|Rheinradveg outside Oberwesel|
It seemed like a good opening line, and the roles matched respectively our daughter, son and daughter in law. But I can't think of a good punchline so we'll just have to go with what (more or less) actually happened.
Martin had done a train trip through the UNESCO heritage section of the Rhein, so when we were discussing things to do on our family catch up visit to Europe, the Rheinradveg, part of Eurovelo 15, was the obvious choice. We met up in Koblenz, where Martin had organised to rent bikes from Fahradhaus Zangmeister. At first we were a bit apprehensive. The Zangmeister seemed to be a German version of Bernard from Black Books, peremptorily ordering a group without bookings to simply go away. However "Bernard" soon had us set up on four good solid utility bikes, and a Pedelec for me, and we were on our way.
|"Bernard" does a last minute road check on Imogen's bike|
|Start of the adventure - waiting to board the train at Koblenz|
|Martin and Selina cool off|
Many of the castles, like this one, had an interesting feature to enable medieval indoor-outdoor flow.
Recalcitrant constituents were dealt with indoors, then their remains transferred outdoors to a hanging basket as a warning to others.
Soon we'd made it to the ferry across the river to Rüdesheim, where Martin had booked us in the Hotel Post with lots of room for our bikes where the post horses had been stabled in centuries past. In the evening we took a delightful two seater cable car up over the vineyards to a view over the valley and back to Mainz.
|Marg and Alastair on the cableway above Rüdesheim|
|The Rheinradveg is truly an example of "build it and they will come"|
The Radveg took delightful detours through riverside allotments, with picturesque castle backgrounds.
On the river, cargo barges competed for space with impossibly long cruise boats (some with putting greens and swimming pools on the upper decks) and kayaks.
|Kayaks and Cargo on the Rhein|
We reached the Weinhaus Weiler Hotel at Oberwesel before the heat became unbearable. The 1552 building was comfortable, and close to the walking route along the city walls
|The team plot an assault on Oberwesel Castle|
|Marg and Selina rehydrate on the way to Koblenz|
On schedule, we made it back to Koblenz and Deutsches Eck, the symbolic end of this section of the Rheinradveg.
|Kaiser Wilhelm I, on the bronze horse, greets Selina, Marg, Alastair and Martin on iron velocipedes|
Next day we took the train one last time through the "Romantic Rhine" gorge to Mainz, and dispersed: in my case, home via Hong Kong and an encounter with a nasty dose of Influenza A. But that's another story...