Today after about 19km of riding time we left Germany. If you read the last post I was not expecting the ride to be much different. I could not have been so wrong! As soon as we crossed the border we were given hills on each side covered with alpine trees and the beautiful natural smell of the pine. The river was a pale blue and we kept on reminding ourselves of the little stream it started from in the Black Forest of Germany, not far from a little village called Triberg.
Now I know why a lot of people start the tour in Austria, the path is all tarmac, still away from traffic but the surface is stepped up. In Germany it was like a canal path for a lot of it and it was harder going on the folding bikes. When we got to Austria’s tarmac though we were flying, not even the electric bike brigade could come past us.
You may ask was it worth the trouble getting to Triberg by public transport to get to the proper source of the river, I will say damn was! You can not experience the geography and the scale of what happens in the beautiful planet of ours until you see the effect of the surroundings as you ride along.
The Bromptons have come into their own since we got to Austria, we overtook the people on the campsite that left an hour before us which gave us a rite buzz.
I am so surprised by this trip. It has everything to offer to people who appreciate nature.
We have seen herds of deer, bevy of swans and goats. Today we had our tea at a traditional hangout, fischenof. We had freshly barbecued mackerel, chips and bread and it was lush. Washed down with some traditional ales and we were well happy.
The good news is Rachael is already talking about our next tour, so it can’t be that bad 🙂