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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

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Altrip July 7th 2012

Day 3: Worms to Altrip - 60km. Weather: Work to light drizzle. Had shelter to pack up. Light drizzle for a bit but mainly overcast by mid-morning and dry. Warm in later afternoon. We had a later start from the Yaght Club due to drizzle this morning. We had breakast in the Yatch Club and had absolutely no idea what we actually ordered. It turned out to be 2 eggs and a basket of bread. We thought we ordered eggs, sausage & toast! Denis did manage to get a glass of orange juice & me a coffee which kept me going full steam ahead the day through (basically expresso -large). Anyhow the rain settled we managed to pack up dry again threw the rain jackets on and headed out. We planned to do a slight shorter ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Worms July 6th 2012

Day 2: Mainz to Worms: 60km Weather: Woke to light right- packed up and were dry by departure time- sunny rest of day. Very hot! We started the morning with rain early, but the sun was out by the time we headed out and we packed dry. Our first stop was for water at a gas station & then onto the grocery store. There we found a nice selection for a picnic lunch and of course more water as it was 'hot'. The ride down from Mainz was longer than planned, partially due to the less than ideal markings on the trail for the Rhine Radweg. An older gentleman stopped and waited after having passed us to let us know of the paved route that we might and DID prefer :-) We had a great time ... read more

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate July 5th 2012

I arranged my stay in PNG almost a year ago. 6 months ago I started to gather information, changed my health insurance company to pay for vaccines and Malarone (plasmodium falciparum prophylaxis is about 420 € for this trip!!). In the last weeks I bought a new camera (Canon PowerShot SX230 with underwater casing) for better quality of underwater-photography (if only half of what I read about northern PNG reefs is true I will need it). Fortunately I already bought some equipment for tropical regions last spring for the Philippines and this spring for Central America so I can spare my money on this. Unfortunately I couldn´t book the flight(s) earlier because of the unknown dates of my universities exams. For that reason even the cheapest flight I could book was around 1800 € (way+back). Still ... read more

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Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bacharach July 3rd 2012

It's Thursday and I haven't posted due to a lack of an internet connection. Actually I would have posted Tuesday's blog before leaving Germany, but I was abruptly reminded in the wee hours Wednesday morning of the Cardinal Rule of writing electronically: SAVE EARLY AND SAVE OFTEN. I'm not sure what I did, but it doesn't really matter now. Suffice it to say that after writing a near epistle, this handy dandy little iPad slipped and one of my fat fingers (it's a good thing I didn't become a proctologist) hit something and "poof" everything was gone! But I was able to summarize it, more or less, on the long train ride to Paris yesterday (Wednesday). Basically, Tuesday was long. We saw lots, I mean LOTS, of castles. We started by cruising down the Rhine, then ... read more
Castle on Rhine
Day on the Rhine
Reinfels Castle

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Bacharach July 2nd 2012

Well, we're here! We had an uneventful, if cramped, flight. I think I am going on a diet before I attempt another overseas flight! Seriously, it was much more uncomfortable than it used to be. I must be getting old. Elizabeth couldn't get to sleep, so she was pretty tired today. She carried on like a real trooper, though, and I was real proud of her. I kept her up until 7pm (I was trying for 8), and when she collapsed her last words were "I promise I won't wake up" becaused I had warned her about going to bed too early and then waking up at 3am. She said our most interesting experience today was lnavigating the train station at Mainz. Our train from Franknfurt was delayed in route, and we missed our conecting train ... read more
Sleeping Beauty
Our Pension in the background
Just outside Pension


My first date in Europe is on 28th March 2012. I took Qantas airplane from Singapore and the plane landed on Flughafen Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt Airport) in the morning. Frankfurt Airport, known as the busiest airport by passengers traffice in Germany, has its way to claim the status with his enormous size and strategic location. After passing through the immigration checks, my friends and I took Bahn (German national railway) from Frankfurt am Main station to Kaiserslautern Hauphtbahnhof. In Germany, "Hauphtbahnhof" is refered to as the "central station". My University, University of Kaisersalutern is located in small town. The downtown in Kaiserslautern is quiet and the shops do not open on Sundays. But one of the advantages of the small place is that every place is only a stone throw distance away from each other, ... read more
Welcome to Frankfurt, Germany!
Welcome Dinner
Accommodation in Kaiserslautern

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Mayen May 12th 2012

Tegen alle verwachtingen in, hadden we een schitterend dagje klimmen in Kottenheim. Weersverwachtingen van 20 tot 80% kans op regen, naargelang welk weerbericht. Maar buiten een verdwaald druppeltje bleef het droog. Dus naar wie moet je luisteren...? Kobe had er ook zin in! Onderweg pikten we hem op. En na een lekker koffietje in ons vaste plekje, trokken we naar de rotsen. We vonden weer enkele prachtige juweeltjes, zelfs enkele die nog gloednieuw waren. Zelfs online nog niet vermeld. Maar wat doet het ertoe. Onze startroute heette 'Seniorengymnastiek'. Een gepaste start vonden we allemaal. Klein en leuk, compleet op friends. De tweede route 'Kleine kostbarheit' ligt er juist naast, was ook prachtig. Enkele echte boulderpasjes! En zo liepen we elke keer een hoekje verder en vonden nieuwe juweeltjes. Zelfs Kobe genoot met volle teugen. Het vertrouwen ... read more
Kobe in kleine kostbarheit
Erik in schiffbruch 7
Schiffbruch

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Zweibrucken May 11th 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen: It's been 10 weeks since I've been in China! It still feels like I arrived yesterday and will be going back to the states in a few days. Time is going by quickly. This week's newsletter is a little different than previous ones. I entered into an essay contest and so you will be reading what the judges will be reading. I hope that you enjoy it! -------------------------- Reflections R. Draeger Jr. 28 Oct 2006 In the spring of 2002 I had the opportunity t take International Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. This was one of the many courses I had to take in order to obtain my undergraduate degree in International Studies. On one of the days the professor asked this question: Do any of you remember the fall of the ... read more




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