In contrast to last time the playground was already quiet by 10pm. I get on my journey early at 7am with beautiful sunshine, but the temperature is only 15°C (60°F). It does not significantly warm up for the rest of the day.
The headwind is faithful, perhaps not as strong as yesterday. At first the route goes along the Nahe River until the estuary at Bingen. I have to pay close attention to remain on the correct route due to the tangle of bridges, train tracks, roads, pedestrian walks and bike paths.
Now I follow the Rhine River, this time on the left side, not on the right side as on our way almost three weeks ago.
But long parts of this route are right next to Federal Highway 9. I cannot stand the traffic noises anymore.
In the historic center of Bacharach I find a bakery where I drink two cups of hot tea to warm up. I eat a really nice marzipan pastry with it, and also buy another one for the road. Unfortunately I already finish it by the time I reach Boppard.
For the continuing journey along the Rhine River I have to say that the other side was nicer, but even here there are some beautiful places.
Of course I also pass the Loreley; a photo is simply a must. The ships go along the river at about 10 knots (18km/h). Most of the time I am faster, but when I pass through towns where I have to get off the bike and push in some places they get away from me.
Today I also enjoy riding through this beautiful landscape in sunshine. I am happy that it does not rain. Even when many people pass me on e-bikes I am not jealous. What would I do with an e-bike? For sure the battery would not last all day with all the baggage. Also I do not want any help.
Today the steady headwind is also tiring. The app wants me to cross the Rhine River with a ferry in Bad Breisig (about 10km before the destination) and then back again with another ferry in Linz (just before Remagen). That does not make sense. I know there is a good bike path from Bad Breisig to Remagen on the left side of the Rhine River, and I take it. Just before I get to the destination there is a sign informing me that after the flood disaster in the Ahr Valley the bike paths to Remagen are unusable. I try it nonetheless, since there is a big road from Sinzig to Remagen. Once I get there I discover that bicycles are not allowed on this road. So I have no choice but to go all the way back to Bad Breisig. The ferry seems to have waited for me. It leaves as soon as I get on board. Now just 8 more kilometers on the right side of the Rhine River, and the ferry to Linz, and I am very close to Remagen. I know the campground well; I have been here at least four times. The tent is set up quickly. In the restaurant I eat a large pizza. Soon I am going to take a shower and then surely sleep well. This will be the last night on a campground for this trip.