I'd heard a lot about the cycle path along the River Rhine in Germany (otherwise known as Eurovelo 15) but after the disaster that was the Trans Pennine Trail I was a bit apprehensive that this cycle path would be more misleading signs, gravel paths and dead end hills.
The first few days in Germany we followed roads to get from the Netherlands boarder to Cologne. The second night we camped by the Rhine and met a lovely lady called Erica (our first cycle tourist!!) who was cycling from Basel to Rotterdam. We had a great meal with her, swapped stories and she assured us that the signs were easy to follow. The next day however we were back on the road as we couldn't see how to get on to the Rhine cycle path.
This took us into Cologne where we spent a day (the Cathedral was impressive but apart from a nice wander around there's not much else to do there). It was leaving Cologne that we finally found the Rhine path and we've stuck to it ever since, despite our sat nav trying to lead us on to the road and up some very big hills - the brightside being that I think our fitness is improving, we definately wouldn't have been able to cycle up them a few weeks ago:)
We have been following the river Rhine for a few days now and it was just as I had hoped :) lovely smooth, flat cyclepaths right by the river, stunning views with castles up on the hills at almost every riverbend, it's made the cycling and navigating nice and easy too! And every campsite so far has been by the river, which helpfully makes them really easy to find!
The only disaster we've had is that one of our tent poles has given up the ghost and snapped. So the past few nights we have been improvising by tieing the porch bit up to a tree. Although it works well it does mean that our whole view is blocked by a tree and it makes getting in and out of the tent a bit tricky.
One man told me we had to practise putting up a tent obviously thinking that we thought that was how it was supposed to be haha!
We stopped in Koblenz which was a great little town where another river meets the Rhine. You can see where the two different waters meet as the two colours are so different. We stopped for a cable car tide and icecream before setting off that day :)
The weather has cheered up and we are back to tshirts and sunglasses, hopefully I'll be able to sort out the stupid tan lines on my arms!
A Wheely Long Journey Blog
Charlie and Lou are twins from Cheshire, UK on a mission to cycle back to their childhood home in Hong Kong.