So why cycle? We’re lucky to have the time and money to keep exploring, born of the opportunities our parents gave us. I was musing about this yesterday when it would have been my Dad’s 104 birthday. Today we learned our friend Moira, who I met in 1975 at University, has days to live. Not unexpected; terribly sad. Carpe Diem.

Be considerate.

Today we started near the [alleged] source of the Danube, Europe’s second longest river 2850km passing through 9 countries. Free of border checks. Then onto the start of the Danube cycle path which will be our guide on- off for a few days. It extends for about 1,200 kilometers from Donaueschingen in Germany to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

There were a lot of places ending in ingen today. Perhaps where Michael Finigen came from. I’ll begin again.

A very Catholic area. Lots of wooden Christs withering on hot crosses in the heat. You’d think they world take them inside the cooler Churches which dominate the village skylines.

A very beautiful area with deep gorges giving occasional shade. We follow the river, then the trail, then wander through villages. Which provide a source of Backerie, so we boogied in to sample the wears.

Tomorrow Bavaria and Ulm.

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