Day 2: back to start - So long, Covid! - CycleBlaze

March 26, 2022

Day 2: back to start

Let's first have a look at our hotel, the Magicians Cabinet. It looks to have been designed with much loving care. A true aficionado of the occult arts must have been at work here with references to the Tarot, Harry Potter, sleight of hand and other kinds of hocus pocus.

The Magician watched over us while we slept.
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Kathleen ClassenThe beds! I miss Europe. Soon I hope.
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In the breakfast room, a faucet with running water suspended in mid-air - magic!
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A wonky bookcase that doesn't fall over - I hope.
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Look up at the ceiling - ¡pǝɯnsuoɔ ǝq oʇ ƃuᴉʇᴉɐʍ lɐǝɯ llnɟ ∀
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Spooky entrance to the dining room
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Lamps off kilter, set of Tarot cards in frames, flames around the doors
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The window is upside down and potted plants are hanging from the window sill.
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Magic everywhere
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An inch is not an inch using this ruler.
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Pick a card
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The magician's hat
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Get a bus to Hogwarts by running into the tree.
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Instructions on how to do magic
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I did it - I pulled Janos out of the black hat! I think I shrank him, too.
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The witch who didn't watch where she was going - let that be a lesson!
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The breakfast itself wasn't weird at all, actually it was very good with a fine array of jams, cheese, cold meats, muesli and yoghurt. There was even a platter with carrot sticks, bell pepper and melon slices! Got my vitamins!

We sailed out of town and as usual didn't take the trouble of looking for a market to buy fixings for sandwiches. We are usually eager to get started and think we will find something later. That isn't always the case and today it wasn't, either.

There is still a haze over the Alps, but the weather is splendid.
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What a start to the day - a beautiful bicycle path across the meadows
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No leaves on the trees yet, but Easter eggs are out.
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Bunnies and lambs are out, too.
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Another small chapel, bench and tree for shade in the summer - so common in rural Bavaria
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Wonderful panorama views
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I think these are awards of some kind on the barn door. I'm sorry I didn't look more closely to see what is written on them, something about weight.
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Originally the Benediktbeurn Monastery was to be the destination of our tour. The monastery has hotel rooms and I was looking forward to staying in the historic setting. Unfortunately, there were no vacancies.

Here a tidbit of information about the monastery from the Internet:

"According to the latest findings, the monastery was founded around the year 725 by Charles Martell, who set up the initially purely secular station Buron to control the mountain passes to the south. In 739, St. Boniface consecrated the church. Benediktbeuern is thus considered the oldest monastery in Upper Bavaria. Even before the year 800, Charlemagne mediated the arm relic of St. Benedict, whereupon the name of the monastery was changed to "Benedictoburanum", which means "house or monastery dedicated   St. Benedict". "

Arm relic of St. Benedict? More hocus pocus.

Approaching the outer walls of Benediktbeurn Monastery
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Spring and the church towers in the background
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Entry to the courtyard
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Scott AndersonReminds me of your photo of Fürstenfeld Abbey.
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Suzanne GibsonTo Scott AndersonArches are always good.
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Monastery courtyard
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Over the centuries the monastery was destroyed and rebuilt several times.
The current baroque form of the monastery complex was created between 1669 and 1679, and starting in 1672 the monastery church of St. Benedict was rebuilt.

The monastery church of St. Benedict in the architectural style of the Italian early Baroque
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After leaving Benediktbeurn our route takes us to the Loisach-Kochelsee moor landscape, a complex of low and raised bog areas.

The 3600 hectares of low moor landscape on the Loisach is under nature protection.
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Information about the birds that breed here.
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We weren't the only ones on these paths on this sunny Saturday. We saw many cyclists and walkers, young and old and families out for the day.
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In the background a Scottish Highlander, a robust breed of cattle that spends the winter outdoors.
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Now following the Loisach
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Trail along the Loisach
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A bicycle ramp takes you up to the bridge and over to the other side of the river.
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Just lots of pictures now, no captions.

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Charmaine RuppoltNice picture of the Egret and reeds. :) I call Egrets "747's" because of their long wingspan. :)
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Finally we reach Lake Starnberg. This is almost home territory for us. The lake is lovely but there are going to be too many people out on the shared bike and walking path today. I expected this stretch along the lake was going to be a slog and it was. 

Big fungi
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I didn't see anyone swimming but there were a few waders.
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Lunch stop with view to the lake. We still are showing our vaccination certificates and ID, and must wear masks until we are seated. That will stop next week I believe.
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A few signs of spring
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Primrose? cowslip?
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Bill ShaneyfeltImage matches well with oxlip.
http://www.overthebrink.com/flora/Flowers/Oxlip/Oxlip.html
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Bill ShaneyfeltImage matches well with oxlip.
http://www.overthebrink.com/flora/Flowers/Oxlip/Oxlip.html
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Not my bike, but nicely placed for a photo
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Janos's cockpit - video in the process, and the pompom on his lapel is a mic windscreen.
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Rachael AndersonGreat setup for your camera! I look forward to seeing the video!
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We rode in and out of clouds of little flies.
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One of the attractions along the lake is the Hungarian Gate, decorated with colorful carvings which a Hungarian artist built at the end of the 19th century.
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Detail
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Charmaine RuppoltBeautiful and colorful Hungarian Gate!
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The gate to one of the many lavish villas on this premium real estate along the lake.
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I didn't stop for any more pictures on the last 15 km of our ride. Not only did I have enough pictures already, but I was tired and eager to get off my bike.

It was a fantastic two-day outing in many ways: the weather was perfect, we discovered new paths and explored places that we didn't know, and I again felt fit enough to tour.

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Today's ride: 60 km (37 miles)
Total: 108 km (67 miles)

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Scott AndersonGreat to see you out on tour again! And worth it just to see the Magician’s Cabinet.
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Steve Miller/GrampiesBad Heilbrunn is on our route for the upcoming trip!
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Gregory GarceauWhat a wonderfully quirky inn! Sure, Germany has a multitude of attractions, but I'd be willing to tour there just to stay at the Magicians Cabinet.

I enjoyed the rest of your tour too, of course, and I'm glad you could do it after your bout with Covid.
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Suzanne GibsonTo Steve Miller/GrampiesI think you will really like the countryside here. Looking forward to seeing your route in more detail.
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Rachael AndersonGlad the mini tour went well!
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