Mountain bike tour on the Grand Randonee 5 from Genk, BE to Ettelbruck, LU.
Early August 2016, I could not focus on work. In less that two weeks I’d be doing my first longer-than-a-weekend mountain bike tour! With my dad! I had spent hours over the last few months splicing, appending, and transforming GPX files, booking hotels (perks not to be put aside when you travel with your dad) and trains, and making packing lists and the final days were killing me.
My dad arrived a few days early (Saturday, and we were hopping on the train on Tuesday) and we had two pre-tour, de-jetlag rides planned. It was the second ride, the one on Sunday, where my dad slipped on an off-camber, muddy turn, put his foot out wrong and tore his MCL.
His not being able to come on the ride that we had been gearing up for and Google Hangouting for months for hit us both hard. My dad, quickly suggested that he go meet my mom in Rome (she was there while he was to be on the tour) while I continue on with the tour. Afterall, the trains reserved, rooms booked, and leave taken. “Can Rose join you?”, he asked.
She could and she did. I would ride the first two days solo and Rose would join me Friday, Sat, and Sunday after working most of a week.
In Germany, you can’t bring a bike on the super fast, long distance, ICE trains. So I had to book a 7 train-transfer and as many hour itinerary from Eppstein, Germany to Genk, Belgium.
The parts along the Rhine weren’t too bad :)
Got some dinner in Koln.
Hung out with commuters.
And had a beer crossing the border into Belgium.
Around 10 PM I rolled up to my hotel in Genk, had a few delicious Belgian beers, and hit the sack. I had about (what I thought were) 50 miles of riding to do the next day!