The days are getting warmer and we are riding a little farther away from home. New scenes are so welcome after riding the same paths zillions of times. I planned a route taking us southeast, an area that we haven’t explored very often.
We took our usual route through Buchendorf and proceeded through the forest, then some more woods, then Wangen, then some more paths through more forest, mostly commercial forest. We notice a lot of trees are being felled this year, and the heavy forestry vehicles make deep ruts where they drive to cut down the trees. They also make a lot of noise, but I didn’t think to make a video. The market for lumber in the U.S. is good these days and high prices are being paid, so much of what we see here will be exported. The forest here was a bit monotonous for cycling and the ground rough with a lot of stones.
The reward for enduring the bumpy ride on dirt paths was when the landscape opened up with rural scenes of farms, meadows and the Alps in the distance. It was too hazy for good views of the mountains, but the view would be worth coming back on another day.
Then comes a long descent to Lake Starnberg. I hadn’t realized that we had gained so much altitude. Although the sun was shining bright, the air was cool and the ride down was a chilly one, reminding me that it is still April. But the dandelions and other little blossoms are out and the surroundings are looking cheerier. No leaves on the trees yet, though.
We followed the lake to Starnberg and were then on familiar territory for the rest of the ride home.