Update 2 - Day 8 to 12, Aachen
to Westerham, Munich (Germany)
Our bikes are heavy! All the equipment quickly adds
up. Tents, sleeping bags, mats, water filter, cooking
equipment, clothing, water, food, spare parts, tools.....Heavy!
This is not a problem on the flat. It is definitely
not a problem going downhill. But when we hit anything
that resembles an uphill slope it all goes horribly
wrong. Have you ever tried pulling the equivalent of
a loaded fridge up a 20% hill on a bike? Not nice.
stage has taken us from Aachen to Munich in only 5 days,
a trip of 783km (490 miles) over 'lumpy' ground. We've
really had a mileage push over the past few days because
we had rendezvous arrangements with friends and family
here in Munich. We now have four well deserved 'rest
days' in Munich with all the great beer, lovely German
women, beer, sleep, rest and some more beer - oh, and
some sausage thrown in as well! Did I mention the tasty
Bavarian beer? Click here
to see and hear the band in the Hofbräuhaus, München.
The beer festivals here are fantastic..
route firstly took us to the Roman city of Trier (see
photo). While in Bitburg, just before Trier, waiting
for a drink the annoying bells would not stop ringing!
Lesten to them by clicking
bells.rm - but
be warned, it's dull! Then along the Mosel River and
over the Nordpfalzer Bergland up to 700m - that days
total ascent was 1500m. From there it was on to Neustadt
through through the lovely Lauter Valley. Then it was
onto Gunzberg, via the city of Ulm with it's huge Cathedral
spire (see photo) and over the Schwaebische Alps up
to 840m. Our final day took us through typical Bavarian
countryside with it's rolling meadows and forests with
Germans seem to have everything sorted. They recycle
loads, the trains run on time (believe us...exactly
on time!) and the price of Haribo yummy cola bottles
is less than half the UK price! They also have a much
better equivalent of our 'Popstars'. Basically, they
picked the five fittest looking German women that they
could find and got them to wobble a bit in front of
a load of fast jet planes, whilst miming to an old Eurhythmics
song - nice job. But it's not all good news. The Germans
have an unhealthy obsession with mullet hairdo's, David
Hasslehoff's singing and very annoying church bells.
thanks go to Mike Snell, who has been cycling with us
since Dover. If it wasn't for Mike kicking us out of
bed each morning, we'd still be asleep in Brugge. Our
thanks also go to The Ice Age that created the massive
down hill section that bought us coasting into our Munich
resting place. From here we're off into Austria and
Hungary - we'll keep you updated. This is where the
real adventure starts as we go into countries that we
have not experienced before. Germany is great, but not
the most challenging place to travel through.
Before we hit the road again, we would like to curse
the Ice Age, which formed that bloody great big hill
that we have to climb up to get out of Munich.
Bye for now....
Total distance to Aachen: 1226km. Click here
to see the Progress Chart.
Matt's biscuit count: 350! Click here
to see where they all go!