Freiberg to Ulm
Trip Start Jul 04, 2013
29Trip End Aug 29, 2013
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And so was our first day on the famed Danube River Cycle Path. Despite explicit written instructions (I like to call them "suggestions"), we still managed to take a wrong turn early on. I of course, once again placed my faith in The Garminator who successfully re-trained "the machine" as Peter called it to bring us to our final destination. I highly recommend riding w/ a rocket scientist.
In Sigmaringen, we toured the Hohenzollern Castle. The castle was built around 1000 AD and the Hohenzollern family lived there until 1944 when the Nazis invaded, removed the family and set up HQ for the Vichy government of France (French collaborators in the Third Reich)
So today, we had a second chance to find our way on the Danube path, which we did successfully for 65 miles to reach Ulm, birthplace of Albert Einstein and home to the tallest church steeple in the world. We have a rest day and a chance to explore the town.
FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER
So we have 3 people in our group from the Southern Hemisphere.
Cat (short for Catherina) is one of our tour organizers. She makes her home in Johannesburg, South Africa where she was a journalist before taking on Adventure Cycling. She has led 2 tours from Cairo to Capetown as well as the Silk Route from Shanghai to Istanbul. Both tours are 4 months long with much harsher conditions than our current tour so she not only has to have great organizational skills but must be able to deal with emergencies and a group of varied personalities for an extended period of time. She seems to enjoy her work - she's serious about business but laughs easily and has a million dollar smile.
He'll go all the way to Istanbul.
Frosty hails from the Gold Coast of Australia where the ocean is his life source. He can spin a yarn in that thick accent, full of Aussie colloquialisms and have 25 people listening intently, even though he hates the spotlight. He previously owned a dive shop and ran an adventure club (The Bent Boys) through which he took people all over the world to cycle, backpack, hang glide, ski and scuba dive. He currently works w/ kids in Australia on training them for Ironman competitions - not the triathlon but a national competition that incorporates paddling, swimming, running and surf-skiing. He showed up with a Bike Friday and has been pedaling it like a madman!!! He is definitely one of the stronger cyclists!!
I am really enjoying Germany. It is a beautiful, very clean country and the people have been friendly and helpful. And the roads are fabulous as are the plentiful bike paths. My photography skills are suboptimal but at least I've been able to capture some memories...