Dillingen an der Donau Travel Blog› entry 23 of 126 › view all entries
Bianca lost use of her scooter for driving it without a license. Walter said the machine came from Korea but I couldn't even find so much as a brand name on it. She got it as a promotional gift for signing a two-year cellular phone contract and her visored black and red Cocoon helmet was probably worth more than the scooter itself. They called it a 'city roller', probably for its small 12-inch wheels, and I was grateful to have free use of it during my stay in Wertingen.
Nighttime temperatures had cooled drastically and frost warnings were in effect. Day temps too had chilled with increasing north winds and passing high clouds. Bundled in a borrowed winter jacket, I rode to Dillingen - about 17 kilometers.
Just outside Dillingen, I stopped at the bridge crossing the Donau River (the Danube through Germany).
As I idled off the road, loose gravel on the pavement slid the scooter's front wheel right out from under me. Down I went on my right side. I could never figure out how it was my left hand that got nicked.
I recognized the elderly woman dealing cards at a corner table as the matriarch of the place. Upstairs rooms that were once a guesthouse were now occupied by a large family of more than twenty. The woman maintained a supply of fresh beer and primarily locals still frequented the place. I don't think she offered a menu but I supposed that cooking for twenty people often provided extra food for the hungry.
The matriarch got up to punch buttons on an old floor-model Wurlitzer jukebox that still spun records. German waltz-type music played softly in the background while other locals casually drank and chatted at one of the round tables. The window sills were decorated with small flower pots and statues of cats though I never saw a live one. While the wood-burning stove sat idle, warm sunlight illuminated beams of gray cigarette smoke drifting across the room. I finished my beer and headed back to the river.
[These pictures are from several trips to Dillingen…]