I can't feel my hands Ma!

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

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, July 21, 2013

So we've had a little more success staying on the Donauradweg, but I must say I can't believe the surfaces on which I've been taking my precious carbon fiber road bike. Fortunately, Greg (bike mechanic extraordinaire at Bike Heaven) was able to put some sturdy 25 cm tires on my wheels. And Rick, master cyclocross racer and rider on our tour, talked me out of my usual PSI of 120 (I agreed to 90). Good thing, cuz those skinny, high-pressure tires would've either blown or sent me sideways on the gravel and cobblestones that have made up a large percentage of our 65 mile rides the last 3 days.
Ah - but this IS an adventure after all. A few spills, flats and minor mechanical difficulties have occurred but so far we've had no serious injuries to either riders or bicycles.
So we have progressed from Ulm to Eggelstetten to Kipfenburg and now Regensburg in southern Germany.
Along the way today, we passed some rock climbers on a very high cliff and some gyro copters, which I'd never seen. Brian explained how they work, something about the rotors being unpowered but an engine-powered propeller providing thrust and the rotor needing air flow for rotation and lift (not sure I got that right, but that's for you Dad). Anyway, they looked like ALOT of fun.
So we are now in a beautiful town in a quaint hotel built in the 14th century. I actually have a room to myself tonight and find myself kinda missing the company! Fortunately I shared a delicious Indian dinner w/ 10 others tonight. Tomorrow I will reacquaint my legs with their primary purpose, get some laundry done, and go view yet another spectacular cathedral.

But wait - there's more. Let me introduce you to the Rocky Mountain Highlanders, Rick and Jean. They hail from Boulder, CO where they are both Emergency Medicine physicians. Jean teaches at the Medical School in Denver and Rick works at the hospital. The story around camp is that they met over a dead body in Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania. They've been married 42 years. This is their first cycle trip longer than 2 weeks and I am really glad they are here. Jean can read a map like a cartographer, put her skills to work when a rider suffered a big forearm gash in a fall, and is a great conversationalist (apparently she plays a mean piano as well). I knew Rick was a little different when he started riding ACROSS roundabouts and jumping curbs. Turns out, he races cyclocross in Colorado. He says when he gets home, he'll start running up stairs carrying his bike in preparation for the season which starts in September. They are both a great addition to a fun group.

And so it goes. 1200 km down, 3800 to go.
And Tuesday we ride....
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Steve on

Great blog . I didn't know you could write so well. Anyways how much to rent the gyro copter for the rest of the trip and ditch the trek?

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