Cycling day 18/93 km ~ From Innsbruck/Austria to Kiefersfelden/Germany
This morning I left my comfortable singleroom in the youthhostel in Innsbruck and continued on the cyclepath Innradweg with great weather.
Waiting for the forecasted big clouds it was a nice trip as I had just to cycle, no cultural highlights to be visited.
After midday – as usual – the black clouds crossed the mountains into the valley I was cycling in – but they were very friendly to me – and didn’t start crying 😁
As I was travelling along the river my toughts were wandering through these 3 weeks – and slowly I realised that – I’ll be home again tomorrow!!!
I haven’t got a feeling like this, it’s really unusual for me to enjoy the holiday till the last day – hopefully. 😀 These were really 3 great weeks and nearly everything went like I planned it in advance – cool!
As another positive surprise I came along a small lake I passed two years ago on my way to Rome – and also this time there was a swan family with some youngsters…
So approaching my last overnight stay – a campingsite next to a wakeboard area in Kiefersfelden – I came along Kufstein were the Ritterspiele take place – this is for you Christian D. 😎
So tomorrow will be my last cyclingday – hopefully with a little bit of sun… 😁
Cycling day 17/45 km ~ From Bolzano/Italy to Innsbruck/Austria
Yesterday night was not a silent one – we had to open the windows in the youthhostel as we were 4 guys and it had 30 C…as the hostel is situated next to a big street to the station it was very noisy.
I’ve had cancelled the night in the hostel in Innsbruck a few days ago – but laying in bed nearly around midnight I checked again the weatherforecast – so there should be rain and thunderstorms today. In the end I re-booked the room as it was the last – and tonight I’m very happy… 😁
But let’s start from the beginning…I took the train this morning for Brennero and after 11/2 h I arrived at the pass easily.
In my opinion it was okay to downhill the old road to the pass – but I wouldn’t recommend it to cycle upwards – take the train! There is no cyclepath and the cars and trucks go sometimes really quick around the serpentines.
Finally I entered the ancient town of Innsbruck and it was great to explore it – with sunshine.
I checked in to the youthhostel which is situated at the river Inn – so you can reach it safe and easy on a cyclepath along the waterway.
Let’s go into the street – I hopped on the Bus ‘O’ (brings you directly into the center in about 15 minutes) and found a cool restaurant, Gelaterie and – the ‘Féte de la musique’. To improve the friendship of Tyrol and France there were young musicians and everybody had fun…
So this was a great day and coincidentally with french music – as I’m already thinking about the next year’s journey…perhaps the EuroVelo 17 ‘Rhone’. This brings you from Switzerland to the Camargue/FraNd nce – and I’m sure it’s also a cool trip!
Today was a big cycling day – since a longer period. In the morning I’ve had a chat with a young couple from Zurich/Switzerland. They were on their way to Venice and noticed that they’re too fast…So we talked about cycling tours through Europe and I gave them a copy of the EuroVelo map. They looked interested – perhaps we’ll meet somewhere in Europe again.
I jumped on my recumbent-bike and started to pedal the known cyclepath – and with a fantastic weather.
There were again about 30 C and I needed about 8 l of water…plus coffee and beer 😁
Having lunch around 2 pm after 74 km were quite okay so I arrived at 5 pm at the Youthhostel Bolzano – really nice as I knew already from previous stays.
Having a Veggie Burger and a craft beer at the famous ‘Batzenhäusl Biergarten’ was a cool end for this day. And the ticket for tomorrow to go to Brennero Pass is already in my pocket…
Cycling day 15/11 km ~ From Torri del Benacco to Torbole and up to Loppio
You have read correctly – 11 km were just on bike computer today. This comes as my plan A was to cycle all the way from Torri del Benacco to Torbole – but some cyclists told me not to do so as it was really dangerous.
So I checked out the timetable of the boats and there was a ferry departing at 11:17 h – arriving at Torbole at 13:20 h.
So I had a fantastic journey over the lake accompanied by sunny weather and marvellous views.
After my arrival at Torbole I enjoyed the beach and had than to cycle up to the pass – behind this there is again the Agriturismo in Loppio – with a pool!
Tomorrow will be a real cycling day – there are about 95 km to do to Bolzano where I’ve booked already a bed in the youthhostel.
After this cool evening yesterday I’ve decided to set my alarmclock 1 h later – this was not really a good idea. But I’m on holiday…
I tried to find a small road but this wasn’t so easy.
I cycled along Lago di Garda on the BicItalia 1 – but this was only in the beginning a good idea because the path went off the beaten track
So my next stop was Desenzano with its ancient harbour and I had lunch there.
After that break I continued to Sirmione – it was so crowded that you weren’t allowed to go inside the ancient town. But it’s absolutely worth a visit, you can walk around the island or jump into the crowd and enjoy fanatic ice-cream or other delicious food.
Now came the hard work to do – riding along the big roads with no cyclepaths…but I’ve got to say that the drivers overtook me carefully – and we are not in the highseason. In the end I arrived at the campingsite which was my big second aim as we’ve got pictures of that place at work and I always wanted to go there.
It is called San Biagio next to Manerba and is really beautiful. It has a small island you can visit (with an excellent stone beach) and there is a a mountain with a ruine. Next to it you can walk to a viewpoint – and it’s marvellous!
So at this campingsite I’ve got my second day-off and used it for the walk and a day on the beach – we had 30 degrees – great! 😁
Cycling day 12/67 km ~ From Loppio to Lazise/Lago di Garda
In the morning we were lucky again because of the fine weather – what a difference to my trip last year…
So I left the valley were Loppio is situated and continued to follow the cyclepath of the river Adige. The temperature climbed to 32 degrees but the landscape was outstanding.
After the lunch I had to leave the valley and cross some hills – and in a very small village I just stopped to refill water so an old man started a conversation where I come from and where to I’d like to go.
In the end I sat in the living room of Romeo and Julia (their real names as they promised me – brother and sister) and we drank a glass of homemade white wine. He visited Munich 50 years ago to watch the Olympics…
So finally after some serpentines downhill later you could experience the difference between the countryside and the lago – a big difference of money…
My first stop was in Bardolino and it was great to have done the second aim – Lago di Garda.
It was so crowded that I couldn’t realise how it would be like here in the high season.
I continued to Lazise and put up my tent at the Camping municipal which is okay for 19,- €. But don’t expect the quality of a small Agriturismo – worlds are lying between them.
You have a nice strip of stone beach and the water was refreshing – cool! 😁
In the evening I went out to explore the old town and it was full of life – and you can meet also nurses from your hood…
After having enjoyed the great breakfast which was included in the room of the Agriturismo Montibeller I left the small town and continued to cycle in the valley of Valsugana which I already knew from my trip two years ago.
Having fantastic weather it was great to follow the Via Julia Augusta. I thought I just would have to cycle downhill to Trento – but that was completely wrong as you’ve had to go uphill as the valley was very near.
I’ve also cycled along the Lago di Caldonazzo which was outstanding.
Finally I came down to Trento where I had lunch in the central park. There I had the idea to come back one day and attend an language school – would be great to study in the country of the language you want to learn.
Cycling along the wide valley of Adige was a little bit boring – and very hot. But of course better than rain 😀
I’ve tried to have a look to the ancient town of Rovereto but the traffic was so dangerous that I decided to continue my ride to the campingsite in Loppio – which has a pool and a coffee machine 😁
Entering the valley of the river Brenta you experience an outstanding beauty of nature…and against the weatherforecast the sun was shining…
But – as the routine teached me already – after the sun comes some rain…after midday having had my lunch it started again to rain for a short while but this day I wasn’t as good in form like the other days.
So I’ve decided to take a room instead of a night in the tent and did so on the Agriturismo – they’ve got both and everything as perfect maintained.
Cycling day 9/29 km ~ From Grado to Bassano del Grappa
So after a relaxing day I’ve started again from my first big stop in Grado to Cermignano to hop on the train to Bassano del Grappa. This was to spare some time as it would have been 225 km to go.
On the cyclepath I’ve followed today – the EuroVelo 8 – you can cycle from Athens to Gibraltar – unbelievable. So this trip was made by Andrew P. Sykes, a teacher from London and he wrote a book about this journey.
So on my way to the trainstation I passed by Aquileia which was great again.
So starting in Grado I’ve had a wonderful weather. At the station I’ve a met a german cyclist couple on their way back home. So we arrived at Venezia-Mestre where I’ve had to change the train – and it was raining like cats and dogs, also with thunderstorms.
It changed a little bit and in Bassano del Grappa there were only clouds. So I’ve managed to reach the campingsite, built up my tent – and than it started to rain 😂
At this site is situated next to a perfect paragliding spot and it’s well-known in Europe for the good conditions.
I met some paragliders and we went into the restaurant next to the campingsite. It was again raining like cats and dogs with thunderstorms – unbelievable! So my small tent did a really good job!
Crossing the Alps with my recumbentbike visiting the Adriatic Sea, Lago di Caldonazzo and Lago di Garda