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Bicycle Tour Adventure #39: Germany, Day 10
Thursday Morning, Bike Ride in the Local Area and Local River Trails;
Premium Wine Region
Above Right: We are at a bike and canoe rental facility next to a campground next to the intersection of the Saale and Unstrut Rivers (in what was formerly known as Communist East Germany). Our renter guy is temporarily helping another customer. We did a test ride and my seat angle kept changing, unfortunately the young man took the needed wrench with himself (the remaining wrenches are on the ground in the pictured case).
Above Right: We will be paralleling this river, riding downstream. This is the view across the river and if one looks carefully, one can see grape vine rows. These estates next to the river have the equivalent of French Grand Cru status (that is very good in wine circles); valuable properties.
Above Right: We come to realize that this is an old bridle path.
Above Right: Grape Vines enjoying the sun.
Above Right: This [same] Bridge across the Saale River is where 1) A person crosses for free versus using the ferry, 2) A person crosses to the Naumburg Wine Seller's facility, and 3) A person accesses a more interesting bike path through orchards and vineyards on the north (sunny) side of this same river.
and show the Wine Seller's facility between the bridge and the water - 20/20 Hindsight is great!
Above Right: Naumburg Wine Seller - It appears to have been an old church (kirche) or monastery and if it were a monastery its main source of income may not have changed for over a few hundred years.
Very often, places like this served as a co-op for making the wine of the entire town and that is the reason that most wines in Europe are named for the Town's Name; everything is mixed together in a huge collaborative production. Also, the production puts a lot of pressure on the Wine Maker, who had to make decisions about quality and mixes - sometimes a particular farm may have poor grape quality and the Wine Maker has to decide what to do with the grapes - Ergo, how the term 'Table Grapes' evolved (and Table Wine).
Above Right: We are passing by a river side restaurant. We have elected to keep following the Saale River but we will return to the bridge (just discussed) and then cross over to the north side of the river.
Above Right: Rooster sculpture on roof line - There has to be an interesting story here.
Above Right: Saale River trail pathway.
Above Right: Apple Orchard - The apples look delicious. Luckily we had brought some apples from a vendor last night or else the apples would be mighty tempting.
We have now crossed over the Saale River and are heading upstream on the north side of the river.
Above Right: Terry Struck on a bridle/bike path on the north bank of the river Saale.
Viticulture: The Dornfelder grape is dark but this [pictured] grape bunch is not a tight enough to be the Spätburgunder grape which is the German word for the French Grape known as Pinot Noir which means 'dark pinecone' - The term Pinot is used in France to mean 'tight bunch' of grapes. These grape bunches would not be considered tight.
Above Right: Terry and Dennis Struck are about to have a snack near the Saale River.
Above Right: The ferry crossing - North side of the Saale River.
Above Right: Ferry House, note the flood line markers for different years. All of the valuable house belongings are upstairs.
Above Right: A brick home, with a bricked in window, along the trail.
Above Right: Close-up of Stone Carvings.
Above Right: An Economical Wine and Foods Restaurant. We visit, not knowing what to expect. We walk up steep steps.
Above Right: Die Ansicht (the view).
Above Right: Heading back to Naumburg, but with a detour in and out of Freyburg.
Above Right: Former town water pump.
Above Right: Late afternoon snack at the café tables of the Naumburg Wine Seller and because this is Germany and we are traveling with Dennis on a hot day, we're having Cold BIER!.
Above Right: Naumburg Bike and Canoe [Fahrrad und Canu] Rental's Front Office.
We had a really good ride!
Above Right: This sign is above a clothing boutique. We suspect that this is rental property of the church.