Bike-Ride To Australia 12th-November 2011

Bike-Ride To Australia  12th-November 2011 Vienna to Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary 62 miles. The hotel last night was a bit of a joke! It was very modern and looked expensive. And I was a bit worried about the price! But as it turned out, it was very cheap. (I know why now!) After being told that the restaurant was open till nine. And the bar till 10.45. I was a bit shocked when at 8.35, they both closed!

The girl working behind the bar just said she was closing, as she’d been there since eight this morning! Was that my fault? I nearly said that I’d been riding for 10 hours and cycled 130 km! In the end, I decided to keep my mouth shut! And just ordered a few beers before she left! Breakfast was the same this morning! It was supposed to be from 6.30, but there was no staff again. There was also a group of German women. They weren’t happy either!

The Arsenal Vienna
The Arsenal Vienna

I only realised late last night that the city I was staying in was Vienna. I thought the incompetent girl on reception, who was also the girl who closed the bar, had given me a map of the wrong city! She gave me a map of Vienna! I was staying in Wien!

Road and bridge
At the Hungarian border

It was very windy this morning, but it had died down by this afternoon, making for a pleasant ride into Hungary. My sixth country. It is also my first country where they don’t take the Euro, which I hadn’t realised until I went to buy something! So I stopped early today so that I could get some local currency. I shouldn’t need much, as I think I’ll only be here for a couple of days. The other shock after entering Hungary was Tesco’s are here! I should have brought my club card!

Cars on roundabout
Tesco’s opposite my hotel!

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Bike-Ride To Australia 11th-November 2011

Bike-Ride To Australia 11th-November 2011 Amstetten to Vienna 76 miles. Another pleasant evening in the hotel. I always tend to eat in the restaurant of the hotel I’m stopping at, it saves me having to go and look for somewhere to eat! Plus, I’m usually too knackered to move far!

After eating supper, I sat with a beer and wrote the day’s blog. I was just about to finish and head up to bed when the hotel owner came over with a bottle and two glasses. It was some local brew. She wanted to raise a toast to me and wish me a safe and pleasant onward journey! Which I thought was a lovely gesture! For the life of me, I can’t remember the drinks name! But whatever it was, it was, went down well!

Bitterly cold this morning, and I was in my shorts as usual. Although I didn’t finish the day in them, I soon pulled over to put some trousers on! I think they might be away for a while now! It wouldn’t have been quite so cold had it not been for the strong headwind. But out of the wind and in the sun. It was nice and warm, but in that wind, it was bitter!

Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey, Austria

I saw a route sign for Eurovelo route 6 today. Which is the route that follows the Danube and is the route I’d thought about taking just before leaving Germany. But after thinking about it, I decided against it. I cycled part of Eurovelo 6 last year when I cycled along the Loire valley. And would like to continue that route someday, following it to the Black Sea, but not on this trip!

Right at the end of the day, after battling against a headwind, I had a big hill to climb! Not what I wanted or needed as it was already dark! But there wasn’t any other option, as there weren’t any hotels around.

After cycling into a headwind all-day, there came a big climb! Had I had the option, I would have stopped, especially as it was already dark! But with no hotels around, there was no other choice, tough end to the day. And I stopped at the first hotel I came across, which might not be in the best area of town! Looking out of my hotel window onto a car park, it’s busy with cars coming and going, picking up and dropping off prostitutes!

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Bike-Ride To Australia 10th-November 2011

Bike-Ride To Australia 10th-November 2011 Vovklabruck to Amstetten 80 miles. There were plenty of Japanese tourists in last night’s hotel, all snapping away at anything that didn’t move! Last night, there was a set of scales in my room, so I decided to weigh myself! Now I’m not too sure of their accuracy, but if they’re correct, I’ve lost a stone since leaving home!

I know I’ve been cycling every day, but I don’t usually burn that much fat! Perhaps I’ve been burning all that excess weight I’d gained before leaving home! I think I’ll have to stop off in Turkey to build up again before Iran!

I had to make a rather hasty stop at a Mcdonald’s this morning! I don’t know what I’d eaten, but whatever it was, it didn’t want to stay in! But, looking on the bright side, at least I could make use of their free wifi! That was after using their facilities!

Austrian church
Austrian church along the road

I think they may be expecting snow soon! The poles have gone out along the edges of the road, so when the snow is laying three feet on the ground, you still know where the road is! Best I get a move on before it does snow! Despite the prospect of snow, I’m still in my shorts! Not sure for how much longer though, it is pretty cold!

I passed the 1000 mile mark today, just! At the end of today, my mileage stood at 1002. Not much further to go then!

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Bike-Ride To Australia 9th-November 2011

Bike-Ride To Australia 9th-November 2011. Obing, Germany to Vocklabruck, Austria 80 miles. Frosty start to the day. As  I looked out of the curtains this morning, I saw that the hotel looked out over a lake! It was very picturesque with the sun coming through the mist. No time to enjoy it though, I’ve got to get moving! That’s something I always miss out on, taking advantage of what the hotel has to offer!

When I went to settle my hotel bill, I had a pleasant surprise! They hadn’t put last night’s meal or bar tab on! I wondered if I should say something, but then it’s not my fault it’s not on the bill! And I’m sure they have more money than me! In the end, I decided not to say anything and quickly paid the bill! I couldn’t get away from the hotel quick enough! Although I did feel somewhat guilty! After leaving the hotel, I made good progress and had reached Austria by lunch. I think I was peddling like mad to get as far away from that hotel as possible!

First sighting of Austria
First sighting of Austria

The sun soon burned the frost off today, and it was lovely and warm. I was even down to a t-shirt. It didn’t last long, though! As I made my way up some mountain, the clouds descended, and the temperature plummeted! I went past one of those chemists with the temperature displayed outside. It read 4 degrees c! It must have dropped a good 14 degrees in the course of a few miles! I never did see the sun again!

Not a particularly pleasant end to the day, riding in the dark and fog! And I don’t think much of Austrian drivers. They pass by so close! And don’t even toot! I’ve not felt so intimidated since riding in Morocco. Still, it’s all okay now. I’ve found a bar and am enjoying a couple of beers! Although it feels strange sitting in a bar where people are still smoking! Very odd!

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