River Danube Tour Day 6: Thunder Road

After a bit too much beer last night I was surprised to be getting up the earliest we have done so far.  This was mainly because you could hear all the zips of the other tourers opening as they were all trying to set off in the relative coolness of the morning (28 degrees).

The route today had three massive climbs but they came in the afternoon when the temp was back up to the norm of 34.  At the top of each climb the sweat was just dripping from our heads.  I did my usual coping mechanism of litres and litres of coke every time we pass a shop.

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As we had breakfast really early and we were off camp at about 0815 I did start to feel peckish at about 1100 so we stopped for pastries with the coffee I had prepared at breakfast and kept warm in our flasks.  On one of the coke stops at about 1200 we decided to have lunch in the restaurant instead of stopping a bit further down the road to eat peanut butter and jam sarnies.  It was a really nice resturant, we got a salad from the buffet and a plate of fries to share.

I knew our end target for the day so checked on google for campsites in the area, one that stood out was a really nice site by a lake and it had a variety of glamping pods and what they call bike towers.  Just by chance Booking.com was showing one biking tower available for 54 euros a night so I pressed buy!  This gave us the incentive to keep the pedals moving.

When we got to about 22km to go though we had a break and not long after you could hear the thunder.  It was a very big storm as the thunder was quite long.  We could see the grey clouds approaching and we thought there could be a good chance we would miss it if we just kept going.  In the end we were lucky, we only felt a few drops of rain  but as we progressed with the ride we could see the places we were travelling through were not as lucky.

When we got to the site we checked in and it is in a really nice place, it has bars and restaurants, crazy golf, tennis, table tennis and boat hire for the lake.  As we had food and now gas we made our own tea and went for a little walk.  The bike tower is cool.  We have a table and benches underneath, a double bed and they have provided all the bedding.  It has electricity so I can charge the GPS etc.  Tomorrows route is split into two stages we do 45km then a 5km ferry ride then another 37km.  A long day but nothing like the 95km we had to do today.

 

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