29 May 2019

Enough excitement for one day!

After breakfast Alan got help to get his bike out of the cellar!

The man kindly carried the bike out where Alan could then load it up!

Our route took us across the bridge and the up a long long hill! The last view we had of the Mosel was lovely with clear blue skies! 

We Bears never feel that the length of time it takes our human to climb the hills is the same as the Adrenalin rush we get going down the other side! Why is that? 

Even looking back the way we came does not do justice to the effort expended to get there. This slope looks innocuous! 

But then look the other way and in the distance you can just see the motor Way bridge over the Mosel Valley! 

We have to say that today the length of time taken to get to the top was equal to the time we took free wheeling down the other side! Some of it was on dirt tracks which required concentration to avoid the potholes at speed. Consequently though we had a nice long adrenaline rush it was at a more sedate pace of 34 km/h rather than the 50 plus we have had. 

Then there we were on the banks of the Rhine! 

The going now was, as on the Mosel bike path relatively easy, but not always straight forward!

Needless to say we did have the feeling that we were now on a mighty river.

There were twists and turns on the route which led us sometimes on to picturesque paths.

At others it demanded of us that we cycled beside a busy road.

In Bad Breisig after some 35.8 kms we stopped for an early lunch of chicken soup and a large isotonic drink. Alan now sought out suitable accommodation for us in 
Bonn and reprogrammed the navigation app to get us there.

On the way through Bad Godesberg we were prevented from continuing on the cycle path by some event that was setting up on the grass banks.

We took the detour and by a tower on the Rhine bank we got back onto the path and this is where the Navi spoke to us last.

We cycled on, but it was now in a nature reserve and no longer the cycle path. This path was dark as it was covered over by trees.

Suddenly Alan screeched to a stop as he noticed his mobile had fallen out of its bracket!

This is the bracket and the corners are fixed by two thumb screws on the back and our stupid BBF had not done it up tight! He now immediately turned round and rode back the way we had come casting for the lost mobile. He falsely thought he must have lost it just after it last spoke to us! 
A passerby tried to help by allowing Alan to use his mobile to call Alan’s in the hope we would hear it ringing. Sadly we were now too far away. Alan wished he had his iPad as it has an App on it called Find my Phone, but we told him it wouldn’t work as it needed a WLAN Access! Alan walked back slowly to the place where we had turned round, and Lo and behold there was the phone, a little worse for wear but still operating! He should have looked down at his feet when we first stopped!
Relieved we cycled on! That was enough excitement for one day!

The views were nice and sometimes historic as you might manage to see in the picture above.

Recognise it now?

The Bridge at Remagen. Some of you may remember the film at least!

On the hill in the distance above K√∂nigswinter is an old palace where Alan and Hanna once attended a formal dinner! 

The first view we have of Bonn! 

We were told to park the bike in the corridor of the entrance!

A siesta was in order next, then showers and washing and Alan went out for a meal. He chose a Chinese restaurant he told us, which was full of young Chinese students. Christopher would be pleased to know that they had an excellent buffet! Feeling suitably full he returned to plan the next stage!

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