On the way to Landau after applying sunscreen,  hence the blurry cell photo

On the way to Landau after applying sunscreen, hence the blurry cell photo

From Straubing, we cycled 75 km to Landau a. d. Isar. Most of the organized tours had you stay in Deggendorf or Plattling, but we decided to skip them. Let’s just say they seemed quite industrial as we cycled by them.  It was another scorcher of a day, but mostly flat. The best part was the last 10k along the river in the shade.

During our ride we met an oldee4r Belgian man on a fully loaded e-bike. After I had a short German conversation with him, NosyNeighbour finally got to use his French. (That was when we learned he was Belgian.)

Landau isn’t a pretty town, and doesn’t have many hotels. We stayed at the Gasthof zur Post, which is also the town’s German and Croatian restaurant. It didn’t have Internet either, but there was an Internet cafe/casino just down the street, and we were able to pick up some groceries a few blocks away.

First hops siting in Landau

First hops siting in Landau

We had a nice supper in the biergarten until the rain came, and everyone had to run inside with their plates.  NosyNeighbour had the Balkan pork dish with a sausage starter. I had a cheese starter with a pork and Spatzle main course.

After dinner, we went back to the Casino/Internet cafe and surfed a bit. We even played a game of pool.

My legs were a bit burnt or maybe got heat rash with all the heat and sun. But rain is in the forecast starting tomorrow night. And it’s not like I haven’t cycled in the rain before.

The hotel room was good, with  a quasi-balcony, where we dried our clothes. But the shower had some mould issues.