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!
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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