Km on the clock: 1,515
I went through Nova Bystrice, Czech Republic and had to climb one last hill before entering Austria and crossed the border in Grametten. Leaving Czech I was wondering about all the concerns regarding the language that I had before I came here. There were just little difficulties but nothing that couldn't get solved with some hand and feet communication.
Cycling in Austria started off with a long downhill stretch. So I just kept rolling for a while. This is definitely my favorite part of traveling on a bike. It's the reward for the hard work of climbing up the hill and always lets me forget about the suffering of making it up.
It was already turning dark but I kept pedaling because I didn't cover as many kilometers as I wanted over last couple of days. My plan was to be in Vienna the next day and to stay with friends for a few days. However, at some point I was just too tired and pitched my tent somewhere outside of Waidhofen an der Thaya. Knowing, that I'd have to cover 125 kilometers the next day and that it's going to be tough, I fell asleep.
Damn...I've to cover 125k today to make it to Vienna, was literally my first thought when I got up. I never made so many kilometers in one day so far. This is going to be a challenge! The first 10 kilometers were just horrible. I was incredible slow and already got used to the thought that I wouldn't make it to Vienna that day. I stopped at a supermarket in Goepfritz an der Wild for a second breakfast. I was really feasting. I got cheese rolls, yogurt, dried fruits, ice cream and coffee. All of that did its magic. The first hour I covered 30k. There was lots of up and downhill and temperatures went over 38 degrees Celsius but I just kept pedaling. I went to Tulln an der Donau then followed the Danube River and made it to Vienna.
Natalia and Torben welcomed me with open arms and I stayed with them for a few nights. 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. But I also realized that my gear is too heavy. So I left a few things behind at the end of my stay.
Since I was already a few times in Vienna and visited many sights I decided to visit Schoenbrunn Castle. I always missed out that one. I knew that it's a big areal but I had no idea that it's that huge. It's really impressive! I guess the Austrian royals knew how to live life back in the days.
The rest of my time in Vienna I mainly used to relax, eat local food and lots of ice cream. On some days we went to the nearest ice cream place 2-3 times. :D
After a few nice and relaxing days it was time to say goodbye and I headed off direction Bratislava. Once again, thank you guys for your hospitality! I highly appreciate it!
I followed the Danube River and the EuroVelo 6 signs until I reached Slovakia.
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