Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Golden light on the Danube

Today we cycled from Deggendorf to Passau, our last stop in Germany. It was a shorter day (only 60kms), after a long day yesterday, and we had the wind at our backs for a second day. The not so good news is that it rained, from our departure to our arrival, although as Serge says "there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing" and we were all decked out in good waterproof rainwear. The bike route was glorious, almost completely paved, and it followed the Danube, which has grown in width and current. By dinner time the sky cleared and we were treated to the golden hour of sunlight on the Danube - it was a wonderful sight. All in all, rain notwithstanding, a lovely day.

Serge (hereafter "Mr Fix-it") performed another on the spot repair when a link on Wayne's chain loosened and threatened to break. Luckily, we had Serge, and a Bäckerei Konditorei (translation: bakery and cake shop!) nearby, where Claude and I warmed up, dried off and enjoyed a delicious pastry and  and coffee, and were then joined by Serge and Wayne once the repair was done.

Germany has been very cycle friendly, so much so that they have vending machines in various places selling bicycle tubes.

Tomorrow we reach Austria. This has been a wonderful journey so far, every day has been a voyage of discovery, and I can't help but reflect on how fortunate I am to be enjoying it all.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bill,

    Following the blog systematically now. Now that you're hitting Austria, try to find a restaurant that makes white wine soup from the Tirol - awesome stuff. And, Salzburger Knockerl. Sorry the weather's not better; it stinks here too. Our annual CES cookout turned into a cook-in but iw as good.

    Keep well and well fed!