Day Three Ride to the Netherlands Complete
I finished day three. It was a mentally and physically challenging day. Mentally, I kept getting lost in the hills between Bad Homburg and Limburg. My best guess is that I added about 15 miles to my journey. This is where the physical challenge was. If Day 2 was my mountain stage over the Spessart, Day 3 was the hill challenges. It was steep ups and downs with little to no flats from Bad Homburg (the 1/2 way point) to Montabaur. Here are the basic stats:
Total Distance 85 Miles
Total Travel Time 13 Hours
Total Pedal Time 9 Hours
Killer Deal Breaking Hills 20 (But I lost count)
Total Water Drank 8 Liters
I am learning a lot more about the German bicycle routes. I have come to the conclusion to not take them unless I absolutely know where they are going. In some cases the path is little better than packed sand, others have so much debris that getting a flat or losing a spoke is a real possibility, and finally the paths don’t take the direct route they usually add several km/miles to the ride and not usually with benefit along the scenic, cultural or historical.
Day four looks to bring some flats along rivers (hopefully). Possibly a couple of WWII sites.