Going south along the Rhine, we first crossed a quite elaborate bicycle/pedestrian bridge over the entrance to the harbor.
After that it was beside farm fields along the Rhine (not many buildings allowed in the flood plain here) or some overland stretches thru the woods (which blocked some of the rain) until we reached the Rhine across from the town of Zons.
I should mention that my friend Tom from Los Angeles joined us in Düsseldorf. He has a bike from the same company as I -- Bike Friday -- but a model with smaller wheels that folds into a fairly small bundle. Normally it is for commuters but he had his outfitted and geared as a touring bike.
|Friday's little brother|
|Rhine Ferry at Zons|
The ferry seems to be owned/run by the town. Makes sense I guess to bring in visitors when there is no bridge.
By this time we were pretty wet. The Gasthaus on our side was closed, but luckily the one on the Zons side was open.
|Our warm, dry refuge from the rain|
The rain actually lessened and finally pretty much stop when we got near to Cologne. We had a choice of going more directly into town, along city streets (but probably with bike paths) or following the Rhine, which twists a bit, and since we had made good time we went with the more scenic route along the Rhine,
Soon we could see the cathedral (Dom)
|Rheinhotel St Marin|
The tap room for Brauerei Pffafen (the brewery is too far from Cologne so the beer can't be called Kölsch) also had a bock beer.
|Pffafen "bier" and bock|
I won't go into the details of the others, just some pictures.
Tomorow is a full day, down the Rhine to Andernach.
Distance ridden: 57km
Total Distance: 397km