Bayern (or Bavaria)

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 Bavarian Jura

A very pretty town

A very pretty town

Looks flat!

Looks flat!

Palace hunting grounds

Palace hunting grounds

Typical of these towns

Typical of these towns

Best beer in Bavaria (according to Bavarians)

Best beer in Bavaria (according to Bavarians)

a week in the saddle, we are either adjusted or fully numb in the nether regions.

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