Aschach Austria-Passau Germany-8-3-14

Aschach Austria-Passau Germany End of the most popular route 40 miles (64 km) Total so far: 545 miles (877 km) World > Europe > Austria > Oberosterreich > Aschach  – map World > Europe > Germany > Bayern > Passau  – map Route 2,961,778 – powered by www.bikemap.net Last night a horrendous wind came down the Danube about 7 pm. It brought with it torrential rain, the kind that you see in the Brazilian jungle. We never knew it could rain so hard in this part of the world. We were glad our tent withstood the wind and the rain.Today, we noticed that we were going up river perhaps for the first time on this entire trip. It just felt like momentum could not be maintained without a constant pedaling. It felt that way leaving Linz as well. More than likely, the Danube will rise more steeply as we progress from Passau. We also had the last three days of mild headwinds. For a short time the headwinds were quite brisk. Still, it is nothing compared to climbing hills in other parts of the world. It just seemed more noticeable after cycling the very flat terrain in Hungry and the flat plains west from Vienna. We left early in the morning and are riding on the right bank of the Danube through the famous s- curve. It is an absolutely beautiful area of forest and cliffs with the Danube flowing gently. The sky is overhung with the morning clouds; the forest seems as if it rains here all the time with the ferns and the thick foliage. We are the only ones on the beautiful bicycle path this morning. Aschach Austria-Passau Germany Aschach Austria-Passau Germany Aschach Austria-Passau...

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Linz-Aschach-Austria Camping opposite Neuhaus Castle 27 miles (44 km) Total so far: 505 miles (813 km) World > Europe > Austria > Oberosterreich > Linz  – map World > Europe > Austria > Oberosterreich > Aschach  – map Route 2,961,778 – powered by www.bikemap.net The left bank of the Danube is the best side to cycle on when you are in the vicinity of Linz. The bike path is in excellent condition and it gets you through Linz with absolutely no problems of any kind. It’s actually a very pleasant ride on the bank opposite the city. Linz-Aschach-Austria-bike path Linz-Aschach-Austria-towns Linz-Aschach-Austria-bike path   After Ottensheim, the bike path winds and twists its way through the town before it comes back to the Danube. It’s a little bit hilly and a little bit confusing. But the bicycle path takes cyclists through the busy streets in style. It is a beautiful ride along the Danube on good bike paths with great views of picturesque towns and through pretty forests. Linz-Aschach-Austria-towns Linz-Aschach-Austria-bike path A very worthwhile stop along the route is Feldkirchen Lakes. There is a big sign on the Danube bike path that marks the entrance to the Lakes. There are five or six lakes grouped together, restaurants, cafés, golf course, tennis courts and other summer recreational facilities. Linz-Aschach-Austria-bike path-Feldkirchen Linz-Aschach-Austria-bike path-Feldkirchen Linz-Aschach-Austria-Restaurant–Feldkirchen We had an excellent lunch at one of the restaurants there and made a ride around the lakes which are very pretty. There is a campground, but it is not on any of the lakes. It was full of motor homes and just didn’t seem like the place we wanted to stay so we continued on. Once again the bike path leaves the Danube and goes...

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Wallsee-Linz-Austria Great cycling on beautiful paths 26 miles (42 km) Total so far: 450 miles (725 km) World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Wallsee  – map World > Europe > Austria > Oberosterreich > Linz  – map Route 2,961,778 – powered by www.bikemap.net Got a late start out of Wallsee because of the rain continuing in the morning. Also trying to catch up on Internet and charging all our electronics. The sports complex has Internet Wi-Fi, but nobody knew the password, so we never did get on the Internet. This becomes a daily problem for us because many of the little cafés don’t have any Wi-Fi. The campgrounds may have Wi-Fi but a lot of the times it doesn’t work. We can’t use our Wi-Fi on a telephone because my new Nexus telephoned died a few weeks ago. So anyway, we crossed over the dam to the left bank where we rode a bicycle path right along the edge of the Danube. The other side, the right bank has a bicycle path going out of Wallsee going north for a few miles and then you turn inland and you are on lesser traveled roads that go to the oldest town in Austria, Enns. Since heavy rain was still in the air, we decided to stay on the Danube and keep a couple of the campgrounds within easy reach. Wallsee-Linz-Austria-bike paths Wallsee-Linz-Austria-restaurant Wallsee-Linz-Austria-bike paths Wallsee-Linz-Austria-beer gardens Wallsee-Linz-Austria-beer gardens Wallsee-Linz-Austria-beer gardens Camping in Au a. d. Danube is very nice. But it was too early in the day to stop so we cycled on. They have a power box down in the tent area where it would be possible to recharge your technical goodies. It’s on a waterfront;...

Melk-Wallsee-Austria-7-31-14

Melk-Wallsee-Austria Hunting for a Campground  41 miles (66 km) Total so far: 424 miles (683 km) World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Melk  – map World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Wallsee  – map Route 2,961,778 – powered by www.bikemap.net It rained all night in Melk. It rained again in the morning time until about 9 o’clock. We were planning to have breakfast at the restaurant at the campground, but the owner of the restaurant died last night so they closed the restaurant. It makes one realize it’s a good idea to get the most out of life every day. So we started cycling on the right bank (on the same side as Melk) heading north. While riding Melk-Wallsee-Austria on the right bank, we saw very few towns in comparison to the left bank. The first town, Pochlarn, is very industrial, but after that we started riding through lovely farm country right along the Danube and then coming inland for a little bit and then back to the Danube. The right bank was very quiet from the traffic as the bike trail was removed a good distance from the main road most of the day. We could see lots of very nice villages on the left bank, but it also looked like the main traffic road and the bike trail could have been very close together hence more traffic noise if you are riding on that side. Melk-Wallsee-Austria-bike paths Melk-Wallsee-Austria-church towers Melk-Wallsee-Austria-Window flowers Melk-Wallsee-Austria–roads Melk-Wallsee-Austria-church towers Melk-Wallsee-Austria-Window flowers Melk-Wallsee-Austria-bike paths Melk-Wallsee-Austria-Sarling restaurant-soup Melk-Wallsee-Austria-Sarling restaurant   Riding on the right bank we also had lovely views across river of all these charming towns even though we didn’t go through them. The bicycle path goes...

Rossatz-Melk-Austria_7-30-14

Rossatz-Melk-Austria Tourist Day  20 miles (32 km) Total so far: 383 miles (617 km) World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Rossatz  – map World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Melk  – map Route 2,961,778 – powered by www.bikemap.net Today we were tourists. There are many interesting historic towns to visit and explore on the left bank of the river on route Rossatz-Melk-Austria. We would spend the entire day enjoying these towns. There is a tiny ferry right from the Rossatz campground that crosses over to Durnstein, the lovely town we viewed last night from our campsite. The ferry is supposed to leave once every hour starting at 930 in the morning. We are supposed to ring a bell to attract attention, but we cannot find a bell. The ferry is right next door to the campground in Rossatz. The little ferry crossed to us from the other side; it is stuffed with bicycles. The Danube current is very strong; it’s a unique system the way they come across the river and dock this little tiny ferry. Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-Rossatz -Ferry to Durnstein Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-Rossatz -Ferry to Durnstein Rossatz -Ferry arrives Durnstein We crossed the river into Durnstein. A medieval town in its entirety, Durnstein is quite likely the most famous destination for visitors to the world heritage watch list. The castle ruins, the narrow streets and the Baroque abbey, erected on medieval foundations and featuring a blue tower, the site literally breathes history and legend. You can walk to the ruins to discover the truth about the most famous legend, the tale of Richard the lion heart and his minstrel Blondel. It’s a hearty walk to the top of the old ruins. Rossatz -Durnstein-castle Vienna-Rossatz-Austria–Entrance to...

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Vienna-Rossatz-Austria Introducing the Bicycle Path 53 miles (86 km) Total so far: 363 miles (585 km) Ascent: 1070 ft (326 m); Descent: 874 ft (266 m); Max Elevation: 819 ft (250 m) World > Europe > Austria > Wien > Vienna  – map World > Europe > Austria > Niederosterreich > Rossatz  – map Route 2,961,778 – powered by www.bikemap.net We rode the left bank from Vienna because our friends lived north of Vienna on the left bank. It’s a beautiful ride from Vienna towards Melk. This is listed as one of the more scenic sections of the Danube. We rode down to a dam and then crossed the river over to the right bank. Almost the entire distance is on a very wide smoothly paved bike path. There are a few sections that you must ride on a street. The Danube valley is wide and open as we leave Vienna; the terrain is very flat. There are many little towns on the right bank where one can stop and view the scenic towns. Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-bike paths Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-bike paths Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-bike paths-bike bridges Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-bike paths Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-bike paths-flat tire! Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-bike paths-flat tire! We stopped in Tulln which is a little bit larger town. They have many cafés to choose from for lunch. We had lunch on a floating boat on the Danube. Vienna-Rossatz-Austria–floating restaurant -Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-Menus in German Vienna-Rossatz-Austria–Creamed chicken and rice  We passed camping grounds, wetlands, beer gardens, all the time following the scenic Danube Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-camping Vienna-Rossatz-Austria-wetlands Vienna-Rossatz-Austria–beer garden Vienna-Rossatz-Austria–bike paths We stayed on the right bank heading west all the way to the power station at Altenworth. We met some Hungarian bicyclists who told us there was a very lovely campground in Krems. We did not bother to look at our map to...
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