Tour 2 of our 2019 season saw us heading out to Germany for our Saarland & Moselle tour over the early May bank holiday weekend. This was a new tour on our programme and having done our research over a couple of trips we knew we would have beautiful scenery and great riding roads but we had not counted on there being snow in May! Admittedly this was on one of the higher roads in the Saar region but very unexpected given the time of year. However, as you can see it did not stop us riding out for the day, we started the ride-out later than planned having let the worst of it pass which gave our clients time to indulge in some “kaffee and kuchen” in the hotel and as we arrived in Bernkastel-Kues in time for lunch the sun came out to play 🙂 We had arranged for our group to enjoy an hour’s river cruise along the Mosel (or Moselle if you are from France or Luxembourg!) which turned out to be a game of two halves with the first half hour sat on the top deck soaking up the sunshine and the second leg being indoors escaping the thunder storm….. crazy weather 🙂 🙂
The Saar region is home to some fantastic riding roads, where there is a river there are curves and these together with the smooth road surfaces give any motorcyclist a lot to smile about. Following the rivers Saar and Moselle you are rewarded with stunning vistas as you ride through the valleys and vineyards. The vines are obviously in their first stages of growth during Mayand no doubt riding here in late August just before the grapes are ready for picking this road and the surrounding landscape will look very different.
The hospitality and welcome we received from our hotels on this tour was superb and the majority of cafes we visited on our ride-outs could not have been more welcoming with the exception of one in France who reluctantly served us coffee one morning – clearly a group of 22 thirsty motorcyclists was not going to make their tills ring enough!! Having said that it gave us all a giggle and plenty to talk about in the bar that evening together with discussions on the price of fuel in France now, it used to be that we went over to France for the cheaper fuel but those days are long gone and they now run on a par with UK motorway!!
If you want high mountain passes and technical twists and hairpins, then the Saarland region is maybe not for you, however, if you want an early shortish break into Europe where you can enjoy traffic free roads, open scenery, great smooth road surfaces and rolling hillsides then this is the area you should visit. It’s within a stone’s throw of Luxembourg where we tour regularly due to the great riding roads and if you plan your route well you can take the forest roads through the Belgian Ardennes on the way out and the open french countryside on the way back to the UK. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this tour and look forward to riding through the region later this year on our way to the Dolomites and returning here again in 2020 🙂