While in Berlin I discussed my routing plans with several people and several suggested I might like to ride down the Rhine river trail to the intercept with the Eurovelo 6 in Mulhouse France. After a quick search online I bought a ticket to Frankfurt with one connection for me and my bike. I rode to the central train station in Berlin . Berlin Hbf is the largest train station in Europe It took about a half hour, but I managed to take an hour. This got me to the station a little over an hour before the scheduled departure. Taking the escalator up the first level , of three I almost lost the bike because a front pannier was rubbing on the wall , sheer will got me to the top but i was slow getting the bike clear and the 500 people behind me were getting testy and crammed into me. I walked around until I found the elevator and all went smooth to the top. Waiting around at the right spot and where the bike car would be located the schedule got delayed 45 minutes. Oh well when you are committed you just wait. At about the time it was supposed to arrive I look at the board for the landing on the other side of the platform and it shows the train has arrived and about to depart. I pushed my way over and managed to get the help of several conductors to off load my panniers and load them and the bike without delay. Once aboard all was calm until one of the conductors asked to see my ticket. First ticket check on a train. Well my 30 euro ticket was only good for the connection. Nothing 80 euros later could not correct. The train ended up being two hours late to Frankfurt, I found a very nice $35 room that held me and my bike and the Rhineland express was ready to rest.
Public art is a right everywhere. The gude stuff is respected in Germany.
Rhein to Mainz. crowded but very friendly. Hostess insisted German although her English corrections were spot on.
Mainz at sunset.
Gutenberg, Home of?. Same as Mainz.
Old world town thrusts into new world.
One missed step and synchronized swimming.
Blackberries. They are everywhere.
In the rain to Worms.
Alcase Rhein route.
Can anyone guess where a Pearoux came from?These are commercial fishing boats.
Canal view, a LOT more to come..
Bookstore in Speyer , special shout out to Mary Butler.
Speyer campground security,
Speyer retail mall
Speyer open area
Speyer I liked this place.
Canal over creek.
10 KM of BASF Chemical plant. The Rhein is very industrial and after a while the trail is inland so plants have total access to the shipping.
I am envious of the gardens I see along the way. In rural areas they are individual plots , however in more urban to very urban areas they become communal plots with some even appearing to have living quarters , or at least Sat TV receiver for Futbol.
Canal Marina. The locks are not big.
Big Carp in Canal Gros Poissoin.
Who needs a map
These canal boats really speak to me.
Houseboat row Strasbourg.
The best meal yet. You can eat the flowers.
Municipal camp in Gambsheim. nice and cheap.
Eguisheim, amazing ancient walled city. Even more amazing it is so tourist driven , you could get breakfast on Sunday.
And then reminders of a more recent past. Marginot line.
From further travel on this route, this is not the ultimate, however it looks pretty sweet to me. Just south of Colmar
Alsace storks, arrive at harvest time for grains in August. Apparently very picky about nests and return to the same nest every year. EXCEPT, if a divorce happens in that house they never come back.
This is center town in Mulhouse. To the right a glamorous hotel, In center a Cathedral, of course and to the left restaurants and merchants. . This was a panorama originally . I wish I knew how to insert it better.