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Thunder and lightening in the distance. Around me were rolling hills shrouded in mist, and a long, straight, flat road. In Frankfurt was a fair on city planning and mobility. In Darmstadt, I am staying with a bike city planner. A real bike infrastructure day.

Sunflowers in the mist

Sunflowers in the mist

My route has changed. Following Mathias’ advice, I headed south straight to Frankfurt and then Darmstadt. All set for tomorrow cycling along the ‘Bergstrasse’, a flat road bordering on hills, from Darmstadt to Heidelberg. I cycled along dirt roads through fields, and along dead straight roads between small towns, always under cloudy, sometimes rainy heavens..

The clouds after a storm

The clouds after a storm

A road through the fields

A road through the fields

In the central square in Frankfurt, there was a fair on mobility in the city. They had a stand from the German cycling organisation, from the public transport company, and other companies promoting modern city planning. The Dutch cycling infrastructure was taken as a good example of how to do it right. Cycling and public transport are both very important factors for making the cities of the future sustainable.

I am staying with Benjamin – my warm showers host in Darmstadt. A really cool guy who is working on the cycling infrastructure in the region. He is planning and maintaining a cycle path along the ‘Bergstrasse’ from Darmstadt to Heidelberg. We have lots to talk about.. 🙂

Darmstadt

Darmstadt


A grey day in the Lahn valley. Cycling on through the mist, rain and cloudy skies. The sun arrived in Gießen, where I caught up with my friend Mathias. We had a lovely evening chatting.

Misty morning in Limburg

Misty morning in Limburg

While cycling, I always look out for beautiful sceneries for a photo. Where is the sun? What is the best angle? What to include in the photo, and what not? Always looking for photos, you stay focussed on the now, and what you are experiencing at this moment. Today, I felt tempted to take photos just to be able to say that I took a photo. Nowhere, today, did a photo jump out and hit me. I didn’t take many photos.

While cycling, I look for an anecdote, a story, a scene that I can write about. Something that makes this day special. Today, there was nothing. I have decided not to try to make one up. Today it was cloudy, wet and grey, and that is OK.

After 82km I arrived in Gießen, and took this photo.

Gießen

Gießen

The evening was lovely, catching up with Mathias – a friend from my Aachen times. We talked, ate and walked and went shopping. Oh, and the sun came out for me in Gießen, in time for our city stroll.