Km on the clock: 1,515
I cycled through Nova Bystrice and climbed one last hill. I entered Austria at the Grametten border crossing. I thought about my concerns of the possible language barrier that I had before I entered Czech Republic. Besides a few difficulties on the countryside, everything went well. Good old hand and feet communication also solved these situations.
Cycling in Austria started off with a long downhill section. So I just kept rolling for a while. This is definitely my favorite part of traveling on a bicycle. It's the reward for climbing up a hill and always makes me quickly forget about the hard work getting up there.
The sun already set but I kept pedaling since I didn't cover as many kilometers as I wanted - not today and also not in last couple of days. I planned to be in Vienna the next day to visit friends. I stopped when I was finally too tired and pitched my tent at the edge of a forest. A look at my map made me realize that I had have to cover another 125 kilometers the next day. I never cycled so many kilometers in one day so far in my life.
Natalia and Torben welcomed me with open arms and I stayed with them for a few days. The first day in Vienna I used to recover from the 125k ride. I didn't even know that I was capable to cycle that many kilometers in one day. It made me realize that nutrition plays an important role when it comes to cycling long distances. I also realized that my gear was too heavy. There were a few things that I didn't touch since I left home. Those things I simply left behind at the end of my stay.
Since I've been in Vienna already a few times and saw many sights I decided to visit the one place that I always missed out - Schoenbrunn Castle. I knew that it's a big areal but I had no idea that it's that massive. It's really impressive! I guess the Austrian royals knew how to live life back in the days.
The rest of the time I spent with my friends, relaxed by the Danube, enjoyed the local food and ate lots of ice cream. I went to the nearest ice cream place up to three times a day. Since this year's summer was just crazy hot, I took it as my excuse for my excessive ice cream consumption. :D
After a few nice and relaxing days it was time to say goodbye and I headed off in direction Bratislava. Once again, thank you guys for your hospitality! I highly appreciate it! You're awesome!
I followed the Danube River and the EuroVelo 6 signs until I reached Slovakia.
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