As the season advances, we feel we want to catch every ray of sun. It was sunny alright, but cold as well, 5°C when we left and 10°C when we returned. I dressed warmly but my fingers and toes felt the nip of the cold air.
The plan was to cycle south along the Isar. From home we have about two kilometers to the bike path along the bank of the Isar. Following the river is an easy and pretty way to exit the city. In the summer and on weekends it is popular which means congested and no fun, but as today was neither we looked forward to the ride.
Here we pick up the Isar bike path.
Looking across the river to the left bank you see many stately apartment buildings.
Fishing in the city
We varied our route along the Isar and came upon this fountain that we had never seen before.
Father Rhine Fountain? I thought this was the Isar. The fountain, built by Adolf von Hildebrand between 1897 and 1903 for Strassburg, was reconstructed here in 1932
The Deutsches Museum, one of the world's largest science museums, as seen from the river
Just a few kilometers farther, still in the city
Around km 10 we leave the bank of the Isar and are on wooded paths.
DANGER; FALLING STONES; ROAD CLOSED But it seemed other cyclists and hikers were going around the barrier and so we did, too.
It was a lovely path.
This is where we turned back. I was more afraid of falling in the water than of a falling stone.
We saw an alternate route to continue south.
It was a little hilly and stony but beautiful.
Our path returned to the river at the bridge at Höllriegelskreuth. There aren't too many bridges cross the Isar so we decided to cross the river here and return on the other side. But first we stopped for something to eat.
A few people are sitting outside, but we prefered to eat our meal indoors.
The return trip went smoothly on a good bike path on the left bank.
I was surprised to see this little group. Four Mandarin ducks giving escort to a mallard. Although the Mandarins are in the minority among our river ducks, they all seem to be getting along nicely.
It was a beautiful ride and on paths that I was no longer familiar with, although I think I rode some of this part of the Isar years ago.