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    • Day 11

      Slugs, Frogs and Worms

      October 3 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Hello from Worms (Tuesday night)
      On Saturday morning , in Strasbourg, my bike crashed to the ground when we were getting it off the parkade bike storage rack and the “weird” sounds got worse. Luckily, we found a bike shop with a nice young guy who moved our bikes up his list of repairs and had us on our way in an hour after replacing some very stripped brake pads - the major source of the screeching noises. We’ll save the receipt for our grumpy bike rental guy, but I’m not holding my breath.
      Our ride from Strasbourg up the French side of the Rhine to Roppenheim was very pleasant and we enjoyed a feast at the restaurant L’Auberge de L’Agneau - which had been a main haunt of the Baden officers when I was there. We enjoyed escargot, cuisse de grenouilles (frogs legs) provençale. Some might argue the point of these dishes is less about the snails and frogs legs, and more about the delicious garlic sauces. (Right Sharon?) We also had delicious steaks, frites and salad. Everything, including the decor, was the same as the late-70’s except the price!$$
      Sunday we crossed the Rhine, leaving France behind. First we biked past the airfield near Baden which had been my home, briefly, and the home to 3 Canadian fighter squadrons. All ghosts of the past. The only plane that landed when we were in the area was a Ryan Air flight. Not as exciting - or nearly as noisy - as a fighter jet screaming by. Then we went through the farm fields of Hugelsheim that grow the most famous “ weisser spargel” or white asparagus - which is grown without sunlight. I had always detested asparagus growing up until I was taken to Hugelsheim and treated to the white asparagus - admittedly smothered in rich hollandaise sauce. Evidently, many famous people go to Hugelshem to have spargel. But it is not spargel season right now so we only saw the growing fields on the way by…. Next time list.
      On Sunday we headed to Karlsruhe - named for Carl William - a Prince of the Baden area. The term Karlsruhe means Carl’s peace . Rumour has it that he was building the palace in Karlsruhe as a summer place to get a rest - or peace -from his wife. Let me tell you, if that’s true it’s one hell of a man cave. Picture enclosed. Karlsruhe, the city, is an elegant city formed in a traditional star pattern emanating from the palace. Mike and I stayed right in the core , near the palace and main squares. Lovely gardens and buildings - mostly rebuilt after a devastating destruction during the war. The only problem with our location was an energetic carillonneur in the main church tower across the road. Every quarter hour this musician would let loose.
      On Monday morning we picked up Helen from the main station in Karlsruhe. She staggered off the intra-city having managed her heavy bike and panniers from Frankfurt. Together, we knocked off 55 km and pitched up in lovely Speyer, home to a huge basilica that dominates the downtown. The coolest thing that I saw in Speyer was a Lufthansa 747 mounted on a platform . Evidently, it’s part of the local aviation museum and the story of how they got it relocated from Frankfurt airport to this location is amazing. It looked like a plane was crashing into the town as we approached, but fortunately not.
      Today is Tuesday and it was a tough biking slog because we took a detour to Heidelberg. Helen had never seen Heidelberg so e decided to head there for a coffee. Very nice shopping strasse ( street). The most interesting thing we saw on the ride today was the massive (10x10 km site ) of the BASF chemical company site- perhaps the largest chemical company in the world. We biked by it in Mannheim for literally half an hour. It’s so large that they have internal buses, and people get around by bike.
      Today the weather changes and we had a steady head wind. My ebike battery is rather weak, even when running on low (Ecco) power, so I was literally running on fumes for the last bit of the 75km ride. Now in fairness, Mike offered me his battery if mine conked out . Bringing to mind the bible verse….
      “ Greater love hath no man than a man who would lay down his e-battery for his wife”……..
      Fortunately - for Mike - it never came to that so we won’t know how that story ended.
      Our last 30 minutes into Worms tonight was very rainy and we arrived soaked to the skin to our hotel. I wasn’t smart enough to have my wet weather gear handy so bikes through the rain and arrived drenched. Hmm.
      Tomorrow we continue our ride north.
      That’s the news for now, Helen and Mike send love / hellos
      Love Heather/ Mom
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    • Day 3

      Daily routine?

      September 3, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Ein normaler Tagesablauf: 07:30 Aufstehen - 08:00 Zmörgele - 09:00 Abfahrt - zwischen 16 und 18:00 Ankunft Hotel - Duschen und Velokleider waschen - 19:00 Essen - 21:00 Schlafen gehen!
      So läuft es üblich ab, ausser …… heute goss es mach dem Frühstück wie aus Kübeln! 😩 Wir schwankten zwischen „einem zusätzlichen Tag in Karlsruhe und in den strömenden Regen hineinfahren“! Wir warteten eine kleine Regenpause ab und fuhren trotz los! Oh Wunder, nach mehrheitlich regenfreien 87 Kilometern kamen wir kurz nach 16:00 Uhr in Worms an!
      (Michele ist eine unglaubliche Ausdauerathletin und hat bis jetzt die 300 km ganz locker absolviert!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼)
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    • Day 12

      My last day in Germany

      November 21 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

      Well, here we are, my last day in Germany. I walked around Worms today and ended up at the zoo and toured a cathedral in Worms. It was rainy, but I was prepared this time. I want a little over seven miles and enjoyed every minute of it.

      I came back to the apartment and went through my bags to make sure I'm prepared for tomorrow and Customs.

      It was a magnificent trip. However, I am looking forward to being home now.
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    • Day 11

      I'm not a Monster...

      November 20 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

      This morning, I had to leave my beautiful apartment in Lowenstein. I am driving to Worms, Germany.

      On the way, I stopped by Frankenstein's Castle. The restaurant closed last week so I was unable to go in. However, I was able to see most of the outside walls.

      The Watertower of Worms is amazing. Here is the link for some history:

      I will be here for my last two days. I plan to walk around the city tomorrow. It has so much history.

      I'm now enjoying a dark German beer and bratwurst at the Brauhaus Zwolf Apostel. Then off to bed.

      PS a few wild mushrooms for my good friend, Torie🍄
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    • Day 14

      Alles hat ein Ende.....

      June 17, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Nach einem schönen Abschluss am Beach und einer ziemlich unruhigen Nacht geht es heute von Worms 180 km nach Hause.

      Wir haben auf den insgesamt über 2500 km sehr viel neues und schönes gesehen und ich bin froh diese Tour durch Deutschland gemacht zu haben..... An einigen Plätzen hätte man sicher länger bleiben müssen aber das kann man ja nachholen 😍Read more

    • Day 13

      Siegfried, Hagen, Kriemhild und Brünhild

      June 16, 2022 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Bei dem heißen Temperaturen war es schön nicht so weit zur letzten Station fahren zu müssen.

      In Worms sah der Stellplatz erst nicht besonders aus aber direkt dahinter waren am Rhein sehr schöne Gärten angelegt.

      Nach einer Mittagspause ging es um 13:30 Uhr in die Stadt vorbei am sehr beeindruckenden Turm der Nibelungenbrücke in Richtung Dom. Durch den 100 jährigen Krieg und den 2. Weltkrieg ist leider keine Altstadt erhalten.

      Kurzfristig habe ich mich einer Führung angeschlossen und die Kinder haben sich ins Domcafe gesetzt. Ich habe die Niebelungensaga gelesen und wusste auch über Luther einiges aber das nochmals in Wort und Bild zu erleben war sehr schön.

      Im Anschluss haben wir uns ein fettes Eis gegönnt und sind noch bisschen durch die Stadt gezogen bevor es um 18:00 Uhr zum Essen ging. Ich wollte unbedingt mal wieder Saumagen essen.......und es war soooooo 😋 lecker.

      Dazu ein kleines 0,5er Schorle im Dubbeglas. Ein gelungener Abend und eine tolle Reise gehen zu Ende 🥰
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    • Day 2,703


      April 23 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      It's a pretty slow start to the day which is nice. I walked so far in Paris that I'm exhausted. We get up and take breakfast before heading out in the car. Hilmi has a friend who owns a pizzeria in another town so we're taking a drive here. As we drive on the Motorway I'm astonished at how fast cars are driving and I can't believe it when Hilmi tells me there is no speed limit. Literally no limits? He also finds it amazing that ours is 70mph. There motorways have also been set up for hgvs to be replaced by electric hybrid transporter to cut down on the carbon emission, I think this is a great idea although along both journeys I don't see one. They also have a law here that if the traffic slows down the traffic drives to the far left and right of the carriageway to allow the room for an emergency vehicle. As we're driving along the road I say omg there's flamingos in the field which Hilmi finds hilarious and explains they are only stork's. En route we stop at glauberg celtic museum a small museum focusing on Celtic history, set in a beautiful landscape but the highlight for me was the cherry crumble cake. We finally arrive in the town of Worms where after a short walk around we discover there is a wine festival, but it's quite common for people to pay a deposit on a glass and walk around with the filled vessel. Papabu's is not open till 5 so we join the crowd and indulge in ice-cream. A speciality here is ice cream spaghetti where they make vanilla ice cream with a strawberry sauce and grated coconut to represent the parmesan cheese. Just before 5pm papabu's opens and we receive the warmest of greetings. I order the gorgonzola Parma ham and pear which is absolutely delicious and although I can't eat it all I take the rest home for supper.Read more

    • Day 23

      to Worms

      September 12, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Anyhoo we made it to Worms and enjoyed the arvo there...
      We did 48kms today

      Worms is fairly interesting town when it comes to religion... Martin Luther (Gilands can help anyone out who is confused who he is) was summoned to Worms and my understanding was decision to excommunicate him was made here (as outcome of the Diet of Worms)Read more

    • Day 17

      Adventures on the Rhein

      June 14, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Mannheim, were the Neckar joins the Rhine, was really just a place to stay before the next river. The hotel proprietor came out to chat this morning and gave us some good advice about the best way out of town. This involved following the last bit of the Neckar, then getting a small ferry across to get onto the right side of the Rhine. A very small ferry, we were the only passengers for its first trip of the day at 10am. It cost all of 50 cents each.

      We then wanted to cross to the left side, the route on that side was shorter so we were hoping the next bridge had a cycle crossing. We were in luck. All we had to do was climb up 3 flights of steps inside the bridge pylon to come out onto a bike path along side the road. Then of course it was back down the steps in the pylon on the other side. A handy sign at the top of the steps advised Radfahrer to dismount. The photo looks back to Mannheim from the top of the bridge, we had finally got past the industrial area. The main town of interest on the way today was Worms, old cathedral built in about 1100, many additions and rebuilds since then I think.

      When we weren't beside the river today we were riding through vineyards. Now we're in a small town called Nachenheim, not far from Mainz. Much nicer to be staying in a small town.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Worms, ቩርምዝ, فورمس, Горад Вормс, Вормс, Βορμς, ورمز، آلمان, וורמס, ZQV, ヴォルムス, 보름스, Vormatia, Vormsas, Vormsa, Woms, Wormacja, ווארמז, 沃尔姆斯

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