Route: Remich – south to Schengen – back to Remich – up north to Wasserbillig via Grevenmacher (almost 50 km, and – mind you – after intense birthday celebrations!)
On Sunday, June 27th, seven tireless cyclists set off from Luxembourg Gare by bus to Remich and were later joined there by the young and even more energetic Vaida, who by that time had cycled some more 10 km from her place. Bike renting arrangements were made, respective documents signed, instructions from the bike company staff received/ignored (delete as appropriate), and the route agreed upon.
Starting point in Remich:
And off we went along the beautiful blue (well.. greyish, really) Moselle. We stuck to the German side on which a proper cycling track is available (thank you, Germany for being so ‘Ordnung muss sein’ 😉 Of course we had numerous stops in the picturesque surroundings to take photos (and to secretly or openly eat eat eat, I mean… to refill our energy supplies 😉
We first cycled south to Schengen, a small yet charming village, where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet (hence the name of Schengen Area). Being advocates of sports, fitness and healthy lifestyle we had a fruit break partly sponsored by Monika.
Later on more fruit followed. We found wild strawberries growing just next to the railway track (maybe not the cleanest spot and not very compliant with EU standards, but we still enjoyed them). Some of us could also use their long forgotten skills of ‘public’ fruit picking and helped themselves to cherries hanging there over German no man’s land, just on the bank of the Moselle. Here they were caught in the action by one of the group’s paparazzi (identities will not be revealed):
When we ran out of supplies (fruit included), reached our set destination in Wasserbillig, gave back the bikes (to some first unwilling to accept them elderly ladies, and all that in German!), we finally could do some rolling in the grass (I mean, technically we could have done it, right?).
Summing up: there were no casualties, no injuries, and only one momentary indisposition of some of the oldest members of the group 😛 In total 1175 calories were burnt but then replenished with some paninis/wurst-wanna-bes and cold beer and other less alcoholic beverages. Here we are on the way back – tired but buzzing with endorphins:
Photos by Petra Z., Monika and Vaida