Day 2 - After a fine breakfast and making our lunches, 2 of our group of 6 took the train to St Goarshausen to pick up the trail there, while 4 of us embarked on this 2x normal day on foot. We covered over 2,000 m in elevation, over about 32 km. A big day by most standards. We ended it with a tasty dinner and great night at Landgasthaus Blücher in Dörscheid, just outside of Kaub.
|Military practice run.|
It so happens that my brother and his wife redesigned the interior of several of the guestrooms, so it was great to experience their work in action.
With the heat on - Germany basked in a very early heatwave with high summer temperatures every day - the hiking in among trees was a welcome brake. We still got our share of open vistas - and a most unusual bird - in the form of practicing fighter jets and military transporters that used the Rhine valley for training.
It was just like during the cold war - and I think it was quite a shock to Jan, who had never seen such a thing.
|Balcony art. It actually worked.|
|Sculpture along the trail. Some might have wished to |
get carried the last bit into Dörscheid:)
|Laura, Karl and Jan hiking on.|
|Beautiful greenery everywhere |
and that in mid April!
|Military transport dropping down into the Rhine Valley|
|Rhine is a very busy economic|
artery connecting Switzerland,
France, Germany and Holland.
|St Goarshausen - on top of this rock is a vertical Steig|
like they have in the Alps: fixed ladders, bolted to rock.
|Castles around every bend|
in these parts.
|The views of the meandering Rhine are all so pretty|
here. This from the famous Loreley.