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Published: September 15th 2018
Farming and skiing
It seemed odd to be walking through the countryside with sheep and goats and across the pasture seeing a huge ski jump.
We weren't sure what to do with today as the forecast said one thing and reality was another. It was raining so cycling didn't look like a great idea. Since the shops are closed tomorrow we figured that getting our foodstuffs to take to Monday would be a good idea for the morning. It is only a 10 minute walk into town to the nearest supermarket and after a coffee in town it was lunchtime when we got back. By this time the cloud had lifted a little and the drizzle had stopped.
We set off with all our gear for the Partnachklamm Gorge in the afternoon as the information suggested that we could get wet from dripping walls. It was warm again so we set off in our shorts in typical Kiwi style. I was beginning to think I was the only woman in Bavaria who wore shorts after yesterday when I never saw anyone at all. However, today there were 3 others! Wow. All those young people, all in tight longs. Who's the odd one?
Back to Partnachklamm. The Gorge is just over and hour's walk from our apartment so off we walked again. Me, still with
sore legs from yesterday's hike. When we arrived at the location, close to the Olympic Ski Jump, there was a continuous stream of people all heading up to the Gorge. It must be some attraction. At what appears to be a wall of limestone, the gorge begins. It is a very narrow cleft through the solid rock cut down over the millenia to form a narrow passageway for the river to pass through. A track and many tunnels have been cut into the cliff face for the public to pass along a view the thundering water, rapids and waterfalls until you break out at the other end into a wider basin. It was a bit of a squeeze with two way traffic along the gorge path and also a bit wet in places but it appears that we took our packs along with all our gear just for an outing for them as they weren't required. The river actually isn't that big but it has to squeeze into a very narrow passage so that it thunders and crashes it's way through until it reaches the other side and turns into a tranquil river again. It was well worth the long
Such an odd place for a shrine
This shrine to Mary is in the middle of the Gorge. All over Europe there are shrines in the most unusual places. They're either a figure of Jesus or Mary or a little chapel. Faith was a such a dominating factor in people's lives in the past
walk even though we've seen similar in Switzerland with the Glacier Gorge in Grindelwald and the Trummelbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen. They are all natural wonders and a rarity.
On the way back we stopped in at the Olympic Ski Jump Stadium. Compared to the one at Innsbruck this one has been recently redesigned in 2008 and is quite futuristic in it's shape. There are four jumps from very small to really huge. The original viewing part of the stadium is still used from the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. It is to be used over this coming winter and is on a winter sport circuit. This valley must really hum over the winter period.
So, one more day to go. Here's hoping tomorrow's fine enough for a bike ride.
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