Passau, Germany

Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Monday, September 12, 2005

The first day of our biking rained most of the day, so we were wet and cold by the time we got to our old farm pension. It has been in their family for three generations and was newly-renovated. The owners were warm and friendly, and greeted us with FRESH apple strudel. After a warm shower and hearty supper, we drank wine and listened to their son play the accordian.

The next two days were cloudy, but dry. We biked 50 km per day and rode through an area where the flood line on the trees was over our heads sitting on bikes! Most of the path is beside the (green, not blue!) Danube, but also goes through forests, farms and villages. We saw lots of corn (for feed) and a few fields of pumpkins (for salad oil). There are many older bikers here, some in training for the Tour de France, we think!

On the river, are many barges and HUGE cruise boats, which must go through locks to bypass the many dams. Roads are narrow (no shoulders), and the traffic is fast, so we're glad to be on bike paths 98% of the time.

People here are FASTIDIOUS about their homes, sweeping driveways, washing windowsills and fence railings and tending beautiful gardens. Janet (tall patches of cosmos), Pamela (beautiful roses), Carmen (lavatira), Mom (masses of hydrangeas), and Rita (2 metre tall pink oleanders) are blooming like it is the height of summer-a sight to behold!

Our fourth biking day, we welcomed the sun and made great biking time. The 5th one was rainy, so we hopped a boat for a day off the behind, and enjoyed the cruise. We stayed at Anton Zöhrer Gästehaus (an old vinyard traced to 1126 at the same address. The family traces its roots to the 1300s!
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