Rheinsteig: SanktGoarshausen to Wiesbaden

Camping South of Lorch, we did the rest from this long-distant path. The most ‘romantic’ one – following the gorge the Rhine has dug in the high terrain that now form Eiffel, Hunsruck, Westerwald and Taunus. An area of castles, slopes that are both wooded or planted with vineyards – though the steepest have been abandoned because viniculture did become too expensive to make a living.
An area, too, that has known it’s hard times bwteen the wars – especially the area between Kaub and Lorch, know as “Freistaat Flashenhals” – a narrow no-one’s land between the American and French zones in the inter-bellum Germany. Completely isolated form the rest of Germany, where smuggling became a necessity to survive. Until the French marched in, against all treaties, and had to move out after dispute on this occupation; no wonder that the people in this area are not fond of French – expect when tourists.

There are two different landscapes in this whole walk
The first tracks – leadingNorth to South, run almost above the Rhine, at times more, but within a hundred meters sideways; you always have a view on the river, if the woods and vineyards open for a while; Narrow, your view either blocked by the opposite bank, rising up and give way to high grounds, and narrow gullies leading small streams into the river; villages on the open top, and small towns squeezed between the river and the slopes. And fortress-like castles to control the area.
The second part, mainly running West to East, run on lower altitudes, and a greater distance from the river. It’s a very open landscape, with large areas of grape and other fruit; On the verges of the Rheingauer mountains, the river glances in the distance, a kilometer or more way, and hundres of meters wide. Where in the gorge islands are scarce, side streams meander along long-stretched islands. This is teh area of large agglomerations – Bingen, Wiesbaden and Mainz, with Frankfurt’s office buildings clearly in sight.

Of course, there is much to see. And as usual, the tracks are available in Garmin, general and CVS formats; the page offers a link to a download page.

Woods and meadows

For a change, we made a cycletour in our neighbourhood in stead of a long walk: West to the other side of the province, picking up the Nieuw-Vuursche route, cut short to Baarn, crossed the Eem and headed to Amersfoort, where we diverted from the direct route to pay our daughter a visit, and took the shortest way home. All together the whole tour was about 54 kilometers; the larger part leads through the woods of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and Gooi, once passed Baarn the route runs through the meadowland of the polders North of Amersfoort.
No images taken, but the tracks can be found here; the page also contains a link to the track data in the regular formats.


Today we walked not too far away, near Austerlitz, on the Eastern slopes of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, with a brief sidestep into the Geldersche Vallei. Most of the route went through the woodland covering the old sandy hills, where “new nature” is being developed at some places; an area used as hunting grounds for the Rich and Wealthy, that holds quite some wildlife – near the village we spotted a roe, only 50 meters away on a track left – but the picture I took was too bad to publish.
Just a few images have been taken on this track, and tracking is available in Garmin, general and CSV formats.