Today's tour went towards Cologne, with the cathedral as the main destination. On the way it was mostly along the Rhine, on one side and back on the other.
Also on the route were: Ohligser Heide, Langenfeld, the Wupper estuary into the Rhine, Leverkusen, Mühlengraben, Leichlingen, the Weinsberg valley, Nümmen, Ittertal, and the Krausener Bachtal, etc.
All in all, a great tour with lots of sights, high spirits and great weather.
6 days ago
- 06:1056.4 mi9.1 mph4,250 ft4,275 ft
Our main goal today was to circumnavigate the Bevertalsperre.
The Bevertalsperre is really beautiful and is definitely worth a visit. We particularly liked the west side and the dam of the dam, there is a well drivable forest path, with no significant inclines, almost directly on the water.
The east side can be left out, a lot of traffic and usually not a good view of the water, there is also a steep slope to overcome.
I can also recommend the much smaller Eschbachtalsperre without hesitation. There is a really great circular route that is perfectly passable with every bike.
From Hückeswagen we just drove off without any prior planning, which was really dangerous in places. Although it was an official bike path, it was on a very busy country road without a bike path.
The Eifgental was of course, as always, a highlight.
On the way we had to deviate from the route several times because of tree felling work and make our way across country.
So nobody should just follow our tour, as some places were actually hardly passable and the route from Hückeswagen to the Eifgental was anything but perfect.
Overall, it was a perfect day again and we had a lot of fun.
September 11, 2020
- 05:4952.9 mi9.1 mph3,575 ft3,550 ft
The main goals of our tour today were: Herbringhauser dam, Scharpenacken, the Toelleturm & the Murmelbachtal.
You can't see much of the Herbringhauser dam, actually only the area of the dam is really interesting and worthwhile.
The "Scharpenacken" area is highly recommended. Those who have made the "ascent" here will be rewarded with a great high path and a fantastic view.
The Toelleturm, with ice cream tasting, a bit next to it, are also highly recommended.
The Murmelbachtal was not really the "bringer", but maybe we had just chosen the wrong way, it was very "rough" to drive ...
A specialty today was our crossing of the "wide river" below the dam. The photo shows BlackCat shortly before the passage.
It was deeper than expected and we both had soaking wet feet afterwards.
September 1, 2020
- 07:2553.6 mi7.2 mph3,225 ft3,200 ft
That was a really great round with BlackCat. Lots of routes, they're always fun. We particularly liked the Dahlhausen train station and the textile city of Wülfing an der Wupper & of course the Wuppertalsperre.
Unfortunately, the bike tour ended for me with a serious flat tire in Vohwinkel, but BlackCat stayed by my side and gave me mental support while pushing (almost 15km).
August 22, 2020
- 05:2851.9 mi9.5 mph3,700 ft3,700 ft
you have 108 highlights on this beautiful tour description!
I'm not used to that anymore
(just came back from Holland after many weeks!).
Half the crew of you drives with a helmet,
I find it good!
I also never thought that I would ride without a helmet,
But I did in NL in the last few weeks!
Anyone who has ever got to know the bike paths in Holland also thinks about head protection or no head protection!
In principle, you can fall on your head in Holland, but not through outside influence, but through your own driving errors!
August 16, 2020