Benelux-GermanySpring2013 travel blog

Rhine River outside of Dusseldorf. Wooly roadside attraction.

Discouraged at Mickey Ds, drying from rain in Monchen-Gladbach.

May 16 2013

Biked about 25 miles today

After our arrival in Dusseldorf we gathered up all our belongings and took the train from the airport to the Hauptbahnhof. We were looking for the " official" Tourist Information booth to figure out where we wanted to rent our bikes.

We were directed to the Rad station at the bahnhof. They were very helpful adjusting and helping us with these brand new "city bikes". They are 8 speed hybrid bikes with 32 c wheels and coaster brake. Very nice bikes.

After some gear adjustment, we headed for the Rhine river heading south. After we left the Rhine it was difficult to follow the route on our very basic map. It is not well marked.

It would occasionally spritz a little rain on us, but later in the afternoon, it really started to rain, after we ate a lunch of pizza and mixta salad in Kleinbrioche.

The rain came down harder and we decided to call it a day. Went to the local McDonalds, where they usually have free WiFi, but not in this case. We were hoping we could look up on the internet a place to stay locally. They wanted us to pay for, which I declined. This was in Monchen-Gladbach. We went to the Hauptbahnhof here to no avail. By dumb luck we stumbled onto a nice inexpensive hotel near the Hauptbahnhof. It is called Fair-Hotel.the woman at the desk was,very helpful. She actually lived in Madison for a brief time in the past. Small world.

Had excellent German dinner at Cafe Bismarck. Walked around bit.

A brief historical note Joeseph Goebbels was born in this area. Bummer.

Wet but interesting day. Dried all our wet gear for fresh start tomorrow.

Sorry not many pictures yet.

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