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<p>Next on my itinerary was Germany, namely Hohenkammer, a small village about 20 miles north of Munich. I had some free time and went out for a ride on my Ritchey. It was raining the day before and would rain the next day, but on that particular day I really lucked out.</p>
<p>I didn't research the roads very well prior to going out for a ride - nobody uses strava much in Germany, and because there are no epic climbs like in Innsbruck, it wasn't clear where the best rides are. The terrain north of Munich was mostly flat, with some gently rolling hills.</p>
<p>I asked hotel frontdesk lady about any maps for nearby roads, telling her I am riding my bike - she got very excited and spent the next 5 minutes telling me about a wonderful bike path loop nearby I just had to check out. Except for two problems - this was a dirt path, not paved, and more importantly the entire loop was 8 kilometers. The frontdesk clerk did not seem to understand why anyone would ever need to ride more than 8K.</p>
<p>As it turns out I didn't need any research done before riding - the best strategy was to pick the smallest rural roads I could find, they had virtually no traffic and excellent road surfaces (for the most part).</p>
<p>Sometimes I found myself riding on the bike paths that go next to the road, but for the most part it was small roads. It was windy and a few times I was drafting behind farm tractors, which are perfect for drafting due to their size and their willingness to go 25 mph into the wind for extended periods of time.</p>
<p><span>I soon found myself next to the Munich airport, which seemed to be much further away by car. I searched for a bike path that was on the map but it turned to dirt so I hit a nearby road, which was a busy road with little shoulder. No problem - I took the first available turn-off onto the small farm road and it was a fantastic road with no traffic and great views of farmlands as far as eye could see.</span></p>
<p><span>We were going for a dinner in Munich so after two hours or so I turned back after I got into the city of Freising.</span></p>
<p>I took a bit of an extra time on the way back, enjoying the scenery and small roads going through little rural towns here and there.</p>
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<p>After the ride I was awarded by a 1L mug of Dunkel beer. When in Bavaria... Now, Photos: <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-A1RQqNp0-Ew/UYaFr1oP1RI/AAAAAAADPZU/SeoSlFg4gJ0/s1200/IMG_5540.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6T1CMMN5ra0/UYaFxtbW9uI/AAAAAAADPZ0/9TjBNJRAd0w/s1200/IMG_5590.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WLrrS7iUygs/UYaF0N5vnmI/AAAAAAADSdA/xd5IiW-M6NM/s1200/IMG_0041.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-XGhSTXvT-d4/UYaF3aQmSkI/AAAAAAADPac/Z9kfEmC1YNI/s1200/IMG_0073.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ENKSOJwRJVI/UYaF5lsBqQI/AAAAAAADPas/OkkqK9uCnJQ/s1200/IMG_0088.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ICBPh_s0NIg/UYjKa28pSvI/AAAAAAADPiA/BtZBJNP2pIE/s1200/IMG_5475.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rPTTNUlvXJA/UYjKmws7V8I/AAAAAAADPic/h0oYV75iyfk/s1200/IMG_5486.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ndb6iHZb_qQ/UYjLJuh9O4I/AAAAAAADPjI/-QziHpLkcng/s1200/IMG_5501.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6JdtQWJgSv0/UYjLXjw4CCI/AAAAAAADPkY/4-zQG1g36K0/s1200/IMG_5549.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Hk6zvekPwhY/UYjLZaP0xdI/AAAAAAADPkg/TnaIvgf54X8/s1200/IMG_5553.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZSl6vwRzYuo/UYjLcNVoH1I/AAAAAAADPkw/8L_RqDmMpiU/s1200/IMG_0024.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_vI9MrPtVjg/UYjLfnujEhI/AAAAAAADPlA/-EShx-3gd8I/s1200/IMG_0029.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sTA3gyPIPhg/UYjJjR3qVwI/AAAAAAADPgs/SbH9ZgfBESQ/s1200/IMG_0052_3_4_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EqiBeyyYqqQ/UYjJeBPUBHI/AAAAAAADPgc/1yqxaoNPcc4/s1200/IMG_0001_2_3_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZgOqdqkDO38/UYjJ2haWGlI/AAAAAAADPhE/aYDNIKd5anI/s1200/IMG_0100_1_2_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-WjBJzqJyRiM/UYjLkH9Y5WI/AAAAAAADPlY/ya_-sdmIKzE/s1200/IMG_0044.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-G7BSsF7lYSs/UYjL_K__ULI/AAAAAAADPnY/aKqnR6_T2-k/s1200/IMG_0227.JPG" /></p>
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<p>The next day it was raining, I still rode but just a little bit. I am not paid to ride in the rain, like the pros, and the rain turned from drizzle to pouring soon after I started riding. So after trying to toughen it out for half hour or so, I called it quits and decided to save it for the next day, when I was visiting city of Munich.<img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-KUR2d20RKms/UYjKS9LcKnI/AAAAAAADPhw/llKphGkvtHU/s1200/IMG_0311.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gvtsDKfSY5M/UYjKHGHOrXI/AAAAAAADPhQ/h6O73s1PmOU/s1200/IMG_0236.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5yN1SPVq0tA/UYjKJfVR6jI/AAAAAAADPhY/-aCAyZdvVcg/s1200/IMG_0237.JPG" /></p>
 

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<p>The next day and a half I spent in Munich, Germany. The city of Munich was ranked #6 most bike-friendly city in the world, and it shows. A lot of people ride their bikes everywhere, there is a lot of cycling infrastructure, with many bike paths, racks, access on public transport, bike rental system, you name it. A lot of young people in their 20ies on the bikes day and night, but also a lot of parents with kids, older people, ladies in heels and skirts, businessmen in suits, grandparents with kids, etc. Somehow everyone knows the rules of the road and I have seen no dangerous or questionable moves by either cyclists or drivers that I encounter in US all the time. I think the sufficient critical density of cyclists makes it safe and practical for everyone involved. The cyclists do stop at all red lights, often resulting in fairly long backup queues of cyclists lined up waiting for the light to change. I have also seen some riders stopping then carefully rolling through reds in quiet, traffic-free intersections.</p>
<p>Most bikes are derailleur-equipped (few fixies), even though Munich is rather flat, and have lights and fenders. But they are not heavy dutch bike either - just practical everyday bikes. The bike rental system (Called "Call a Bike") has no preexisting racks to lock your bikes to when bike is returned, as is the case in NYC, DC and other US cities. You can leave the bike almost anywhere - in many defined areas and it locks itself electronically, then you have to swipe the credit card to de-activate the lock and you can ride away. You can also lock the bike without returning it, using the same locking mechanism, if you want to use it again.</p>

<p>A lot of younger folks ride at night, with plenty of bikes zooming around midnight, returning or going to bars, on completely car-emptied, quiet streets. Riding at night was a lot of fun in Munich.</p>
<p>Now, obligatory photos:</p>
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<p><img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-21mcfsV2rV8/UY2umUUz11I/AAAAAAADQ6A/Iv8qzW0y1AA/s1200/IMG_0397.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FJDGm1NBsY0/UY2uqCUHPyI/AAAAAAADQ6k/cG34CmTZOW0/s1200/IMG_0437.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cPH4-ZxfEdA/UY2ut90KJ0I/AAAAAAADQ7I/aVvV_o-IkKU/s1200/IMG_0453.JPG" /> <br /><img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FCDr7cefLps/UY3C1an4JrI/AAAAAAADRME/q_Jrp_g8KTo/s1200/IMG_0503_4_5_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hpzh_DFNcRI/UY3C_On8xqI/AAAAAAADRMM/1LNJUN7nnyU/s1200/IMG_0626_7_8_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-R6ypXD8xmWs/UY3FhP3Kx7I/AAAAAAADRMw/1xYEkdG04GU/s1200/IMG_0447_8_9_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bD6llU1KSp4/UY2u0UIgqGI/AAAAAAADQ8I/gLQb6F6Y6ug/s1200/IMG_0527.JPG" /> <br /><img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5A4T16vFnAo/UY3GuEHSlmI/AAAAAAADRNw/y38Jw3Cl_mE/s1200/IMG_0433.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-xbHnFJIrey0/UY3GzFXO0iI/AAAAAAADRN4/A3Yyilv8j-U/s1200/IMG_0440.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-R4yRhMHS1s8/UY3HBwpiHZI/AAAAAAADROY/XNO9nbPRrx8/s1200/IMG_0679.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4KkHkIimYtc/UY3HHOrUhHI/AAAAAAADROg/vGl5zKI2PWo/s1200/IMG_0682.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8bovRDCUU9k/UY3HKy6E0rI/AAAAAAADROo/7QcgiuWN0p0/s1200/IMG_0684.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n-Lmtj96Crg/UY5dsLVYwmI/AAAAAAADRR0/QgyJdyUyrg0/s1200/IMG_0775.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1OYwR7YvWjg/UY5dpcxnfJI/AAAAAAADRRk/q_yHr5S7QaM/s1200/IMG_0770.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tKmmOBnP_y8/UY5dyvzJgOI/AAAAAAADRSU/vO8OL2dkgyQ/s1200/IMG_0780.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IhswnGHvVwA/UY6PjvfWikI/AAAAAAADRTU/8lrrOH3su4I/s1200/IMG_0820.JPG" />  <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-dFTa3W5LNDY/UY2saFpX5lI/AAAAAAADQl4/8QjDCA96GHw/s1200/IMG_0967_8_9_tonemapped.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rJi64OnYJNs/UY2s1pylHPI/AAAAAAADQps/mQFGlxkUm2Q/s1200/IMG_0844.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ESyAw-jWbns/UY2tBdkCVMI/AAAAAAADQrY/rNzO6z6wXmM/s1200/IMG_0879.JPG" />
 

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and just a few more that didn't fit in the previous post <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Lp75NHGKmAQ/UY2tKCGa5DI/AAAAAAADQsw/piqYyLdh6D4/s1200/IMG_0883.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tOgK_ux2Rys/UY2thbh2SWI/AAAAAAADQwc/j-a45lS70wU/s1200/IMG_0925.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x1AU2xsvpA4/UY2tymA9hsI/AAAAAAADQzA/QPtAWSAlzsQ/s1200/IMG_0940.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-xIBbsHOMAow/UY2uUvTlFvI/AAAAAAADQ3U/cq4yzQSOokA/s1200/IMG_0958.JPG" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vn55njiLo8I/UYi48sGlSsI/AAAAAAADPgE/CyNPe1hYk3Q/s1200/IMG_0190_1_2_fused.jpg" /> <img alt="image" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bK-gbcX3qfg/UYl3qOpsD6I/AAAAAAADPts/2FpSLo-GzfI/s1200/IMAGE_1493F636-4B68-4FBC-949F-75F7C4BF1114.JPG" />
 
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