This day started much better than the day before. A really nice breakfast, sunny weather and better mood. At 9:30 I said goodbye to my parents and went on my way.
First I had a fun downhill ride to the pretty village Clervaux.
Then I cycled over the Ardennes hills for a while until I saw the start of the Vennbahn, the village Troisvierges.
The Vennbahn started at the train station with a short climb on a nice asphalt road. I was very motivated and started with a fast pace. There were signs everywhere and it was very easy to follow the track.
The first 40km went gently uphill and mostly over narrow forest roads. Not ideal for a road bike but it was fun anyway. And the landscape was nice too. Partly the old railroad was still there.
I had 50km more on asphalt bike roads until I reached Monschau. The town center was 150m lower than the Vennbahn so I had a very steep downhill ride over cobblestone.
The whole center was paved with cobblestone actually so it was a “vibrating” experience of Monschau.
The center is very pretty and I had a lunch break with nice pastries from a local bakery.
Afterwards I climbed the hill again to get back to Vennbahn and started cycling the last 50km to Aachen. Most of the time the road had a gentle down slope now so I reached the city rather quickly.
So the ca. 130km Vennbahn took about 5h and were one of the best parts of this tour.
First thing I did in Aachen was to buy a kebab. Then I called my friends and we met soon after. We had a couple of beers later that day and a gyros for dinner. It was a very nice evening, especially since we haven’t seen us for a long time.