bikes + castles

We drove a long 9 hours north (should have been about 6.5hrs without the traffic) to Nürburgring in Germany for a bike race, and along the way got to explore some more castles, quaint German villages, and eat way too much stodgy food. We saw heaps of fast cars but didn’t drive one around the track. We did ride an e-bike around the track through – does that count?

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The ages (and condition!) of these buildings blows my mind. This one is from 1667.

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The weather report said “Fog”. We looked outside the window, and the valley was completely white. This morning fog rolled in over the newly plowed fields, and as grumpy as we were about being awake early, in the cold, on our way to stand at a bike stall in a carpark for the next 10 hours, you can’t ignore the beautiful scenery. I could remember being grumpy, or I could remember the beautiful fields, the field mice, the circling eagles, and the fog rolling in on the early summer mornings in Germany. I choose the second memory.

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This was how we spent Saturday – running alongside cyclists with water bottles, gels, and words of encouragement. The good and bad thing was that all our riders (not dad!) were in the front group together. This meant we won the race, first and second place and team overall, but it meant being the water-people was super hectic!

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The Nürburg castle dates back to 1166.

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I love this photo a lot.

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