I wanted to do a project tour again and am on the journey from Bonn via Kottenforst and Swistbach to Türnich. Everything was fine there, so on to Horrem with a detour to the embankment of the "strategic railway" - gravel and nature with a lot of pushing, but still survived with the racing bike.I am back to Bonn through the old open-cast mines on the Ville, Knapcksack and over the vegetable trails in the Rhine valley, until the tachograph ran out of juice in the sharp, cool headwind before the destination ...
4 days ago
For a long time I wanted to completely drive the former railway line of the Rhein-Sieg Railway or Bröltalbahn from Hennef to Asbach in the Westerwald. On this narrow-gauge railway line, mainly basalt was removed from several quarries from 1892 to 1956.The valley road is finally being redone between Halmshanf and Krautscheid. Officially still under construction, it was already passable today without any construction operations. After Krautscheid it gets gravelly, because the railway line is now a gravel forest path that runs directly along the Hanfbach to Mendt. After a 180-degree bend, of which hardly anything can be seen today, it goes up in the direction of Buchholz. From there - again gravel - the path leads through beautiful nature on the railway line to Bennau and on to Asbach. There is a small museum here on the site of the former train station, which is open once a month. However, the site is accessible at all times and is peppered with interesting information in the form of QR codes.Via Bennau and Windhagen I am over the draughty heights of the north of the Westerwald to Kalenborn and then down the sensationally beautiful descent to Linz.As the last highlight I have made the Erpeler Ley. Over the tunnel mouth at the eastern tower of the Ludendorff Bridge (former bridge of Remagen) it went over the freshly paved serpentine road to the plateau of the Erpeler Ley with a beautiful view of the Rhine Valley and Remagen.
May 2, 2021
Today I was in Cologne to get bread. Not quite true, because it wasn't bread at all, but delicious cedar bread from the wonderful Rost baker in Weimar. I got it from a lovely shell limestone plant that gave it to me on the Stamm-Heimer-Ufer. A sunny day with many wonderful memories ...
April 25, 2021
From Bonn today we first went along the very lively banks of the Rhine to Remagen. Here I turned into the Lützelbachtal at the old Schauff bicycle factory and climbed the up to 20% steep ascent. From there you have a wonderful view over the Rhine Valley to the Siebengebirge.
Via Lantershofen I am then into the Ahr Valley, where I shared the red wine hiking trail with numerous wine lovers.
The well-developed access road led me past the former government bunker Marienthal through the forest and fields to the motorway near Gelsdorf - a bit of a Cold War feeling.
Through apple orchards and over fields of the Voreifel, which were often surrounded by manure odeur and peppered with horse droppings, it went against the wind in the direction of Brühl, past Phantasialand and over the sea of tarpaulins near Sechtem back to Bonn.
April 24, 2021
The cherries have been blooming in Bonn's old town since April 13, reports a blog specially set up for this purpose. At least I wanted to see it from a distance, but even without a pandemic, this hustle and bustle would have been too much for me - in the middle of the third wave I found it pretty insane, how around the streets with cherry trees the traffic on the street and footpaths came to a standstill came.So it went quickly out of the city to the Wahner Heide. Up on the terrace by the airport, countless parked cars blocked the view of the heathland, but luckily there wasn't so much going on on the street.At the end of the slalom ride through the fields on the right bank of the Rhine, it was sunny and pleasantly warm. In Beuel, Professor-Neu-Allee was even waiting for me with wonderfully blooming cherry trees in the evening sun - without the hustle and bustle and traffic.
April 18, 2021
To get in the mood for a new project, I ventured into the Rureifel today and paid an informal visit to the historic town of Nideggen with its imposing city fortifications. But not only the city wall with the gates and the castle high above the Rur Valley are impressive, the entire city center is also characterized by the historical buildings made of red sandstone.During the subsequent journey through the Rur Valley, the stone can often be found on the rocky slopes. A beautiful path leads there along the river and train. And despite the many excursionists, there was still enough space to get around quickly by bike.Arrival and departure through the Börde are rather uneventful and characterized by agriculture. At times the fight with the wind and the weaker self was in the foreground. But in the end all that helps is head down and kick ...But I'll definitely go back to the Rurtal!
April 17, 2021
My traditional spring tour over the Bergische Bahn tracks routes should take place today at single-digit plus degrees and hazy weather. After the quickest possible journey from Bonn to Opladen, we first went to the Balkan Terrace. It was possible to drive quickly, as only a few day trippers wanted to spend the day outdoors.Unfortunately, the route between Elbringhausen and Bergisch Born is completely closed due to a canal construction site. The diversion wasn't well signposted, but somehow I cheated my way and turned onto the Wippertalbahn cycle path in Bergisch Born. At the end of this, I first discovered the neat station building of Marienheide behind the boring supermarket.Even if I no longer drove on official railway routes, the Leppetalstrasse from Marienheide to Engelskirchen used to be lined with the narrow-gauge Leppetalbahn. If it weren't for the terrible traffic, there would be a lot of evidence of industrialization to be discovered ...In the Aggertal I then took the cycle path from Overath via Lohmar to Siegburg, on which the Aggertalbahn used to run. To the north of Siegburg there are still some remains of track next to the cycle path. However, I returned straight to the hot shower without stopping.
April 4, 2021