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Published: September 4th 2018
It's been a wet day but not so wet that it was unenjoyable. The temperature was perfect for biking and the day was really only spoiled by low cloud obscuring the lovely countryside we rode through. Some of it was through fields but mostly the path was on the east Austrian side, along a stop bank, past castles on hill tops and past 3 electricity dams on the Inn River. At one stage it rained enough for us to take a break in a village and have 'kaffee und kuchen'. There, we dried out, and warmed up with a very nice cherry cake and coffee. The little town is surrounded on 3 sides by Germany with the border being the river, the forest edge and some other feature not far away. Soon after, we were in Germany where the trail stays through to Passau.
The quietness today was a bit weird as yesterday we saw many cyclists and today it seemed we were the only ones out biking. It could be that others took the west bank trail but it was too close to the motorway for us with noisy trucks, buses and cars. We came across a summer campsite
Me, at our lunch stop
This is a small lake at a campsite where we could shelter to eat our lunch.
(now closed) to sit and have our lunch under a verandah by a lake. Prancing around in the grounds were two little deer who soon disappeared with our arrival.
When we arrived in Rosenheim this afternoon our bags had not arrived and weren't expected until 4pm. It wasn't great sitting around in wet clothes and footwear waiting for them to arrive but eventually we were able to shower and change clothes.
Rosenheim is a city of 60,000 people and is really nice. It is both modern and old with a great blending of the two to look prosperous and attractive. It's success has been because of it's position on the river for trading in the past. Now, it is the 2nd largest city in Bavaria to Munich which is only 50km away.
Unbeknown to us, there is a Beer Festival happening right now and it is fantastic. We blended with the crowds heading to the festival location and at least half of them wore national costume. It was fabulous to see the women in their lovely dresses and aprons and the men in their lederhosen and traditional shirts, braces and hats. Oh, that we had something like
A beer hall at the Rosenheim Beer Festival
People continued to flock into the already full beer halls. It has all the makings of a fun night ahead. We remembered an Oktoberfest in Munich many years ago and we have to say, we didn't fare well then!
that to identify with. The Festival was like a smaller Oktoberfest with beer halls, food stalls and amusement stalls and rides. These were not tacky but beautifully constructed and brightly lit. Some rides were just plain damned scary but fun to watch. The beer halls were packed and were getting ready for a night of drinking and music. It would have been fun for us with other companions but a couple of Kiwis amongst and throng of boisterous Germans didn't quite cut it so we headed back into the main square and had our food and beer there. All in all, it was a very satisfying day despite the weather.
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