Kisbee was very keen and ready for the off this morning. Last time out was in the Lake District in May when the ignition lock was failing so Kisbee has been in the garage and is now very much good to go. Weather forecast was rain at 7am and again at 10am. They were right about the 7am but fortunately wrong about 10am and we had a really lovely sunny day.
We headed up the steep hill to Solingen. 1 in 10 (or 10% for my younger readers), I sat well forward, as one does uphill on a horse, to make it easier. We are after all between us up to poor Kisbee's weight limit.
Bob found our way through this quite large town with the help of Tomtom which has a special "Bob-made" bracket on the front of Kisbee. We avoided the trolley buses and remarked they are much better than trams as there are no nasty tracks in the road for poor Kisbee to get stuck in. Through town and down another hill and we were at the southerly end of the Wuppertal Railway, the reason we are stopping here.
This is a unique, only one
in the world, Railway which runs suspended, high above the road, from a track which first follows the road and then right along the Wupper river.
We got on at the southern termninus at Oberbarmen and travelled the length, through Wuppertal centre and on to the other terminus at Vohvinkel.
We got off there and returned down the other side to the centre. Absolutely fascinating. Takes about 30 minutes and we passed another coming the other way every 5 minutes.
Superb way to get about.
In Wuppertal we had a lovely coffee - I don't know why it is but there can be no doubt in my mind that the coffee I drink this side of the channel is always more tasty than the English, too milky, too big and too weak version. Then a stroll through the shopping area and then back to the train.
Another exciting suspended ride back to where we left Kisbee and we were on our way again back to Solingen.
Bob set the Tomtom to take us to Schloss Burg which is a few miles from the campsite and of course, on top of a hill. It is
indeed quite hilly round here with tree covered hills rising high on either side of the river.
Schloss Burg was a delight and will be more so when the workmen have finished whatever it is they are doing with lots and lots of scaffolding and big deep holes and the like. Modernising the sewage or electrical system probably. It is a castle but its shape is obscured by the restoration works but in the grounds are lots of other buildings which contain shops and restaurants. Visited a lovely brush shop where I apologised for my lack of German but asked Mr Brush if I could take a photo. He was happy to pose so I bought a rather nice little veggie brush off him. Then I found a cafe inviting us in for Apfel Strudel and vanilla ice and cream. Rude to refuse.
A bit trickier getting back to the campsite as the Tomtom, fully charged when we left and switched off when we were on the train had a dying battery. Thanks Tomtom. Bob worked out the route on his carefully downloaded to his tablet MapsME and we returned to Tandy in good time for a sit
outside in rather wonderful sunshine. Shame there is no pool as I would happily have had a swim. Raining still at home I believe !
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