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We had a wonderful day in Vienna. It was warm and sunny. We went to 2 or 3 museums, as a group or solo. I saw 2, the Albertina, and the Leopold. I saw some amazing art but want aloud to take any photos….. They want to sell postcards in the gift shop…. We met David and eventually ended up at Scrappy’s. I brought out a “chilled” Marty and we split him between us all including the bartender, Shanda. It was the culmination of a long shook up trip for Marty, but he was a trooper and still tasted great!!  I insisted that Bruno take the bottle of New Glarus Belgian Red home to share with his wife. He reciprocated by bringing out two bottles of local Barley Wine for us all to split. Ed, Jon, and I ended up late nite at 7 Stern brewery for food and pints. We are off to Praha in the morning to finish up and catch our flight back to the states.

Prost to all!!

Bike day 7/8

Well our last day on the bikes was a nice one. It was very warm and we rode 29 miles or so to Wien! The last 12 were on Donau Island which is in the middle of the river with the city on both sides. It is kind of bitter sweet, nice to be in Wien, but that also means the ride is over…. Peter’s friend David is to meet us this evening. He drove 3.5 hours from southern Austria to spend time with us and enjoy some pints! We will end up @ Scrappy’s, a local beer bar we found last trip. The owner Bruno was very kind to us and he and Ed have kept in touch via Facebook. I brought him some beer from Wisconsin!!


Bike day 6

Well we had a wonderful easy ride today. Went 27 miles and found ourselves on both sides of the river. It’s a good thing we left early as it will get to 90 today. We are going to an art exhibit as soon as Peter rally’s. The painter is Schiele, it should be fun he does a lot of nudes! 

Tomorrow is the last day on bikes, we should roll into Wien about 1 which will keep us ahead of the storms. I can’t believe how fast it’s going. So much fun though!! Prost till tomorrow!!

Bike day 5

What a day!! We rode 41 mikes but it seemed like 60!! Strong headwind all day, around 8 to 12 mph. Peter was a trooper and left us in the dust in the afternoon and eat us to Kremms. We have a day of rest here so we can relax and catch our breath.

For the last part of the day we went thru Wachau wine area. It is an amazing part of the country. There are hills up both sides of the river and field after field of grapes. There are about 7 towns all pretty much connected and many wineries throughout. So far it’s been a wonderful journey!

Peace out…..

Bike day 4

We made it to Ybbs, long day 40 miles and upper 70’s. Just settled in @ our penzion. Looks like an early nite as we have another long day tomorrow. Seems like a very sleepy town. We are having a pint then off to explore. We saw a lot of beautiful scenery again and took 2 more radfahre ( bike ferry ) trips. We go from one side of the river to the other often as there are many towns on each side and lots of sights to see. Very different from last years trip where we were on mostly one side.

Bike day 3

Wow!!! Beautiful day…73 n sunny…weather god’s w/me again!! Rode 29 mikes with big stop in Mauthausen to go thru concentration camp….hard to believe people can treat other people that way…over 90 thousand died!

We are staying in Enns Austria 2nite. Beautiful old town square. Having drinks and eating before wine, cheese, and fresh strawberries on our balcony.  Love to all reading this post. PROST!!

Bike day 2


It was another great day. We rode thru mostly rural area’s along the river. We stopped in Ottenschein and had desserts and saw a brewery. They were making beer but we couldn’t sample any as it was a holiday and they weren’t open. We arrived in Linz and found our Penzion was a block away from a beer and music festival!! What are the odds??  We’ve ridden about 63 mikes so far with a short day tomorrow . We make our way towards Enns with a long stop in Mauthausen to see the concentration camp.


Bike day 1

We left Passau about 10 am after breakfast @ local Backeri . Cloudy but mild, in the low 60’s all day. Shortly out of town it turned very scenic. We enjoyed one of the best rides we’ve ever taken. There were quite a few riders on the trail going both ways. We were passed by a group of women who had jackets that read “Franken maids on tour”. Had lunch after taking ferry ride across river at very nice restaurant. We arrived in Aschach at 430 or so and had pints outside by the river. Awesome day!!

As you can see, Marty’s still with us and hanging out with Mermaids….


Well we made it to Passau, quite the adventure!! Got to train station and found out we had bus ticket. Tried to find bus for 30 minutes and got to it just before it left. Then when we got to Nuremberg we had to walk to train station because last leg was ACTUALLY train ride… Passau is a great city on three rivers.  The Danube, Ilz, and Inns. We think our bikes got switched with another groups. Ed’s seemed way too tall and Jon’s shifter’s were kinda jacked up. All was good after our traditional few beers in Pint Nite!! We’re off to Aschach, check in later!!

For you Sun King fans, Marty has made it thus far unscathed was

Praha 1st full day

NSaw this billboard in airport advertising beer festival Went on early morning sightseeing walk to the Castle and residence of the President. Still slightly jet lagged. Luggage made it here 1030 last nite. Heading to local monastery for a pint in their beer garden. Nostrivia to all back home!! Took this gingerbread pic for  Barb.