Up Into The Hills (Dilligen to Blaubeuren)

A second night without WiFi – coping quite well, actually.

Back to a longer day on the road, from Dilligen to Blaubeuren, 85km or so. Warm but not seriously hot, but more humid still.

We also passed from Bavaria to Baden-Wurtemburg, or as a Bavarian I met once put it, from Bavaria to Germany…

Blaubeuren is a compact little town up in the hills above Ulm, about 20km from the Danube. Nice to get away from the river a bit and see some different terrain.

One of the things that has been neat to observe on this trip has been the slow shift in architectural styles as we bike through Austria and Germany. Up here in Blaubeuren the traditional older buildings are mostly half-timber and plaster, not the white plaster over brick we’ve seen along the river.

With the hills crowding close around town and the closely packed half-timber buildings below, Blaubeuren tickles the mythic and storytelling parts of my brain. It’s even got a bottomless water-filled cave right on the edge of town next to the old monestary complex… Things to conjure story with, perhaps…

Out of the hills back to Ulm down on the Danube tomorrow, just a short ride and partial rest day.

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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