Day 8: Hirschaid - Bamberg

We awoke to another sunny day, although thunderstorms were predicted. The completion of keeping the blog up to date has become very competetive. Geoff has dedicated the next 2 days in Bamberg to catching up his blog and his plan is that if I cannot get Internet in Beijing airport, he will streak ahead. They also plan to sleep in with me gone!

After a good breakfast, we rode back into the pretty little town of Hirschaid, and back onto the track running along the Main-Danube kanal. It was the same unpaved as before and good for easy 23km/hr.

On the way we watched a skulling regatta just starting with a number of two and four boats in the water. The straight canal is perfect for this racing, and they must shut down river traffic for it.

It was a little further then 10km into Bamberg, and we easily found the town square and after a quick reconnaissance of the area in the crowds, we stopped for coffee break. We then headed up to find the Dom Cathedral, New residence (for prince bishop in 1697) and Rose Garden.

Then it was back down the steep hill to see the Old Town Hall, and take lots of photos with the crowd of other tourists. The rain come down and with stayed dry under a bus shelter.

It was time to farewell Robyn and Geoff at their hotel (on a very steep road). It was sad to say goodbye after a wonderful week. The have 2 weeks to get to Prague before flying out.

I was now at the mercy of the GPS, and in general it behaved to get me along the canal cycle path for a 18:30 finish after 77km from Bamberg. The thunderstorms continually threatened, but I was lucky (as Geoff had done a rain dance) to dell about 20 drops. I did go thru some water on the bike track. I usually waited and watched a German cyclist before entering, and I carefully stayed almost dry. The river had dropped, but is still high.

Finding a hotel took some navigation, and I found an excellent old world one opposite the church. It rings the bell every half hour.!

Dinner was in the hotel, followed by a short walk around town.

Tomorrow I ride and find a train to Frankfurt and then to the airport.

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