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  • Day16

    Biking from Germany to Austria

    September 30, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    The main event today was our long anticipated bike ride from Passau, Germany to Engelhatszell, Austria. All six of us have been planning to do this for months. We started with another hearty breakfast (porridge for extra fuel). The whole idea with the bike ride is that we bike while the boat cruises. Pretty cool to think that we nearly kept up with the boat for a total of 28 km! But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    We got set up with our bikes (Tyler ended up with a helmet that had maple leaves on it). The first few minutes of the ride were through the town to get to the bike path along the river. Definitely easier to bike through the city when you have a near 7 ft tall German man named Lars holding traffic for the group. We had three guides: Ilse, Lars, and Jeanette. We even passed the spot where I had my small fall yesterday and all was good! This part was a little stressful with the cobblestones and slight hills but everyone made it and then we were on a path by the river.

    It was a brisk but beautiful morning. The whole bike ride was quite a lovely experience. It was overall quite even terrain, occasionally small incline up or down. I mostly stayed near the middle of the pack and was very comfortable with that (Tyler liked to be near the lead but frequently checked in with me to give me water and make sure I was ok). I think Tyler was hoping to get up to a faster speed than we did. It just wasn't that type of bike ride.

    For me, looking around at the beautiful autumnal leaves was a highlight. The scenery was quite breathtaking. We took a brief pause at the German/Austrian border (no passports just a sign on the side of the road). The guides had mentioned at the start that we would be taking two ferries later in the ride. We got to the point where the first ferry was supposed to pick us up and after a few minutes, the guides realized that they'd already changed to the winter schedule and no ferry would be coming. Ilse described it as a "curious situation." What this meant was walking through a couple felled cornfields and carrying our bikes up and down 45 stairs when we got to the bridge by the lock. It did mean we got to see our boat as it had entered the lock and was still in the process of going through. We can now say we caught up to the boat! After the lock, it was just a short bike ride to our beer stop in Engelhartszell. I had a radler (beer and lemonade) and we all had pretzels. It was probably the most well earned drink of the trip so far since we had biked all morning... excluding Brett's drink after the marathon of course.

    The last bit of the bike ride flew by. We did get to take the short ferry ride across the river to the area near where our ship was docked. What a beautiful way to spend the morning!!!

    We returned to the ship and it set sail just about immediately. We had lunch and then had a very relaxing afternoon. Sitting on the top deck reading was beautiful although a bit windy. I did have a short nap and then there was tea served in the lounge. It was a refreshing snack and peppermint tea. I went back to the room and iced my bug bite (of course I got a bug bite when Tyler and I were hiking in Passau). I've also got some great bruises from biking on my other leg... I'm overall a bit battered and bruised but that's kinda par for the course for me.

    Tonight we were invited to an exclusive gala dinner because of the type of room that Kelly and Celeste booked. This dinner was served in the Captain's Club area. The highlights of the meal were the cheese ravioli that was much like a perogy, the yummy pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto and especially the pastry chef surprise dessert. It was a white chocolate dome that was hiding a macaron and whipped cream inside. Tyler's favorite dessert of the trip!!! We also had a cake for Celeste's birthday and sang Happy Birthday. I had asked for a cheese plate as well and they brought a huge cheese plate. Way more than we needed and everyone (except Tyler) just had a few bites.

    Right after supper, we all got changed for a stroll into Grein, the town where we had docked for the night. We were just docked there until around 3:30 am actually as it was intended as just as much time as the captains needed to rest after the long day.

    Grein looks to be a very tiny place. We meandered around for a while and found a fountain to take some photos with. Then we headed back to the boat after a photo with the Auf Vedersen sign as homage to The Sound of Music. In the boat, they had a concert of Austrian musicians playing Dixieland music. We caught the last couple songs which were very enjoyable. We finished the evening in the lounge. Looking forward to exploring Spitz, Austria tomorrow!!

    Brooke & Tyler
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  • Day4

    Passau

    December 28, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Woke up to a beautiful morning, 34° but sunny. Decided to take 1 last walk through Vilshofen before breakfast. Quiet town this time of day, or it could be the time of year. After enjoying an omelet and pastries, Peggy decided to use one of Ama's bikes and set off for a ride before we headed to Passau, I grabbed another cup of coffee and enjoyed the upper deck.
    Cruising for a few hours, we arrived at the first lock which then puts us into Passau. After lunch we meet our local guides for the city walking tour (for me) or hike to the Church of St. Mary (Peggy's adventure). Beautiful sites, churches, views along the river.
    Tonight we dined at the chef's table and had a great experience, over about 2 hours enjoyed this 7 course meal from pre-appetizer to soup to main course with sorbet between (to cleanse the palate of course) and wines to enhance every bite.
    Evening entertainment played in the lounge, but I had a pillow calling my name. We will cruise during the night to arrive in Linz, 1st stop in Austria.
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  • Day7

    Donaustrand und Zille

    July 18, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heute verbringen wir den halben Tag am hotel UND genießen nochmal den schönen Garten mit Seilbahn, Schwimmteich und Streichelzoo. Nachmittags geht es los auf eine Piraten Bootstour auf der Donau. Wir fahren mit ein paar Leuten auf einer Zille und jeder darf Mal ans Steuer! Danach gibt es eine "Schatzsuche" und die Kinder dürfen am Donaustrand spielen. Steine ins Wasser werfen ist sooo toll😊
    Abends wird im Garten gegrillt- ein schöner Abschluss für diesen Urlaub. Wir könnten locker nochmal eine Woche dranhängen! Besonders Elli ist traurig, weil sie zwei "Freundinnen" gefunden hat!
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  • Day5

    Bergab und bergauf

    July 16, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Heute wird gewandert. Der Pühretsteig startet direkt bei uns vor der Tür und führt in ca 2,5 km runter zur Donau. Im Wald ist es angenehm kühl und der Weg ist richtig schön! Dafür aber auch echt steil. Roman läuft mit Theo auf dem Rücken vor und Elli muss sich richtig anstrengen, da sie keine Wanderschuhe hat und immer mal wieder ausrutscht. Unten angekommen machen wir eine Pause an der Donau, werfen Steine und ruhen uns aus. Da wir nicht den gleichen Weg zurück gehen wollen , gehen wir über den Schmuggler weg zurück. Der geht natürlich wieder genauso steil hoch und ist auch noch etwas länger als der Hinweg! Zum Glück können wir Elli immer wieder ablenken, denn auf dem Waldboden findet man so allerlei Getier. Schnecken aller Art, Moos, Farn und sogar eine Blindschleiche, die Papa natürlich fängt und stolz Präsentiert.
    Am Hotel angekommen sind wir richtig ko und machen erstmal eine lange Mittagspause. Nachmittags planschen und Saunieren wir wieder- herrlich 😊
    Abends beim Indianerfest gibt es Stockbrot am Feuer einen wunderschönen Blick auf den Mond!
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  • Day352

    Jochenstein (English)

    May 22, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We're now preparing to say goodbye to Germany as we enter chapter 5 of our GPS tracks heading through Linz in Austria to Bratislava in Slovakia. We enjoyed the luxury of a picnic bench alongside our pitch at "Camping Panorama" and had a long slow breakfast of beans on german bread toast before having a quite chilled Sunday heading through Passau.

    The route took us along the river Inn through the valley which eventually joined the Danube at Passau. The Austrian cycle routes are pretty challenging in terms of the terrain and navigation consisting of mainly loose gravel which is pretty unstable for a weighty bike on corners and descents. The route signposting has also been pretty unfortunate at times; namely concerning signs which look to be pointing uphill.... 15 sweaty minutes later we realise it should have been a "straight ahead" arrow! 😅

    The latter part of yesterday's route leaving Passau was very scenic in the winding Danube valley, thousands of trees either side. Occasionally a small house pops up to highlight how forested this area is.

    Tonight's campsite was a tiny piece of land with 5 permanent caravans and a handful of tourers. As usual, our curious neighbours watched us busying around our camp with our now well-rehearsed routine and of course asked where we were going 😅
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  • Day25

    You're at home baby

    August 9, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Nach einer lauten und kurzen Nacht neben der Autobahn traten wir heute bereits um 7 Uhr die letzte Etappe unseres Heimweges an! 666 km!!! 😅

    In der größten Hitze rollten wir bei starkem Verkehr über die nicht enden wollende Autobahn, zwar mit Klimaanlage, aber die Sonne brannte trotzdem herein!

    25 Tage, 100:36 Stunden Fahrzeit, 6876 km, 5 Länder und ca. 145 Tunnel später kamen wir heute Nachmittag um 16.00 Uhr wieder zuhause an. Wie schnell ist doch die Zeit vergangen, wir können kaum glauben, dass wir tatsächlich fast 4 Wochen weg waren!

    Das Leben im Womo hat für diese Zeit völlig ausgereicht. Gut, dass wir nicht größer sind, denn schon für uns war z.B. das Duschen eine Herausforderung (und erst das Haarewaschen!), beim Bett standen wir am Fußende an und haben uns unzählige Male den Kopf oder andere Körperteile irgendwo angeschlagen! 😅 Dennoch war es einzigartig, praktisch, gemütlich, kuschelig und erstaunlich, mit wie wenig Platz man auskommen kann! Unserer Beziehung hat das "Aneinanderkleben" übrigens auch nicht geschadet! 😉

    Eine wunderschöne, unvergessliche und bereichernde Reise in unserem braven Womo, das uns verlässlich durch Skandinavien gebracht hat, geht zu Ende! Wir lernten nette Menschen kennen und haben nun wieder ein paar Lieblingsplätze mehr auf unserem schönen Planeten! 😍❤
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  • Day25

    Salzburg / Mirabell Garden

    August 11, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    The castle ^Altenau^ and the beautiful gardens built in 1606 by Archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his mistress Salome Alt.
    The flowers and layout has been kept the same since garden was established. Lovely colours.

  • Day1

    Los geht's - God tur!

    July 16, 2018 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach dreistündigem Packen hatten wir gefühlt unseren gesamten Haushalt im Wohnmobil - wir könnten problemlos auswandern! Nach kurzen Stops für Navi und Eier konnte es endlich losgehen!
    Beim Versuch meinen Sitz niedriger zu machen (ich komme mit den Füßen nicht zum Boden! 🤣), mussten wir sehr lachen, weil sich dieser "Schleudersitz" plötzlich ganz unerwartet zurück und nach vor kippte!Read more

  • Day12

    Thursday is Passau

    August 31, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We arrived in Passau as we were eating breakfast (which are great!) and at 10 left for a short walking tour through town. Only about 50,000. Very quaint and a Bavarian feel. We ended at
    St Stephens church . The most baroque roccoco church yet. With the latest pipe organ in the world. Almost 18000 pipes! We were entertained with a half hour organ concert. Quite a show!
    We shopped a bit then back to the boat for a great lunch. The boys rented bikes and are biking around town in the heat and we are here until 9pm . Then off to Regensburg. Wonderful trip so far. Everything is great😊.
    Remind me to tell you the story of the monks fasting for lent'
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