Archive for August, 2010

days after – km 35015

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

hoechst – sargans – hoechst


alex continues her tour towards france, so i accompanied her to sargans. you can follow her on her blog on:

i want to thank all the great people who helped me along the route and made the whole tour as enjoyable as it was.

here a little sum up: 35.000km 365.000 alti meter in 1,5 years

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central america: los angeles to panama 8.000km

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south america: cartagena – buenos aires 15.000km

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newzealand 4.500km

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china: hong kong – lanzhou 3.300km

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europe: helsinki – bregenz 4.000km

day 123 – km 34851

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

sigiswang – hoechst (austria)

100km 1046 alti meter

what a perfect waether for my “last” day on this tour. amazing views along the route through the car-free road “rohrmoos”.

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day 122 – km 34751

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

schwaigsee  – sigiswang

90km 840 alti meter

finally the weather changes and we get an amazing riding day on the rolling hills, with nice views of the castles, lakes, mountains….

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day 121 – km 34661

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

gmund am tegernsee – schwaigsee

84km 745 alti meter

again stop and go on the rolling hills in the prealps (as we try to hide out some of the heavy rainshowers). we check out the old town of bad toelz before we head for some more climbs.


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day 120 – km 34577

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

grabenstaett / chiemsee – gmund am tegernsee

88km 880 alti meter

after a night on a park bench and lots of cold rain we appreciated the comfortable bed in the farmers bed&breakfast.

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day 119 – km 34489

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

salzburg / rif-taxach – grabenstaett / chiemsee (germany)

86km 661 alti meter

a day of detours and zig-zag. the rain was supposed to stop at noon so we have a longer lunch break trying to hide out the rain.




day 118 – km 34403

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

wolfgangssee – salzburg / rif-taxach

62km 367 alti meter

we met some more nice people along the way, but got more and more into the rain again after the fuschel lake. so we were glad to meet martin and happy that we could stay at his place. pizza dinner, ice cream desert and a funny walk around salzburgs old town… what a great diverse day!

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transforming a nice clean apartment into a big mess

day 117 – km 34341

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

lambach – woflgangssee

86km 605 alti meter

we follow the traun river to the traun lake and then to bad ischl. then it is a uphill to the woflgangssee.

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day 116 – km 34255

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

grein / struden – lambach

108km 473 alti meter

we see lots of cyclists on the danube cyclepath (mostly going downstreams). the concentration camp mauthausen leaves a sad impression and us quiet for a while…

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day 115 – km 34147

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

duernstein – grein / struden

70km 254 alti meter

lots of rain in the night and only a short dry period in the morning. just like 3 years ago when i cycled here. instead of some short summer rain showers it rains constantly and it got cold. we transformed a bus stop into a warm and dry shelter for the night as the hotels are ridicules expensive around here!?

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day 114 – km 34077

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

vienna – duernstein

103km 271 alti meter

following the danube upstreams. passing the nice old town of tulln and the wine gardens after krems.

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day 113 – rest day

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

vienna – rest day

i got the chance of meeting some more friends which i haven´t seen for years!? (shame on me!) with the great help of the guys from “technische taten” i should be able to ride back to vorarlberg with my bike.


the big bolt is supposed to keep the broken bottom bracket together!?


nice welding job!


running sushi dinner with alex, marlies & maciek


day 112 – rest day / sightseeing

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

vienna – rest day / sight seeing

42km 200 alti meter

riding around doing some sightseeing and meeting some dear friends!

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day 111 – km 33902

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

berg – vienna

82km 288 alti meter

we followed one of europe´s cycle-highways, the danube bikepath to vienna.

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day 110 – km 33819

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

10km < trencin – berg (austria)

133km 376 alti meter

a fast day on the road, so we checked out the old town of bratislava before entering austria.

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day 109 – km 33686

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

mojs – 10km < trencin

108km 292 alti meter

a stormy night with thunder and lightning (and the noise of the rock conveyor)


another crack in the frame!?


day 108 – km 33578

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

orava lake – majs (8km < zilina)

112km 582 alti meter

we crossed the dam and followed the orava river ´til it joins the vah river which will be our guide towards bratislava.

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day 107 – km 33466

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

wisniowa – orava lake (SK)

87km 845 alti meter

we got up at 5 o´clock to avoid the unbearable midday heat. on the way to slovakia we passed some nice mountain villages with wooden churches, block houses and traditional farmers…

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hold the horses, but not the kings man 😉


day 106 – km 33379

Donnerstag, August 5th, 2010

krakow – wisniowa

46km 412 alti meter

again a very hot day on the road, so it was not only pure interest which made us visit the salt mines in wieliczka (constant 14-16 degrees C in the up to 125m deep caves & tunnels).

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…. the long way down ….

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everything is built out of salt

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the very religious miners built chapels and churches

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steep cobble stone climb at 40 degrees C