I’m off to the Fatherland again with my husband James on a tour of the whole Main river and a bit of the Rhein to celebrate a significant birthday (I shall be 40!)
The schedule is as follows:
Saturday 11 June – driving from home via Le Tunnel to Spay (just south of Koblenz) where we’re staying overnight and leaving the car. The Alter Posthof Hotel in Spay is fab (used on the tour last year with the Wowbaggers and also the previous year when I cycled the Main with Pippa).
Sunday 12 June – train from Spay to Bayreuth. Four trains and a total of about seven hours on trains with some gaps for food in-between.
Monday 13 June – Bayreuth to Lichtenfels.
Tuesday 14 June – Lichtenfels to Eltmann
Wednesday 15 June – Eltmann to Volkach
Thursday 16 June – Volkach to Ochsenfurt
Friday 17 June – Ochsenfurt to Gemünden
Saturday 18 June – Gemünden to Wertheim and some birthday cake!
Sunday 19 June – Wertheim to Obernburg
Monday 20 June – Obernburg to Steinheim, we hop on the S-Bahn (local overland train) to avoid Frankfurt-am-Main (I remember previously riding with Pippa on some awful surfaces that faffed around the airport, plus had to carry the trike over some bridges and stuff; not fun so we’re bypassing that bit)
We get off the S-Bahn at Mainz and then cycle to Eltville, a rather pretty Rheinisch village (which happens to be where a classical singer that I stalk lives). We are now on the Rhein river, rather than the Main.
Tuesday 21 June – Eltville to Spay. On this journey we pass through Bingen, thus the thread title. We occasionally sing Hildegard von Bingen stuff in our church choir which is cool.
We have another night in the wonderful Spay hotel and then drive home the next day.
I will attempt to update this blog daily with my travels and various photos, if the technology all works in my favour!
Here are the links to my daily blogs on this tour.