Munich, the first. Prost

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 18, 1996

We had one last stop before we arrived in Munich. Landsberg Am Lech. A cute little village. We started to follow the camping signs when it seemed to be going into a forest. Lucy asked a man in German if this was the correct way, he answered with a yes. He asked us if we were doing anything tonight, we asked why and he said he wanted to give us beer so he could practice his English. We cooked dinner and then set off to his place. After a few hours of drinking and speaking/slurring, it was time to go bed. We rode through the town and then into the forest. As we had dynamo lights, it was very dark, and then we had to go uphill. Was that a wolf that was howling, would we get back without being eaten!!!!! Well, in the morning, my body was there but not my mind and we set off towards Munich. Then the cycle path ran out and once again we were confronted with an autobahn, but this time there were roadwork's and a traffic jam to contend with, so we merged with the traffic and started to overtake the cars, then a voice from the ground yelled out "hey mister, this is an autobahn, get off"!!!!! Once again, the exit loomed and there was the cycle path.

We followed the signs for the zoo, as this was the way to the campground. The signs ran out, only to be replaced with signs for the Thalkirken. The biggest campground in Germany. Never have I seen so many tents in my life. All the tour groups come and stay here, all the vans that have been around Europe are here, backpackers from off the street, and then there were us. The only two on bikes. It was amazing, Aussies and Kiwis everywhere. They were all saying g'day!!!! It was nearly like home. We spent one whole day in the Deutsche Museum. This is meant to be the second largest science museum after the Smithsonian. We spent a whole day and did not see half of it. It was a great city to ride around, we found the Australien shop, where we bought some goodies to cure our homesickness and then it was back to the campground to practise a bit more for the upcoming Oktoberfest. Saturday morning, we were up early, to excited to sleep, but alas, it was raining. We caught the U-bahn and then walked. Being tourists, we were told our tent was the Hofbrau. Here there were 10000 people all under one roof of a giant tent. At twelve, the beers started flowing, and it was not long before the first top was off, the first pants were down and the sadly, the first punch was thrown. Now the Oktoberfest, is more than just beer, boobs, bums and fists, it is a carnival of rollercoasters and food. The food is great. Roast chickens and pork, fish, steaks and of course, many different varieties of wursts. Two days were plenty, then we packed up and headed towards Austria. Of course we got lost, and then it happened. We had been riding in a forest, and I looked at a map, about an hour later, we exited the forest and riding along, something was wrong, I could not see. I had lost my Ray Bans. I was blind, luckily I keep my spare pair of Dirty Dog glasses, but I was not a happy bunny.


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