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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bog on the Blog

I chose the title with care. The alternative of Blog on the Bog could have been misleading! We've been staying in the highest town in Germany, Oberwiesenthal, which is the first town we entered on leaving the Czech Republic. The town seems to have it's own micro-climate, and the clouds are low over the mountains, giving rise to heavy showers. It's also several degrees colder due to the village being so high up.

The Hotel Deutcher Kaiser, is right on the market square, has a secure garage, and the manager offered us a good discount for being bikers.

We've done the tourist type things of wandering round looking at the shops, and also taken a chair lift up to the top of the mountain. I've included a photograph taken as we came down.

We've also had a great ride on the bikes. Elvie had read of a volcanic bog in one of the guide books, so we set off to find it. The ride there was via main roads and unremarkable, but coming back we trusted in Mr Zumo to take us cross country using minor roads, and he came up trumps. We had an exhilarating 2 hours riding back to the hotel, some on bigger roads with long sweeping bends, and some on smaller roads, with picture book villages and long wooded sections. It was one of the rides of the trip!

As for the bog, well frankly it was a little disappointing. The water level had fallen, and there were only a few places where the gas bubbled to the surface, but it did give us some idea of what it would look like in it's full glory.


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At July 10, 2008 at 10:52 PM , Blogger RenĂ© said...

Hi both,
Good reading and photos again, I've been checking on google some of the places you've been to and they look great.
Keep up the good work.
Still not in work yet trouble with shoes around the ankle bone so i've cut some old ones down to go below the ankle bone.
Bye for now.


At July 11, 2008 at 3:52 PM , Blogger Mr & Mrs Mogs said...

Sorry to hear you still have problems. Get well soon.

At July 16, 2008 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Liz said...

Are you sure the volcanic bog you found wasn't just a big cow pat?! I'm sure I saw one of those on the Wenallt fields recently, or maybe a volcanic bog has sprung up in Cardiff!

At July 16, 2008 at 8:58 PM , Blogger Mr & Mrs Mogs said...

No Liz, not a cow pat, it was more of a mud flat with a couple of bubbles seething away in isolated places. Not terribly impressive ...but so what.. how many volcanic bogs do you get to see??!!!



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