotter than today.

As per usual Rhine bike track – it was flat and easy riding. We had to make a few more water stops than usual because of the heat. By 12 noon we had ridden 17km and it was time for a radler stop. We had passed a few kiosk bars that were for some stupid reason closed, but I remembered a kiosk that was sure to be open, and it was! We stopped and had a well deserved and very cold radler beer. As there was a table and chair right where we stopped, we decided it would be a good place to stop for lunch and that meant we could have another radler. Which we did!

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The campground we looked up yesterday was just 5km further on and when we arrived there before 2pm we thought we might continue riding for a little longer. However, after asking where the next campsite was and being told it was 50 km up the Main River, it was decided it was best we stop here after all.

There were already quite a few cyclists’ tents set up, these poor Europeans are feeling the heat even more than us. We found a spot to set up the tent, but just got out our chairs and chilled out for a little while first.

The tent up and everything put inside we went out looking for a supermarket that would hopefully supply us with cold beer. Google maps advised there was a shop just 1.3km away so not too far. We found 3 supermarkets, Netto, REWE and Aldi Sud but none of them had any beers in the fridges! OMG what are these people thinking? We bought some dinner supplies (smoked fish and potato salad) which we stowed in our cooler bag, hoping they would still be ok in a couple of hours for dinner.

Back at the campsite we sat in the shade until the camp bar open. Regardless of the price a cold drink was needed. Turns out this is the cheapest drinking hole around, and they were selling 500ml Radlers for just 2 euros. So, we sat in the bar terrace, watch the river traffic pass, for the next 2 hours drinking 2 euro very cold radlers.

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By 6pm our tent was in the shade and we returned to eat dinner (which was fine from the cooler).

A few more bikes rolled in during this time and now there must be about 15 set up for the night.

I had a shower after dinner and now sit here at 9.35pm in the twilight writing this as Lyn has her shower. I think this is going to be the warmest (hottest) night for us in the tent tonight.

This is also our last night of camping for this trip. Tomorrow we ride the 40 odd km up the Main River to Frankfurt where we have booked a hotel for 3 nights. No idea what the track is like or if there is a bike track up the river, if not we will be getting on a train for the last leg into Frankfurt. We booked a few days there because we need to organize posting home our camping gear and sort out the bikes.

DISTANCE RODE TODAY 27.56km

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CAMPINGPLATZ MAARUA 18 euros – toilets with paper, hot showers (don’t need hot), CHEAP AND COLD RADLERS!

THURSDAY 25TH JULY 2019 (DAY 34)

BIKE DAY 24 (MAARUA TO FRANKFURT)

The tent was in the shade when we woke up, thank goodness, because it looks like it’s gunna be very hot today. There was lots of noise earlier from other campers, obviously trying to get away before the heat.

This is our last day riding today, we ride into Frankfurt, so as usual there was no great hurry to get away. Also, we wanted to make sure the tent was completely dry when packing it away as it would be the last time it would be packed before we sent it home.

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We are riding up the River Main today, which will take us directly into Frankfurt city where we have booked a hotel for the next 3 nights. It’s about 40km today, so a big ride to finish our bike tour.

Saw some graffiti along the way under a bridge.
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We start riding just after 10am, and the day is already warm. And as we ride the day gets hotter and hotter. We later find out it was one of the hottest days ever recorded in Europe with Germany, Belgium, Holland and Paris all getting special mentions on the news regarding extreme temperatures.

Following a good path alongside the river we realized early on that we are really not carrying enough water for today. I stop at a tap on the outside of someone’s house and douse myself with water. Back on the bike, it took about 2 minutes for me to be bone dry again. Yep, definitely a hot day.

At about the 20km mark, we stop for a drink and some fruit. It’s too hot to eat a sandwich for lunch. Lyn goes over to the river to wet our hats and facecloth to cool down a little. All too enticing, we decide to go for a swim, fully clothed, and it turns out to be a brilliant idea. The river water here is very clean and clear and we enjoy the coolness of the water as we completely submerge ourselves in it.

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Turns out later that this was very good choice of spots to stop for a swim because we were soon riding around industrial areas that took us directly away from the river. Riding along in 40-degree heat, along a long flat bitumen road was not pleasant at all.

The last 8km into Frankfurt was back next to the river, so a nice way to end a very hot and hard day.
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We had little trouble finding our booked hotel because it was opposite the train station and we knew where to find that. We checked in a were given a tiny room with 2 single beds and 1 pedestal fan! Silly me, did not even think about looking to see if the hotel was air con’d or not, I just presume all hotels are air con’d. Well, obviously not all hotels in Europe are air con’d, guess they have more priority in trying to keep customers warm from the cold, rather than cool from the unusual heat.

At the beginning of our trip we had left our bags with Marcus (Lyn’s friend) and as our hotel was just minutes from his work, he had kindly brought them in and delivered them to us at the hotel. We then went out for ice cream, with sounds a little creepy, but was the best idea in this heat.
We spent the rest of the day lazing in our hot room, with very little reprieve from the heat.

Dinner was a knuckle purchased from one of the food places at the train station.
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So that is the end of our bike adventure! All went well, we were very happy with the bikes we purchased. I will have some price statistics of the whole trip if anyone is interested. We come in under budget so very happy with that.

The next few days we need to get to a post office and send out camping gear home. And also, we need to take bikes to be stored for next year – (yes there is going to be another (short) ride next year). Marcus has very kindly given us a bit of space in his cellar to store the bikes.

DISTANCE RODE TODAY 36.34km
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HOTEL EXCELSIOR FRANKFURT 67.50 euros, NO AIR CON, good breakfast

FRIDAY 26TH JULY 2019 (DAY 35)

FRANKFURT

Breakfast at the hotel was very good. Better than what we expected.

We found a post office and sent home just over 8kg of camping gear (tent, sleeping bags/sheet). Don’t want or need to be carrying this stuff around with us for the next couple of months as the camping segment of the trip is over!
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The rest of the day we did nothing, just tried to keep cool in our very hot little room. The foyer of the hotel has free tea, coffee and cake all day so we ventured there a couple of times. But the foyer was not air conditioned either so there was no escaping the heat.

HOTEL EXCELSIOR FRANKFURT 67.50 euros, NO AIR CON, good breakfast

SATURDAY 27TH JULY 2019 (DAY 36)

FRANKFURT

After a good breakfast at the hotel we took our bikes on the train to where they are going to be stored for us till next year. Lyn's friend, Markus has very kindly agreed to keep the bikes for us so we can use them again next year. Which means that yes we will do another bike ride in next years trip. This was very generous of him to allow this and we are most grateful. Especially because this is the weekend Markus is moving house, so the last thing he needed was us hanging around wanting storage space for our bikes.

It was too hot to ride the 10km so we took the bikes on the train and just rode the 1km from train station to the flat. Of course as soon as we left the train, it started to rain. The last few days being so very hot, it was inevitable that rain would come.

Really, we were a big intrusion on the moving activities, but Markus and his family and friends who were all helping with the move, were very hospitable to us. And lucky for them the rain did ease.

We returned to our hotel and set to the task of packing what we had left. There still seemed to be a lot. Tomorrow we depart Germany for the next leg of our journey.

HOTEL EXCELSIOR FRANKFURT 67.50 euros, NO AIR CON, good breakfast

SUNDAY 28TH JULY 2019 (DAY 36)

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We did very little today, it's so hot outside. However the hotel room is almost just as hot without any aircon. This is definitely something to take note of next time I book a hotel in Europe.

I managed to get a late checkout time of 1pm, but our flight is not until early evening so we still had the whole day to kill. We packed up our bags and put them in the luggage storage room and went out for a walk around town. It's pretty quiet, being Sunday all the shops are closed, and it's really too hot for people to be just wandering around. We did a loop to the river and back, just to kill time and then spent the rest of the afternoon in the hotel foyer with free tea, coffee and cake. Even the hotel entrance is not air conditioned so it was not the most comfortable.
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We decided to leave for the airport early. At least the airport terminal would be cooler to sit around in. Not sure how we managed it but our bags still seem to be full and heavy. Considering we have posted stuff back and also left stuff with the bikes, our bags still seem to be loaded.

The train takes less than a hour to carry us to the airport, and we have the last German Radler to toast our bike leg of this trip.

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Malta, sun and relaxation, here we come.

HOTEL EXCELSIOR FRANKFURT 67.50 euros, NO AIR CON, good breakfast

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2019 July 23 - GERMANY - Rhine River

a day out in Rudeshiem

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TUESDAY 23RD JULY 2019 (DAY 32)

BIKE DAY 22 (RUDESHEIM)

What a brilliant day we had today! The alarm went off at 8am, but we did not get up until 8.30am. Before we even opened the tent, I knew it was a perfect day outside as I could feel the sun beating down on the tent. Brilliant blue sky and warm.

I cooked bacon and toast on our small hot plate to start the day off. We sat looking at the river enjoying our breakfast, we did not have to hurry away we had the day in Rudesheim today. Well, not actually Rudesheim, but that’s where it will start.

We rode out of the campsite just on 10, stopping at the shops for some supplies bread rolls for our lunch today. We rode into town and locked the bikes up in a little side street off the main drag. Our next mode of transport was a gondola that carried us across the vineyards up into the N…… Forrest. The view over the towns on both sides of the Rhine River were great from our seats in the little bucket gondola. We could see the busy river up and down stream even though in the distance it was a little hazy. The vineyards are all green and starting to fruit, so they were a beautiful sight also.

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Once at the top it was a short walk to the Germania monument where we again stopped for photos of the amazing view below.

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Next we did a short walk (I think less than 2 km through the forest). Didn’t manage to spot any bears or wolves even though we were keeping a keen eye out for either. The walk was pleasant and mostly shaded, which was good as the day was by not hot.

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At the edge of the forest we sat on a chairlift that continue through the forest for a bit then did a steep incline down to the red wine town of Assmanshausen (or as Lyn fondly renamed Ass Mans House). This town / village is quite small, not much there except a few restaurants and assorted accommodation.

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We found a shady tree overlooking the river and made our selves comfortable. We had an hour and half to wait for our next leg of the day with was a ferry. This was no problem, there was a nice breeze and we had a picnic lunch to enjoy.

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We walked to the ferry dock and boarded the boat, which took off exactly on time at 2.15pm. Just a short trip down the river to drop us off at RhienStein Castle. This is a privately-owned castle that is open to visitors and has a couple of accomodation rooms, and of course an overpriced restaurant. We had 2 hours here before the boat returned to collect us. The castle is 80 metres above the river, and we had to climb up a zig zag walkway to reach the top. Again, amazing views! And with such a beautiful blue sky, it was great.

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The last boat from the castle back to Rudesheim left at 4.15pm, traveling upstream, it took almost an hour to travel the short distance. Actually, I think we rode the distance faster yesterday lol.

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The boat docked not far from where we had the bikes locked up, so we grabbed them and headed back to camp, via the supermarket of course to pick up some cold beers.

Sitting, drinking the cold beer, watching the river traffic pass we commented on what a great day we’d had. We are only a couple of more days on the bike and now that the weather is so nice we are really starting to enjoy it more. Although we heard temperatures are going to soar up there close to 40 degrees which is not really the best for bike riding, but we will see how we go.

Just before 7pm, we rode back to the supermarket, picked up some meat and salad for dinner and of course a stashed cold bottle of wine and returned to camp to cook and eat dinner.

Followed by the normal shower, washing of clothes and bed.

Tomorrow we move on again.

RUDESHIEM CAMPING – 21.40 euros, very nice toilets with paper, hot showers (no token just need to continually hold in the knob)

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2019 July 18 to 22 GERMANY - Rhine River

at a more relaxed pace on the Rhine


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THURSDAY 18TH JULY 2019 (DAY 27)

BIKE DAY 17 (BOPPARD TO ST GOAR)

Well our little holiday in the apartment has come to an end. We had a great 4 nights relaxing in comfort but it’s time to move along up the Rhine. I look outside and I smile, there is lots of blue sky and sunshine – the gods are on our side. Although, ironically, we did not have any rain at all during our indoor stay.

We had everything packed in panniers and transported down the 3 flights of stairs and loaded onto our bikes before check out time. We wheeled the bikes over to the post Bellevue Rheinhotel where we had to pay the bill for the extra 2 nights we stayed. The first 2 where charged direct by booking.com.

We bid farewell to Boppard as we rode out at 10am. Our destination today is St Goar just 15km upriver so an easy ride. The bike paths along the Rhine are very good, and although we had been off the bikes for a few days we were soon back in the saddle and travelling along fine. With the sun out it was a warm ride and the path was busy with day trippers and fellow cycle tourists. Lyn rode like the wind today and I had trouble keeping up with her.

Not surprisingly, we made it to St Goar in about an hour, riding past the town to the campground on the other side. Funny, I had been thinking during todays ride that we’ve been lucky with no flat tyres on either bike during this trip. Obviously, my mental thoughts were a jinx as 500 meters from the campsite Lyn got a flat. Bugger, I rode ahead to book us in, and Lyn pushed her bike the last little way to the office, then we unloaded and carried her bike to our site.

We had spare tubes with us, so it was not a big drama, except the idiots at the Decathlon in Frankfurt gave us the wrong size spare tube.

First up, we sat and drank the still cool bottle of beer we carried in the cooler bag from our supplies in Boppard. Then while I put up the tent, Lyn changed the back-tyre tube, luckily the spare one we had did fit it was just narrower than the one already in the tyre. One good thing about not having a geared bike, easier to change the back-tyre tube.
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We did a few other adjustments to the bikes, loaded everything into the tent and went back into town to have a quick walk around. St Goar is very small, just one main street with a few shops, restaurants and of course 3 ice cream cafes. We walked through a couple of souvenir shops, window shopping, had an ice cream then returned to the campground. I grabbed a couple of cold beers from the office which we enjoyed watching the traffic of the Rhine go by.
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I’ve stayed at this campground before and picked the same spot I stayed in last time. Under a nice big tree that offered lots of shade from the sun, and lots of protection from the rain, which unfortunately we needed. The rain was not hard, but enough to get wet had we not had the shelter from the tree. It was good, we were able to sit out under the tree and not get wet at all. We even cooked and ate dinner under the tree without getting wet.

The rain stayed light, but it stayed. How ironic as soon as we bring out the tent, out comes the rain. But there was no wind, so that meant it was not cold.
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We did the usual, had showers and went to bed. Just before we retired another cyclist rolled up and set up tent not 10 feet from ours. Why the hell he needed to be so close I don’t know, maybe trying to take shelter under the tree also?

DISTANCE RODE TODAY 15.??km

LORELEY BLICK CAMP 14.75euros, toilet with paper, great hot shower, no power

FRIDAY 19TH JULY 2019 (DAY 28)

BIKE DAY 18 (ST GOAR to Loreley Lookout/Bob)

We slept late – it was 9.45am when I woke to go to the loo. Lyn had been up earlier but returned to bed and sleep. It had rained during the night, but we remained dry and it was not too cold in the tent. The rain had just been light during the night, but the sky still looked like it was going to produce more today. We reluctantly got up out of bed and Lyn cooked mushrooms for breakfast. Parts of the sky were turning blue so there seemed hope for the day.
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It was close to midday when we finally headed out, back into town to catch the ferry to the other side of the river. We are going up to the Loreley lookout and there is a LUGE!

The car/passenger ferry travels back and forth across the river continuously so we didn’t have long to wait for it to return to our side and walk aboard. It costs 1.80euro per person one way and took about 10 minutes to cross. Once on the other side we were to catch a bus to take us up to the lookout. Of course, we had just missed the bus and had to wait 45 minutes for the next one. So, during this time we walked up to the REWE supermarket to take a look as there is not a supermarket in town on our side of the river. Having to wait for the bus gave us time to go purchase some lunch supplies that we could eat up at the lookout. We bought a smoked fish, some bread rolls and some nectarines! Lunch fit for queens and less than 4 euros!
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There is a rock concert on up at the amphitheatre on the Loreley lookout so there were lots of people waiting for the bus to take them up there also. We managed to get on the bus at the station which was before the stop where the ferry came in, meaning we got a seat before all the others cramped in the bus overloading it. Still a handful of people did not get on and would have to wait for the next hourly bus. The drive up to the lookout is not far, maybe 3 or 4km but it’s a steep climb (too steep for bike) and we did not see a walking track anywhere near the road. Up the top the overcrowded bus seemed nothing to the amount of people already up there lined up to get in and hundreds of tents and campers already set up. Must be a huge concert. The age group we noticed were 40-50, predominately male. Many wearing t-shirts from previous years concerts.
We all got off the bus, them walking to the concert gates, us walking towards the lookout. The weather was holding out nicely, with the sunshine providing some nice warmth to our day. We found a shady spot to eat our lunch after enjoying views down over the Rhine River. We could even see our little tent from way up high.
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We then had a ride on the Loreley Bob, happy that the concert goers were not interested in this attraction, otherwise we would have had to line up forever. This is our 3rd luge ride of the trip, and we finished just in time to catch the bus back into the town.
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It dropped us near the train station that was close to the supermarket for us to buy dinner supplies. Also, when we were there earlier, I had hidden a bottle of wine in the fridge to cool, for us to pick up now and take back to drink. This is the only way we can get our drinks cold. We bought our supplies, walked back to ferry, caught it back to our side of the river. Rode back to campground and promptly drank bottle of still cool wine! Good day out! And no rain.
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Loreley: steeped in legend, the slate cliff near St Goarshausen rises 193m into the air.

Rest of afternoon / evening we sat around relaxing, I started cooking dinner about 7.30pm. We ate, showered and went to bed.

DISTANCE RODE TODAY 1km

LORELEY BLICK CAMP 14.75euros, toilet with paper, great hot shower, no power

SATURDAY 20TH JULY 2019 (DAY 29)

BIKE DAY 19 (ST GOAR TO BACHARACH)

It was sunny and blue sky when we woke up. There was no rush this morning as we only have a short distance to ride again. We had breakfast, then slowly packed up camp and loaded the bikes. I think we still managed to make it out of the camp just after the 10 o’clock check out time.
Weather is starting to be on our side as we rode in the sunshine. We stopped for a photo in front of the Loreley Rock, then continued along the river. A very good path here but we did struggle with a very strong head wind. It felt like we were pedalling uphill the whole way. Even the small downhill inclines we needed to pedal because of the head wind.
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At the halfway mark in Oberwesel we stopped at a supermarket as there is nothing at our stop for the next 2 nights. We rode through the town before finding the REWE at the edge of town. As it was still early in the day, no good for us to buy fresh meat as it would not be nice by the time we came to cook it later. We settled for a tin surprise meal for tonight and would treat ourselves to dinner out on Sunday when there are no shops open.
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We made it to Bacharach just on 12 o’clock so stopped at the ferry kiosk to buy a radler and eat the fleishkase bread rolls we had purchased earlier at the REWE.
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Camp was only 300 meters further and we were checked in and set up by 1.30pm. So, we headed back into town to have a bit of a walk around, and an ice cream. There is only one short street, so it did not take long to see the sights of Bacharach. There is a castle on the hill here, but we are going to leave that excursion until tomorrow.
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Back at camp a few more walking campers and family bike campers had shown up and the place was filling up. We spent the afternoon by the river watching the river traffic go by and chatting with fellow campers.

We cooked out tin dinner (spag bol) and went up for showers at about 8.30pm – quite late for us.

By 9.30pm when we were starting to ready for bed campers were still rolling in and the small strip of grass allocated to tents was just about all taken up. We had a huge tepee set up next to us that was just about pegged in out inside our tent. All very cosy.

DISTANCE RODE TODAY 13.35km
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SONNENSTRAND CAMPING 15 euros – toilets with paper, hot shower 1 euro 5 minutes – we are stealing power

MONDAY 22ND JULY 2019 (DAY 31)

BIKE DAY 21 (BACHARACH TO RUDESHIEM)

We asked for warmer weather and we certainly got it and I felt it pelting down on the tent at 8am this morning. Brilliant sunshine, that promised to stay with us all day, and did.

Today we are travelling just 17km upstream to Rudeshiem, so again no great rush to get away. We had a slow breakfast and packed up at our leisure. We spoke to the young girl who seemed to be just as casual about movement as we did. She started walking in the very south of Germany and hopes to get to the North Sea in the very north of Germany in one month. She said she can walk 30 km in a good day, but it is getting very hot now and she has blistered feet. The cart she is pulling weights 35kg.
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We were packed up, bid farewell to our Dutch friends, paid the bill and rolled out of the camp at 11am, just as the church bells started to chime.
It was already hot, and I am not complaining about the sunshine, just stating a fact.

Of course, the track was good again, and we made good time again. Stopped to take a few pictures on the way. When we reached Bingen we had to wait for the car ferry to cross the river as we are camping on the other side in Rudesheim.
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The crossing took maybe 10 minutes and it was just a short ride to the other side of the town to find the campsite. It also was one that I have stayed in previously. We rode up to the reception only to be told they were fully booked. But they would find us a place to put the tent, campsites never turn away bike campers. Managed to get the exact same spot as I had last time.
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It was hot putting up the tent, but I assured Lyn I knew where we could get a cold beer as I remembered the bottle shop in the little lane behind the camp. We finished setting up the tent and put the full panniers inside ready to be sorted out later. It was time for a cold bevvy. You can imagine my horror when we rode the 3 minutes to the shop I remembered when we saw it had closed down! Lucky for us there was a REWE, Lidl, Penny and Aldi Sud for us to choose from to buy a cold drink. We did the quick rounds to check which ones had beers in the fridge and I planted a few bottles of wine hidden in the fridges behind yoghurt and cheese for us to pick up later. We bought an ice cream from Aldi which we ate just outside, joined by two other families with the same idea.
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I said to Lyn we now have 2 choices; ride into town and have a look around OR grab a few cold beers and ride back to the camp and sit in the shade and drink them. It was hot so you can imagine which choice was voted by both of us. We had a small cooler bag with us, so we grabbed 4 cans and headed back to camp. This was a great idea to sit in the shade and enjoy the beers, we can ride into town later.
Which we did a few hours later. It’s a short 10-15-minute ride, we walked around for about an hour. Very quiet considering the campground is full and there are a couple of river cruise boats moored for the night. But it was 6pm, so I guess most of them would be back on-board eating dinner.
We purchased tickets for our tour tomorrow and returned to camp via the Penny supermarket to pick up dinner supplies and a nice cold bottle of wine. Chicken kebabs, potato salad and a chilled white – very nice dinner by the river.
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Same routine, shower, wash clothes, bed.

It feels quite warm in the tent tonight, so I don’t think we need to worry about being cold anymore.

DISTANCE RODE TODAY 17.??KM
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RUDESHIEM CAMPING – 21.40 euros, very nice toilets with paper, hot showers (no token just need to continually hold in the knob)

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