River Danube Tour Day 7: Messing about on the river

We got up out of our tower after a really nice sleep.  We woke up at about 0600 and went to pay a visit thinking we would be the first up, but these Germans are early risers and the shower block had quite a few people pottering about.  After fixing Rachaels tyre (it had a piece of glass stuck in it) we left the site at about 0900, a bit later than planned.  The temp was showing as 37 degrees on the Garmin in the shade it just felt like it was a blow torch on your back in the sun.

It was a struggle to get to the place where we get the little boat across to the other side.  The boat is the best way as the river as cut a vertical route through leaving no room for a bike path.  So you would have to detour to by-pass the gorge.

When we finally got to the place where we got the boat, we were struck by the complete beauty, there were people swimming and paddle boarding, but it was so quiet and not busy or tacky at all.  It was the perfect place to stay for the day, but we had to get the boat to get to our digs.  It was a bit of a challenge lifting the bikes in but people were there to help and other cycle tourers were taking their bikes as well so I did not feel I was causing any problems.  Just before the boat came a French couple that were also on bikes jumped into the river, I thought I am having some of that.  I wish we could have stopped there all day because as soon as you left the water the blow torch was on full blast.  The French guy told me that the water temp was 28 degrees!!  but it felt cool in contrast to the crazy temperature out of the water.

When we got off the ferry we went to a bike shop for some supplies and the guy behind the counter said their summer is normally 28 degrees.  That temp sounds a lot better hat 36 degrees.  He also said that it is not cooling down at all for the forseeable future.  It is making the riding really difficult and other tourers have said they are not getting the kilometres done that they were expecting to do each day!  I am happy that it is sunny, but a tad bit cooler and I would be happier.

We did end up doing just short of 60 km today and stopped in a beautiful town called Kelheim.  It really is nice.  We had some food at a greek place and now I feel stuffed.  I broke the diet today and had a pastry mid morning and an ice cream on a walk to the bike shop.  We are taking showers whenever we pass one or jumping in the river if a place allows.  I would sum up our progress today as “Just getting through it”.

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River Danube Tour Day 3: By Gorge!

This was a very hot ride.  It has been 33 degrees every day, but today the ride was fully exposed.  No shelter from the sun in forests.  At the end I just needed loads of Cola!  I still need a drip of it now.  The temp is recorded on my GPS device so it is accurate.  33 degrees every single day.  Today we really pushed ourselves and did 93km.  It is hard in this heat with this weight on the bike.  The bikes are doing an excellent job, even when the gravel tracks get really rough.  We can hold our own with the people on their electric bikes!

We are having a big problem trying to find camping gas.  They don’t stock it in supermarkets like they do in France etc.  I never had a problem when I was in Canada or the USA as well.  You ask anyone about small camping gas bottles and they look at you like you have just come from Mars or direct you to the fizzy water isle :).  We have had to have a cold tea at camp today.  But it did not matter cause of the heat.  We have been eating in restaurants previously, because of the gas situ, but we really need to keep an eye on the pounds too.

The route today went through beautiful gorges with castles perched right on the edge.  We saw an opening on the river that was good for a paddle and a wetting of the hair to try and cool our heads.  There have been loads and loads of big birds of prey, heron and fish in the river to spot.

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