Austria: Day 13

29 July 2014 Vienna, Austria (0 miles; Total = 324 miles) We are following Dominique up a steep trail, through the vineyards and forests that stand watch over western Vienna. It’s a good thing she’s playing tour guide for us today or we would no doubt be back in the old city, wandering about indecisively …

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Austria: Day 12

28 July 2014 Vienna, Austria (0 miles; Total = 324 miles) This Vienna is overwhelming. There are huge buildings everywhere, there are imposing churches everywhere, there are museums everywhere, there are trams everywhere, there are people everywhere, and luckily for us, there’s a beer garden over here in front of the Rathaus (City Hall). I …

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Austria: Day 11

27 July 2014 Krems to Vienna, Austria (52 miles; Total = 324 miles) Gina has us speeding along the Danube on our way to Vienna. My Tortoise is having trouble keeping up with her Hare. I can only hope she stops to take a nap. I’m not sure why we’re in such a hurry but …

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Austria: Day 10

26 July 2014 Melk to Krems, Austria (24 miles; Total = 272 miles) How many times have I started a blog telling about Gina yelling “I can’t stand it!”? Well, add one more to the list. We are cycling high above the Danube through one small cute town after another, vineyards and apricot orchards providing …

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Austria: Day 9

25 July 2014 Melk, Austria (0 miles; Total = 248 miles) Happy Birthday To You Happy Birthday To You Happy Birthday Dear Gina Happy Birthday To You I know you’re going to say I went overboard this year, but really, it was nothing: for Gina’s birthday, I got her a new spoke. It’s sparkly and …

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Austria: Day 8

24 July 2014 Mauthausen to Melk, Austria (55 miles; Total = 248 miles) I’m pretty sure the lady who lives here next to the bike shop is a hoarder, if the five big dogs running around in this filthy outdoor pen are any indication. Shame On Her is what I have to say – these …

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Austria: Day 7

23 July 2014 Linz to Mauthausen, Austria (18 miles; Total = 193 miles) Today’s goal: Let’s not get wet. We probably should have been a bit more specific and added something like “at any point today,” which explains why we had a dry bicycle ride but are now standing beneath a tree, seeking cover from …

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Austria: Day 6

22 July 2014 Inzell to Linz, Austria (34 miles; Total = 175 miles) The rain is starting to fall harder now and Gina is over there in a frenzied state, grabbing and shoving every item not currently packed in a waterproof bag into a Ziploc or beneath a shower cap. I’m trying to ignore her …

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Germany to Austria: Day 5

21 July 2014 Vilshofen, Germany to Inzell, Austria (47 miles; Total = 141 miles) “Don’t mess with Mama.” This is our mantra for the evening. We’ve checked into the cutest riverside Gasthof in a town that consists of 4 buildings which I think, perhaps, makes this place not actually a town. “Mama” is the octogenarian …

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Germany: Day 4

20 July 2014 Vilsbiburg to Vilshofen, Germany (51 miles; Total = 94 miles) I’m pretty sure that can’t possibly be what I think it is but then I slosh it gently around, tentatively touch it with my tongue, and confirm the unbelievable – those are actual ice cubes in my Coca Cola Light. This can’t …

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