Dave took this picture of me and my sister at breakfast yesterday morning. The breakfasts at all our hotels have been wonderful. At least a dozen different kinds of fresh bread and buns, all kinds of cold meats, a variety of cheeses, fresh vegetables and fruits, a yogurt bar with an array of toppings, eggs and bacon and sausages, and a variety of jams and jellies. One morning there was even a honey bar complete with a whole comb of honey right from the hive. Near our hotel in Uberlingen was this chapel dedicated to St. Leonard. Since my church was learning about different saints this summer I checked out what St. Leonard was famous for. Apparently if prisoners prayed to St. Leonard their chains broke and they were free. That explains why St. Leonard is depicted this way outside his chapel with a barred door and carrying chains. There are more than 20,000 castles in Germany and we have cycled by quite a few of them, including this one.
Yesterday we cycled by vineyard,after vineyard on steep hills. Dave figured you would need to be as fit as a mountain goat to work in these vineyards. Dave tasted some of the grapes and said they were very sweet. Since we had cycled by so many vineyards we thought we should order a local wine for supper in Kressbornn where we spent the night. So we ordered a Kressbornn red.
I got lost twice yesterday. Once when Dave was ahead of me I came to a intersection with bike paths both to the left and right. I couldn’t see him on either path so I chose left. WRONG! After going a couple of kilometers and not finding him I went back to the intersection and went right. Eventually I caught up with my sister. We waited and waited and finally Dave turned up. He had gone back an extra five kilometers to look for me. So he got in a bonus 10 kilometers today. The second time I got lost I was in the lead and Dave turned off our route to go to our hotel. When he didn’t catch up to me I eventually turned around and went back. It had started to pour and I took shelter under a restaurant awning till he found me. By then it was not only raining but hailing so we sheltered under a playground umbrella for a bit before making our way to the hotel. We were both throughly soaked but luckily our bike rental company provides water proof packs so our stuff was okay. In the future I need to make it a priority to stick closer to my cycling companions.
I had my photo taken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today. She is running for re-election and her campaign slogan is “for a Germany in which we want to live well.”