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31. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. (July 4)

Mostly very very good, a little bad and a tiny bit of Ugly.

Magnificent riding along the Rhein from Bad Honnef to Cologne. Thanks to those who have worked to make the cycle tracks there. Brilliant! There is also a ferry man that pulls you across a stream on a raft…wearing a sailor cap and a broad smile.

church

rushing

signsAfter admiring the great cathedral in Cologne, my “Googledy girl” on the maps app told me to go west. Now, if you are stuck in the middle of an old city with a mish-mash of roads, how is one to know where WEST actually is? It was midday, so the shadows didn’t show…. couldn’t she just say go straight ahead, or turn around…?cathedral

After a lot of bother, I used my pigeon instinct and got out there. Only to realise that my fancy new sunglasses and my hat were not on board anymore. They’ve taken another route. Quite an ugly realisation, as those are prescription glasses with a price tag that takes your breath away. As for my hat, it was brown, with a big flap around the back and a sun peak. Not beautiful but I liked it.

I cannot blame Cologne for that.  Someone must have made a grab for those the day before when I stopped at the supermarket for a green drink. I had presumed they were packed in my panniers.

Shortly after that I merged with the biggest industrial park in the world. All that concrete and tar and puffing chimney heat, mixed with hard sunshine, made the next hours of cycling slightly tougher. However, I finally found the river again, and crossed over on the ferry. From there on all I could think about was finding a place to stay, which I found at 17:30, and plonked down for an ice cold beer. A bit lonely.

Rhein river

Odometer: 2371,6

distance today 83.32

 

 

3 thoughts on “31. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. (July 4)

  1. Oh dear Leanne how upsetting to lose your glasses especially, the sun hat you can probably replace fairly easily but prescription sunglasses are not so available across a counter. I hope you have a spare pair?? The photos are beautiful. Your stamina is admirable. Keep going, bravissima. Xxx

  2. Are you coming through Duesseldorf or Bochum?

    1. Already passed through Düsseldorf this morning, it was very pleasant. Now for lunch at Alte Rheinfähre biergarten. Matjies!

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