"Der Genuss" is the name of the restaurant in Rheinbach in the middle of the tour - with classic German cuisine. Sauerbraten-scented warmth enveloped the cool limbs. The short drizzle from the beginning, during the warm-up ascent from Bonn-Friesdorf via Annaberger Straße, was forgotten. Fortunately, the main paths in the Kottenforst are tolerably passable even on wet winter days (mudguards help). On the way back the sun came out and shone flat through the orchards in the hills of the Drachenfelser Ländchen.
January 6, 2022
A leisurely tour from the south of Bonn powered by wind direction. Warm foehn weather accompanied us through the berry and fruit plantations to Marienthal an der Ahr, there on the red wine hiking trail eastwards and in Ahrweiler on the mud gravel slopes by the river. There I am always impressed by the people's willingness to rebuild despite the unbelievable devastation. In front of the Luther Church in the middle of Neuenahr there was a sheltered, sunny picnic area. In Heppingen there was Apollinaris in the bottle. In order to enjoy the previously underperforming sun, we took the way back over the mountains instead of through the Rhine Valley.
December 31, 2021
Noble gray dominated the round trip around Bonn on the left bank of the Rhine with all - basically existing - viewpoints of the Eifel, the Cologne Bay, the foothills and the Siebengebirge. We only saw the Rhine with sufficient clarity when we stood in front of it and took off our finely misted glasses. The sun was supposed to be shining, but it could be represented by a fine drizzle. The initial ascent on Pionierweg in Bonn-Friesdorf warmed the limbs. The paths in the Kottenforst and the Waldville in the west were passable, even if there was occasional muddy spray. In keeping with the climate, we stopped at the ED petrol station in Widdig (coffee tasted good, petrol would have been cheap). Shortly afterwards one of us put the lights on: It's Advent and soon the shortest day of the year.
And Garmin says we were traveling at an average of 18.7 km / h. I firmly believe in it.
December 18, 2021
Philosophically speaking: the why of the tour was determined by the only sunny day of the rainy winter week, the where the wind direction. From Bad Breisig it went up to Good Gönnersdorf through the sometimes even sunny Vinxtbach valley. Behind Franconia, on the puddled Alten Löhndorfer Weg, the mud spray and shoe tightness test followed (passed!). At the Heimersheim cemetery, a sunny bench in front of the chapel invited people to have a picnic. Towards the Ahr, the destruction caused by the flood in July caught the eye. Our path led west of the conical elevation of the land crown back up into the county and via Fritz- and Adendorf to Meckenheim and from there to the Waldville von Alfter with easy-to-gravel forest trails. We would have gladly packed smoked trout at the fishing park in Witterschlick. But they had no hooks and the workforce had a day off. A little later, the landlady of the linden tree in Heidgen on the western edge of the Kottenforest had heated the fireplace for coffee. We could warm our gloves on the ledge and our hands on the mug. For the last few kilometers, it was already slightly dusk, over the Rulandsweg and the Kottenforst cycle highways eastwards home.
December 7, 2021