After leaving Rothenburg we cycled into the country side hoping to find a nice campsite to have a rest day and do some chores. 90 km into the day we came across a local beer/harvest festival...after a long debate of oooh 30 seconds we got stuck into the litres of beer and then had to cycle on. The hills were a bit of a struggle!
After a nice rest, the best schnitzel and more beer and rain...we set off towards the Danube, which will be our highway into Eastern Europe. We had a beautiful day cycling along the Main-Donau canal and the Altmul river valley to the Donau (Danube) just before Regensburg. And it's not blue.. After all the hills the flat cycletracks next to the rivers are wonderful and so easy. You don't need to do map reading, you can just follow the signs (or the other cyclists). There's loads of people doing supported cycle tours along the river or combi cycle-boat holidays. We past some nice cities along the way; first Regensburg which was very hip and trendy so we felt a bit out of tone in our geeky travelling clothes. Then Passau with an enormous baroque cathedral, the last city in Germany before you go over the Austrian border. And now we are in Linz, a nice looking city but because it rained continuously today we stayed in the hotel trying to dry our clothes an the tent. We also met two other long distance cyclists, really nice peeps and nice to share ideas.
We passed some beautiful parts of the Danube, giant horseshoe turns in the river and very steep banks. The river is 2.5m higher than usual because of all the rain.
Two more days of cycling and we'll be in Vienna (Wien).