Monthly Archives: May 2013

Arrival at the Rhein!

After three nights at the Youth Hostel (thoroughly enjoyable, made all the more so by the manager who was like a mother to us all) we said a sad farewell to Monschau. We took a bus up the steep hill … Continue reading

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Puffing Billy comes to a halt

For the uninitiated, let me explain: all around the world, old railway lines are being asphalted and turned into bike paths, affectionately known as ‘rail trails’. The most wonderful thing about rail trails is their grade (rarely more than 2%), … Continue reading

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Germany

Arriving in Aachen, our first stop in Germany, Helen instinctively stumbled upon an outlet of Germany’s finest bakery when she was looking for the Tourist Information Office. She returned to the bike with no information, but two very fine indulgences: … Continue reading

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Sunshine and an unexpected turn to the East

Waking up to superb sunshine, Jos decided to ride with us toward Maastricht. We often miss people’s response to our bike as we zoom on past; riding behind us, Jos got to watch them watch us and express their joy … Continue reading

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Floods

It all started innocently enough. With the forecast promising a dry day, we took time out after half an hour to stop at a magnificent playground. Then it all went belly up. We blew a second tyre – the Continental … Continue reading

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Rivers of rain

Out the door and back into damp but acceptable weather, we had a fun morning of cycling. In rapid succession – well, as rapidly as 330kg on 2 wheels can go – we crossed the Rhine, the Waal and the … Continue reading

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Cold showers, a blow-out and a Saviour in Ede

What a funny three days. Our waterproof over-pants have been on and off more times than the electricity supply in Kathmandu, but Dutch hospitality, Life of Brian, and perhaps the real Messiah have been our saviours. A few days ago … Continue reading

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