For some reason only half of the photos loaded. I will update the gallery when the wifi is better. Great ride from Krems to Tulln. Very woodsy and wildflowers were blooming along the trail.
Here are a few pics from Sunday’s ride. About 44 miles of wind, 13mph maybe with strong gusts, and hills. A few times I pedaled less going uphill than downhill.
There wasn’t much wifi in Linz so posting from Enns. Linz was great. Nice little place to stay with a flower garden and a beer garden. We didn’t spend much time there though. On arrival we found a beer and music festival about two blocks from our place. Spent a few hours there listening to American blues music done by a local band. Amazing talent. Blues Buddies. Met a couple brewers too. In the evening we went to a wine/jazz place, Maria’s. They didn’t have smoking which was great as most people here smoke. Walking back to our rooms there was another music fest. This time old school music. Again American classics. We stopped on a Cuban restaurant/bar for a snack of chili con carne and a beer. The food was great and another no smoking place.
This morning we had breakfast at a local bakery and stopped at a farm market in the plaza. We had a fairly short ride 15 or so miles to Mauthausen where the is a WW II concentration camp memorial. Very intense. From there we went to Enns for tonight’s stay. Our hotel rooms have separate bedrooms, very large shower, and bath. All for the cost of Red Roof.
Day two in Gyor. Rode bikes around the city, watched kayak races, and stopped for tea twice. Sunny and mid-70’s.
Sitting here in Hedervar at the Park Panzio-Etterem. Having a Staropramen Unfiltered. Listening to Jon’s music and talking with him and V. Today’s ride was filled with great weather, wind at our backs and sun in our face. We all learned new words in old languages.
Hedervar is a small town where things close at 8:00 on a Friday night. Our hosts are nice and we can use the rest so all good. The Hapsburg castle here closed two years ago when the local government didn’t like how it was operated. Church bell is ringing. It’s still ringing. Jon quit counting at 45 rings. Different bell now, same church. Done!
No computer here so I’m not sure how these pics loaded. The head wind was very strong on the short ride yesterday as can be seen in the flag picture. That flag was a distance from the trail, quite large, and blowing straight out. Great time in Bratislava. More to write when I find a computer. On to Hedever this morning.
Wien is a beautiful city, the architecture and the people. Although we didn’t get to see all we wanted to the experiences we did have were great. All along we seemed to fall into the best restaurants. Sunday’s meal when we arrived was a brunch for 19 Euros. As we were filling our plates at the buffet the server told us our cost would be ten Euros. The food was fantastic. After the meal we walked around our neighborhood and got a feel for the area, purchased a 48 hour U pass for the underground, the Wiener Prater, and went to St. Stephan. After that it was dinner and back to the hotel.
Monday we were up early and out to the Schonbrunn Palace, back to St. Stephan area, and after lunch we took the Third Man tour. (pictures coming soon) The tour was fantastic. After that we met a friend of Peter’s for dinner. Before going home for the night we stopped at Scrappy’s and met Bruno who owns Scrappy’s. This was quite memorable and Bruno and his wife are great hosts.
Tuesday was a slow day as the night before was too much fun. Jon and I walked Mariahilfer Strasse until about noon, shopping, espressos, and people watching. After that we shipped the items we won’t need until leaving to Buda and had lunch. We then went to get our bikes from Pedal Power. Landmarks had changed since Peter was here last and so we got a little turned around but arrived on time still. Dave at Pedal Power was very nice. He gave us a discount, hats, and shirts. Pedalling back to the hotel was interesting. We only got turned around a few times. V wasn’t with us once we reached the hotel so Jon and Peter went to look for him while I waited at the hotel. V was waiting at the main corner thinking we were lost. All ended well though. After a brief rest we met Dave for dinner again. Wound down the evening early to prepare for an early start to Wednesday’s riding to Hainberg. Dave has been gracious enough to give us an escort to the main trail from our hotel. No doubt it will save us at least an hour’s time determining directions.