As I ‘drew back the curtains’ of my tent this morning, I was amazed to be greeted by the sun…..belying the bitter cold of the previous night, and the shivering chill of the morning.
When is it going to warm up? My trusty BBC weather app tells me it will get significantly warmer early next week. Now tell me, does the Beeb ever lie?
Arriving at Regensburg, I got my first view of the Danube on this trip.
And my illusions have been shattered……it isn’t blue after all! (If music be the food of lies……). But when I arrived in town, there were several luxury river cruisers, like this one
waiting to receive their returning passengers, or setting off on the next leg of their journey, with cocktails being served in the lounge. I mean, how else do you recover from a busy day’s sightseeing?
At the last campsite in Nuremburg, I met two fellow cyclists, one German and the other Finnish, and they both had a common experience of conditions in Eastern European countries. They were in nearby tents
and the German, a thoroughbred trekking cyclist (as I could tell from his bike set-up)
had just returned from an attempt to ride the long distance Danube trail to the Black Sea. He only got as far as Belgrade, in Serbia, and had been attacked so many times by packs of wild dogs, that he gave up and caught a train back home. He was very disappointed, and told me so candidly.
Mikko, the guy from Finland, told the same story, but he had been riding a motorbike through Serbia, and was similarly attacked…..but of course, unlike the cyclist, he had the acceleration to get away. The roads, he said, are littered with the dead bodies of dogs. They chase any vehicle, many end up being killed and…….wait for it……the locals are known for collecting the roadkill for the pot. Canine hotpot is, apparently, a national delicacy.
These are people you need to meet, but don’t want to meet. I was grateful for the advanced information. Being forewarned is being forearmed…..now I have some decisions to make. Packs of wild dogs are the most intimidating menace for any cyclist…..and I will have a possible 1000kms of running the gauntlet.
Watch this space.
Help me decide: http://www.justgiving.com/Frank-Burns2