Arising early, we broke camp and took a quick bicycle tour of the sites of Trier, Germany. Being a Sunday morning, the traffic was nil and the tourists crowds the same (except the crowd of tourists at the birthplace of Karl Marx who were taking as many pictures of us as the house. (The trailers on Tom and Ginny’s bikes always get people staring).
We crossed back over the Mosel and went to the supermarket which, of course, was closed, so we headed soth on the bike path hoping for an open cafe. We would not find one until 1:00 in the afternoon in Luxembourg.
We were looking to leave the river and strike west toward Luxembourg city. As soon as we crossed country line we turned away from the river and were reintroduced to hill climbing. I had not really worked up a sweat for several days and in 5 minutes I was drenched. We got to the top of the steep but short climb and were at a dead-end. Someone had mis-signed, or even turned, the bike route sign at the bottom of the hill. We zoomed back down and took the correct route.
It was actually a pleasure to be climbing and descending and we all enjoyed it. We were rewarded with sweeping vistas of farmland. and villages. Route signage was excellent and we followed the signs into the city all the way to the train station. The first section was ultra-modern office buildings: it seemed as if we were on another planet. We then looked down upon the old city as we crossed a towering bridge. We would not have time to explore as we were headed to the train station to catch a train to Leige, Belgium.
At the impressive Leige station we took a much shorter train ride to Verviers, Belgium to stay with Pierre and David, former overnight bicycle guests of Tom and Ginny in Missoula. Pierre and Davis live in a large, old home that belongs to Pierre’s grandmother. His brother shares part of the residence. There is a huge garden out front and sheep grazing in the back yard. Pierre and David made salad from the garden and cooked us pasta, then gave us separate bedrooms. They would escort us to Netherlands in the morning.