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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Boppard July 31st 2012

We left Furstenberg with rain but it did not take long for the weather to clear. That was good for it is a gorgeous area to drive through. Most of the way we took country roads but than time wize it became a problem and we had to change to autobahn. Our place of arrival was Boppard on the Rhine. We were there last year but it is such a nice place and very central. The place we stayed last time was not that nice but it is different now, the Hotel now has a balcony, overlooking the Rhine. That makes it very entertaining, there is so much going on in the street below as well as on the water. A few places we did not see last time. There is this Roman castle from the ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate July 28th 2012

Can´t belive I made it. Passed all of my exams and managed somehow to organize all things left to do for PNG, it´s a miracle (almost). I´m really tired right now, mentally and physically...Partially this could possibly be the aftermath of yesterdays partyton...went to two birthday parties and did some clubbing with a bunch of my good friends unti late. I almost finished packing and currently I try to relax at least a few hours before departure. I wish I was already there, I really hate sleeping in economy class.... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate July 28th 2012

JULY 28 After a challenging car rental pick up in Saarbrucken (we discovered the office had moved since we had made our reservation, then they didn't have the Passat we had booked and tried to satisfy us with a Ford Focus), we were off to Zweibruecken. Bryan had been told by a few people that there was not much to do here, but after checking in to our amazing hotel in the woods, we were pleasantly surprised that a city festival was underway. After a dip in the pool, a walk around the hotel grounds, and a quick stop at what Hanna thinks was her elementary school, we visited the pedestrian zone of downtown. The city fest had taken over the town with 10 music stages and countless food and beverage vendors. Bryan tried curry wurst ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bacharach July 26th 2012

Thursday, July 26 Our plans for the day were to drive to the village of Bacharach and ride a river boat down river to St. Goar, tour the ruins of Rheinfels Castle and return up river to our car. From there we planned to drive down to the Mosel River to find a hotel. The village of Cochem was our target. Once again we were lucky with outstanding weather. It was warm enough for shorts as we toured the Rhine. We had R. Steves guide book to tell us the history of each of about a dozen castles along this section of the river. In St. Goar, we took a shuttle up the mountain to the Rhinefels castle. It was enormous and amazing to see how mighty it once was and how it is now. R. ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Germersheim July 21st 2012

Day 4: Altrip to Germersheim 55km Weather: A little dewy when we woke but we were up at 6:00 and on the road with dry time by 8:00. Today was, what we hope is the hardest and most troublesome day of our entire trip. We left Altrip and about 10km out on our way into the small town of we felt like we were just slogging along. When Denis checked we realized we had a flat on the back tire. No problem except that we had to unload it all to change and thus it took a little more time. We fixed it and headed to town to pick-up our picnic lunch. We then began riding again with plans to eat lunch in Speyer. Speyer was to say the least, magnificient! This town celebrated its' 2000 ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier July 19th 2012

July 9th: Started the morning wiht a big breakfast; breads, meats, homemade jams and coffee. Eva's whole family sat and breakfasted together which is nice, considering I remember our family breakfasts... well I don't because I was usually still lying in bed, milking that extra 5 minutes of sleep! Eva took me on a tour of St Wendel and we saw her old school (old school y'all), a giant stone globe spinning on a fountain and had ice coffees. Andreas arrived and we headed off to Trier fro me to be a tourist. We saw the Porta Nigra (the black door) which is a leftover from when the Romans were in residence (those Romans had a finger in every pie) so it was 2,000 or so years old. We stopped at a store for me to ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate July 18th 2012

It´s just about a week before PNG and I can´t wait to start. Meanwhile I changed the first return flight in a row of three. Like I mentioned before, I´ll have to face serious problems with immigration if I don´t limit my stay in PNG to 60 days. So I´m gonna stay some time in "a land down-under" before returning to germany. It was impossible for me to arrange it by myself as Air Niguini didn´t answer to any mail communication. Since I booked the flight via cheap-flights.de I had them arrange everything for another 50 €. At least the most serious travel problems are solved by now. There are dozens of smaller, but still important things I have to arrange before flight. Lucky as I am there are also some major exams in university I ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate July 17th 2012

Day 15: Mohlin to On the road by 8:00 and stopped in a lovely place with a Castle for coffee & Blackforest cake... definitely the best I've ever had. We ran into the French family again and discovered we were travelling the same way. Great day of riding with so many beautiful sights. The most amazing was the huge wooden covered bridge from Germany to Switzerland. Again Denis was in one country while I was in the other.... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Germersheim July 10th 2012

Next morning we woke to rain drops and within minutes it was pouring steady. Denis arose in search of a washroom. He returned and we headed to the bike shop. Wolfgang arrived at 10:00 am much to our HUGE relief. He looked at the Dual Drive and immediately fixed it. The bent steering from our fall off the path in Speyer was also straightened. We thought these were the big problems, but they were not. Our tires were worn wrong due to the bent steering and we needed to replace them. Again normally not an issue but the rims were off a bit and it took Wolfgang a very long time to replace tires and tubes and he is truly an expert with trikes as we could not have done this ourselves. He and his friend, ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bacharach July 8th 2012

Somehow, one of my pictures got left off yseterdays blog so the last three captions got out of sync. I'll repost the missing photo and you can figure out the long walk was Elizabeth walking through woods (NOT the creek as caption would appear) and the reward at end is my dessert.... read more




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