Back to the Weser River - The Bartletts Bike the Baltics - CycleBlaze

May 4, 2019

Back to the Weser River

It can’t be spring.....it must be winter!

Our wee bedroom at Klosterkrug had a wonderful close up view of the Church and its impressive steeples, but we were so tired, we didn’t hear the church bells every 15 minutes. Only the alarm awakened us.

Yesterday was such a great day of riding and exploring, but the hills and mostly because of being so cold, we were done in.  We are thinking that something must have been lost in translation, as it feels like it is winter and not spring. It can’t be May.  But we see that we are not alone as much of Europe is experiencing the same unseasonably cold weather.

The scenery just keeps getting better in this region. The hills with landscapes of vibrant colours and the eye catching medieval buildings reenforce our love of travelling slowly by bike, where the pace allows you to really take in what you see.

Breakfast in the historic Klosterkrug Hotel dating back to 1735. We are fascinated by these buildings so rich with character and interesting details.
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Our home for the night. Our needs are pretty simple these days -if we have a hot shower and a warm duvet covered bed, we are happy. Klosterkrug offered this and more. Our wee room was at the back with an angled skylight with a view of the Church. The angled side of the room was reserved for me as Barry couldn’t fit!
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Whimsical wooden carved figures under the eaves at the entrance.
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The impressive Abtei Benedictine church dominating the skyline in an isolated rural setting.
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Today is going to be a treat as we will be passing through villages and towns rich with medieval buildings and elements like this. However, Barry looks a bit unbelieving as we are suddenly experiencing a hail storm. It could be worse..it could be snow!
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What a beautiful entrance...
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This has to be the nicest entrance to a bakery we have seen -however, it was closed.
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With our first sighting of a stork’s nest, we are reminded of previous trips here where we enjoyed watching them and following the growth of their young. The parents look very busy in their nest.
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Stork’s nests are often well maintained by the nearby farm and we like their running tally of the births at the nest in previous years.
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This is our second visit to Hoxter as we came through here years ago on our tour of the Weser River. The town centre is quite beautiful with impressive medieval buildings well maintained.
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...and as a bonus, it is Market Day.
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Enjoyed visiting with this woman and learning about Spargel. She shared her favourite ways to eat it and how to best cook it.
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Tabby cats are a favourite breed for us. This sturdy farm cat gave us his attention briefly, looking not too impressed for being disturbed. What a magnificent cat.
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Even though Barry had prepared for us a thermos of coffee to have midday, we took advantage of a warm bakery to have a cup of coffee.
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We chose this pretty spot in the centre of Hoxter to eat the lunch we had made and to drink Barry’s thermos of coffee.
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We have to give ourselves a shake - the origins of this building go back to 1565.
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A nice looking apartment building in historic Hoxter.
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We’ve hit a balmy high of 6 degrees Celsius.
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We can relate to this guy as we often think that with our multiple stops with conversations with farm animals, and coffee breaks, that we also move at a snail’s pace. But we wouldn’t have it any other way!
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Bill ShaneyfeltMight be a Roman snail.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helix_pomatia
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It took a bit of work to get this guy to interrupt his feeding time to give us a glance, but it was worth the wait.
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As we so often see, sheep and lamb are in an area along the river to help keep the grass mowed. This large group had many lambs, but this curious little fellow caught our eye.
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And he kept coming closer -I think Barry has fallen in love with this sweet lamb, so full of personality.
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Approaching Holzminden as we ride along the Weser River. We loved touring this river years ago and camping at Canoe Clubs.
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From one tandem on land to another tandem on the river, we waved greetings to each other. We are both enjoying the wonderful Weser, except that we are fighting a headwind and they are wisely taking advantage of paddling with the current.
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We rode bike on from Holzminden to Bevern to get provisions at the  Rewe grocery store. Since this is Saturday, all stores will be closed tomorrow. We couldn’t find any accommodation in the area or beyond, so we wisely turned back to Holzminden and stayed at Hellerskrug. This family run hotel is in an historic building dating back to the 1750’s. We are looking forward to breakfast here tomorrow as their restaurant is reputed to be very good and it is set in a cosy, gasthaus style.

A wonderful day.

Today's ride: 46 km (29 miles)
Total: 692 km (430 miles)

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Suzanne GibsonKudos for keeping going in this cold weather! Love reading about your ride in areas where Janos and I have cycled, too!
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