The 1st stage really ended in Munich, the last German city before to get in Austria.
We passed Germany in a week, every day more than 100 kms. Having it near Holland and having visited on other occasions, honestly, we preferred take this sabbatical months in countries closer to the Mediterranean; the beach is the beach he he
We also caught the bad weather, the famous floods overflowing rivers. Luckily it was not cold, and even there were moments of sun, but also plenty of downpours over.
Still, Evert holding as a champion, what strength and spirit of sacrifice, I think I had already thrown in the towel “Ik zou de handdoek in de ring gooien” :-)))
Then he comes to the hotel as usual, with a smile on his face and still forces for sightseeing!
Hey, I also had my sacrifices driving through Germany, when they drive a car, some become kamikazes … I will write an exclusive post about this!
Donauworth – Germany
Munich – Germany
Sankt Johann in Tirol – Austria
Zell am See – Austria
Heiligenblut – Austria
Pesenthein – Austria
Total Kms 434,1
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Munich was a weekend of rest, we stayed at the house of some friends who recently had moved to the city.
After so many small villages and silence in the previous days,
getting to Munich was a bit like “oh, how stress, a city !!”
Still, we found it an easy city to walk and move around it, we were near the museum area and from here we walked around the center, but keeping us under the umbrella, it did not stop to rain at all in all weekend brrrrrrrrr.
We decided to leave on Sunday, it was a good decision to avoid the chaos of a city, both, by car and by bicycle.
We really feel like to go to Austria!!
For me it was the first time visiting this country, Evert had already been more times by bike and hiking, he was wishing to visit it together.
As you know, the bike leads our trip, as far as Evert can get, there we are!
As soon as you cross the German border with Austria, the landscape changed quickly, suddenly, towering mountains and deep green shades. It is a brutal nature.
It is a common destination for the Dutch in ski season. My colleagues always told me wonders of the small snowy alpine villages, and also about the traffic jam and collapsed roads to arrive in the typical dates of school holidays.
At each place in Austria we were staying two nights, so we rested one day and the other for sightseeing in the area.
We discovered the lake of Zell am See, we climbed on to the Kitzsteinhorn cable cars, and discovered a tale village, Heilegenblut, of which we will explain in another post.
But before reaching Heilegenblut, we had the hardest route so far, the rise to Grosslockner 2504m, where in this post Evert explains.
I saw cyclists up, exhausted, feeling that any time would throw the bike through the ravines. Maybe because it’s what probably I would have done ;-)
But who gets into this, it’s because he likes to feel the body to the limit, sweat the shirt and achieve the goal of the proposed challenge.
Meanwhile, I was making stops along the way, I was excited recording the scenes, watching up that rugged landscape; as the green pines become into flat slopes of brown tones with white snow.
And among such immensity,
Evert was so small in that landscape,
when I see him always so big close to me ;-)
After the suffering came the “prizes”; photos on the top of the top, and finally, the fast descend at full speed, even I could not follow him by car!
You can see it in our video from youtube, even with music, sí sí, we have our own channel ;-)
Until the next stage travelers!
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