In 2001 (before Scott and I had met), Scott rode a bicycle from England to Singapore, via Siberia and the Gobi Dessert, with a group of guys he met on a Lonely Planet message board. Through the years, the guys have stayed in touch, meeting up at each other’s weddings. One of the guys, Andy, runs an English language school in Düsseldorf. As we were planning our route through Europe, we let Andy know we’d be rolling through Düsseldorf. And then within a matter of days, Rory and Toby, now living in the UK, had booked flights to meet us there as well. It was great to see the guys together again, bonded by a shared experience of adventuring to the extreme. I could listen to their stories forever.
Beers on the Rhine:
In Düsseldorf, we picked up our friend, Rich from Texas. Rich has toured with us a few times before, including when we passed through Austin during the first week of our 2-year tour of the Americas. We’ve decided Rich has the worst luck with weather. It’s rained EVERY time he’s joined us on tour, but it hasn’t deterred him yet.
From Düsseldorf, we headed south along the Rhine River to Lake Constance, crossing a number of times between Germany and Switzerland, and even for a night in France. Much of the ride was along a beautiful cycle path, but our time was plagued with a bad combination of rain and near freezing temps, making it a touch miserable. There were days I was convinced the feeling would never return to my feet or fingers. Click here to see a map of our route up the Rhine.
Riding along the Rhine:
Camping with castles: