07-21 Day 12 (Dusseldorf)

Seeing the sights of Dusseldorf


Travel FromDusseldorf, Germany
Intermediate LocationSightseeing and Beers
Ending LocationDusseldorf, Germany
Starting Odometer25,830
Ending Odometer25,830
Miles Driven Today0 Miles
Total Trip Mileage1287 Miles
New Countries visited Today 
Countries visited on tripUS, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany

I have ridden no additional miles today

The Neanderthal Museum

The Neanderthal Museum is located in the Neander valley, the location where the most famous Neanderthal skeleton. The museum tells the story of Homo Sapiens, the description of all forms of modern man, from 1.9M years ago, to the present.

At the site of the museum, in 1856, several Neanderthal bones were found in a cave, located at the site of the museum. For a long time, there was a dispute about the origin of these bones, and from whom they came, so it took many years to officially recognize these bones as being Neanderthal, and Neanderthal as a decedent of modern man.

The museum had a somewhat antiquated way of supplying audio to visitors, and I found that I was not given English audio, but German audio, an obvious mistake. Nevertheless, the museum was fascinating, and really enjoyable. The slides below represent forms of prehistoric man, ranging from 1.9M years ago, to Neanderthal, who lived between 30,000 and 130,000 years ago.

Dinner in Dusseldorf

At about 6:30, we headed into Dusseldorf for beers and some dinner. We visited Old Town, which is very large portion of the city, which is along the Rhine, and has hundreds, if not thousands of bars and restaurants.

Please don’t think less of me, but I did not take down the name of the bar, and did not take any pictures. I was simply enjoying myself, and the company, so let’s say that I took the night off…

I was able to try Pork Knuckle, which is a flash-fried pork dish, which is much like a roasted Turkey Leg, except its from a pig. In any case, it was delicious.

We had dinner, drinks and then headed back home to get laundry done, and get some sleep.

What will tomorrow bring

Monday morning will come early, but we have much to do before I’m able to hit the road, and make my way to Berlin. I’ll need to look into buying a lock and chain for my bike, and I’ll need to top off the gas.

With these things completed, I’ll need to ride about 400 miles to Berlin. We’re expecting good weather, and so it should be an uneventful ride.

About the Author

Cliff Musante

Cliff Musante is a technologist, business leader, motorcycle enthusiast, father, grandfather, and more. In June, 2013 his passion for motorcycles was revitalized, and he set out to ride across Patagonia. Since then, he's logged thousands of miles, ridden across the US, and on July 10, 2019, he began a 120 day trip through Europe, and then on to Russia, China, and parts East. This 'Blog is the story of all of his adventures.


  1. Cliff,
    Is there some reason you can’t use a bike alarm? Tom put one on his bike (in addition to the chain locks etc.) for his 12,000+ mile 3-month trip across the wilderness areas of Canada and Alaska. He got one of the better ones, but it still did not cost much and it worked extremely well.

    1. Hi Judy,
      Actually, your suggestion of a bike alarm is a good one, and it turns out that the BMW has a built-in alarm. So, I’ll now begin to park the bike with the alarm enabled.

  2. Cliff
    Mark shared your trip with me yesterday at the shop. I just returned from a 100day 13000mile trip from London to Beijing on the Silk Road with Globebusters. What and adventure. it would be fun to follow your trip and meet you upon your Return, I posted on FB under George Revington and Instagram under georrev17. Have a great trip.
    I’m ready to leave for another adventure after only being home for 5 days.

    1. Hello George, it was just before I left on this trip that Mark and I spent about 30 minutes talking about the trip, about motorcycles, and about travel. As always, Mark was really encouraging and supportive, and he, and his dealership gave me a great sendoff, with Clinton, my BMW technician, performing skillfully, under time pressure, when I really needed it. Thanks to Mark and the whole team for their help.
      To be fair, your trip also sounds amazing, and it seems that I’ll be passing over some of the same roads. I presume you traveled through Kashgar, China, and Xian, where the Terracotta Warriors are on display?
      I look forward to meeting you when I return back to the US.

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