Big sister of Marburg...gorgous Bamberg, wauw!
Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
24Trip End Feb 04, 2009
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After doing last minute brainstorming with Evelyn for an advertisement she has to make for the local map, I jumped back on my bike. About to challenge Spessart mountain area. It took me the whole afternoon to get to the otherside of them, arriving half-dead in Lohr am Main. But beautiful forest scenery along the way. I did find the time to see that in between trying to breath and taking the sweat out of my eyes...
Lohr is a lovely little town, situated on the banks of the big river Main. Stopped there for a great meal and some sightseeing. Decided to do wild camping further down the river. Not the best spot, but only slept there, pitching tent at 21.30, up and riding again at 07.00. Good thing about camping, you are awake early automatically cos of the sounds of animals, sunrise etc. Following the Main fahrradweg, not the nicest stretch, bit boring, but the towns are ok. That day was my first Rainy cycling day! I found cover under a train bridge just in time! The day did not really start of as well to, as I got my first flat tyre. Did something wrong with pumping too much air into the tyre I think. Just about to fix it myself when a handy German cyclist stopped and insisted to do it for me. Sometimes you have to let the men feel important, so...I stood there and acted as the lovely female assistant ;-)))
Despite the rain and changing tyres I still managed to cycle 110km. Due to more rain, getting dark and being cold I decided to stop at a campsite. Time for a warm shower and a meal. Met up with this great Aussie couple, touring around on a tendem with trailer! Good info about great campsite near Bamberg. I send them on to Marburg ;-)
Next morning waking up with Sun again! That's how we like it. Only 30km more to Bamberg, the city I suppose to see according to many German people. When I ride throught it on my way to the campsite I understand why: It is a very pitoresk city, different street levels, many beautiful buildings and a castle on top of a hill with great panoramic views. My first thought: This is the big sister of Marburg. In terms of sightseeing at least. The relaxed feeling cannot be topped. There are also too many tourists here. With the Sandkerwa about to start, it will get worse. This is thé festival of the year here. You can compare it to Octoberfest in München: Beer, beer and more beer, sausages and pretzels to eat with it!
I take 2 days to see and feel the city. Could have stayed longer, but got a bit fed up with the crowds and did not really want to join in with the beer-drinking! Did try the famous smoked beer: Schlaugerla. Bit heavy, but good taste. The campsite is amazing, pitched my tent at the riverfront, good facilities and a Dutch newspaper with my breakfast as a Dutch couple left it behind. This campsite is promoted via ANWB, so lots of Dutchies around here. Had my first proper native language talk again.
After leaving this internetcafé I am riding south to Forcheim, preparing myself mentally for the hills (that will feel like mountains) to come when I am heading East: Frankisch Wald awaits me...