Trip Start Jan 13, 2005
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The weather was warm and beat down on our faces as we biked along to the second winery. It turned out to be a little shop on the side of this cobble stone street that had been built before America was even founded. The little town was bordered by a river on one side and some small hills on the other. Apparently the hills had helped to shield it from invading armies over the years. Atop the largest hill was the remnants of a castle that Austria had buit to hold King Richard the Lionheart prisoner after he was cought returning from a crusade in Jeruselum. We hiked to the top and enjoyed the cool breezes once we finally made it. I could see from the top the other side of the river and an identical wine field also bordered by a series of steep hills. I could see all the way down the valley and could almost imagine armies hiking down the valley using the river for refreshments
Once back down at the bottom of the hill we enjoyed the second winery which was more of a liquor place that made an assortment of liquors. I tried some coffee liquors that reminded me of Baileys. We set out again and biked another two or three miles to a small house where we sat around and rested. The group manager fired up the BBQ and we ate some really good ribs and burgers. The bike ride back was quick and it felt really good to be out exercising. When we got back to the bus finnaly we were all exhausted but still in high spirits. We were given a complementary bottle of wine and we split it between the group of us. I opened another bottle and that was also split amongst the group. I was exhausted by the end of the night, but what an amazing time.