Industrial remains, river banks, half timbered houses, gastronomy (closed due to COVID), up and down, obstacles, cherry trees and a bridge. Also a lot of hills.
Cycling Trip to Cherry Blossoms and Lilac
Bonner Münster, Südstadt, Kessenich, Konrad Adenauer Brücke, Limperich, Beuel, Schwarzrheindorf, Mondorf, Fähre Mondorf, Graurheindorf, Nordstadt, Bonner Münster
Very nice trip, mostly sunny
Another leg of the same track we took earlier this week.
Glorious sunshine, the wind was still fairly cold. The track followed the river Schwalm. Green meadows, small towns. A pleasure.
Over the last two years we discovered the joy of converted railway lines. Yesterday we went from Kaldenkirchen to Kempen, one leg of the BahnRadweg Kreis Viersen, and back again. N1.02.
The weather was great, the route scenic, typical Niederrhein, and Kempen seems quite a nice town to visit post pandemic.
Nice cycling trip. We crossed the Rhine with the ferry at Langel and returned to our bank via the Leverkusen bridge. Nice views over the river.
At St Amandus on the way back we had some Tee from the thermos.
Great weather during the first halve of the trip. Now grey in grey, though warmer than at the start of the week.
We cycled to Schloss Hülchrath today. Nice tour, but after 4 days of glorious sun today it was overcast and cold. But we took hot tea, so everything was fine.
Another one done from the list
Photo not from today
We took out the bikes. Glorious sun, spring having sprung. But it was COLD. Good to be cycling again, though.
There’s a bit of a moral dilemma this morning. I’d like to take the bike for a spin. The sun is shining. But, still -3 C outside.
Cycling is no fun if you alternate sweating with freezing.
Compromise with a hike?
Crossed the Rhine with the ferry at Langel and then up to Leichlingen in the Bergischen Land. Couldn’t get close to the Schloss, closed due to covid.
After lunch in the sun we went back the way we came.
As our e-bikes have increased our reach, the list of Schlösser provides easy inspiration.
I guess this will keep us busy. Also there are castles, abbeys, stately homes, mills, …
Today we took the Zons ferry and cycled on to Schloss Benrath
Again, only 20 km from home.
Another Schloss, again within 20 km from home.
Renessaince (Dutch style) architecture. Not open to the public.
A cycling trip to Schloss (Museum) Morsbroich. Ca 20 km from home on the other side of the Rhine.
Thankfully the cycling path on the Leverkusener Brücke is still open. (The bridge is going to be replaced).
Saturdays tour started at Schloss Bedburg and followed the Erft up to Schloss Paffendorf and on to Bergheimerdorf.
Wonderful weather, unfortunately our Thermos broke before we had any hot drink.
Very cool tour, map, 22 km one way. We went Wuppertal - Hattingen - Wuppertal.
There would have been some nice cafes in old railway stations, but due to Covid we took our own lunch.
Here is the other tunnel
Build to transport coal / iron from Hattingen to Wuppertal and Solingen where it all was turned into cutlery, knives and tools.
One of the tunnels, closed at night during parts of the year to protect the bats.
We drove East to the Rhine, then followed it downriver, skipping some of the bends. Worringen, Zons, … until we hit the mouth of the river Erft. Wie followed the Eft upwards, going West. We left the Erft in Allerheiligen and turned south towards Knechtsteden Abey, then Home via the Chorbusch.
Sunny day, though not warm. Just short of 60 km.
Now that we both have e-bike’s our driving radius got a lot bigger and the fun increased with it.
We also found out how much fun converted railway lines are. First stop is Bahntrassenradeln where German and also (some) European routes are listed with descriptions, maps, and gpx-trails.
Never used for trains, build between 1904 and 1916
Now a walking and cycling path