On This Day 11th-November-2011

This week’s on this day post comes from the 11th-November-2011. And I’m in Austria a couple of weeks into my ride around the world. I had intended to camp on the European leg of my trip and then use hotels and guesthouses once I reached Asia. But I hadn’t realised how short the days were in central Europe or how cold it was. And besides, hotels were so much easier!

I vividly remember my night in Vienna, or rather my night in Wien. On my map, I was staying in a place called Wien, which is German for Vienna! And even when the girl gave me a map of Vienna I didn’t realise, I just thought she gave me the wrong map!

Friday 11th November. Amstetten to Vienna 76 miles.

Another pleasant evening spent in a hotel. And as always, I ate in the hotel’s restaurant. It saves me from having to go and look for somewhere to eat! Plus, I’m usually too knackered to move far! After supper, I sat with a beer to write the day’s blog. I’d just about finished and was about to head up to bed when the hotel owner came over with a bottle of schnapps and two glasses. She wanted to raise a toast to me and wish me a safe and pleasant onward journey! What a lovely gesture the schnapps went down well!

Road trees castle
The Abby in Melk

It was bitterly cold this morning. In fact, it was so cold the shorts have been retired, and I’ve put my trousers on. I think that might be the end of my shorts for a while now! Although it’s been nice and warm in the sun, but that wind was bitter! And it’s been blowing directly against me all day.

I saw a sign for Eurovelo route 6 today. Which is the route I was following last year along the Loire Valley. I did debate following it for part of the way today, but after thinking about it, I decided against it. I’ll save that ride for another day and follow the route all the way to the Black sea.

It’s been a tough ride today after cycling into that headwind. And then, right at the end of the day, came a big hill. I would have stopped if I had the option, especially as it was already dark. But with no hotels around, there wasn’t any other option but to push on. But as soon as I arrived in Vienna, I stopped at the first hotel I came across, which might not be in the city’s best area.

Interesting Views From The Hotel

Across the road from my hotel window is a large car park, which is very busy with cars driving in. Taking a slow drive around and then heading back out, which I thought was a little strange. That was until I looked a little closer. The car park seems to be the main point for picking up prostitutes. I didn’t see them at first because they were on the side of the lamp posts. But as I look now, there are loads of them. The cars seem to come in, drive around to find the prostitute they want, and then drive off with them!

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