Ahr Valley Biking - weeks before terrible floods - Image Heavy

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On June 26 two friends and I took the train from Bonn up to Altenahr to bike down the valley to Sinzig where it meets the Rhine River. My heart is broken by the recent images, video, and news of death and loss. That part of my visit to Germany was really amazing and fun. I decided to share a few on my pictures to show others what it was like before the flooding.

On the train ride up the valley (bug splatters on the windshield...). The conductor got out for a minute and gave me a chance to grab an iPhone pic. He was super friendly and invited me to take pictures.

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Altenahr



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Stop to view Burg Are

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Many other bikers (and bike types) enjoying scenery

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Vineyards galore!

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Not so much water here...

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Dagernova Vinothek wine shop (and much more) where I stopped in to buy a bottle to take back to Cleveland. This shop in Dernau is featured in an incredible picture posted by David Sauer on twitter showing the water about half way up the main entrance (red entryway). The bridge across the river (in my next picture) is also underwater in that photo.



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this bridge was underwater in David's twitter picture...

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A few pictures from Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler where we stopped for coffee and cake

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I can't wait to go back again, and wish all the best in the recovery and healing, and in the mourning of lost loved ones and homes.

[edit-all pics except for first one using Olympus E-m5iii and 12-45mm- seems like that info was lost on upload?]
 
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In the above post, some images have lost resolution, and I can not figure out why.....normally all is well when exported from Lightroom as 1.5MB jpegs. And the exif data is missing as well. Sorry about that! Am trying other things to sort this out, so it may look like I am endlessly editing....
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normally all is well when exported from Lightroom as 1.5MB jpegs
Hi, the forum software will downsize anything above 1600x1600, so I'd recommend telling LR to export by max dimensions rather than by MB.
I usually use 1600x1200 as my limit, as I prefer my images can fit (vertically) on most monitors.
 

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Great set and thanks for sharing. A beautiful area of the world. My heart goes out to these folks who have had to endure this, but Germans are industrious so I am sure they will rebuild well.
 
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I used to guest lecture at the WHU in Koblenz, and the photos I see here and from the news of that area are shocking and heartrending. Thanks so much for posting these important photos.
 

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