It was a good start. My mom dropped me off south of Köln so I just had to follow the Rhine to the south. It was not so warm; about 14 degrees and thick clouds. At the beginning I had to pass a heavy industry area but it was getting nicer quickly. There were good bike roads on the way to Bonn and further to Königswinter and there were pretty many other tour cyclists on the road. The Rhine became Eurovelo 15 after all. Unfortunately, the roads became very narrow and bumpy later on. It is not much fun to cycle over road cracks and cobblestone with a race bike. But I made it to Koblenz after about 90km and had a lunch break at a park.
Then a bit more south, just before passing the beautiful Marksburg i left the Rhine and began my first climb. It was not too bad with about 350 hight meters but the traffic was terrible here and German drivers didn’t seem to care much about minimum passing distance. Good that I left the road soon and took a much more rural one.
Later on, the rural road turned into a dirt road and ended at a grass field. If you ever wondered if you can cycle with a race bike on grass, it works pretty well!
So I made it to Holzhausen with some delay but no real problems. I bought two pizzas at the local pizzeria for dinner and cycled to the hunting cabin. It started to rain a little bit, but I made it just in time. A warm shower was great after this pretty cold day. I hope it will be warmer tomorrow.
Here the view from the cabin: