The last day of riding today. A 35km stint into Keblenz. Rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for this afternoon, so we're keen to get going. The morning is cool but beautifully still. The first 5kms is an easy, slightly down hill ride on a good surface.
The first stop is Eltz Castle- one of the best castles on the Moselle. The ride into the parking area is easy (that is, flat!) and lovely. 4 of us decide to walk to the castle, the other 5 decide to try to ride. 2 minutes walk along the the track we run into the others, who have come across some steps, not a bike friendly path! So we all walk! It's a beautiful walk, through a lush green forest. Not at all a difficult walk. Very pleasant. We arrive at the castle pretty early - 10.30ish. Of course the boys have a Trocken, I have a coffee and share a cake. The castle is great!
There isn't much else to see today. More Moselle, more grape vines, gorgeous towns and castles. It gets quite warm - about 24°. We all stick together in a group. Some of the vines through here are the steppest yet!
Again a lot is closed. However, we manage to find a nice spot for lunch and a Trocken or Radler (shandy) or 2.
After lunch we start the final 11kms into Keblenz - sad that we are close to the end. However 100m down the road we come across an open weingut! (Winery). So much has been closed over Easter! So we pull in. The father of the wine maker is running the show. We end up buying 3 bottles of wine and drinking them outside in his 'area'. His English is very good, he has recently been to Australia.
When we were leaving there are 5 bottles of sweet dessert wine purchased at €30/bottle! He did okay! His son the wine maker also showed up!
The final push into Koblenz was therefore a little softened by alcohol. The destination was the statue of King William I, and the confluence of the Moselle and the Rhine. A few group photos, a touching of the bike wheels in the Moselle and a celebratory refreshment!
Onto the hotel, a freshen up and then another celebratory refreshment, this time Mojitos all round! We're all a bit weary!
We found details of the best pork knuckle in town and headed there for tea - a 15 min walk. The weather has turned. The winds are here! We mange to get a table for 9 in the restaurant. It has a great atmosphere, it's quite noisy. The meals and beers are huge.
The walk home us a bit wet. Our ride has been timed to perfection! We had glorious weather. There were no major incidences, only a couple if minor ones! We covered close to 250kms - no electric bikes - like a lot of others on the track. We enjoyed lots of food and wine and had lots of laughs. At times we've riden together and at others, gone our separate ways, and we are all still talking to one another! What a great experience!