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Kim falls in love with Lewis an Irish Terrier

Lingenfeld to Ludwigshafen

sunny 25 °C
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Wake and hear mosquitoes between the shell and mesh layers of our tent trying to get in and at our skin. We pack up inside, the squash as many mozzies as we can between the tent layers before making a run for it to take a dip in the lake. Both get bitten on the way! Dry and dress.

Pack up camp as quick as possible. Then make a swift exit. Ride about 5km back to the Rhine to make breakfast. No mozzies in sight! Relief. Make coffee and muesli.
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While we eat we meet Arno a retired local who's out for his daily ride. We chat about our trip, life on the Rhine and the cost of living. Seems inflation has really hit Germany.

It’s a lovely ride along waterways until we reach Speyer. It's a small city with a lot of churches.
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The old town is beautiful.
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It also has a grand gothic style cathedral. It’s one we both go into. The stain glass windows are worthy of more than the time we gave them. The cathedral bells ring for a very long time. Not sure why, but it would be hard to use them to work out the time!
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As we leave Speyer we spot an Aldi and we nip to stock up our pantry. As we leave the rain starts. We stop to put on our jackets and then ride to the nearest cafe. It’s a cafe/restaurant on a lake run by a family. As we order the sun comes out. Oh well!
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We sit and eat our hot chips and drink our drinks and watch as a group of about 20 people arrive. Looks like someone’s birthday. One lady starts to take pictures of the group so Kim goes over to ask if she can take them for her. Lots of smiles and cheers later Kim returns to our table. Not long after a few of the ladies come over to say hi and ask where we are from. They are so excited about our trip and keep telling us bravo bravo. One lady asks if she can buy as a drink but we have to kindly decline as one was more than enough and broke Kim’s rule of no drink and ride.

Arrive just after 4pm at Joanna and Steffen’s. An added bonus they have Lewis a gorgeous Irish terrier. Kim falls in love immediately.

Joanna is Swedish from Gothenburg and teaches Swedish. She has an apartment on the group floor for her students where we can stay the night. We have our own room and bathroom.

We wash and make ourselves respectable and head upstairs for pre dinner drinks. We bought wine but we start with a local beer. It’s comes in a 1 litre bottle so can share. We chat like old friends about cycling and life. Their friend Cornelius arrives and it’s time for dinner. Both are vegan as they can’t eat milk and butter so we enjoy homemade vegetable burgers with potato salad and a tahini dressing. It’s all delicious. We open the local Riesling we bought and it pairs well. Afterward we have fika which is a Swedish tradition of coffee/tea and cakes. It’s a really lovely evening spent with strangers who have a passion for cycling and travelling. Kim has hugs with Lewis and then it’s bedtime.
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Stats

Days cycled - 107
Rest days - 55
Distance cycled - 50.3km (5342.4km)
Ascent - 390m (Total 47570m)
Descent - 400 (Total 47470m)
Money Spent - $53 AUD (Total $18500 AUD)
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Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Germany

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