Castles and crossing the Ardennes
Trip Start Apr 11, 2012
34Trip End Oct 10, 2012
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Eltz Castle was much different. It was quite impressive. The castle has 80 rooms, 40 fireplaces, and 20 toilets. The rooms were covered in 500-year-old oak, as well. They don't allow pictures inside the castle, unfortunately. They had three rooms of gold, silver, and jewel encrusted items just to complete the package
I had my second spoke-breaking incident of my trip the first day out of Frankfurt. That is one of the problems with riding a delicate road bike on a tour. I got it replaced the next day at a bike shop in Koblenz (named for the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Mosel). Sadly, though they did replace the spoke, the guy who was truing the wheel was an incompetent moron. He insisted that he couldn’t get a quarter-inch bump out of the wheel and gave me back the wheel. Say what?! This is a bike shop, no? I am supposed to pay you so I can ride on a wheel that has a ridiculous bump in the rim? I honestly couldn’t believe that the guy was actually refusing to complete the job. Luckily, I had a spoke wrench with me, so after an hour of messing around with the wheel on the sidewalk in front of the bike shop, I fixed it. Some bike shop.
After riding along the Mosel River (the tourists on the river boats swarm over the towns her) I climbed up into the Eifel/Ardennes on my way to Bitburg. I knew these weren’t mountains, but I didn’t know they would be this rough. The Germans aren’t all that kind with the grading on the roads, either. One hill I descended was a 25% grade
After a rest day, I passed through Luxembourg to Belgium, stopping near Bastogne. The memorial there is a large star-like structure, with the US states named on the face of the building. There is a history of the Battle of the Bulge engraved on the walls of the inside, and you can even climb up stairs to the roof. I didn’t have any time for museums or anything, but on the way to my campground I did pass through the towns the 101st fought through. Sweet.