Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 27: Rorshach to Munich


Our goal today was to make it somewhere inside Germany to have access to the Bavarian ticket so we could have a cheap ride to Munich. We settled on riding to Wangen im Allgau as a destination with a train to Munich without having too many transfers. The day started out sunny, without a cloud in the sky, which made me question our decision to go to Munich. Nevertheless, the weather forecast has been more right than wrong recently, so we stuck with our plan, riding towards Bregenz along the bike path, backtracking what we did yesterday. There was a brand new bike bridge across the mighty Rhine, but once in Bregenz we immediately headed up the hill so we could get some climbing in.
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When you're near a lake, it doesn't take a lot of climbing before you start getting nice bviews of the Bodensee, and at that point it really started getting overcast.
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I always had the impression that once we left Bregenz we'd be immediately in Germany, but that's not true. It took quite a bit of riding through the small villages before we entered the Bavarian border at Neuhaus. While the climbing wasn't steep, there was a lot of rolling hills, and coupled with our not quite recovered state, we were making less good time than expected, putting into question our ability to catch the train.
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Once we got into Lindenberg, however, things started flowing more smoothly as we descended towards Wangen. The last 15km went by in a hurry and we found ourselves arriving at the Wangen train station at 12:30pm, well ahead of schedule. We caught the 1:00pm train and ended up in Munich around 4pm.
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At the Munich train station I dropped by counter #1 at the Deutsche Bahn station and met up with Alan Wissenberg of Euraide. He was busy that evening but thought he could get permission from his wife to stay out late the next day, so we arranged to do dinner tomorrow. We then rode into the Google Munich office, said hi to everyone, picked up keys, and rode off to Chris' apartment. We took showers and then rode our bikes back to the Google Munich office because Chris' apartment complex had no indoor bike parking and the Google office looked more secure.

Together with Daniel, we went over to Haxnbauer in Munich for giant pork and beef Knuckles for dinner. Despite my having lived in Munich this was my first time there, so it was an experience, with giant hunks of meat and some potatoes to down it all in.
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Phil bought some Weisswurst for the morning's breakfast, and we hung out at the Google office with the brand new 4th floor until it started raining hard, making us glad that we were not riding the next day. It poured like crazy, and we went to bed glad to be in a big town with stuff to do.
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