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I upload my routes to my bike computer, and follow them blindly, and when I am pedalling away I tend to be focussed on nothing else, and dont really question my route. But today it took me off the road I was on, and through some streets in a village, and then back on to the main road (or at least I think thats what happened. And to top it off at some point I ended up being confronted by a gravel road, one that would certainly render my bike useless for the rest of the tour. As a result I have now seen the smallest villages in germany, and also the narrowest roads. I am glad it happened because it showed me places I would otherwise not have seen. Living in the city it is so reassuring to sense so much calmness and relaxation that radiates from these small country towns and their surrounding farmlands. With the city of Bayreuth reached and the stage completed, it was time to check in to the guesthouse. I am so impressed by the friendly attitude of the lovely ladies running the “Gasthof zum Herzog”, that they deserve some credit in my post today. They were the first place from the whole ten days so far that allowed us to use their washing machine, and they didnt even want to charge us for it. It may be just a little thing, but to me it makes all the difference. No handwashing tonight!
Day 10 - Final border crossing: Hello Deutschland! Posted on July 17, 2013 Normally when I set off on my ride for the day I take it easy for the first 10 minutes or so, just to warm up my muscles and ease them into what they must take me through in the next 5-6 hours. Ever since the beginning of this tour, my legs are tired and sore all the time. I notice it especially when I walk up stairs - I feel like I simply have no power left in them. But the funny thing is, as soon as I get on the bike and have been pedalling for about 10 minutes, my legs feel ok again. Anyway, this mornings start was anything but soft and gentle. After no more than 50 meters I was confronted with a tough hill. It was a lot more difficult to climb than it should have been, but I made it up and the stage was underway. What made todays ride memorable was a mistake I made when planning the route for today. I thought I had meticulously planned each route for each day, to make sure there will be no unpleasant surprises, detours, and also no complicated navigation. But I soon realised I was zig-zagging from street to street and town to town, perplexed and wondered how on earth I could have planned my route this way.
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