Garry McGivern Travelsonabike2 is cycle touring in Germany on Thursday, 17th-October-2019. Mainz to Andernach. 73 Miles. Much better luck with finding a room tonight, I got one in the first hotel I tried! Although I think I may have the bridle suite! But hey, who cares I’ve got a room!
I’m pretty surprised at the mileage I’ve done today. I’ve been phaffing about on social media and stopping to take loads of photos. Which unfortunately really doesn’t do the scenery justice!
The Rhine passed through a gorge today, and became very closed in! The steep hills on either side were laden with vineyards and castles.
I arrived in Koblenz and debated whether to stop the night or not. It was a big place, and there were loads of hotels. But in the end, I decided to carry on, and that’s when it started to go wrong!
Firstly I started going the wrong way! All I’ve been doing all day is making sure the river (Rhine) is on my right, what could be more simple? The EV15 follows the Rhine directly along its banks. It’s so well signposted you don’t need a map or any other navigation aid, for that matter. Unless your name happens to be Garry!
As I said, all was going well until I reached Koblenz. The river was on my right everything was fine, not! I ended up going off course following some tributary river! Luckily, it was only for a mile or two before I realised!
Once back on my route, I found it blocked! They were pulling down some buildings and had put a diversion in! To be fair you can’t fault them, it was well signed, it just went a long way around!
After my brief diversion, which I would have had to do either today or tomorrow, so it really didn’t make any difference, it started to rain again!
But at least I never had the stress of trying to find a hotel tonight!
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