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Dining, wining and crashing for $100 a day

Dining, wining and crashing for $100 a day

We were about 170km down for the day — our biggest biking day yet. We left Luxembourg in the morning, made a brief stop in the historic battlefield of Waterloo, then cycled all the way to Germany — a town called Saarbrucken, to be precise.

Along the river we cycled for around 5km in desperate search for a place to pitch our tents. Between the four of us we only have $100 a day to play with, and sometimes sacrifices need to be made. A nice meal (which, to us, is a meal cooked by anyone other than ourselves!) usually means camping in the wild come nightfall. We found a quaint little restaurant by the river and began talking with the owners, a lovely and generous couple. We cheekily asked if after dinner we might pitch our tents in their backyard — a warm smile sealed the deal and we tucked in to the best, most cost-effective meal of the trip. It was a great reward after a hard day in the saddle.

At the end of our meal the owners offered us showers and a tap to fill our water bottles. Obviously we were very gracious. As I walked out of the shower we had yet another suprise; Hanz, the owner, had waited for us, a long fresh breadstick, a slab of their traditional cheese and a a bottle of wine in hand. He walked out to the tent with me and although we couldn't understand each other because of the language, an instant friendship was made. The generosity of this couple was very humbling and typical of the people we've met throughout Europe. It's also a new way for our team to save some cash on accommodation! Never hurts to ask ...

Next stop ... Strasbourg! ~ Tim

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