We rolled into Frankfurt at 3pm with about 70km under our belts and no accommodation organised. It is a massive city, it would be great to stay a few days and sightsee, surely we would have a plethora of hotels to choose from, right?
Following the Rhine all the way to Frankfurt, we did 170km in three days. It was awesome riding but not without it’s downfalls. We had been having quite a few of kilometers on gravel, dirt and uneven paths and bolts and bits were shaking loose.
On a friendly recommendation we headed for the very pretty town of Koblenz. Situated where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet, Koblenz is full of historic fortresses, palaces, romantic narrow lanes and inviting town squares.
Cologne sent us off on a beautiful sunny stunner of a day. Waving goodbye to Margreet and Bernd we set off on our loaded bikes to follow the Rhine.
Checking out Google, we discovered that Cologne’s best pub Lommerzheim, serving the local brew Kölsch, was right behind our hotel. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with open arms. A man next to us at the bar noticed we were strangers and introduced us to the barman. The barman then pushed us through the crowd and plonked us onto a table which was already occupied by Margreet and Bernd. We became instant friends as like me they loved beers, fast cars and not working.
Off to Cologne! On a suggestion from a passerby we made a little detour to the old medieval fortress town of Zons.
We made it to Germany! There wasn’t a border or pass but the street signs and architecture changed almost immediately. The bike paths changed too with a little more off roading.