Freiberg to Ulm

Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
Trip End Aug 29, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

" In the end, everything will be all right and if it's not all right, it's not the end."
Sonny Kapoor in Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel

And so was our first day on the famed Danube River Cycle Path. Despite explicit written instructions (I like to call them "suggestions"), we still managed to take a wrong turn early on. I of course, once again placed my faith in The Garminator who successfully re-trained "the machine" as Peter called it to bring us to our final destination. I highly recommend riding w/ a rocket scientist.
In Sigmaringen, we toured the Hohenzollern Castle. The castle was built around 1000 AD and the Hohenzollern family lived there until 1944 when the Nazis invaded, removed the family and set up HQ for the Vichy government of France (French collaborators in the Third Reich). The castle was liberated by the Allies in 1945. Afterward, Brian, Jim, Steve and I shared some delicious Rhubarb strudel.
So today, we had a second chance to find our way on the Danube path, which we did successfully for 65 miles to reach Ulm, birthplace of Albert Einstein and home to the tallest church steeple in the world. We have a rest day and a chance to explore the town.


So we have 3 people in our group from the Southern Hemisphere.
Cat (short for Catherina) is one of our tour organizers. She makes her home in Johannesburg, South Africa where she was a journalist before taking on Adventure Cycling. She has led 2 tours from Cairo to Capetown as well as the Silk Route from Shanghai to Istanbul. Both tours are 4 months long with much harsher conditions than our current tour so she not only has to have great organizational skills but must be able to deal with emergencies and a group of varied personalities for an extended period of time. She seems to enjoy her work - she's serious about business but laughs easily and has a million dollar smile.
David is from Sydney where he works for the government when he's not cycling all over the world. He has a quick wit and a well-equipped Giant bike that he's taken across Australia, all over Europe, through Vietnam and into Kashmir.
He'll go all the way to Istanbul.
Frosty hails from the Gold Coast of Australia where the ocean is his life source. He can spin a yarn in that thick accent, full of Aussie colloquialisms and have 25 people listening intently, even though he hates the spotlight. He previously owned a dive shop and ran an adventure club (The Bent Boys) through which he took people all over the world to cycle, backpack, hang glide, ski and scuba dive. He currently works w/ kids in Australia on training them for Ironman competitions - not the triathlon but a national competition that incorporates paddling, swimming, running and surf-skiing. He showed up with a Bike Friday and has been pedaling it like a madman!!! He is definitely one of the stronger cyclists!!

I am really enjoying Germany. It is a beautiful, very clean country and the people have been friendly and helpful. And the roads are fabulous as are the plentiful bike paths. My photography skills are suboptimal but at least I've been able to capture some memories...
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Jim Young on

Ok, Lori. Lauri and I are counting on you and Brian to gather lots of information about other rides we all might take -- you up for that? We are loving the blogs --keep them coming.

LiLi on

I'm so enjoying keeping up!
Need more pics with you in them Love this one in the middle of the field
Keep on having fun... Argo
Ps.. Sure do miss my BFF

steve on

fantastic pictures of the strudel. Is it fat free?

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