- Created: April 20, 2018
- Updated: April 26, 2018
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 53 km
- Time 3 h 45 min
- Speed 14.0 km/h
- Min altitude 0 m
- Peak 0 m
- Climb 939 m
- Descent 942 m
Although it was pretty warm, I slept well and was awake around 6 AM or even earlier. I got up a little later and was on the road around 8 AM which was a good start, keeping the temperatures of yesterday in mind.
But again, as usual in big cities, it took a while before I found the route I wanted to follow today: the Emscher Weg.
After a little sightseeing tour through the port area and having a look at the old port authority building, I finally found a very pretty sign with the correct name on it.
I was very happy when I saw this and thought, the hard work for the day of road searching was done.
This proofed to be wrong, only a few hundred meters further: suddenly I was standing in front of a road with not one single sign in sight. There was also no possibility to just cross the road, so I cycled further across the road a little to the right and found.....water. To me it looked a lot like a canal but due to the lack of other options I followed it. After a while I checked and found out that I had found my beloved Dortmund-Ems-Canal once more :-)
On the next opportunity I searched for the Emscher Weg again and found another of these pretty blue signs and also a blue-white striped post :-) I also saw a river which was probably the Emscher....yey.....
I cycled happily along....up to the next junction, again with not one sign in sight. I choose again, left this time....and was off the path again.
Keeping the events from yesterday in mind, I gave up the plan of following the Emscher-Weg and simply chose the shortest route to Essen on my phone. At first I tried to follow the official cycling signs from town to town but even that proved to be too far off my route. So today once again I was checking my phone every few minutes for directions and mainly cycled along busy big roads.
At least, I almost always had a separate lane and didn't feel completely vulnerable to the traffic.
Overall, I was super relaxed today, just the opposite to yesterday...maybe because I was heading towards a city I liked right from the start when I came here for the first time in 2005 or 2006.
Today was also the day when I probably "visited" the most big cities on my tour: Dortmund, Castrop-Rauxel, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen and Essen
And just a few kilometers outside of Essen, I found by chance, one of the really nice cycling routes which follow former railroad tracks.
The perfect end of my cycling day and the perfect start of my Essen visit.
But then I hit the real jackpot: thanks to a gentleman at the tourism office, I checked into the art hotel Koerschen, right in the middle of the town. And because I do sports (???) I got upgraded to a Junior Suite and I LOVE it :-).
I entered the room(s) and felt immediately at home. I never want to leave again.
So let's see what the breakfast is going to be like :-)
Also the sunburn on my thigh looks a lot better today. After my professional cooling yesterday with some frozen cauliflower :-)