Day 22: Super Scortcher! July 22
Pielenshofen to Abensberg 43 miles
First off, we got Andrea's passport back... Phew!!! Paid for camping, had to dry the tent from the dew, returned beer bottles and got pastries in return, and finally set off at 9am. We had our first successful plum pilfering of purple plums this morning. A landmark if any European trip. Still waiting on the apples though... Went into Regensberg, which is a historic old city partially built by the Romans. We saw the grand gothic church and had s pizza at 10:30 in the morning. The old Roman stone bridge under scaffolding, but we wound our way down narrow alley ways and one way streets, seeing little hidden gems in our hour or two in the city. But cities are very crowded and loud, so we set off again after not too long and found our way back to the Donau Radweg along the Danube River. It was like an old friend. Flat, wide, easy to ride and fun! There are so many other touring cyclists loaded just as much it more than we are, it makes you feel less like a weirdo on a monster truck of a bike. This part of the Radweg was a bit dusty and we were sweating immensely from the scorching heat. Let's say we got a bit road dirty today. Along the river there are limestone cliffs. Today, there were fossils just sticking out of the limestone cliffs. Andrea's urge to pilfer was strong but was overcome when Bruce reminded Andrea that whatever she pilfers she carries... Grrr... It was a Super Scorcher today with temps in the high 90s Fahrenheit. The water bottles were hot enough to make tea, ala Uzbekistan 2011. After going a bit too far and missing our initial bridge over the river, we lucked out and found a grocery store just off the path. We got a 4 pack of Magnum icecream bars that were delicious but 4 rich icecream bars covered in chocolate is way too much icecream any day, but especially when you are over heated, profusely sweating, and exercising for 6-8 hours. Little tummy ache for both of us on that one. We ended up in Abensberg which turns out to be a fancy little town, we would even call it swanky with a repainted/new interiored historic down town with restaurants and shops and pricey hotels. There was even a lederhosen and dirndl shop in the square. After asking some locals, we found Hotel Garni down by the train station. The hotel had and Indian restaurant on the first floor and loud decor. It was the least expensive of the hotels, so we got a room. The room turned out to be incredibly hot with little air movement, so we went down stairs for dinner which was very good. Not to mention they finished off dinner with a shot of mango schnapps! Yum. Then out for a walk around town to get some fresh air as the temperature finally began to lower, just a little, as the sun set. There was an incredibly weird tower in town at the brewery, designed by a very famous artist and architect that we had never heard of. Then back to our room to try and get some sleep in the stifling heat. Tomorrow we are off to see our friend Friedrich in Pfaffenhofen.
The World is Ours!