Wednesday, April 27, 2011

55K bike ride to Dachau

On Monday morning Ludwig, his mother and I went on a bike ride to Dachau.  We biked though bike paths and rural streets.  It was quite a confusing route, I would not be able to repeat it on my own, that is for sure.
We left at 8:30 in the morning.
We got to the top of the hill, once again huffing and puffing, to see the Dachau Garden and Palace.  The garden was very well groomed and so beautiful.  The weather was a bit chilly and there was a lot of wind during the bike ride.
Dachau Garden.
Dachau Palace, constructed around 1100.
One of my new year's resolutions was to start taking more pictures.  I usually hate taking pictures because I feel like I ruin the moment or annoy people by constantly asking them to look at the camera or worst asking them to take several pictures of me, because I cannot ever get it on the first try.  I feel like I am getting better at documenting my travels but it is still hard.  I hope I can keep up this picture taking for the rest of my life :) because I love looking back at old photos and regret when I have nothing to show from a trip or a party.
Ludwig and his parents.  Wolfgang, Ludwig's father, decided not to bike with us and get to Dachau on his motorcycle, hence the leather pants and jacket ;)

The flower beds looked almost fake they were so organized.
The little of Dachau that I got to see was so beautiful and it is so sad to think that it has such tragic history.  We did not visit concentration camp site and I am glad we did not.  I get really overwhelmed and depressed with such visits and then I cannot sleep and have nightmares.
On the way back we stopped by Amper See/Amper Lake.

We made another stop, this time at Ludwig's uncle's house, for some tea and I made another cat friend.  She caught a mouse that day and was relaxing after her hunt.
Cara the cat!
The total bike ride was about 55K/34mi, very relaxed, I think I was expecting a road race, but it was more like a tour, which I prefer.  I think for the first time I did not feel completely dead after an all day affair like this.  The next biking tour planned is to the Andechs monastery, hopefully we will go in two or three weeks.


  1. SOOO PRETTY! and so fun!!! I love the kitty <3

  2. the cat was really in a biting mood ;)

  3. The flowers are gorgeous...and I love all the feline friends you are making! Your pictures are beautiful! Soooo jealoooous.

  4. The first tree pic in the Dachau garden look like they were pruned by Dr. Seuss :)

    I agree with Dawn, all your pics are beautiful!

  5. thanks Krista! I hope to get my fancy camera back soon so the pictures will become even better!