I reckon I cycle about 10km in the morning before my toes turn to blocks of ice. That’s about 40 mins each day of riding! Sometimes, if the cold starts spreading towards our ankles, or the balls of our feet go numb, we get off and walk for a bit. This is the downside of cycling in cleated shoes with a lump of metal screwed into the sole of our shoes. It is an excellent conductor of cold. Even two pairs of socks fail to make any difference. If our feet are the only cold bit, at the moment we consider ourselves lucky.
We had wall to wall sunshine on our final full day along the Mosel and the blackthorn is now in flower, so spring must be coming???
For the first time since October we were able to sit in a sunny spot at lunch time and stay warm. Usually we stop, eat and go. Graveyards are our place of choice as they usually have a sunny wall that is out of the wind and Tuesday’s was in Piesport of wine fame.
Then it was on up river to Trier, the oldest town in German and the old Roman capital of their western empire. Here we were lucky enough to stay with Joe, a British cyclist, in his international house share. He works out here and hosts through Warmshowers. We got fed well, enjoyed chats with him and his house mates, and got to sleep indoors for a couple of nights. Warmshowers really is an magnificent group.
Trier is full of Roman buildings and boasts eight World Heritage sites just in the city. We got to see seven of them including the old palace, the amphitheatre and the thermal baths.
The Roman city lasted for about 500 years and Britain was ruled from here. After that the buildings were converted for other uses in the medieval period or stones taken to build other structures. Roman buildings are certainly very solidly built with 1 metre thick walls using thin red brick or enormous quarried stones.
Most amazing to have survived almost 2000 years are the Roman bridge supports. Having seen the Mosel in powerful spate over the last few days, we know the Romans knew how to build something to stand the test of time. Will the Forth Road Bridge last as long?