Day 19: Greek Breakfast and Afro Caribbean Dinner July 19
Hof to Bayreuth - 43 miles
Started today off with a good greek/german breakfast. Following the Salle Radweg. Almost got caught in the rain storm but we hid under some pine trees on the side of a wheat field with the bikes, took out the chairs, and had a yogurt while the storm passed. Pine trees make a pretty good umbrella! Who knew? After the rain, the weather held out and we dried out. That was good but we had a lot of hills (our final hills) as we make it out of the hills and onto the river valleys. On top of that, we had a head wind of up to 25 mph all day.... That can slow you down terrifically and really drain your energy. After climbing and climbing we hit a HUGE, fast, steep, descent into Bad Bernack with a closed hotel at the bottom called Hotel Bube. So strange!
We had another big downhill a few miles later, looking down onto the auto bahn (German Highway!!!) Andrea thought that Bruce was taking her on the highway again like in Turkey. There was some serious swearing that no one could hear going on down that down hill... As we came into the city of Bayreuth, we tried a couple of hotels (one being a Best Western) and finally got a room at the Hotel Golden Hirsh (a bit pricey since it is festival season but a very nice room with a real bed!!) After showers, we went out to explore the city and found an Afro - Caribbean festival going on with live music, ticky tacky tourist shopping and food and drink stands. We got rackets at the beer stand and Samosas at another. We listened to the music while walking down the street drinking beer in real glass beer steins feeling totally bad ass. We had dinner at a cafe near one of the performances. After a Bounty Bar ice cream Sunday (think Almond Joy for my Americans) we headed back to the hotel for laundry and sleep. Another hard day but totally worth it!
The World is Ours!