Auf Wiedersehen Austria…

Back to the beginning; we arrived in Salzburg this afternoon completing our 982 mile round trip of this wonderfully scenic country, together with glimpses of Germany and Slovakia and a slightly longer look at Slovenia.

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The final two short cycling days continued along the Salzach river, partly through a dramatic limestone gorge. It was a case of ‘no room at the inn’ last night when we ventured out for something to eat at the only restaurant in the small village we had pitched up in. We ended up with a cup of coffee and Leberkäse (think spam mixed with cheese) in a bread roll in the cafe area of a BP service station. It was actually surprisingly tasty and did the job.

Gavin tempted fate yesterday morning by stating that the services of the team puncture repair lady had not been required this trip… Not three hours later the glue was out to mend a slow one in my front tyre!

We highly recommend Austria for cycling touring,  there are well maintained and signed bike paths everywhere; the scenery is unbelievably beautiful; the accommodation is reasonably priced, comfortable, varied, often quirky and the people reserved but welcoming. To (mis) quote one of Austria’s most famous sons, we’ll be back.

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