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Day 5. 74km. Bonn – Koblenz

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Cycling, Germany
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Cycling through the sun with Dirk Tenhündfeld. We climbed the Drachenfels and rolled along the Rhein – Dirk on a heavy public rental bike. The sunset in Koblenz was amazing.
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Tomorrow the big purchases must stop. I now have a new webcam – one that works. I also have a new helmet – one where the strap can be tightened.
Today I had a new cycling companion – Dirk Tenhündfeld, an old friend from the Aachen days, who now lives in Bonn. He came with a clunky Call-a bike, all ready to make it up the steep Drachenfels near Bonn.

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Drachenfels is an imposing hill on the Rhein River with a ruin perched on the top. There’s also a train that goes up, and lots of tourists (like us). The view at the top is pretty special looking along the Rhein in both directions. The ride down was even better – a good road, and panoramas rolling out in front of us, opening out around each corner.

My ‘Drahtesel’ – as the German newspaper calls my bike – is much better than a call-a-bike (rental city bike). Poor Dirk had to struggle the whole way, and the pace got slower and slower. I wanted to make it to Koblenz today, and so we parted ways, Dirk took the train for the last 35km, and I sprinted to burn off some built up energy. We met for a lovely dinner in the market square in Koblenz.

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Day 4. 42km. Köln – Bonn.

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Cycling, Germany
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Today was a day with friends in Bonn with a short ride in the sun first to get there. Talking, eating, walking, haircuts, and collecting a new webcam in Bonn.

Friends in Bonn

Friends in Bonn

My trip is feeling more like a big holiday than a serious bike trip. And, it will stay that way for another 3 days as my friend in Giessen that I want to visit will only return then. (Giessen is really only 2 days from here, I think.) Still, there is plenty of time, and it’s quite nice hanging out in the city with good friends I won’t be seeing for a long time. The first part of my trip is a farewell tour, after all.

It was 42km to Bonn along the lush, green Rhein River.

Along the Rhein River

Along the Rhein River

And a warm Bonner welcome,

followed by a nice ferry ride into the city.

The ferry in Bonn

The ferry in Bonn

I had a much needed haircut, and collected the new webcam (GoPro) that I ordered. (My other webcam (Ion Pro) was crashing constantly, and couldn’t be reset – you needed to wait five hours for the battery to die before a reset was possible. Due to this technical problem I have not been able to take any action videos thus far, including on the first day with all my friends joining me to the Belgian border.)

My new gadget

My new gadget