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My way through Italy and the donation for ‘Doctors without borders’

I’m really happy about this great article in our local newspaper “Trostberger Tagblatt”.

Just because of your help the online donation site collected 125,- € and a donation box in our “Trostberger Weltladen” (a small shop for fairtade and organic goods run by volunteers) was ‘fed’ with also 125,- € by our costumers – absolutely fabulous!

The online donation site is open till end of July for your help 😉

Thanks a lot for your support to help people in need!!!

(Trostberger Tagblatt, 14.07.2018)

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Home is where the lake is!

Cycling day 19/84 km ~ From Kiefersfelden along the Chiemsee back home

After a wonderful evening I thought this could be a relaxing night – but it wasn’t…Next to the campingsite you can lend a small building for parties, mostly done by companies. And so it happened also this evening.

They chatted so loud that one earplug wasn’t enough (I do so to here the alarmclock) – this went on till 2:45 h am – but than they put on the music machine till 3:30 h so even the second earplug didn’t work to give me a little sleep. Doesn’t bother because at this time the trains began to run – so in the end I had about 3 hours of sleep and more than 80 km to do to reach the wedding party of a good friend…

Along the river Inn

That part was a little bit boring but okay – you’re just running along the Inn with autopilot…

Finally I’ve reached Neubeuern where you leave the Inn cyclepath following a very small path – just to show you how well maintained the OpenCycleMap is… 😁

After some hilly up and downs I reached my home lake – Chiemsee!

The birdwatch tower at Prien
In the area of Breitbrunn
At the harbour of Gstadt

Here I’ve enjoyed my last journey lunch and arrived happily again at home – healthy and wellbeing.

This was a really great trip lasting 3 weeks and 1.160 km – I’d like to thank you for following me on this trip via my blog – next year perhaps in France again!

And also a big thank you for those of you who gave – or will give the next days – some money to my donation site for ‘Doctors without borders’!

Michael 😁🚲☀🏕

Along the river Inn to Kiefersfelden/Germany

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. 😎

The castle of Kufstein

Nice campingsite at the wakeboard center

So tomorrow will be my last cyclingday – hopefully with a little bit of sun… 😁

On to road to Italy

Cycling day 1/64 km ~ Salzburg

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.

Here you can have your perfect lunch

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.

Part Three – From Italy back home over the alps to Bavaria

So now we are on the last part of my trip – starting with a wonderful (short) boat trip over the Lago di Garda from Manerba to Garda. From here I´d like to make a walk on
one of the surrounding mountains.
After that I´ll continue along the eastern coast road of the lake which is a fantastic
place for surfers up in the north of it. So I come back into the Adige Valley and cycle
up to Bolzano where I´ve booked already a youthhostel for one night.

As I know the cyclepath from the other side I´m going to take the train up to the
Brennero Pass – this will cost me many points in the ranking 😉

Back in Austria my way will lead my down to Innsbruck using the old road and
having a night on a cool campsite at the Natterer See including an organic food shop.

On my last kilometers along the River Inn I´m going to cross the german border
in Kiefersfelden and go back to my hometown…

This will be a – hopefully – sunny and relaxing holiday with some ascents –
looking forward to my upcoming trip!

My trip from Lago di Garda over the alps back home to Bavaria

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Part One – Crossing the alps on the Ciclopista Alpe Adria heading towards the Adriatic Sea

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!

Ciclovia Alpe Adria – the cyclepath from Salzburg/Austria to Grado/Italy 


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!

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My trip from Bavaria to Grado/Italy on www.bikemap.net