2 days in the sign of the Moselle

Follow-up article in the Eindhovens Dagblad

After a wonderful weekend in Ménil, where I was pampered by Riejeanne and Roeland assisted by Angela, I started the last series of 6 cycling days on Sunday morning. The Voie Vert, another old railway line, takes me to Remiremont. A steep climb over forest paths awaits me there. Soon Epinal appears and here I am led to a channel along the Moselle. Do you know where the name Moselle comes from? Mosella this is in Latin small Maas. It flows parallel to the Moselle. The Moselle originates in the Vosges and is a meandering river in a very wide bed. As a result, it was not usable for transport. That is why a canal was dug next to the bed of the Moselle in the second half of the 19th century. This allowed ships to transport goods. Note ships from that time were tow barges. And when you see the locks, you are talking about ships that are 5m wide and 20m    long. I also came across an aqueduct twice.

Now the usage has completely changed. You won’t see any boats from Epinal to Nancy. Then to Metz only pleasure craft and then also cargo ships. In total, I cycled about 200 km along the Moselle in 2 days. It was very varied, because you keep changing sides, passing all kinds of puddles and encountering a multitude of bridges dating from the period from the 19th century to the present. It is a real cycling paradise.

We all drive past this beauty on our way south and say when we pass Nancy “luckily we have passed the dreary north”.

Now I am in Dudelange, Luxembourg, writing my blog. Tonight I will be interviewed by telephone for a follow-up article in the Eindhovens Dagblad. The intention is that this will be published together with a photo of my homecoming.

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