Those REST days'll kill ya.

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

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, July 18, 2013

So after another BRUTAL (not) 3 WHOLE days of riding on the Danube trail, we again have been given a "rest day" In Ulm. Again, some of us seem to have a proclivity for taking our instructions and schedules as "suggestions".
Plus my body keeps trying to trick me into thinking I'm a cyclist, not a runner. And I will not be convinced. So I took the opportunity to go for a nice run this morning along the Danube, passing many a swan preening along the banks in the morning sun. After another abundant hotel breakfast, some of us visited Ullmer Minster, a gargantuan Lutheran Cathedral which is famous for having the tallest steeple in the world - and we took the opportunity to climb to the very top on a narrow spiral staircase. This same cathedral is also the only building in the city to be spared in the Allied bombings of 1944/45. It was truly magnificent, reflecting the master workmanship that went into it from 1377 to it's completion in 1890. I've been in many cathedrals, but I've never seen such high ceilings. We were also audience to an organ recital which was most impressive. I tried to take pictures but the church is truly massive and partially under restoration (is there any cathedral that isn't?!?), so unfortunately my pics can't even begin to capture the beauty of this architectural masterpiece.
But the day was not complete without the requisite bike ride to the bicycle supermarket (situated nicely next to an Ikea) where we acquired the compulsory "trail bell". Only goofy Americans yell out "on your left" for 2000 miles.

So a little more about the Danube trail....
Known in Germany as the Donauradweg, the trail is part of a large network of trails throughout Northern Europe. It begins in Donaueschingen, GER and runs 2875 km through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine before ending at the mouth of the Danube at the Black Sea. It is mostly paved w/ intermittent segments of packed dirt (sorta like riding in McAllister Park w/ bits of the 4M Ranch thrown in). It goes through the Black Forest as well as infinite fields of corn and barley. Along the way, transcends into streets through villages so we are never too far from coffee or strudel.

The weather remains beautiful and everyday I have to pinch myself. I am truly blessed to be among such a fabulous group of people experiencing life on this level.
And tomorrow we ride....
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(I want one of those pretzels)

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