Wednesday 28 September 2022

Day 15 - A ride to Mohnesee

 We went down for breakfast at 8:00am. The breakfast was not included in the room rate, we knew that when we booked the accommodation but had decided to have it.  

The previous evening we had to choose what we wanted to eat and our host seemed surprised we did select any meat. The breakfast turned out to be excellent value for £6 per person. The fruit included fresh plums from their garden. We were also presented with a large selection of cheese including fresh mozzarella, a couple of hard cheeses and a cream cheese and a large basket of warm bread rolls. That would have been more than enough but we had also asked for scrambled eggs and a large plate of which duly appeared.

 We were fueled for the day. The ride we had selected was a selection of the Old railway radweg along the Mohne valley cycle path. The start of which was a Round 5 miles from the accommodation but it did involve a long climb up the hill from the Gasthof. At breakfast our host lent us a book of rides describing a ride along the valley and Robert was able to improve the planned route by taking a track through the woods rather than going on the minor road he had planned to take. Just before setting off our host lent us a detailed map of the area which we took as a backup to the Garmin.  We climbed on the road out of the village then we turned onto a gravel track.

It climbed gently through the woods. Reaching the top gave good views of the surrounding area .

We had joined a minor road and had a fast descent to the route.  There were a couple of minor bumps but the path was mainly a gradual descent to Lake  Mohnesee. 

We started in open countryside but the route did go through a couple of towns. It was well signed and the route easy to follow and Garmin not required for navigation. It was around 20 miles of cycling before we reached the lake.

We kept on the radweg and decided to continue to the first crossing point which turned out to be temporarily closed to cycles so we continued to round to the next cross in point. 

An Italian restaurant with good views of the lake provided a tasty snack for lunch before we continued, crossed to the opposite bank and started to return.

When we got back to the first bridge the road was closed but we continued up it for a short distance following another cyclist before he stopped and we could see the road works were still in progress with a lorry tipping stone.

We returned and followed the cyclist across the first bridge ignoring the no cycling sign.

We then retraced our steps, stopping to take some photos and try out the exercise equipment.

And looking at "hanging stone "weather station.

The route had several bike cycle repair stations which fortunately we did not need to use.

Part of and old engine near a small museum located in a couple of railway carriages which was closed on the day we past.

When we were a couple of miles from Ruthen we decided to follow a marked trail to Buren.

It should have been a straightforward diversion. We climbed the hill to Ruthen and followed the signs in the main square. We then dropped down the hill following the bike path signs and we found ourselves heading towards the route we had followed in the morning in the opposite direction to the one we wanted to take.

The hill was reclimbed and the Garmin successfully navigated to Hemmern and back onto the route we wanted to take. It was then a long decent before riding up the valley to the Gasthof. A round trip of 53 miles.

We eat the Gasthov, vegetable pancake for a starter and pork schnitzel for a main. We shared one with mushrooms and one with a red pepper sauce. Both were excellent. They were eaten with  spätzle noddles and a side salad. A dark Duple beer was sampled before glass of Warsteiner.

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