Monday, November 15, 2010
Bikes, Beer, and Bavaria
As the official travel agent in our relationship, Jean does all of the research and planning. I pretty much just show up and carry the luggage. The Romantic Road’s official Web site, www.romantischestrasse.de (look for the link in the upper left with the British flag for the English version), had just about all of the information needed, including links to make arrangements for hotel reservations, luggage transportation and bike rentals (all of the above for us was handled through Deutsche Touring).
With only five days, we only did a portion of the route. Yeah, the whole route could be done in two hard days, but this isn’t the kind of ride that’s to be rushed. Who wants to rush a breakfast with fresh fruit, local eggs, good coffee and Nutella? How can you ride by a castle without an hour or two of exploring? Did I mention that the beer was good—and everywhere?
As mentioned above, the German idea of a free hotel breakfast (frühstück) is amazing, and can include anything from buffet tables full of local meats and home-made sausages to cake. I’d say, “whatever,” and pile it on. Each day, after a short time to digest, we’d drop our oversized bags (which screamed, “we’re American”) in the hotel lobby and the touring company would pick them up so they’d be waiting for us at our next destination. Then we’d straddle our Fahrrads (bicycles) and head out.
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Posted by David Alden