Roosters sure do get up early. I also heard a beautiful birdsong outside the window this morning, like a canary, but I couldn’t see it. We are sharing bathrooms this morning. The hot water leaves a bit to be desired.
Breakfast at the guest house: scrambled eggs, french bread with honey, and the nice lady cut our watermelon for us. Unfortunately it was rotten. I TOLD Amelia not to buy three watermelons that first day! Good coffee and tea.
Had a fantastic ride today. We had some small rolling hills to deal with, but we also had a marvelous tail wind. And it wasn’t as hot, in the 70s (F). We rode really, really fast. Perfect cycling. We stopped at a cafe for drinks, then, 5k on a rough, dirt road alongside a channel of the Danube. It was very bumpy, jarred my teeth loose, but Annie loved the bumps. She passed me today 😦 I knew it was only a matter of time. We had a 1:00 deadline to catch a Ferry, but we made it in plenty of time. While waiting around, we saw a huge green lizard and many herons, gulls, terns and crows (carrion crow). The ferry was very crowded, but only took about 30 minutes.
After we landed there was a big hill. I tried to make it all the way up but I had to walk just a bit of it. Then I threw my chain, which is normally no big deal, but somehow the chain got stuck between the gears and the wheel, and it took Zoran and his tools to fix it. I caught up, and we rode and rode. There was one steep downhill that ended in a sharp turn and gravel, and I almost lost it.
We arrived at a place called “Silver Lake” (In English, no less) that is a resort destination mostly for Germans. The lake is part of the Danube that overflowed and made a permanent lake. There was a tiny store. When I say tiny, I mean, about one person could go in at one time. I had a craving and bought “chipsy” (which is there brand of potato chip snack, kind of like Pringles but in a bag). Very salty and loaded with MSG. Drank Lav beer. Chips and cookies ended up being my dinner.
House swifts were nesting on our patio. I spent some time watching the parents go back and forth to feed their babies. Very sweet. The weather was pleasantly cool. A mule parked across the drive complained a bit.