The week before the Triathlon we stayed in Kalbensteinberg which is a very pretty village in Bavaria. I spent a lot of time walking on the winding country roads to near villages which were also very picturesque. We had a visit to the local church and were surprised with how old it was. I think it was renovated in 1610! We stayed in the local guest house and were treated to German breakfast of bread cheese and cold meat etc. We also had a lot of our evening meals there. It was all very hearty food. The whole area is rural there were fields of wheat; corn;rye and heaps of other fruit especially cherries which were being picked at the time of our stay.
Two days after the triathlon we left the beautiful village of Kalbensteinberg to head to Oslo. We were a bite late to get started still recovering from the previous night’s Australasian after party though Lil says the schnapps left her head as clear as a bell. Fortunately the GPS lead us to the exact location of the Nuremberg main railway station following the inevitable Bavarian detour.
Having mailed my bike back the day before ,I decided the helmet was too bulky and sent it back home also – hope I see them again. We were soon on our way to Kiel via Hamburg . The trip passes through green fields and forests. When you see the amount of forest here it just makes you wonder what we have done to Australia. We arrived in Kiel about 5pm . It is located and the end of a long natural harbor . We checked into the B&B Hotel and walked on the bridge over the harbor locating where we had to go the next day and bought some groceries for dinner from Lidl .
Next day we boarded the color fantasy , it is a huge ferry , with a large ‘promenade’ on deck 7 with multiple restaurants ,show lounge , casino and shopping centre. There is a large sundeck and another bar on the observation deck. Dinner was the ‘grand buffet’ with a large selection of Scandanavian fare including every possible way to cook herring , moose and reindeer sausage . After dinner we watched the sunset the chilled out on the observation deck where a band was playing , partaking in a bit of cha cha and rock and roll before hitting the sack.
We slept till 8 the had coffee in the observation deck till we arrived in Oslo.