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Heritage Trail and Four Mounds, Dubuque, IA

Submitted by mag on Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:35

After leaving the High Trestle area, we drove all the way across the state (BIG state!) to Dubuque where we stayed at the lovely Four Mounds BNB overlooking the vast Mississippi. As soon as we checked in, we went down to the Heritage Trail where were lucky to meet up with Kevin who is knowledgeable about the Heritage Trail, the town of Dubuque and Four Mounds where he is one of the volunteers.

Happy in Holland

Submitted by mag on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:58

Happy in HollandWe were really happy to get back to Holland - it feels very comfortable and homey to us. What a joy to be back “home” in Holland. The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, bike trails everywhere, English spoken everywhere, the food and beer is great and you can actually order food whenever you want!

Cosne sur Loire and La Loire a Velo

Submitted by mag on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 15:22

Staying in a castle on the LoireAnother day, another castle home!  The last canal we explored in the Burgundy region was the Loire Canal near the headwaters of the Loire just north of Nevers, on the west side of the Loire right over the western edge of Burgundy. This was the part of La Loire a Velo we missed last year and includes the famous wine regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

We stayed in a cute cottage "Gîte Vieux Château jardin suspendu" built right into the castle wall. It was very roomy and had a lovely little “hanging garden” terrace. From this base we explored the beautiful but crumbling towns of La Charite sur Loire and Pouilly Fume which are right along the river and easily accessible by bike.

Burg Wildenstein - Reality, myth, legend and imagination

Submitted by mag on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 15:53

Burg WildensteinToday was a highlight of our trip. The fortress castle of Burg Wildenstein is a world class adventure all its own. 

We can say "We took our bikes up to Burg Wildenstein" - and it's true - we did take our bikes 

(in a wimpy way -   securely lashed in the back of our cargo van). It's technically possible to ride up the half-mile vertical rise to the 11th century fortress perched on top of a pinnacle, but not our idea of the best way to spend the day.  Burg Wildenstein is a legendary 11th century fortress castle perched on top of a crag high above the Danube gorge. It has been converted to a hostel. You actually get to stay right in the ancient castle and almost the entire castle is open for exploration. The rooms are simple but the setting is breathtaking and with few people around it's like being lords of your own castle.