25 May, 2007

Day 5: Riding to Bingen

28 miles today, 135 total.

"Thought that today was the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine so far."

We started the day early at nearby castle Rheinfels. The grounds are extensive and we had a great time exploring the castle by ourselves before the tourist shuttles arrived. Being alone helps me visualize the castle of ages past, instead of being shuffled along by a tour guide. Ruins rock!

I would recommend this castle, especially if you have kids or are a kid at heart, since you can run around and get hands on with history.

After the castle we broke camp and headed up the Rhine. The views today were spectacular, and so was the heat! The past couple days have been downright hot and the German men are sporting their speedos.

The bike path meanders from highway shoulder to village gardens or along the river's edge. Lovely riding.

As we rolled into Bingin, construction had torn up most of the Rhine bike path and we saw no detour signs. The town was less romantic and the campground was lumpy.

Frustrations boiled over since we were still recovering, adjusting, and getting mayonnaise on salads.