8th April- amstetten to Linz- Salzburg- 70km cycle- 130km train
Raining again this morning and It was only supposed to be a 50-60km cycle to the train station in Linz, but somehow I took a wrong turning. Only I can follow a river bed and manage to take a wrong turning.
Anyway, because of the short distance and plenty of time I was taking it easy, then realised I was pushing it for time, especially as my stupid GPS loves taking me the long way round. It’s taken a few weeks to realise this but when I input a destination into the GPS and it tells me how far away it is, that’s ‘as the crow flies’- what a stupid friggin idea- I DO NOT FLY LIKE A CROW, I cycle, which is why I bought a special CYCLE GPS.
I made it to the station with 10 minutes to spare and got on my train, this time my bike paid for and reserved, phew. I was absolutely starving as I didn’t have time to stop for lunch. Then he ticket lady came round and said I’d got into the wrong carriage, but if I changed at the next station she’d wait for me. She didn’t and the train left without me, leavin me to wait An hour until the next train- ah well it meant I could get some food.
My right knee has been giving me jipp the last few days which is a bit worrying, so I’m glad of a rest day tomorrow.
7th April- Rossatz- Amstetten- 90km
It rained most of last night so I didn’t get a lot of sleep, but at least I was warm enough. That’s the problem with camping; as much as I love waking up outdoors it’s not the best nights sleep. I tried to time getting up and packing when the rain had stopped and got most of it done, but when it came to packing the tent away the rain started.
The camping folk are very friendly here, despite not understanding most of what they’re saying I got the jist of a few words: “guten morgen” and “calt?” (Asking if I was cold in my tent). The common phrase for hello is is gruss got I learnt, so I’ve been using that a lot now to try and sound like a local.
I made a new friend in the form of a little bird. Last night cooking dinner he/she got very close and was chirping at me to give it food, which it practically took from my hand. The cute little thing showed up this morning too as I was packing- I think he wanted to say goodbye.
The ride to amstetten, whilst a wet one, was a tranquil and scenic one with the odd bit of farm land thrown in with the Danube path.
I was supposed to camp again tonight but the weather forecast rain for the next few days so I’m staying at a warm showers host, called Anita. I arrived around 5pm and we sat and chatted for a while after she’d shown me around her place. Anita is the same age as me and loves to travel and cycle of course so we had plenty to talk about and shared stories of our travels and places we want to go to next. She’s got three cats, two of which are the most affectionate little things And one shy one which has a little hitler tash- I really wanted to take one with me!