Along the Saar and down to Strasbourg

After leaving Luxembourg I reached the river Saar and followed this through a progression of towns named such that you’d be sure which river they were on: Saarlouis, Saarbrucken and Saarguemines.
Some parts of the river were pretty but a lot was industrial as the region is famed for its coal output.
Riding through I entered France without realising my only clue being people were now saying bonjour rather than morgen (at least they knew which country they were in).
I then left the Saar in order to head south and east and reached a part of the route which I’d marked on my map with a line across a forest. A route that I’d assumed would be easy to follow… After some winding through the Bois de Lorraine I emerged determined to stick to roads or rivers for the rest of the day.

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This included descending my first marked Col, which was fun if nerve wracking with all my kit rattling as I flew down and round hair pins.

Long way down

I was then able to find the Zorn canal and ride easily into Strasbourg where I was being hosted by Marie from warmshowers.com.
This involved staying on the to floor of a beautiful old French apartment block.
Marie was kind enough to take me to a concert with her friends, which was nice but about forty five minutes by bike away.  Luckily on the return we were able to fit the bikes in a friend’s campervan so my legs were spared.

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