Alaska Cruising

16 to 23 May 2017 Seattle, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, Victoria BC, and Seattle (Home) Again My sister has dragged me down into the bowels of the ship, into the overpowering darkness of Medusa’s Lounge, the sea siren’s sinister glowing eyes and tentacled hair glaring at me from every wall (do ships …

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Germany: Day 39

24 August 2014 Freising, Germany It’s our final day in Germany (well, if you don’t count flying out tomorrow, which we don’t because it’s a travel day) so that means it was a day spent taking the bikes apart, cleaning off 5 weeks of rain-induced grit and grime, and packing the whole kit and caboodle …

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Germany: Day 38

23 August 2014 Rottach-Egern to Freising, Germany (26 miles; Total = 884 miles) It’s sitting at the station a solid 45 minutes before its scheduled departure time and we can hardly believe our good luck. Could that really be our train to Munich, with no crowds, double-wide doors, and not one other bicycle parked inside? …

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Germany: Day 37

22 August 2014 Rottach-Egern, Germany (0 miles; Total = 858) The cellist has just dropped his sheet music in the midst of a Johann Strauss piece. The percussionist is definitely laughing at him. He manages to pick it up without missing a beat, but then again, he’s playing a cello so how would I possibly …

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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 to Germany: Day 32

17 August 2014 Lofer, Austria to Bergen, Germany (49 miles; Total = 774 miles) I didn’t mean to do it. I only looked away for a split second, but that was all it took. There he was, right smack in the middle of the path, and me with no time to swerve. SQUISH. I’m pretty …

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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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