Perl to Saarbrücken

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  • Author: Katrin
  • Created: May 4, 2018
  • Updated: May 5, 2018
Route type: Mixed
Difficulty grade: Advanced

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 69 km
  • Time 4 h 28 min
  • Speed 16.1 km/h
  • Min altitude 148 m
  • Peak 383 m
  • Climb 799 m
  • Descent 812 m

the French part of the Mosel cycling path

The weather was predicted to be sunny and warm, so I started early, around 8:30 AM.

First, I cycled down all the way to the Mosel again and after just a few meters, I was already in France. There was no sign for the border but the "Moselradweg" sign was suddenly in French: "Chemin de la Mosel" :-)

And just a few meters further, my journey of climbing began. Luckily, I didn't know what was expecting me, otherwise I would probably have worried too much ;-)

For the first time during this tour, I used my five lowest gears and took it easy.

Chateau de Malbrouck

I think, I reached most of the day's altitude after the first climb but it stayed hilly and after each downhill there was an uphill following. But there where only few cars, everybody was relaxed and the landscape around me was soooooooooooooooooooo beautiful.

I took a few pictures but they don't do justice to the reality - so you have to go and see for yourself ;-)

 

 

cycling through fields of green and gold

typical French

 

 

the end of France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only about 2 1/2 hours after I entered our neighbor country, I was already at the border again. This time even with a corresponding sign :-)

my bike at the border

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cycled on through some German villages but even being only a few kilometers away from France, everything was very German again: the cars left only centimeters of space when they overtook, everyone's stressed out and in a hurry.

 

From Mosel to Saar :-)

But luckily some time later I found the Saarradweg, my next "guideline", which is separated from roads. And despite being noisy - there is the highway next and, sometimes, even above it - I found it very relaxing because of the scenery.

the Saar

 

industrial left-overs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I arrived in Saarlouis just in time for lunch which I had at an American restaurant, thus: very heavy and fatty.

Also Saarlouis has a very strange vibe about it and EVERYBODY seems to be smoking, especially young girls and women. Whereas the men seem to be tattooed and obsessed by race cycling. Overall, a veeeeeeeeery strange city.

So I left the town after lunch despite my initial plan to stay there for the night. Instead, I cycled on the 30 kms to Saarbruecken.

I arrived there around 4:30 PM, so I only went to the hotel, went for a quick stroll around the direct neighborhood, including having some really good spaghetti with wild garlic pesto, and watched some stuff on the internet before falling asleep, more or less instantly ;-)

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