The Saar - Day 4 - Saarlouis to Kirkastel
- Distance 74.4km
- Max Elevation 270m
The Saar - Saarlouis to Kerkastel Ride Profile
A memorable day!
It all started out well. For E4.50 each we had a great breakfast of orange juice, meat and cheese platter , boiled egg, bread rolls, conserves , butter, coffee and fruit.
The route out of town followed the curve of the Saar river around a large market gardening area. The fields were planted with alternate bands of lettuce varieties in deep purples and greens. We had to dodge the sprinklers as we rode along the path.
Stopping for a cola at a bar by the river in Saarbrucken we met a Swiss couple (Andy and partner) from Basel. They had done lots of cycling in Europe and he gave us a lot of useful advice for our route through Switzerland and Italy. Andy runs a sports shop in Allschwin, just outside Basel.
We arrived in Sarreguemines at 13-00 and were surprised to find a boulangerie that was open at that time of day. It was so hot that we ate our lunch in the shade in a small park by the Saar river.
Tourist information opened, as usual, at 14-00 and we went in to find the nearest camp site. The lady told it was 15km away and although there was a cycle route she suggested that we follow the road for the fist section as it was less steep.
First we hit the supermarket to buy food for the evening. Leaving there we headed along the river Saar and found the suggested route. Battling up two steep hills on the road in the blazing heat we were cursing the tourist information lady. As soon as possible we turned onto the cycle route which was much flatter and in the shade. After 15km in the heat we arrived at the camp site, only to find that we had lost our wallet somewhere on the way from the supermarket.
Without any cash we convinced the receptionist to let us pitch the tent and then find an ATM. A quick ride around the site gave us an uneasy feeling about it and we didn't feel that our gear would be safe there if we went off site. It was on the side of a lake and teeming with day trippers, mostly local teenagers with bags full of beers.
Despite the heat, the tiredness and our fear of our bank account being emptied of cash, we set off again to ride another 12km to the nearest town and back on the river Saar, with an ATM. We still had Karen's bank card. With money in our pocket we sat at a local bar with a long cool lager as we contemplated our options.
On the next table was a group of locals and we told them about our problem. A problem shared is a problem solved. Christophe immediately rang the supermarket. They had not had anything handed in. Next he rang the police station and to our astonishment it had been handed in there. It was intact even including the 200+ euros in cash.
Christophe drove us back to Sarreguemines police station to collect it and then loaded all our gear into his van and took us to the nearest campsite at Kerkastel which was much better than the one we had originally been to. What a hero!
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