Kehl Germany

A pedestrian bridge crosses the Rhine linking Strasbourg France to Kehl Germany.

A pedestrian bridge crosses the Rhine linking Strasbourg France to Kehl Germany.

Strasbourg is very bike friendly. Bike lanes cross the city and allow easy access to the suburbs. There’s one downside: At times there’s more bike traffic than car traffic. Navigating through hordes of bikes can be a serious challenge. In Strasbourg the chances of being hit by another bike seem much higher than being hit by a car. Becky and I took advantage of the extend network of bike routes to visit another country. Kehl Germany is just across the Rhine from Strasbourg. With a couple of kilometers of riding we were in Germany.

Kehl serves as a bedroom community for its larger metropolitan neighbor across the river. Tree-lined streets and nice houses make for quiet suburban living. For us it was an opportunity to have a good German beer while sitting outside at a bierstube. (German beer is infrequently available in France.) Afterwards, we had a short debate about whether we’d have dinner in Germany or France. Not surprisingly France won the debate and we pedaled back to Strasbourg’s old town for our meal. Though we might prefer the beer in Germany, we’d choose the food in France on most days.

(The crew of Wanderlust visited Kehl on the 21st of August 2015 while being based in Strasbourg.)

Beer in Germany

Beer in Germany

Friedenskirche in Kehl

Friedenskirche in Kehl

This small plaque marks the border between France and Germany.

This small plaque marks the border between France and Germany.

Kilometer 501 in Germany and 0.0 in France

Kilometer 501 in Germany and 0.0 in France

 

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3 thoughts on “Kehl Germany

  1. Hi. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading about your adventures and the challenges you’ve faced. How are you getting on locating the elusive leak ? I read with interest as we are just about to order a new barge.

    • The leak was discovered and repaired soon after this entry. It was a consequence of damage that occurred during the repair of the earlier failure of the dry fit joint. Unfortunately we learned that the diesel leak we’d been seeing earlier was being disguised by the water from the floods and was much more significant than we imagined. And then we later learned that when we fuel diesel goes into the water when we fuel up. To top it all we started seeing under floor water again at then end of the season. I understand that some insurance policies will cover the cost of litigation in these circumstances like this. Seems like a good idea to get one of these as by my estimates 20% or so of the new owners I’ve met contemplate legal action.

      Hopefully I’ll finish the narrative up but it is rather depressing to recall at this point….

  2. Im very sorry to read that this incident has caused you significant distress and I suspect cost. It does worry me about the build quality and the relevant post build checks for water ingress. I would very much like to hear more but NOT if it causes you distress. Please keep sending us accounts of your adventures Wanderlust as they make such interesting reading. Good luck to you both.

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