Autria part 1: 17.06. - 26.06.2003
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Route: Seefeld, Innsbruck, Wörgl, Kufstein
Distance: 157 Km
We seized the next days on the tent exhibition in Seefeld
(unfortunately, a little bit badly attended) to bring our equipment
back to a good shape (tshank you Ufo and Gusti). Very helpfully
were also the conversations at the campfire with the product developers
and field representatives of the manufacturer. I hope I can remember
all the tips from everybody. This event was the last possibility
for our friends to be met us. Nicely that some came to see us again.
We will still think back long to the nice hours at the campfire.
|Meanwhile we have cycled the first four
weeks and still don´t feel the least homesickness. But now everything
after the row. From Seefeld we cycled down against orders the Zirler
mountain with the bicycles. Unfortunately, before us was a wooden
transporter, so that we could drive only max. 10 km/h. Then in Zirl
had arrived suddenly a police patrol three cars behind us, however,
luckily it had no interest in us. In Innsbruck we have made first
a lion's picture (the Weilburger logo for the Hessen-day in 2005)
before the "Golden Dacherl", and afterwards shoppef for
one more cup as a guest's cup. From now we can also invite the nice
people we meet to a cup of tea.
|After we have spent the night on an island in the Inn, the
next morning then we went on by boat; but only after I have given
one more phone interview with HR 3 XXL (Martin) our radiostation.
The current on the Inn was so well, that it became nearly a disaster
in Brixlegg. There is after bridges always a little more tumultuous
current so we decided to paddle again. Too late we noted the sighn
not to go under the middle bridge segment. Before we we managed to
spaddle away we approached a 1-m-high standing wave with big rapids.
First everything ran wonderfully, however, then a mindless paddle
blow, and we floated all at once crosswise to the current! We have
taken the next wave mountain diagonally, before we had the boat again
fully under control.The results of capsicing would have been hard.
The Inn was very quick at this point (more than 10 km/h) and no eddy
was around. To get an about 100 kg boat to the shore with this current
a without an eddy would have become extremely strenuous alet ast.
In any case the luck is, as everybody knows, with the competent (or
were these the silly?) and we have got well over the situation. After
the first days stage with 55 km was rather easy with 5-hrs travel
time, the next day we have stopped (10 km behind Wörgl) our small
boat tour again. The Inn is braked from there at regular intervals
on approx. 10 km by dams and power stations which means rthat we have
to carry everything around it (with our luggage an undertaking of
about 1-1,5 hrs).
AUSTRIA PART 2: 02.07. - 12.07.2003
Route: Linz, Ybbs, Wien, Hainburg
Distance: 482 Km
|By the persistently bad weather our
laundry mountain grew in the same measure as the loading state of
our batteries shrank. With a visit in the launderette in Linz we wanted
to solve both problems. I asked one of my "small takl buddy while
Nadine is doing the shopping" where a public launderette may
be. Because to none was known to him he offered to me that we could
use his washing machine. Uncertain as howv I should react to this
unexpected invitation I declined with thanks. A little later we were
in a conversation on the main square with a cyclist who recognised
immediately that we not to the usual Danube cyclists. Peter had cycled
with his wife Gerda for 1 year through Mongolia, China, Tibet and
the Philippines. Also he knews no launderette in Linz and thus he
offered us to use his washing machine. This time we were not perplexed
so and accepted our first invitation (to wash). Without further ado
we cycled to his home where Gerda was occupied to prepare the invitation
for her teacher colleagues for the evening. Quickly it changed from
the offer to the laundry to andovernight invitation. After we had
refreshed ourselves (thus a shower is really luxury!) the laundry
on the rope and the batteries were charged Peter took us to a guided
tour around town which ended, finally, in a café in the main
square. Then again back there was still the "remains" from
the Raclett. Tired, and full we crept after midnight in our tent.
Our departure moved so we to the afternoon to have still the opportunity
to us to maintain something with Gerda. Then in the next evening we
had the honour to see the freshly sorted slides of Peters and Gerdas
trip through Asia (http://www.honeymoonbybike.at/).
In particular the pictures and stories of Mongolia and Tibet have
impressed us very much. Thinks if it should be possible anyhow we
also try to visit these countries.
|Peter offered us that we could stay in the cabin
of his grandpa in Hößgang (60 km downstream directly on
the Danube). Spontaneously he also decided to accompany us on this
day. On the way we visited the concentration camp Mauthausen. If think
we will not probably forget the sight of the narrow death staircase,
the gas chamber and the combustion stoves any more. We can only recommend
to everybody to have a look at a concentration camp with his own eye.
We have not been able to image this and now we have at least a small
insight into the cruelty which happened there (no pictures, because
for the subject is too serious.). Then in the evening we went to the
"Mostheurigen". With the fruit juice wine bar the farmers
are allowed to sell their own fruit juice (mixture of pears and cider)
and basic food (sausage, bread...) at a tax reduced pricel for 3 weeks.
On the farm on which we have been the barn was altered in beautiful
place. Here we got to know Peter's brothers and sisters. Apparently
he comes from a family of nothing but world travellers. Peter and
Gerda cycled as I said through China and Asia. A sister lived during
1 year in Australia and now is on return journey; of course on the
road. Another sister lives in Amsterdam and was just here for a visit.
Finally, then Maria and her man Frank. They had gone a few years ago
with their Landrover for 1 year through Russia with his satellite
states (wilder than other) and Asia. Particularly they had to report
a lot about their experiences and adventures. Thus the hours vanished
faster when we hoped for. We spent the night then in grandpas cabin
(grandpa is 90 and comes in nice weather still daily here in his the
car ). A firm roof over the head, running water and a toilet are not
|The next afternoon then about 15:00 o'clock we
said goodbye with heavy hearts to Peter and Gerda. From the invitation
for the laundry washing three wonderful days have come. Now thank
you Peter and Gerda for your hospitality we are already looking forward
to see you again.
|In Vienna which owns thanks to Hundertwasser nice
district heating power station we have visited first of all a bicycle
shop, because my (Martin) front wheel fork made some strange noise.
Luckily we have found a Cannondaledealer (Cyclopia). First they have
offered me to repair my fork up to the next day, however, my 50 kg
of luggage I had deposited directly before their door convinced them
that here probably quicker help was necessary. Then after 2.5 hrs
the cracks were away for 16€. I asked the mechanic still for
the cause and he explained to me into broken English that he has postgreased
the bearrings and that otherwise everything is in order. Then to spend
the night we have gone onto the Danube island. We had finished just
our dinner and wanted to build up just our tent when from the neighbouring
bushes a homeless came tripped. Not very much enthusiasm aroused from
the idea to have several of his colleagues at night behind our tent,
so we decided to change the location.
|While driving off we noted, that my
front wheel fork still made some noise. We went again to the bicycle
shop although my hepatitis vaccination had to be still refreshed.
Nice if one is on the move with a pedriatic nurse who can give the
vaccination directly before the chemist's shop. Then also this afternoon
we spent again before the bicycle shop (see picture: the shop is on
the top right in the corner). Also this time they wanted to put me
off again for the next day. Then after 2.5 hours I found out for 44€
that the upper ball bearing was defective (it was maybe yesterday
already?) . Then meanwhile it was evening so that we again went on
the Danube island, however, this time we pitched our tent outside
from Vienna. Up to the mosquitoes which attacked me during the 5 minutes
until the tent was ready least 40 times, we remained absolutely unmolested.
|We have celebrated Nadines birthday with an extensive
breakfast with home-made apple pancakes. Unfortunately, the apple
pancakes Nadine have tasted so good that she first had no desire for
going on. Actually, we wanted to spend the day comfortably in a lake
or on the Danube, but then in search of a recall telephone box we
have gone on and on to Hainburg. Also here our Odyssey remained fruitless,
so that we spent finally, almost our whole day budget at Austrian
Telekom. A tourist was so inspired by our travel idea that she gave
us spontaneously 20€. We were so inspired by the present that
we bought ourselves together a pizza, a pizza bread and a box of ice
|As we were on the search for an overnight
stay , Gerhard and Nicole came along. Both inhabitants of Innsbruck
are just on the way to Damascus (Syria); of course also by bike. Unfortunately,
they have not so much time like us, and must have reached their destination
in 2 months As a teacher for the shower method with 1.5 l of PET bottle
they will probably remain to us for the rest of our trip in good recollection.
Their website is: http://berg.heim.at/anden/420948
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