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Cycling the Rhine Route: Bicycle Touring Along the Historic Rhine River Paperback – 24 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Van Der Plas Publications,U.S. (24 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892495236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892495235
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,079,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to give "Cycling the Rhine Route" full marks for encouraging me to try riding that route, and to cycle this - and then the Danube route, which nearly joins it - would be a majestic tour. However, now that I have tried a little of the Rhine Route, I realize that this book has an absolutely major problem.
The route description has a Germanic precision, and I think it is the result of careful research, but it has NO DISTANCES for the junctions. As a result, to follow the guide, you have to read it continuously, and keep an eye out for every detail, to know which is next. If only the author had written down the cycle computer readings, you could relax and wait for the next 1 or 10 km to pass by!.
Perhaps the second edition will be improved. And by the way, a practical guidebook like this deserves to be a smaller format, in a flexible waterproof cover, like many climbing guidebooks!
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Great service from provider. Delivered within 7 days from Londen to South Africa, to a rural village. Had a follow-up e-mail from the author. Read the book, now I am ready to go as it explains everything one needs to know.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a9d300c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3dc384) out of 5 stars A terrific book, but ... 1 April 2009
By Eero Richmond - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific book, but I do have some reservations. What is so terrific about it is that it is jam-packed with information useful to any bicyclist planning, or in the middle of, a trip along the Rhine River. It includes sections on equipment, geography, history, money, climate, foreign words and phrases, etc., as well as detailed routes, alternate routes, and "diversion routes" (with maps) along the Rhine. Of course, one could bring along a pack of books on all these topics, but any traveling bicyclist is obviously greatly limited as to what he/she can carry. So it's nice to have so much information in one place. Naturally the longest part of the book is devoted to Germany, as this is the longest (and probably most interesting) stretch of the river.

I traveled my own "Rhine journey" by bicycle (the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland) a few years ago, and it was one of the most memorable events of my life. I kept a detailed diary at the time (highly recommended), and frequently still turn to it. John Powell's book also brought back many happy memories.

My quibbles (mostly minor) about Powell's book are as follows: I found that for each route, the number of tiny instructions offered to the bicyclist seem obsessively detailed, almost to the point of being funny. For just one example, to bicycle from Bacharach to Mainz, a very simple stretch of 37 miles, all on the western side of the river, Powell offers more than 90 instructions! Long-distance bicyclists are a pretty resourceful and intrepid lot, really don't need this kind of detail, and rarely get lost. I myself bicycled the entire Rhine route with just good maps, notes I made at home before I left (about places and sights), and a small guide to youth hostels. And I never got lost!

Speaking about youth hostels, most long-distance bicyclists in Europe are relatively young and stay in hostels along the way. Hostels are usually fun, cheap, and a good way to exchange travel tips and make friends. Powell devotes very little space to them. A hostel guide is very useful in planning. The one from the Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk in Detmold is great, also "Hostels Germany" by Paul Karr and Martha Coombs is useful and fun.

A tiny point: Powell says, regarding bicycle tires, that he uses "slick (smooth) treads for better speed." What's the hurry? Why not slow down a bit and enjoy the marvelous scenery? Also, I think a somewhat thicker tread is advisable, unless one is adept at fixing flat tires (not all the bike paths are free of sharp pebbles and glass!).

Powell's book is a thoughtful guide, obviously not a book to sit down and read cover to cover, but a good resource for planning or executing that trip along the Rhine. If you do make the trip, I hope you have as great a time as I did!
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aa3c960) out of 5 stars Below Expectations 13 Jun. 2009
By Alvaro Martin Sanchis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I make one to two 500 to 800 mile bike travel a year.
My next one (July/2009)is from Zurich to Amsterdam via Rhine river.
This book has good intentions but is not well organized, some excess information in turn left and right and no detailed information on elevations, wind, temperature or GPS points.
The direction shown in the book is west/north to east/south and I am really going the other way following the river flow.
The maps inside the book aren't good either.
I am not taking this book to Europe with me.
HASH(0x9ab19d5c) out of 5 stars very detailed 30 Jan. 2014
By JM SImpson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am cycling part of this route in 2014 and was very interested to read this book. It is detailed, descriptive and very rider focused.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abb327c) out of 5 stars Rhine River cylcing route 4 April 2011
By wisdom - Published on Amazon.com
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Cycling the Rhine Route is well worth the buy as it gives you a good overview of the trail as well as what to expect along the route, with sightseeing side trips that you can do if you want to. A comprehensive publication.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab19e58) out of 5 stars Probably should have sent the book back to Amazon 31 May 2011
By Travel Junkie - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm planning on cycling the Rhine route in a few weeks and bought this book in preparation... useless, completely useless. I didn't realize that when the title says, "Historic Rhine River" the author was referencing a section of the river, not the river in its entirety. I'm starting at the source of the river in Andermatt and only going to Koblenz. His route starts in the Netherlands and goes south. This is opposite of what the maps (the Bikeline series) and other people have done. So all of the little maps with turns in his book are of no use as they go in the opposite direction of the route I'm traveling. As I live in Germany, the entire first 80 pages were not necessary. Although, maybe for someone coming from outside of Europe they would be, I don't know. The author also does not even show pictures of the Rhine route markers! For example, the EU marker is a blue background with a yellow cyclist. If you cannot hold his book, follow the directions and ride all at the same time, you can always keep an eye out for the markers. Overall, I was very disappointed. I was excited to see this book (in English) on Amazon but now am just going to invest in the Bikeline maps. I think I actually got more information out of the rheinradweg.eu webpage. The book is also 10 years out of date and still references Deutch Marks and Francs. Save your money and do research online. Not only will it be updated, but you'll be able to cater it to your personal trip.
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