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Obernfeld and Duderstadt

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Obernfeld is located about 20 miles from Göttingen via a hilly and bike unfriendly road. I had thought of renting bikes near the Göttingen station and take a local train that would get us a nearby small town that was bike-able. But Jürgen and Cordula wanted to pick us up at Göttingen; and since Jürgen had come up with bicycles for all five us, making it unnecessary to rent them, the idea of biking to Obernfeld wouldn't have worked anyway.
Since Becky is interested in organic farming, we stopped at one on the way to Obernfeld. Bio is a term German and Austrians use to describe something that is green or ecologically friendly.
Cordula and the bio lady at Bioland, along with a lot of interesting artifacts.
Jürgen and Cordula's beautiful home on Dögesring in the village of Obernfeld
Jürgen, Marcia and one of the reasons for bike touring in Germany and Austria - bier.
Cordula is an excellent cook; and we all enjoyed this "hot dish" of shrimp, chicken, rice, and vegetables. The custom seemed to be to eat the main meal in the middle of afternoon and then have a light snack in the evening. More about this later on the bike ride
In the early evening someone floated the idea of a walk, meaning around the village. We wound up hiking the 3 mile path around Seeburger See, a beautiful small lake about 5 miles from Obernfeld. We were beginning to find out that Germans are a lot tougher than us.

The next day, after being issued bicycles, we made a trial run to Duderstadt, a fascinating small city about 6 miles from Obernfeld. After riding on a bike path off to the side of the road, typical of most of western Germany, we reached Duderstadt. Instead of continuing directly into the city, we took a left turn onto a bike/pedestrian path on top of the Wallweg, an earthen wall surrounding the old city dating from the early 1500's.
After riding on the wall for quite a while, we turned right into the old city on a street that penetrated the wall. Soon we came to Der Westerturm, a gate tower.
The tower viewed from inside the old city.
Janelle, Marcia, and Jürgen passing the time with two local boys while I tended to business at a Hörgeräte we just happened to pass.
Rathaus (city hall) dating from 1302.
We took a tour of the Rathaus which included a view of the city from high up. Here we see the Catholic St. Cyriakus (Oberkirche) church.
Looking the other way is the protestant St. Servatius Church (Unterkirche).

In the far background is the headquarters and manufacturing plant of the Otto Bock corporation, an international company still headquartered in Duderstadt, that produces state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs .
The roof tops of Duderstadt
More Fachwerk (half timbered) architechure
After passing through the Westerturm on our way back, I was ready to turn onto the Wallweg retracing the way we came. But Jürgen said no, to keep going straight. And sure enough we were on the road back to Obernfeld; we had completely circled the city on the Wallweg on the way in.
The return of storks to the Obernfeld area after a long absence was an item of much interest. In the evening some of our group took a walk to see a stork roosting on the edge of town.
After we finished the tour we spend two nights and a day at the Klumpe's resting up before we headed to Austria and they, along with Becky, headed to Portugal.

Becky keeps bees; so we paid a visit to Cordula's colleague and bee expert, Marcus.
Marcus explaining he finer points of bee keeping.
A special type of bee hive. The bees were swarming all around us; but no one was stung. He explained that that was because they were "good" bees. I didn't quite understand why they were good; but it sounded to me like they were good because they didn't sting.
He also kept hornets who hang out in the little house in the upper right. They apparently were also "good"
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