No maps = nasty suprises
Trip Start May 06, 2012
42Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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I cruised along for the first 40 or so miles and felt fantastic, mainly because it was gently downhill following a large mountain river. I knew there was a hill into the town of Waterville which is where I was staying that night, but I was informed by two lovely ladies at the coffee shop at the bottom of the climb that it was 8-9m long not the 1-2m I had expected and they weren't joking.
I had expected to be in town in 30-40 mins but 2 and a half hours later and sunburnt and exhausted I arrived at my hotel. The maps that Adventure cycling send out are great, they give details of the rides, details of each town and if it has a hotel, restaurant etc in it so you can plan your route
Arrived in town and having had the weird Bavarian experience the night before was not relieved to discover that the only hotel of choice was an historic / museum hotel that prided itself in having lots of old furniture in it...... seemed like a cheap way of kitting out a guest house to me but again I felt I had slipped into a weird time wharp!
I had dinner in the 3rd and last choice venue, having walked out of the prior 2 because they looked like charity shops that had just had a truck load of deliveries..... I am not jesting there were old clothes and a washing machine taking up the front 2-3 booths of the 1st place, it was filthy and unkempt, it makes me queezy thinking of it now because the smell was something I can't describe, but think concert and portaloos..... grim. 3rd choice was ok but all I needed was some re-energising rather than a gourmet feast - which is lucky as that wasn't on the menu.