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.
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!!
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!!
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!
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.
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!!
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.