Memmingen March 2010

Sat, 13 Mar 10 Cycle to Fernhoten (16 miles)

FlightFR 6522 Edinburgh to Memmingen 10:05 Depart 13:25 Arrive £5

The bus station in is 4.5km from the airport with the 810/811 line Krumbach-Memmingen-Babenhausen (Brandner Bus) or with town line 2 (Angele) from Memmingen central bus station. The one way journey  costs € 2,50. We got a Diddelcar taxi with 8 seats and shared it with people from the bus stop which meant only €2 each and we got taken to hotel.

Arrived at Gasthaus Schwabenhof for €90 a night for 3 people with breakfast where they have a garage for the bikes. Picked up bikes at Fahrrad Heiss which cost €15 for three days and tried to cycle the Iller-Kneipp cycleway loop. Cycling through 4 inches of fresh snow was no fun and after 4 miles we gave up and went onto normal roads.

Ate Gulash soup in Gasthof Bruckwirt in Fernhoten along with the entire womans institute.Cycled back to Memmingen where we met the bike shop staff in the main square. Wandered round the town which was a mixture of simples bars and up-market places. Ended up in Bernitos mexican bar watching the football before eating in Zur Blauen Traube which was a very good bistro bar. More peopel from bike shop saw us and sent drinks over to our table.

Sun 14 Mar Memmington to Ulm ( 41 miles)

It was impossible to Cycle along the Iller Radweg because of the snow so we took the  st2031 route through many villages. Most of the road had a cycle track beside it and it was nice going to so many villages. Had snow flurries all morning. Stopped in Maristro cafe Bar in Illertissen for apple strudel. Arrived Ulm, a beautiful university town on the Danube and with the tallest church in the world. Ulm was pretty dead, it was vert cold and we were knackered. Ate in the station and discovered that the same train ticket that took us home was also valid for Munich. We jumped on the train to Munich with out bikes and went to the Hofbraus Haus for a couple of steins of lager and to listen to the oompah band. 8pm train back to Memmingen where we went to a couple of bars including the traditional Tunne.

Mon 15 Mar Morning cycle (11 miles)

Snowed quite heavy today and the cycleway was impassable and the single lane road busy with lorries. Did a short circuit and took bikes back. Went shopping and to Kreuzherrn cafe which was very nice with its vaulted ceiling from the 13th century. Got bus to airport. Flight at 14:15 arrives Edinburgh 3pm . £5

Moselle-Rhine Valley March 2011

A flight to Frankfurt Hahn and cycle down the Moselle wine valley through the well known wine towns to fortress Koblenz then up the Rhine valley. Map here.

Flights £20 return , taxi £16 return, three nights 3* accommodation at £80 Bike hire £20  Train £7 Total £143 Out 17th March back 20th

Day 1Thu (22 miles)

Thu 17 Mar 11 Flight FR 4383 07:20 Depart 10:05 Arrive £20. Taxi to Zell for €8. With over 4 million vines, it is the largest wine-producing town on the Mosel and home to the famous Schwarze Katz. Pick up bikes from Thomas at Fahrradverleih Mesenich, Corray 33,56856 Zell and cycle to Cochem along Moselle river on the Moselradweg for bikes. Visit to Mustard Factory. Stay in Cochem Youth Hostel for night £20 under the shadow of Reichsburg Castle the tallest castle on the Moselle and 1000 years old. Trains every half hour.

Day 2 Fri (40 miles)

Cycle to the Moselle to Koblenz for lunch. Four choices – Alt Brauhaus, alt Coblenz, Trattoria de raffaele, Los Gauchos are all close by in the old town. and then onto the Rhine’s oldest castle finally to stay at Hotel Ebertorin Boppard for £25 including breakfast. Trains every half hour. Visit to Roman Fort obligatory.

Day 3 Sat (30 to 50 miles)

Cycle the Upper Middle Rhine Valley – a world heritage site – through the highest concentration of castles in Europe. 40 castles line the route cycled today. Train option all day every hour but Mainz is destination. Lunch in Bingen. Stay in Mainz, in Koenigshof Hotel for £30 on Scotland Street opposite the main railway station.

Day 4 Sun ( 8 miles)

Up early to cycle to catch train at 08:30. Second train available at 9:30. €7.5 each on group ticket. Arrive Bullay at 11:05. Cycle to Zell . Drop off bikes and then get taxi at 12:15 back to airport for €8.  Sun20 Mar 11 Flight FR 4382 14:25 Depart 15:15 Arrive £10



Cycle local bike tracks – river side, country, village route, seaside all possible – Bremen has three green rings for cycling. Map of routes.

Thu 10 Sep Blocklands 30 miles

Thu, 10Sep09 Flight FR3637 Depart EDI at 06:20 and arrive BRE at 08:55. Drop off luggage at Bremen Youth Hostel where we stayed for £22 per night. Meals £5 and bar open till 3am. Got hire bikes from Radort Bremen at £12 a day – not the best bikes we have ever hired.

Cycled the Blocklands, an area of reclaimed land since 1176 to the north of Bremen, along a route with beer gardens for cyclists. Wonderful paths, thatched cottages, produce for sale outside houses. After a three course lunch everyone fell asleep – the consequence of a 3am rise. The route back took us past the Wesser stadium where we watched the mighty Werder Bremen play. Chicken curry in hostel fro £5 was followed by Clag and an early night

Blocklands cycle wayproduce offered for sale with honesty box3am rise takes its toll

Fri 11 Sep Bremen 40 miles

Cycle west to Delmenhorst then south into the  Wildeshauser Geest Nature Park . Beer at Gross Ippener. Got train from Barrien to Bremen.

Sat 12 Sep Stade 40 miles

7.57 train to Cuxhaven arrive 9.22, cycle Elbe cycleway to Stade, a 1000 year old town, where we stay in Stade Youth Hostel.

Sun 13 Sep Hamburg 20 miles

cycle to Hamburg. Metronom train to Bremen 15:15 or 15 minutes past the hour. 1 hr 14 minutes journey time.

Mon 14 Sep Edinburgh

Raymonds birthday. Mon, 14Sep09 Flight FR3647 Depart BRE at 09:20 and arrive EDI at 09:55

Danube May 2009

The Danube from Passau to Vienna.There are six things you dream of on a cycling holiday: flat, smooth tarmac, beautiful scenery, easy navigation, delicious food, a welcoming bed and an enticing final destination. The Danube River has it all. Flowing thousands of miles through Europe down to the Black Sea, the Danube is one of the world”s majestic rivers, dividing nations, uniting them by trade and creating a perfect cycle route at the same time. It is a heady mix of history, landscape, wildlife and delicious beer and wine.

Beer gardens lie beside the trail, tempting you with morning tea, lunchtime beers and meals and afternoon cakes and coffee. All this and the glorious Danube sliding by may well seriously limit the number of miles cycled each day! Every 2 or 3 miles is a small village, each with several guesthouses welcoming weary cyclists with Austrian hospitality and fine food. A train line runs the whole way offering respite to those that need it. Continue reading “Danube May 2009”