Day 9 – Trier to Lewein…HOW TO CHANGE A FLAT TIRE ON A GAZELLE!

The Roman built Porta Nigra in Trier.
The Roman built Porta Nigra in Trier.

After another huge and delicious breakfast, we pack up and get to the garage where the bicycles have been safely locked away for the night and…oh no…the Gazelle’s rear tire is flat!!  OK, so normally this wouldn’t be a problem, however, the Gazelle is built with the chain and rear gears completely enclosed in a sturdy metal cover and we really didn’t know where to start, besides we do not have a full tool kit…so it was back to the hotel where the receptionist tells us the nearest bike shop is at the train station about 2 kms away.  We finally find it after taking a wrong turn and walking (and pushing!) thru the city center full of tourists!  The gentlemen that worked at the bicycle shop there were wonderfully accomodating and they took my Gazelle in right away and had it ready in 20 minutes.  Not only was the inner tube flat, but the outer tire was also worn thin, so that had to be replaced too!

Well so much for an early start, it was noon as we crossed the bridge over the Moselle and carried on to Lewein.  It was a misty day and rain was threatening, so we donned our rain gear when we stopped as we crossed the Kyall River. Apparently there is a rail trail along this river…must check it out for future possibilities!

The Mosel(Moselle from Trier to Lewein..about 35 kms.
The Mosel(Moselle from Trier to Lewein..about 35 kms.

The Mosel Radweg is much busier than we had experienced on any of the other trails….lots of groups of bike tours and families.  And some interesting characters along the way…

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