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Castles Along The Rhine

sunny 15 °C

Had an OK nights sleep, but as the bike was parked in a main road out the front of the hotel I kept waking up and wanting to go check on it!
Jayne was up early and disappeared out for a run where as I opted for the slide out of bed late and make breakfast option.
When Jayne arrived back we ate as much as we could manage and stuffed our bags with every last bit of food from the fridge to last us the day (old travel habits die hard!).
I was incredibly happy when we went outside and the bike was still there, sat in its space waiting dutifully for us. We had to check out of the room so loaded up everything onto the bike and headed back to the cathedral, hoping to have a look inside.
The good thing about having a bike on a trip like this is you can pretty much park it anywhere! So I parked it on a curb just round the corner from the cathedral. The doors were open so we quietly wondered inside. It was very impressive with hugely tall decorative ceilings, incredibly intricate mosaic floors and stained glass windows that lit up the inside in every colour of the rainbow.

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After our fill of culture I set the nav to get us out of the town and we blasted down the motorway for a few miles before jumping onto the route that followed the Rhine (The B9).
Now this was an inspired choice of roads as the weather was amazing and it was stunningly beautiful. There were castles springing up on every corner and hilltop as we followed the tree lined valley alongside the river Rhine.

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The lonely planet mentioned a large castle in ruins at St Goar and as we were passing, it seemed silly not to stop and take a look. Parking the bike up a nice lady behind a desk offered to look after our jackets and helmets while we meandered around the castle. It turned out it was absolutely massive!

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They give you a flyer that guides you around several routes and imparts information about what you are looking at. It is definitely worth a look if any of you ever go near here. Our adventurous side got the better of us at one point as we even managed to go under a metal railing and start descending into the mine tunnels below the castle. They reminded us of the Vietnamese tunnels as they were less than a meter high and kept going deeper and deeper as we crawled on our hands and knees using the iphone for light. After a while there were a lot of turnings off and in fear of spending the next few weeks trying to find the way back out we turned around and headed for the surface.
Quite exhausted and our clothes a little muckier from the tunnels we thanked the lady, collected our gear and moved on down the road to place called Worms. Unfortunately I made a few wrong turns (I was getting tired!) and we got lost a few times. But we did end up having to cross a river on a tiny ferry which was exciting...

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...before finding our hotel in Leidenburg. Jayne had managed to find it on the internet the night before at a wicked price of £38 instead of £175!! Absolute bargain, it was lush! They even gave us a free glass of sparkling wine as a welcome gift!
Deciding it was probably WAY above our budget to actually eat in the hotel we changed into some casual clothes and hoped on the bike for the short ride into the old quarter. Tiny narrow cobbled streets and cafes greeted us as we prowled around the center looking for an eatery. Jayne spied a busy looking place so I parked up the bike and we ordered a selection of local dishes. The meals came and they were the largest meals so far!! Jayne had stuffed pigs stomach, sausage's and liver dumplings while I had 3 different forms of pasta, fried potatoes and pork loins with mushroom sauce.

I felt so full it actually hurt afterwards, so we slowly rolled back to the hotel for a deserved nights sleep.

Posted by Chris_Jayne_RTW 14:14 Archived in Germany

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Loving the photo of you on the bike, you look like you are not well pleased with getting lost a few times!!! I think i saw that look before in the Budget Nazis face!

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