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Published: September 5th 2018
Hooray! A fine day at last. That was the good bit. The bad was that my computer would not charge and I didn't know if the connector cord was kaput or what. The phone would charge ok. However, I cannot write these blogs without a computer. The Smartphone is okay up to a point if you don't mind a tiny keyboard, but photos won't transfer from the Cloud for some reason. Also, Lindsay had managed to bring his camera minus the storage card! My fault actually as I take it out to transfer photos and didn't put it back. We found that there was a MegaMart technical shop 3 kms away so off we biked through the morning traffic. Cities here are great for catering for cyclists and the lanes assigned work really well. At the MegaMart a man tested the plug and it turned out that my European plug is not always suitable for all appliances. I got a new plug and all is well again. Also a new camera card. So, we can add an extra 6kms to our ride today.
We eventually left Rosenheim and headed off along the Innradweg which went for many kilometres with a
A Bavarian country view
Villages and hamlets dot the landscape of rolling hills
road, then stopbank, then wetland and finally the river, parallel to each other. The wetland area was excellent with rushes, grasses and many birds. There were cranes, swans, ducks and some smaller waders. It's a nice easy ride cruising along the stopbank. However, that soon ended when we crossed over the Inn and wound our way uphill to Griesstatt to have pizza and a beer at the only place that was open. That hill was a shock to the system as the bikes are really heavy and even "granny gear" isn't enough. Four Canadians on the same trip as us sailed up the hills on their E-Bikes!!! Grrr.
We continued on our way towards Wasserburg over rolling countryside with hamlets and farm buildings set on rises. They are so neat and tidy and put our farms to shame. You don't see machinery lying about and all the buildings are painted and blend together. Across the countryside are many woodlots and trees making it all very picturesque. We stopped at a huge barn where all the cattle were housed and fed. It seemed strange to us when there is plenty of grass around to graze on. We also encountered three
Finally, our run into Wasserburg was a long downhill ride from the farms to the huge loop in the river that Wasserburg sits in. We have a room in a very old 15th century beautifully restored hotel backing onto the river and running through to the medieval street at the front opposite the Rathaus and cathedral. Wasserburg dates back to the 1100's and was established to transport salt from the mines in the nearby Bavarian Alps. We spent some time exploring along the old city wall, through narrow alleys and into wide cobbled areas with colourful houses. It is a pretty town and worth a visit.
With it being a nice warm day we finished it with a beer and dinner on the terrace by the river.
I should mention that we have found people to be very helpful and polite. There are the usual grumpy old people who may be just fed up with foreigners all around, but the Germanic people from Switzerland, Austria and Germany are mostly nice people and very patient with our lack of German.
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