After a good and dry night – there was no rain even if I had a tent for the tent – I’ve started my day quite late at 9:30 h and had to climb up to Bad Gastein.
An old town with so much history, so many famous visitors – and now many closed hotels as there aren’t so many people who like to spend their holidays in an old-fashioned town.
So I had to hurry to catch the train to Mallnitz through the Tauern – the so-called Tauernschleuse.
Like in my childhood I was now crossing the alps by this train…great!
But when we reached the other side of the mountains I couldn’t believe what I saw…dark and heavy clouds!
So I pushed my self to hurry up and get to Spittal where my next campingsite was. Cycling in the woods the dark clouds where now always behind me so I saw always the sun – but only when I looked in front of me 😁.
Finally I’ve reached my campingsite, met a friendly german couple who invited me for dinner in front of their camper – and we talked about journeys already done or to be done…what a wonderful day – even with the smile of the sun! 😁
So today I’ve had my first camping breakfast and it was great! Not with the new fantastic ground coffee (I’ve got to use the instant one from last year) but with muesli and a marvellous “Wurzelbrot”, a special kind of bread…
As there were heavy rainshowers in the night I had to dry my tent – but this job was quickly done by the help of the sun.
The first 15 kilometers or so were easy as you just follow the river Salzach. But after Schwarzach it went uphill very steep so I had to pull my bike – well, it’s a travel and not a mountainbike… But I knew already this part of the trip as I cycled the Tauernradweg last year – but that time the other way round – so downhill.
The view were outstanding even with this great weather. So I was proud to to have done this part of the trip.
The next highlight was to enter the valley of Gastein – you have to use the Klammtunnel (1,5 km) which is really noisy.
After leaving the tunnel you enter the wonderful valley and it’s now flat, cycling is easy. Finally I’ve reached a really cyclist-friendly campingsite – with a tent for the tents, a roofed restingplace and – two trees for my hammock! 😎
So tomorrow my journey will bring me to Bad Gastein and the train through the Tauern called Tauernschleuse.
This trip is a really relaxing one – I enjoy it so much! See you tomorrow! 🏕🗻🚲
Cycling day 2 – From Salzburg to Bischoshofen (40 km)
This morning I left Salzburg at the home of my friends and followed the EuroVelo 7 along the river Salzach which was great. So at the small town of Golling I took the train as it was recommended in my guide book because of the traffic on a narrow road for just 15 minutes.
I arrived in Werfen and took a bus to reach the valley station of the cable-car. After that you’ve had to walk another 20 minutes to reach the entrance of the ice cave.
In the cave it was not allowed to take pictures as the guide would have to wait all the time – so there are perfect pics on Facebook.
If you want to make this visit you need about 4 hours and a warm suit – there are only 0 Degrees C – as there is ice 😉
After being back to my bike I cycled only a few kilometers, set up my tent, cooked a meal – and it started to rain like cats and dogs – but fortunately on this campingsite you’ve got a big tent with chairs where you can enjoy a beer or pizza – and WiFi 😁
Finally I’m on to road for my next trip – and this time the preparations were much more relaxed than last year.
Yesterday I’ve packed everything till 7 pm and had a nice dinner on my balcony.
Today the plan was to leave my home at about 9 am…could have worked – but coincidentally Theo came along with his recumbent-bike. He lives just a few kilometers away from my home and wanted to explore the area – so we’ve been talking for about half an hour about our special kind of bikes.
So I left my hometown and cycled through the outstanding countryside of upper Bavaria – really great and fantastic weather!
One of the highlights were the lake Waginger See which is not that far away so I made a rest there.
Finally I’ve reached Salzburg where I’ll stay overnight at a friends house and continue my trip tomorrow. Looking forward to explore the ‘Eiswelten’ at Werfen.
As I´m going to cycle around 1.100 km I´d like to encourage you, my friends and visitors of this blog, to support the “Doctors without borders” with a donation of your choice.
I got the idea of collecting donations from the german long-distance-cyclist Peter Smolka who is travelling right now in Turkey. You can find is journey here: http://www.tour-de-friends.de
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a private international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims.
All of its members agree to honour the following principles:
Médecins Sans Frontières provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of gender, race, religion, creed or political convictions.
Médecins Sans Frontières observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and to maintain complete independence from all political, economic or religious powers.
So I kindly encourage you to visit my (german) donation website to leave a few Euros…
So after having 1 or 2 nights at the beach enjoying the white sand and the salty water I’ll continue my trip by train to Bassano del Grappa.
Here I will set up my tent at the campingsite I´ve used to visit in 2016 on my way to Rome. This time I´d like to have a walk through the medieval old town.
So on the next day I will cycle up the valley of the river Brenta to the Lago di Caldanazzo which was fantastic in 2016.
Cycling down to the heart of Trento I´m going to follow the Adige Valley (Etsch) staying overnight at an “Agriturismo”. That´s a farm where you can pitch up your tent and get some (organic) breakfast or dinner made in the region.
So we´ll follow the cyclepath BicItalia 1 to Lazise and further on to the famous town of Sirmione where I´d like to spend some time.
Finally I´m going to reach the campingsite next to Manerba where I´ll stay for 2 nights or so. Here you can enjoy the beauty of this outstanding lake.
For those of you who are following my trips every year you know that the last year was a big trip. The preparations started already in September, it was the most expensive journey I´ve done because of the ferries and visa – and it was sometimes cold and rainy.
Considering all these facts for me it was absolutely clear this year trip had to be cheaper with much more sun and less wind or rain. And it had to be much more easier to be prepared.
So looking back to my previous trips and thanks to my colleague Matthias who made some fantastic pics in my new/old travelling-region – under these conditions there was just one option – Italy!
And I´d like to use almost every night my tent – as I hope the weater will be nice!
Thinking back to ideas of other travellers or warmshower guests I remembered the tip from the couple from Patagonia last year visiting my home.
It was the Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg they´ve taken from Grado to Salzburg and they told me it was nice and comfortable – if you go the other way round…
So it was perfect to get to the Adriatic Coast!
So here comes the plan…starting at home I´m going to visit a friend in Salzburg and use the Ciclovia Alpe Adria heading towards Bad Gastein.
On my way I´m going to visit some highlights like the Castle Werfen or the Celtic Museum in Hallein. The first night in my old and smaller tent will be in Bischofshofen.
Starting after a hopefully silent night with a great cup of coffee – I´ll be using the first time a real coffee and not just a soluble café – my way will be along the Gasteiner Tal approaching Bad Gastein where I´ll use the Tauernschleuse railway on the next day.
Crossing the Tauern via train you exit the tunnel in Mallnitz and have to have safe brakes – 600 m decent! Cycling through the fantastic Drau valley you are going to visit the nice towns Spittal and Villach.
Leaving Villach you are going to roll along some rivers like the Gailitz and Fella. I´m going to use old train tracks which are converted to cyclepaths and head towards
my first of three destinations – Grado!