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    • Day 18

      Still Saar

      June 21 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Quite day today and not on bikes till after 4pm. Short ride to the confluence of Saar and Mosel. Ride back passed a very noisy lake hidden behind trees, the noise coming from hundreds of cormorants and herons on and around their nests. All the trees below have turned white from the "deposits". Ended with an exotic ice cream.Read more

    • Day 17

      A Trip to the Cloud (Cloeuf)

      June 20 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      We had some heavy rain overnight, which in turn has increased the humidity.
      Looking for relief we cycled 15 mls up the Saar to an Oxbow in the river at Mettlach. We then ditched the bikes and climbed 250 m to the view point, a round trip of about 6 miles through the forest alongside trickling streams so cooler than most other places.
      Of course we had to cycle back so earnt an early evening drink in the picturesque town before back to shower off the graveyard of insects we appeared to accumulate on our bodies en route.
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    • Day 30

      Goodbye Olympia, Hello Saarburg

      September 16 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      After our week of exploring the bike/barge along the Moselle, it was time to get off the Olympia and make our way to our hotel. It was an early 5.30 am wake up, followed by breakfast at 6.30 am. Our bags were packed (ie crammed) and offloaded from the boat at 7.30 am.

      The Hotel Am Markt was a short distance away from the dock, so I grabbed the handles of both our suitcases and started walking. I had not gone far before I felt an unfamiliar weight in my pocket. I wondered what it was. It was the key to our cabin !

      I immediately Uturned and walked back to the boat where I was met by the scowling steward. They had already realised that I was about to abscond with the key (and probably incur a huge penalty fine in the process).

      With the great key scandal thus averted, I was able to complete the easy walk to the hotel and drop the bags in. The rest of the day was free to explore.

      Saarburg is a most pleasant small town, centred on a scenic canal. During the day the area near the canal is packed with tourists, but after dark it is very peaceful.

      The major landmarks of the city are the elevated Saarburg Castle and the Reformed Church, both of which are situated high above the town. We made the strenuous climb up to the top of the tower to look down on the village and the river from this vantage point. It was well worth the effort.
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    • Day 29

      The Final Night on Board

      September 15 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      The final day of any extended ride is always a little sad, especially when the cycling conditions were absolutely perfect. Once you settle into a simple routine of daily riding, it really is hard to stop.

      Today we would not only be completing our final ride, but we would also be saying goodbye to the beautiful Moselle River that had been the theme of our week of riding. It was now time to join the Saar River and then follow it to the end of our ride at Saarburg.

      For almost the entire ride we stuck closely to the riverbank. At one stage we had a brief transit through the tiny country of Luxembourg, before catching a ferry back across the river back to Germany again.

      Maggie and I rode by ourselves for most of the day and enjoyed the quietness and solitude. At the end of the ride we removed our personal gear from the bikes, and prepared for the next stage of our adventure.

      That evening was the final night on board, and by tradition, this is when the captain plays host. He also made a special announcement that, because of the terrible mooring location in Trier, all the drinks would be free. I suspected that this would have happened regardless of where we had moored.

      Needless to say, it was a very noisy night, and we were happy to retire to our cabin earlier than usual.

      Tomorrow, we say goodbye to the Olympia, and look forward to a couple of bicycle free days in Saarburg.
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    • Day 31

      White Knuckles in Saarburg

      September 17 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Since today was our free day in Saarburg, we both slept in to the quite ungodly hour of 8 am. Instead of feeling refreshed by such a long sleep, I actually felt rather tired. I had spent most of the night fighting a losing battle with the tiny doona.

      These cursed things seem have become a thing in Europe since our last trip 4 years ago. While I enjoy sleeping under a normal sized doona, those that we have been finding in our hotel rooms are tiny little things, not much bigger than a hand towel. I find it absolutely impossible to find a comfortable sleeping position and find that my body temperature alternates between hot and cold. I have even tried throwing the whole lot on the floor, and just sleeping on top of the mattress, While that works for a while, it is not compatible with a satisfying night's sleep. And so, the nightly doona battle continues unabated.

      One of the attractions of Saarburg is a chairlift that goes from the township up to the top of a nearby hill. All of the others in our group had already decided to take the ride. In contrast, I had a problem.

      Maggie has always had a paranoid fear of heights. Even standing on top of a chair is a death defying challenge for her. The thought of sitting suspended high in the air on a chair lift was enough to transform her into a quivering mess. In spite of that, we set out on the walk to the base of the lift, to watch the others setting off up the hill.

      In spite of her fear, Maggie somehow agreed to buy a ticket and join me on the ride up. Well join me is probably an understatement. She closed her eyes and then dug her fingernails deep into the back of my hand. When the chair started to wobble a little, the fingernails went in even deeper. It turned out to be a painful experience for both of us.

      We did safely make it to the top of the mountain, without suffering a cable break or a heart attack, however I was a little disappointed at the views that we were rewarded with. In my opinion, the view from the tower at the palace was infinitely superior.

      After a coffee, it was time to face the return chair ride back down the hill. The entire drama was enacted for a second time, with Maggie holding her breath for most of the way down. She did not resume smiling till we were both safely back down on the ground.

      Tomorrow morning, we will split into two groups. Ken Lister will be taking 16 riders to Passau to begin their ride along the Danube from Passau to Vienna. Another 8 of us will be coming with me to Donaueschingen (the place where the Danube River begins) to begin our ride along the upper reaches of the Danube.

      There are also 4 others who will now be heading back to Australia. Those are Steve and Gill Wilson, Pascale Turvey and Sarah Barlin.

      In case you have been wondering about the weather - it has been close to perfect. So far we have not had even a single wet day, and most days have blessed us with lovely conditions for riding. That is why we always choose this time of the year for our European rides.
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    • Day 24


      August 19, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      A late decision to move on and look for some sunshine after an impressive storm last night.
      A lovely town by the river Saar-cycle ride to the Moselle from here and a walk around the town with the waterfall in.Read more

    • Day 18

      Regen, Sonne, Regen und Gratisstrom 🇩🇪

      August 2 in Germany ⋅ 🌬 17 °C

      Regentag mit plötzlichem Wetterumbruch

      Wir hatten eine ruhige Nacht. Aufstehen, Brotbacken und dann auf eine Runde mit Toby. Wir starten trocken und werden auf dem Rückweg von Saarburg total nass.
      Im Camper Kleiderwechsel und alles Aufhängen. Im Bus sieht es aus wie in einem Trocknungsraum. Überall hängen Kleider. Der Hund ist auch pudelnass. Wer nasse Hunde kennt, weiss dass sie dann müffeln 🙈.

      Wir machen einen Nachmittag mit Lesen, Dösen und holen Kuchen in der Rezeption des Stellplatzes. Die Sahnetorten sind ein Traum, aber sicher 10000 Kalorien.

      Unsere Womobatterie wird leider nicht geladen, da es nur Wolken und Regen hat. Also lege ich das Kabel aus und schliesse am Kasten an. Auf Steckplatz 7 sind noch 1,6 KW vom Vorgänger drauf. Danke, für mich Gratisstrom.

      Gegen 15 Uhr der Wetterumbruch, die Sonne kommt.
      Wir gehen auf einen Spaziergang. Wieder beim Camper zurück, die Falttasche in die Sonne um die grosse Powerbank zu laden. Alles andere wird angeschlossen zum Laden, wenn wir schon Gratisstrom haben. Jetzt würde auch unsere Anlage die Batterie laden.
      Wir sitzen bis zum Nachtessen noch draussen und geniessen die Sonne.
      Heute ist Premiere, ich mache zum ersten Mal einen Hackbraten im Omnia, dazu Pasta und Salat.
      Sehr gut gelungen.

      Wir sitzen noch lange draussen und lassen den Abend mit einem Glas Wein ausklingen.

      Morgen soll es dann weiter gehen Richtung Schweiz. Wir wollen noch in Ortenau.

      Saarburg hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Die Stadt und der Stellplatz. Seht freundlich und alles was ein Camper braucht. Besonders das Kuchenbuffet 😂🤤👍
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    • Day 17

      Adieu Mosel, bonjour Saar 🇩🇪

      August 1 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Adieu Mosel, bonjour Saar,

      Nach einer lauten Nacht in Mehring, laut wegen des starken Regens und Gewitter, stehen wir um 8 Uhr auf.
      Wir stehen im Wasser! Das Wasser versickert kaum noch. Kurze Runde mit Toby, Frühstücken und Duschen.
      Unsere Anlage hat durchgehalten. Langsam fängt mein Vertrauen an zu steigen. Als sie dann gar noch den Föhn locker wegsteckt staune ich nicht schlecht.
      Wir packen zusammen, denn heute soll es via Trier an die Saar gehn. Genau gesagt nach Saarburg, da soll es schön sein und einen ausgezeichneten Stellplatz geben.
      Wir können das Grauwasser leider nicht entsorgen, da der Wassereinlass für uns auf der falschen Seite ist. Wer baut denn so was? 90% aller Womos/Camper haben den Ausfluss in Fahrtrichtung links. Das Fahrueug sollte gerade stehen, oder geneigt gegen Fahrerkabine, aber nicht gegen das Heck. So läuft gar Nix raus!
      Also fahren wir mit 25 Liter Grauwasser los.
      Die Fahrt ist gemütlich und führt uns auf Landstrassen durch Trier nach Konz. Dort kommen Mosel und Saar zusammen, und wir veranschieden uns von der Mosel und begrüssen die Saare.
      Die Fahrt entlang der Saar ist sehr schön, und wir erreichen zügig Saarburg.
      Wow, was für eine schöne Stadt!
      Was für ein toller Stellplatz. Zurecht Stellplatz des Jahres 2020.
      Wir checken ein, geniessen selbstgemachten Kuchen vom Buffet, und gehen dann los Richtung Altstadt.
      Sehr schön und gepflegt. Wasserfall und Mühlen mitten in den alten Häusern sind ein besonderer Anblick.
      Wir spazieren zurück zum Stellplatz um uns einen Apero zu genemigen.
      Später wird dann ein 1.August-Menue gekocht, denn heute ist Nationalfeiertag für Schweizer 🇨🇭🇨🇭❤️❤️🇨🇭🇨🇭.
      Ein gemütlicher Abend rundet den Tag ab.
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    • Day 12

      Wassinbllig to Saarburg, Germany

      May 25, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      After coffee and cake and first aid to the injured we cycled on to Saarburg via the Said River cycle path.
      We stopped and ate our 🍞 beside the river and debated the best route to take to our destination. The longest route was chosen as it was a great day with sunshine and no wind. After 12 kilometres the views changed after a few slopes mainly uphill. All were happy when we arrived at one of my favourite beer gardens where we partook of a couple of ales before cycling onto Saarburg.Read more

    • Day 20

      Saar / Mosel

      September 16 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Start bei herbstlichen Kühle (und Nebel in den Weinbergen) in Richtung Mosel.
      Der Radweg ist auch hier super gelegen, immer an der Saar entlang und ohne Höhenmeter.
      Wir passieren kleine Dörfer und gelangen an die Saarmündung. Nicht spektakulär, aber viel Wasser.
      Weiter geht's an der Mosel entlang, die hier die Grenze zu Luxemburg bildet.
      Wir fahren bis Grevenmacher und drehen dann um. Der Mündungsort Konz bietet leider nichts Sehenswertes und deshalb gibt es nur ein einfaches Mittagessen.
      Die Wolken nehmen zu und heute abend soll es noch regnen, also zurück zum Platz.
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