This was the rest day you have when you can’t really afford to have a rest day. We had a sleep in and took our time to pack up. We settled our account with the trusting Italian restaurant of the night before and set out for our first day in the Middle Rhine. Our extreme luck with the weather continued; another warm sunny day.
It is hard to write about our experience of the Middle Rhine, without the overuse of superlatives. Every turn on the river seems to offer another castle perched on a craggy rock overlooking the river, another idyllic little German town and requisite waterside beer garden, views of vineyards set into terraces along the hillsides, and all whilst riding on mostly sealed dedicated cycling trails which are perfectly maintained.
We crossed to the western side of the river at Bingen by ferry after about 5 kms and then headed north. For the short 35 km day we never lost sight of the river to our right. We stopped upon sighting each new castle or town to read up on the accompanying historical information and folktales.
We pulled into Camping Lorelyblick, which is just south of St Goar, mid afternoon. A beautiful campground right on the river’s edge with amazing views and a large playground, complete with flying fox, for the kids. We let ours run wild whilst we enjoyed some of the regional beer.
To see the route, elevation profile, etc., click the link to Ride with GPS below (it should be able to be embedded but WordPress does not allow this).