Sunday, May 29, 2005

Days 13-15: En Route to Wien

As we said, we had to leave Germany but had a fabulous first day in Austria. It was a Public Holiday so there were people on bikes everywhere, which added to the atmosphere! A little judicious tooting on our horn (yes - the Wellington Waterfront Xmas present) didn't go amiss when our freight train was rolling through . . . . We had a 100km day into Linz on nice flat, easy terrain, including a meander in the Danube and a wee trip on a wee ferry to get across the river.

Day 14 took us into Grein, a lovely little town on the edge of the Danube. The town centre is pictured below, as is the town from the other side of the river. We had a very nice campground to stay at here. You'll notice the lovely blue sky - we have been having temps of late 20-early 30 all week.

The third photo is a Baroque church St Donatus which was too high on the hill for us to climb up to on a searing hot day!!!

On our 15th day we rode 120km to Zwentendorf through some lovely forest along the Danube and we saw this amazing Monastery in the town of Melk. We didn't have time to stop but we could see it for quite some time. We camped in a tiny wee camp ground that promised to be peaceful (Sat night) until the locals arrived for an old time dance at the restaurant centre next door . . . . But we did meet a nice chap who gave us a great tip for our time in Wien, as you will discover on the next segment. Needless to say, we are having a fabulous time. We are in good health and enjoying great riding.