Yep, I'm off touring again! This time with the lovely Uncle James and also with Wowbagger and Mrs Wow, from 29 May to 6 June. As it's James's first tour, I'm revisiting the Mosel river which he's experienced by boat and which is a lovely region. We're having a week cycling from Trier to Koblenz, then a quick dash down the Rhine to Bingen, then back up to Koeln before getting the train back to the Hoek van Holland. It will be 1 Recumbent Bicycle, 1 Tandem and 1 Normal Bike so we will undoubtedly look like a rather strange group! Particularly with Father Christmas coming along. I'll try and write a few updates as before, if you're interesting in reading it. On this map our tour route is marked in red (on the left hand side near the middle): Anyway, we're off on Saturday 29 May for the overnight ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. James and I will cycle from home to Harwich (16 miles via the scenic route) and the Wows will be coming by train. Sunday is a Day Of Trains (although not quite as many as Pippa and I took last September when travelling from Hook of Holland to Bamberg). We will be taking the train to Trier which involves a train from the Hook to Rotterdam; Rotterdam to Venlo; Venlo to Kaldenkirchen (a 4 minute journey, unless by then the Germans have managed to get the Dutch to authorise use of the new Eurobahn train on Dutch railways directly from Venlo through Germany); Kaldenkirchen to Mönchengladbach; Mönchengladbach to Koblenz; and finally Koblenz to Trier. If we catch all the trains as planned we should arrive in Trier by 4pm. Monday – Trier to Bernkastel-Kues (43 miles). We start our cycle ride along the Mosel river which is well known for its vineyards and lovely scenery. Our destination, Bernkastel-Kues, is a quaint town and is famous for its medicinal wine (Doktor Wein) which I am sure James and Wow will sample. Tuesday – Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem (47.5 miles) More Mosel, more cakes, more beer, more wine... Cochem has a rather handy internet café so hopefully I can write a little report at that point, at least. A 50 mile day is a fair trek for us all but that gives plenty of opportunity to stop for some refreshing cake/beer. Wednesday – Cochem to Spay (42 miles) We cycle from Cochem past Koblenz which is the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhein rivers - from this point onward we're travelling along the Rhein. The hotel at Spay is really nice - it was Pippa and my favourite overnight stop - and I look forward to their excellent food, along with the bike fettling tools. In fact, I liked the hotel so much we're having two nights there, doing a mini excursion on Thursday and returning back to Spay. Thursday – Bingen to Spay (31 miles) We will get the train to Bingen (opposite Rüdesheim) and will perhaps spend a bit of time looking around Rüdesheim (which involves crossing the Rhine by boat) before cycling back to Spay. Friday – Spay to Bad Breisig (31 miles) Along the Rhein and past Koblenz again, continuing northwards through a few industrial bits as well as some lovely scenery. We end up in Bad Breisig which is a quiet but pleasant town. Saturday – Bad Breisig to Köln and then by train to Hook of Holland (42 miles) We continue cycling up the Rhein with our expected end point at Köln (a chance to visit the Dom, perhaps). We then catch the train from Köln to Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach to Kaldenkirchen/Venlo, Venlo to Rotterdam and then if we have time we cycle from Rotterdam to the Hook, or if we're short of time we take the train. We take the overnight ferry back to Harwich and should arrive in the UK at 7am on Sunday morning. Should be a cracking holiday and we'll take lots of photographs, no doubt. And will eat lots of cake. And the others will drink lots of beer. Probably.