Goodbye to spaetzle & pils, and hello to knoedel & weizen. Corn fields lessening & hops & barley increasing. Beautiful terrain but some gruelling inclines as we travel from Ulm to Kelheim (tomorrow). Abbeys & monasteries, palaces & castles. Beer! Everywhere! 160 km since Ulm. Today,s shorter ride had us in a thermal pool in Bad Goegging (many features of Sparkling Hills), then to the Weltenburg Monastary that claims to have the oldest Kloesterbrau ( monastery brewery ) in the world, recorded as early as 1050. However, a couple days back, we had beer from the oldest brewery in the world, dated 1040. We’re spending tonight in the Monastary (like a dorm room) but our window is a few metres from the Danube and it,s quiet now that the day tourists are gone. In the morning we will take a boat ride through the Danube narrows to Kelheim then just 40 km to Regensburg, the most northerly point on the Danube bike way! We,re still dry, but after
a week in the saddle, we are either adjusted or fully numb in the nether regions.
Fabulous pictures, storybook setting, thermal baths and beer!