River Danube Tour Day 11: Rachael sees red!

Today we got up early and we just feel so invigorated since crossing the border into Austria.  The bikes are flying because of the well-kept traffic free tarmac cycle paths and we were doing 20-25km an hour.  I know this does not sound fast to a cyclist that blasts around local roads, but whan you are hauling 50+kg trust me, that is good going.  In Germany on the gravel paths we were averaging 13-15 km/h so it has just got us pepped up to kick ass.  In Germany nearly everyone was overtaking us, but here we are over taking everyone.  It has been the usual temp anything from 33 degrees in the morning to nudging 40 in the afternoon.

We have got a good system going now where we take on cola every hour or so and have stops to rest the bum.  This enables us to keep up with the high miles whilst still having time to take in the wonderful views.  To make up our lost day, tomorrow we are going to attempt to do a day and half worth of riding.  We thought this might be a good chance to make it up whilst the terrain is in our favour.

I do have some thoughts about society now though.  There are lots of cyclists since crossing the border into Austria.  The popular route is to go from the border to Vienna, as such there are so many travel companies taking advantage of the situation.  People pay these businesses to carry their bags to hotels that have been pre arranged.  I know they do this in England as well for the Coast to Coast or End to End, but I wonder why people want to leave the planning of a trip to other people.  Is society losing its ability to make their own plans?  Do people always need a rep to make sure everything is organised when they turn up on their bikes?  Well you can count me out of that way of thinking!  I can decide when I want to stop and I can arrange my own campsites/hotels!  I can buy or make my own food!  To sum up, surely we should all be able to look after ourselves!

On another note though that is positive.  This trip we have seen lots of families that are not regular cyclist, just riding with kids of all ages.  Riding along having a blast and proper bonding, being a team, setting up and taking down camp together.

We have seen two groups of kids cycling/camping as a summer camp and as a Scouts group.  The groups have been about 20-30 kids big, but they had two instructors/supervisors and no support vans.  Why do we go OTT with this health and safety thing back home, a lot of the time common sense should prevail!

Today Rachael saw red.  On the first day when we were at the waterfalls in Triberg there were signs for Red Squirrels and Rachael was on look out as she has not seen one before.  She was very unlucky on that day.  BUT today she nearly ran one over.  It came bounding out from the grass and was one foot away from her tyre.  She is very pleased she saw red!

We have made a camnpsite in a town called Grein.  It is so beautiful with its painted buildings it looks like a toy town!  We decided to not cook tonight (again) as the food from the campsite bar looked really nice!  We have had an ice cream and a coffee night cap and looking forward to what tomorrow will bring!

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