Hello, my name is Gil Wagner. My sister, Trish, and I are bicycling along the Neckar River from Villingen to Mannheim and then following the Rhein to Amsterdam. We have toured considerably in North America crossing the United States West to East and Canada South to North through Alaska. This will be our first European tour. We are Americans ages 65 and 60 respectively. I am a retired Navy Pilot and School Teacher. Trish is a florist and owns her own flower shop. She was born in Kornwestheim, Germany in 1951 and has never had the opportunity to return to her birthplace. We ride recumbents and are looking forward to beautiful scenery and meeting wonderful people along the way.
We arrive at the Stuttgart airport at 0800 on 6 June 2013 and depart Amsterdam by plane on 9 July. We plan on taking the train to from Stuttgart to Villingen to begin our bicycle tour. We are using Bikeline Neckar and Rhein Rad-weg maps. Maps are written only in German, and we neither speak nor read German but are studying. Since we have never toured in Europe or used the train system any assistance or suggestions regarding any part of the tour or hosting possibilities will be appreciated.