With extreme temperatures predicted for later today, I left home before dawn for a 78 km cycle ride.
Even at 06:00 it was 21c and when I returned a few hours later it had risen to 27c, very uncomfortable for riding a bike any distance.
My route today was a loop to the east of Heerlen mainly through Germany.
The halfway point was the German town of Julich where I paused for a while by the imposing citadel.
Moving on, I again rode alongside the tranquil river Rur before heading for home.
Today’s featured image was taken just as the sun rose over a steep hill near Muhlenbach, Germany.
The last 10 km or so of my ride was really difficult as the temperature had risen considerably.
Despite having consumed two litres of fluids, I could certainly feel the early effects of de-hydration.
It’s fair to say that today’s ride was about 30 km too long for the conditions.
Clearly cycling early in the morning is a good idea to avoid the heat of the day but I think such future rides won’t exceed 50 km.