Germany: Day 36

21 August 2014 Rottach-Egern, Germany (0 miles; Total = 858) In the spirit of trying new things, we have been sampling Bavarian meals. And I must say, I think I’ll be coming home a vegetarian. The whole foodie adventure started to go south with the Weisswurst (white sausage) that at first I thought our server, …

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Germany: Day 35

20 August 2014 Tegernsee to Rottach-Egern, Germany (12 miles; Total = 858 miles) If we want to bike all the way back to Munich, we should be on our way north right now. But we’re not. Another morning, another rain storm, another hour spent mentally composing my Craigslist ad for my panniers. In this new …

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Germany: Day 34

19 August 2014 Fischbachau to Tegernsee, Germany (23 miles; Total = 846 miles) When I get back to Seattle I’m going to audition for The Biggest Loser. I’ll definitely qualify, with all of the bier and cake I’ve been consuming. And I’ll have a solid advantage in the competitions, after spending yesterday and today pushing …

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Germany: Day 33

18 August 2014 Bergen to Fischbachau, Germany (49 miles; Total = 823) Hills, hills, and more hills. I think there’s a reason this route is named the Bodensee-Konigsee and not the Konigsee-Bodensee; it’s implied that one should be riding in the opposite direction of us. Gina is pedaling up the double chevron hill ahead of …

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Austria: Day 31

16 August 2014 Lofer, Austria (0 miles; Total = 725 miles) It’s raining again. Have I typed that before? I think I have. Anyway, it’s raining again but I am snuggled deep beneath my down comforter, enjoying the thought that there’s no lycra in the plan for today, for this little Lofer is worthy of …

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Austria: Day 30

15 August 2014 Bruck to Lofer, Austria (33 miles; Total = 725 miles) We’re passing through the town of Saalfelden, about halfway through our planned ride for the day, when we start noticing that all of the stores are closed. It’s not Sunday, last I checked, so what is going on here? Stopping a gal …

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Austria: Day 29

14 August 2014 Schwarzach to Bruck, Austria (20 miles; Total = 692 miles) I’m just gonna say it so I can get on with it: today’s route was terrible (too steep, too many criss-crossings of intersections and big roads, too much off and on the bike trying to find our way or simply standing, dumbfounded, …

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Austria: Day 28

13 August 2014 Kuchl to Schwarzach, Austria (35 miles; Total = 672 miles) There’s a group of about 20 cyclists stopped on the other side of the intersection we are passing through and they are looking at us, smiling, and clapping. Clapping? This is concerning. What do they know that we don’t? Is the route …

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Austria: Day 27

12 August 2014 Eugendorf to Kuchl, Austria (25 miles; Total = 637 miles) As we cycle through this peaceful farm, I’m practicing my counting like a pre-schooler: 2 pigs, 5 cats, 9 sheep, 12 goats, and oh-oh, 1 dog that’s now chasing after Gina. “Dog! Stop! Stop! Stop!” I shout, which she does and so …

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