Day one is done.
Rüdesheim The Hard Way
By the time my bike arrived in Mainz I had no interest in trying to swap out the pedals. I just wanted to get on the road and planned to do the swap when I reached my first nearby town, Wiesbaden; and then I didn’t. Thanks to the flatness of my first ~30 miles I was able to accomplish it wearing my Chucks! I may do the same today.
Because I didn’t want to wear down my iPhone battery (in case I needed to make an emergency call) and I had no idea if GPS would work without a data plan, I don’t know the actual distance that I rode yesterday.
The hardest parts of yesterday’s ride were figuring out where to ride when I encountered path closures due to Rhein flooding, and finding a bathroom along the way. Oh, and not finding an open biergarten in any of the small towns through which I rode. In-con-cievable!
On the one big(ish) offshoot that I rode, a few kilometers up an incline to a town called Kiedrich, the only German bar/restaurant I could locate is closed on Wednesdays. Danger!
My only stops along the way were for water, and a lunch of two rolls and a bottle of chocolate milk.
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“Man Cannot Live On Beer Alone”
A glass of wine in Rüdesheim was cheaper, at 1.8€, than Coke, beer, and water! I managed to force myself to drink two glasses of dry Riesling before eating dinner. 😉
I Am Experimenting With Chamois Butter Again
On my first day in Düsseldorf I stopped into a sporting goods store, inside which I found a small tube of chamois butter. The one I bought is different than the one I tried a few weeks ago (and may have caused my breakout). Yesterday I used some, rather sparingly, and today I will experiment more in order to minimize the amount of chafing pain I might acquire this week.
I Felt Brilliant!
The bicycle was delivered with one pannier into which I was able to put my bike shoes, camera, and water bottle (the bike has no water bottle cage?). Along with those items I also started off wearing a messenger bag. At my first water-buying stop (at which I also bought more sunscreen), I devised a plan to latch my messenger bag as a second pannier, using a carabiner as a safety latch; this hack worked brilliantly! In addition to getting the bag off my back (minimizing sweating) it also balanced the weight on the rear of the bicycle.
Of course my hack may only be valid while it’s not raining. Fortunately, that looks as if this won’t be a concern today.
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“I Got 69!”
As a person who hates heights I was surprised how excited I was to take a two-person sky bucket up the hill. Truth be told, the bucket didn’t get that far off the ground.
On the return trip I lucked into bucket #69.
A Night In
Feeling a little worn out after dinner I decided to give myself a night of rest so that I can hit the ground rolling again for tomorrow’s 38+ km journey. You may think sitting in a hotel room while on vacation is a waste, but the weather was awesome and I was able to open the two windows in this hotel room and get some cross-ventilation of cool air working.
Nearly On The Road Again
I am just now finishing another hearty German breakfast, one which will allow me to once again only need a light bit of food for lunch. In about thirty minutes I will depart for today’s leg. At only 38+ km today’s leg should take me around two hours, though I will try to find more offshoots, photo opportunities, and hopefully an open bar or two along the way to slow me down.
Have a great day friends.