Cycling the Romantische Strasse

Day 8

Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Dachau to Langenbach

We awoke at the usual time of 7:00 a.m. in order to get ready for breakfast. Today was another clear, sunny day. The riding today was reasonably quick, as we only had 48 km to cover. The countryside, once again was gently rolling with lots of trees. Just prior to Freising there was one large hill. In Freising, we picked up a cycle path which took us into the downtown area. We were truly amazed with the number of cyclists in the town - the markplatz had bike racks occupied by at least 500 bicycles in a two block area! We stopped for some ice cream in Freising, then continued on our way for Langenbach. Even though I had been in Freising only four years before, the scenery did not seem very familiar to me.

Langenback is a small village (once again on the side of a shallow hill) just 10 kilometres east of Freising. We found ourselves maintaining speeds of 30 kilometres per hour as we approached the town. We found a phone booth down by the post office (next door to an excellent local bakery) in Langenbach and called Birgit. A few minutes later she was there to meet us with her three year old son, Benedict and take us to her apartment on Birkenstrasse (Birch Street).

The total for the day: 48.0 km in 2 hours, 4 minutes, for an average speed of 23.3 kph. Our cycling trip was now over. We had completed a total of 559.2 km in 29 hours and 17 minutes of cycling, for an average speed of 19.1 kph.

Street scene in Freising

Birgit, Benedict, and Tom in Freising by the Abbey

Our hosts in Freising - the Oko family - Eric, Ben, and Birgit

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