Day 2: Aachen to Heimbach, 65 km
The day began and ended with rain, with flooding threatening. On the D4 proper, I encountered a mixture of village roads, dirt tracks through the forest, quiet bicycle paths and farm tracks. The mingling of these forms would become quite standard throughout the ride, and indeed is characteristic of Germany bicycle routes away from the popular rides. Parts of today’s ride went along a swollen Rur River, and most of it was spent in the Province of North Rhine-Westphalia. After a rainy day, the site of Pension Dobrunz in Heimbach, with its large and warm room, was welcome indeed. So muddy was the bicycle, I gave it a brief shower.