Day 23: Holy Hops July 23
Abensberg to Pfaffenhofen 36 miles
You know how we said it was hot yesterday? Well it was so hot in the hotel room that we woke up dehydrated in the middle if the night and then again in the morning. Hate that!
Feels like you already cycled 50 miles and you haven't even had breakfast yet. Thankfully it was an overcast day and much cooler, great cycling weather! We had some interesting road construction in a town called Bad Gogging. We had to ride through a large unregulated construction zone... Yay! It got a little hilly again when we came inland off the Danube. As we came down a small hill into a little town thus incredibly loud noise came up behind us, it was almost decennial as it got closer and then it flew right over us. A fighter jet had flown right overhead and as Andrea tried to figure out what was making the extreme noise behind us an equity big and loud truck turned the corner right in front of us! Eek!!! A bit of a scare on all fronts. Bruce, on the other hand, knows the sound of fighter planes and was more excited to figure out what type it was and where it came from... He however also did not see the huge truck... After a few deep breaths and some quiet swearing, we were off again... Although we kept checking the sky. In our vigilance, we started seeing these two story tall vines that just had to be HOPS!!! Little did we know we were cycling into the hops capital of Germany. They are huge climbing vines in their hops gardens, lush dark green with tiny light green hops flowers. Totally cool. As we were pedaling along we were greeted by a big group of adorable young deer in a fences in area, lounging in the sun and munching the grass. It must have been a breeder because all of the deer were young and many still had their spots like Bambi! One came right up to the fence to demand treats for being gawked at, so we took pictures but didn't feed the domesticated wildlife. The deer was incredibly cute and had massively long eyelashes! Who knew? We finally made it to Pfaffenhofen to Friedrich's house after faffing around in the city center finding out way through the winding streets. The bike path was closed as part of a garden festival construction. We met his lovely wife Carola. Friedrich and Bruce took the bikes down to the local bike shop for a tune up. Tonka is getting a mani-pedi for the second half of the trip. While the boys were out, Andrea and Carola did laundry. Thank you Carola!!! Then we all headed out in the car ( totally weird to be moving without pedaling) to a town a few miles away called Schrobenhausen. While they went for a quick meeting, Bruce and I got a chance to walk around this beautiful old town with much of its original wall still intact and called mum and Aunty Judy before they left on their own adventure, cruise time! Then we all went out for a relaxed dinner at a beer garden. Have we said how much we love schnitzel? Rest day tomorrow at Carola and Friedrich's and they are taking us into Munich! Sightseeing by foot and train!
The World is Ours!