Welcome to our 2018 European BLOG adventure!
Aussie Bruce, our motorhome, gave Mark a fright in Dover waiting to board the ferry to France. It seems he had developed Cold Feet and decided not to budge – or drive onto the ferry!!
After a visit from the AA, he was begrudgingly towed away at midnight to nearby Canterbury.
Fortunately, his ailment was not serious….. the solenoid on the fuel pump had given up … the following day Mark and Bruce were sailing across the English Chanel, excited about upcoming adventures…..
The drive across three countries to our friends’ home in Erding (near Munich in Germany) went smoothly. Mark enjoyed a relaxing few days with Frank, Stephanie and young Vincent.
Bev delayed her flight a week and spent special time with our beautiful new grandson Bohdi, one week old….. Morgan and Ben’s baby son.
The flight to Munich went according to plan and Mark and Bruce collected Bev from the Munich Airport.
BMWs are everywhere here, of course – it is Germany!! Our tour of the massive factory with its extensive robotics was fascinating. 928 cars per day, to be exact like the Germans, are manufactured here each day!
Our two day visit to Regensburg, one of Europes best preserved medieval cities, dates back to Roman times – AD179. The Steinerne Bridge, built 1146 is the oldest Donau (Danube) bridge in Germany. We explored the may tiny alleyways and attractive squares.
A training ride along the Donau to the imposing hilltop classical temple called WALHALLA commissioned by King Ludwig 1st as a museum for Germanic heroes. We managed the 350 marble steps in 30 degree heat. We clocked up 50kms today – the legs are working and the bike has not missed a beat – unlike Mark’s which is having a few problems – but hey, who needs gears anyway!?!?!?!
Today we drove to Passua, said good-bye to Bruce (in a secure parking area — good choice Frank!! – thank you) and rode our heavily laden bikes to the centre of historic Passau. We tried to pack lightly but definitely noticed the extra weight as we cycled to our hotel Wilder Mann – on the Donau adjacent to the Rathaus (town hall)!! Passau is in Germany near the Austrian and Czech border. The beautiful white St Stephens cathedral (the Dom) was almost completely burnt to the ground in 1660. It boasts the worlds largest cathedral organ with 18,000 organ pipes.
Having fueled our bodies with the best of the local cuisine….. bavarian schnitzel, spinach dumplings, apfelstrudel, etc. we are prepared for the long cycle ahead….
Yes, bring on BARTLETTS TOUR DE DONAU!>!>!……