Friday, May 14, 2010
Raindrops keep falling on my head
Since I started my trip, I have only taken one day off (towards the end of the second week) and this was probably a mistake. I had planned to take one day a week off, but didn't feel I needed it, and I can now tell from the build up of cumulative fatigue that I should have taken one day a week off. We are planning to take Sunday off to go down to Munich to pick up Claude Lamarre, and from now on, I will stick to one day a week for rest.
Our ride today took us through a number of towns, including Ingolstdat, with its beautiful old town. One good thing about cycling in Germany is that the towns are very close together, it's rare that you cycle more than five or eight kilometers without coming to a small town or village, often picturesque. We rode down country roads (usually with a separate bike path perfectly maintained), and along the Danube (including one memorable five kilometer stretch through fields where we had taken a wrong turn, probably to the amusement of the many deer we saw). The last fifteen kilometers was continuous up and down hills, some steep, including a two kilometer climb, happily followed by a long downhill into town, including a wonderful last stretch down switch backed roads. We hit over 50 kms per hour on the downhill, it was 9 degrees and it was raining, and at 50 kms an hour, the rain felt like icicles hitting us in the face. Now if that's not worth a donation, what is?
Please hope for better weather, and you haven't already given via the above online link for donations, please reward us for the two kilometer climb by doing so today.