Great vibes in Bavaria
We are now in Germany(Bavaria) land of BMW’s and Bayern Munich 🙂 We crossed in to Passau on a hot sunny day. It was probably about 30 degrees. We were quite lost so we stopped at a cafe to ask for directions for cheap accommodation, we were advised by some local students where to go for the cheapest accommodation and after scouting around for the cheapest we could find, was a Zimmer that was 16 euros each. As we were quite tired we took it to just have a shower and get the necessary supplies that we needed to stock up on. Passau is a University town so it was buzzing with a lot of activities with students and tourists walking and cycling around town. It was a mix of both modern and beautiful traditional buildings. As it was too expensive to stay on we decided to cycle out the next day and try to camp. About 25km out of Passau we managed to find a nice quiet spot along the Donau to camp, there were a few camp-fire places around so we assumed it was quite safe.
The following day we cycled in the direction of Regensburg. It was a really hot and dry day and it must have been about 33 degrees cycling along the Donau. After about 40km we were approaching the town of Deggendorf and While cycling along the Donau we were greeted by a young lady cyclist by the name of Anna Weiss. It is normal for people on the bike trails to greet each other. So we exchanged ‘hellos’ and to her surprise our ‘hellos’ didn’t sound like the typical German hello, so she stopped to find out where we were from. Anna was really surprised that we had come all the way by bike from Malaysia. She told us that she works for a mountain-bike magazine(World of Mountain Biking) and it would be cool if we could visit her office. When we got to the office, my jaw literally dropped, when I saw all the bikes that were there for testing. Most of them were top of the line full suspension Downhill bikes(I was in MTB heaven 😀 ) after meeting the rest of the team, they took really good care of us. They showered us with plenty of drinks and PowerBars as we hadn’t taken our lunch. They also presented us with a pair of pants each, T-shirts and also socks bearing their World of MTB logo 🙂 You have my sincere gratitude WOMB crew. While we were relaxing and trying to recuperate, Johannes the editor in chief was about to head out to the local trail to do a test review of a new bike and he cordially asked me if I would like to tag along.I immediately jumped out of my seat and told him I would love to!(I was dead tired but I was literally jumping up and down and no way I am going to turn down an opportunity like this – hehehe). When I came back from the test ride, Dieter(head honcho of WOMB) invited us to stay at his place and they were having a BBQ with the WOMB crew(Awesome!) Anna’s Mom, Dad and sister also came as they were really excited to hear about our travels and stories.
After spending 2 wonderful nights with Dieter and Anna we had to move on and head towards Regensburg. Saying goodbye was really hard as they had been so nice and really took good care of us, They even presented a new helmet to my father as his helmet was really damaged and worn out. We really can’t thank them enough for what they have done for us, they truly are angels. With renewed strength we pedalled our way towards Straubing. As it was getting late and it would be a waste to check into a Zimmer, we thought that we would just camp for the night. We found a spot under a bridge 3km from Straubing. The following afternoon we got to Regensburg quite early and we were starving as we didn’t really have breakfast, only a few bars of Kit Kat :p we found a Doner Kebab shop and was waiting for our turn in line when my father was approached by a young man. As it turned out, he is a Malaysian student(Amin) who recognized my father from TV(when he left in September 2011). He then asked us if we would like to come back to his apartment and meet the rest of the Malaysian students who were in Regensburg. He also told us we could spend the night there. We were really grateful and overjoyed that we were in the company of fellow Malaysians(there are quite a number of Malaysian students in Germany but the chances of bumping into them are really quite slim) so it was a blessing that Amin approached us. After meeting the rest of the ‘Gang’ we just spent the whole evening chatting, exchanging stories and experiences about their lives in Germany. There are 7 people in the apartment and everyday they would take turns to cook dinner and last night it was Faiz’s(Joe’s) turn to cook, and he was going to cook Nasi Lemak for us! Joe’s Nasi Lemak was heavenly! It has been 5 months since I have had Nasi lemak with fried chicken, and to be having it in Germany is really unbelievable – hehehe! We even had second helpings and the boys didn’t mind at all as they understood our severe (craving) situation :p Thank you boys!
So that is the update for the week. It has been one happy week for us and I am just really glad that I decided to go on this trip with all the wonderful people that we have met and all the experiences that I have gained. It really is about the journey and not the destination 🙂