which is a good thing because it cooled yesterday's hot air noticeably,
and which is a bad thing because I'm travelling by bicycle today.
|How to make your train station handicapped accessible !|
|Small footprint bicycle transportation|
Time to buy a train ticket. I type in the destination (Mainz HBF) and no surprise: the ticket would cost more than the sum of coins I have left. I don’t think the machine would take 50 Euro notes (I never checked though), so I stick in my credit card. And what does the !#$%#$%^%ing machine tell me? It does not accept the same credit card that was happily accepted by a ticket machine at a city BUS stop in Switzerland 3 years ago. OK. No coins, no credit card, no small bills. I remember the Currywurst stand at the bottom of the train station. I lock and leave the bike though; I’m not taking another one of those elevators with a bike.
I get my Currywurst and my 10 Euro bills and buy my train ticket and only 5 minutes later hop on the train.
|The famous Currywurst mit Fritten|
But: all the cars seemed to say No Bicycles
on the side, so I just pushed into the door marked No Bicycles that another cyclist came out of. German Railways also has this lovely system where the side of the doors to exit the train seems to change with every station, so I get to move the bike from one side to the other all the time to allow people to exit and enter.
|You can even find pictures on Google for this subject (not my pic)|
|Now here is a train that DOES have proper bicycle bays ;-) (Not mine, his one is going the other direction)|
The train ride from Mainz to Remagen by slow train (stops at every single stop) leads through the picturesque Rhine valley (see last year’s River Boat Cruise (~July 16) for pictures; today’s weather is overcast and GRAY, so I’m not taking pictures, except for the following two).
|A DB pic (NOT mine) of a train like the one that took me to Remagen. Very nice !|
From Remagen, I cycle about 12 kms through the picturesque Ahr valley to Bad Neuenahr. Normally the Ahr is a tiny creek that one could almost cross with dry feet, but rain during recent days made it swell into a muddy torrent. OK, maybe torrent is the wrong word, but the locals are very proud of their 'river' ;-)
A view over Muddy waters
|Same valley, different view (~5 minutes later)|