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Old 07-24-2010, 03:37 PM   #1
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The Mosel River Valley

As a follow-up to the RR to the Rhine last weekend, it turns out I had Another free day before the family returns from their summer vacation in the US.

Now what I should be doing with my time is probably cleaning the house.

I should probably vacuum, but the vacuum and I just don't see eye to eye:


Or perhaps i should mop the floors - most joyous of all household activities:


But instead I looked at the map, followed the suggestion of the one other ADVRider in Luxembourg, and headed for the Mosel - famous for it's wines (think Piesporter)

Now my trip last week to the Rhine was a bit of a letdown - it was fine, but it wasn't as cool as I expected. The Mosel was a different deal - pure wine country, as quaint and as beautiful as you could imagine. Roads and villages alongside the river for the entire way. Smaller but prettier than the Rhine. And every inch of ground covered in vineyards. Truly the vineyards run right into the villages.


Here's my route:


I enter Bernkastel-Kues , a village near the Mosel thinking this is pretty cool:





I love boats and can never pass up the opportunity when I see one I like - imagine owning something like this on a river like the Mosel:




Another thing I like are the writings on the houses -



Loosely translated, this says:

Never say No to yourself
Say Yes! and drink wine
This way you will always have joy in you
and you will never be alone


The town continues to impress






Across the river, an old castle with the vineyards sloping to it on the steep hills:




Little did i know the best part of the village was on the other side of the river. More to come when rest of pics upload.
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:56 PM   #2
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I have a buddy that was born in that area. He used to bring back a metric ton of wine when he went home to visit. Quite sweet, but good stuff.

Nice pics. Especially the Aston
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:51 PM   #3
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Truly Lovely Country. Ehrang thru to Quint, then up towards Spangdalem and over to Bitburg is a beautiful run with nice curves......when you have the time.

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Old 07-25-2010, 10:43 AM   #4
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I thought I had seen the best sights of the town already and almost turned around to head home. Fortunately I decided to follow the road a little further to check out the bridge that crosses the Mosel. On the other side was the main attraction.

Heading over the river, I see:



Check out the vineyards in the background


A very long barge passes by - to get a sense of perspective, this barge had two full sized minivans on the rear deck - you can see them if you look closely. It cannot be easy navigating the many twists and turns of the river in a barge that size.


welcome to Bernkastel-Kues:


I really like the style of the buildings:









Things just get better as you go down the side streets:











Next up, food and bikers
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:54 PM   #5
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I really like this house built in 1416:

Source: http://www.spitzhaeuschen.de/

A bit tilted, narrow base, but still has a cellar and you can taste and buy wine there.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:26 PM   #6
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Wow... that's one beautiful ride!! keep those lovely pics coming

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Old 07-25-2010, 04:23 PM   #7
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Simply stunning. What a great outcome.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:40 PM   #8
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Romantically Charming Villages.

You Sir are a lucky man to have traveled those routes on two wheels.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:15 AM   #9
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I love the rhine and mosel valley's, usually drop into cochem once a year on my nurburgring trip, rudesheim on the rhine is great and they have a great fireworks display in september.......gonna miss it this year though
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:19 AM   #10
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Love the way you started that post LOL!

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Old 07-27-2010, 12:48 AM   #11
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Any trip to Germany involves good food, and this being a tourist town, there was no lack of places to eat.

I was leaning towards something casual:





When I saw a sign advertising an old favorite from my childhood:


Linsensuppe means lentil soup - doesn't look great, but is absolutely delicious after a morning of hard riding:



To be followed up with some desert




Bikers are welcome:




And there were plenty of bikes - as usual all types of bikers ride together here:




High quality gear is the norm:




The S1000RR is very popular:




A Ducati (and Ducati leathers of course) and a Guzzi from Holland:




Prime parking for bikes - we are valued customers:




And some sweet cars too:




It's been a great day, full of cool, unexpected discoveries. One last stop at the vineyards on the way home:
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:47 AM   #12
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I like seeing this place from your point of view. Nice pics :)
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