It took a while to get out of the bed. My legs were hurting and 9 hours of sleep didn’t feel like enough. I had a French breakfast at the hotel and packed my stuff to get going. The morning mist was heavy and everything looked grey.
I was not very motivated anyway and the mist was not going away. So I had a slow start. I passed the boarder to Germany after about one hour. The area around Saarbrücken consists mainly of heavy industry, which didn’t look so appealing in the mist. At least the bike roads were of good quality.
Around 12 o’clock the mist started to melt finally. At that time I also left the river and cycled over the fields of the Saarland. It was a nice surprise how well the bike roads were maintained in this area. Even the smallest field roads were made of asphalt. Later on I cycled through an area with many apple trees, so I could have a nice snack from time to time. This was the good part of cycling today.
Soon I crossed the boarder to Luxemburg at Schengen (kind of nice doing that without showing my passport, haha). And I realized that Luxemburg had wine yards, at least here in the south.
Some more hills were to cross until I reached Luxembourg city. Cycling into the capital was already a bit stressful but being there was another level. I think the center was very pretty but it was stuffed with people and cars. Cycling was a nightmare here. So I just stopped at a quiet place for lunch and went on. I didn’t even take a picture..
Luxemburg was a bit funny for cycling. Either you had a perfect and dedicated bike road or you had a (always busy) road to follow on a narrow side strip. Also it happened four times today that the road I was following was closed for no reason. I followed them anyways and never had a problem to get through. This remains a bit mysterious.
In the afternoon the clouds turned dark and it started to rain. Usually that is not a big problem but on a day like today, this was really annoying. On top of that, my rear break started to make trouble.
I made it to Ettlingen until the rain stopped and had cycled 155km already. Then I lost my direction again and had no idea were to go now. I was supposed to meet my parents in Clervaux which was 40km away but that would have been too much for today.
But luckily my parents were just in the area. So they picked me up and we drove together to the hotel.
It was a really nice hotel with a small restaurant. We had an amazing dinner there in the evening. So in the end this day turned out very well, thanks to my awesome parents.