Seriously underwhelmed with what I’ve found. The first hour cycling north out of Cologne has been only sporadically sign-posted with Eurovelo 15 signs leaving me guessing as to whether I am on the right track on not. I’m following the little red signs assuming that they are sending me in the correct direction. I’ve so far had to contend with building developments near Cologne, two flights of steps, poor quality cycle ways and a group of pointing / mocking primary school kids. My general mood isn’t high for reasons unknown to anyone including me (it’s been like that since I woke this morning) and the wind is head on. To cap it all it looks like I have to contend with dangerous birds of prey?! It seems that I’m not the only disgruntled cyclist to have stopped at this nondescript junction near Leverkusen; there’s a for sale sign for a bike and a discarded bike stand next to the bench. I hope it gets better otherwise it might be a discarded bicycle further along the road… It is fast turning into a full on Mercedes day!