Tuesday Afternoon with the Bicycle Club

We’re in the midst of another heat wave. Phew, 32°C is unusually hot for these parts. Yes, the climate is changing much faster than I think anyone anticipated. But the intrepid ADFC bicycle group met and rode. Today’s program was a guided tour of a restored grain mill on the Würm, the Linner Mühle. To prepare us for the visit, we rode through the local fields and had a look at the different grain crops that grow here, for example wheat, rye, and oats. We also have corn and more recently soy beans have been introduced, on a miniature scale compared to Illinois.

Here we are assembled at the side of the soy bean field.
Nice empty roads, not for fast riding, but very pleasant
Roads frequented by few vehicles
Taking a closer look –
and taste – at what grows here, in this case oats
We have corn, too.
The old but functioning millwheel – unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the building itself but I’ll post a link at the end.
In 2010, Augustin Linner received the monument conservation medal of the Free State of Bavaria for the exemplary renovation of the monument. He gives us a guided tour of the mill which he restored over many years. Everything is in perfect condition.
The engineering of the machinery was much more complex than I would have imagined. I wish I could have retained all the information – but alas it was too much for me to absorb.
We proceded to the next floor, and it got warmer.
There were many interesting details
The burlap sacks are no longer filled with grain or flour so as not to attract rodents. They now contain sawdust.
One of the rooms at the old mill is now popular as an alternative to a church wedding, a nice rustic setting.

That was it in less than a nutshell. HERE is a link to the page in Wikipedia. Using Google Translate you should get the gist of it and you can click the picture of the mill to see a full-size version.

Again it was a fine outing with the group from Gauting.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

5 response to "Tuesday Afternoon with the Bicycle Club"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 25, 2019

    What an excellent tour! First seeing the crops in the field with discussion about them, and then how they are processed in the mill. And of course doing all this by bicycle!

    The mill is quite an operation — beautiful restoration — amazing how power was transferred from the water wheel to the mill stones.

    The Fendt tractor is interesting — must be an old one?, never seen that kind of arrangement before. Checking their web site, apparently they are being sold in the US now.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: July 27, 2019

      I have no idea if the tractor is old or not, I was mainly attracted by the color which I thought made a nice photo. 😊

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: July 26, 2019

    What a great ride – interesting, informative and good companions. I remember visiting an old, restored mill as a little kid and being totally bored… until we went upstairs and there was a penny farthing leaning against the wall. It was the first time I’d ever seen one and I was so enraptured. My mom still remembers having to pull me away to rejoin the tour group!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: July 27, 2019

      I, too, tended to wander away from the group – to take pictures. Much of the information on these outings is lost on me because I’m busy with my camera.

  3. By: Lah Posted: July 28, 2019

    I have never before heard of such an interesting bicycle group. How lucky you are to move where you have a guide to introduce you to your area. Enjoyed your post and your pictures!! (As always!)

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