Regensberg-Passau 140kms

A quick visit to see Regensberg’s Dom before I left at 9am, and for the first time in my life, I found myself completely alone inside a huge cathedral. Quite eerie really….


But before I left the campsite, I said goodbye to a new friend, Uwe, who willingly allowed himself to be photographed minutes after he had crawled out of his bivvy tent.


He is taking a year out to cycle east, his ultimate destination being Bhutan. He is pursuing a dream, and to make it happen, he can continue earning money with his marketing business through his mini laptop. A fine example of how to combine work with pleasure. If you read this, Uwe, best of luck!

Some people wonder how I occupy my mind spending so many hours in the saddle every day. It’s usually full of inconsequentials, but the fact is, I am never bored. A lot of entertainment presents itself by the roadside, frequently in the form of signs. Today has been a day of long mileage, but also funny place names…. Add some captions in ‘Comments’ below if you feel moved….


….and I looked out for Pthinner, but must have missed it…


…and this village has a brother and sister, named Hail & Shine, but they are always squabbling about “weather” it’s their turn to perform.


Oh dear, enough of all that… for something serious. Since when was any franchisee allowed to meddle with a McD’s sign? His name must be Patrick……


And where has this name come from?


I am staying on the border with Austria tonight, and the day’s ride has seen me following the flood plain of the Danube… it’s been flat and fast, with a helpful wind. And a neat way of avoiding the Alps. Far too cold for climbing! And the next few days will see me stay with the Danube until I reach Vienna.
Stay with me as I traverse country number 3.


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 17, 2014, in Kimbolton to Istanbul 4000kms: a crusader's route and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Enjoying your travel tales immensely! I spent some time with a friend last night who has first hand experience with Eastern European dogs while in the saddle. His advice was to avoid confrontation at all costs. Take care, my friend.

  2. Lots of wonderful support at the coffee morning with many people wishing you well in your travels.Jxx

  3. Love your sense of humour.

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