Passau to Straubing (via Neptune)

(No WiFi at last night’s hostel in Straubing, so you get this a day late from Regensburg. Today’s post later, after a reader…)

Longest day of the whole trip today at about 105km, and also the end of our first full week on the road, having started in Vienna last Friday.

While wandering around Passau yesterday we found part of a scale model of the Solar System, done at 1mm equals 1000km, so the Earth is a ball bearing about 6mm wide.

Riding out of Passau today, we discovered another scale solar system on the north bank of the Danube and actually got to ride the whole length of this one, from the Sun (over a metre wide) to Neptune almost 5km later.

Despite being so long today’s century (100+km in one day) was generally an easy ride, mostly through farm areas and small villages on the north bank of the Danube. Tiring, though!

Straubing looks like a nice city, although we didn’t have much time or energy to explore after eight hours on the road from Passau.

Straubing hostel is a real retro throwback, no WiFi and super basic. Good location just outside the old centre, though, and clean and comfortable enough.

Off to Regensburg tomorrow, fifty odd km to a big city, hopefully with hostel WiFi so I can actually post this!

By Brian Burger

Started this site way, way back in November 1998, when the web was young. It's still here, and so am I.

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