Linz-Krems 140kms

The route along the Danube is amazingly well waymarked


and it’s only distraction or my neutralized brain that causes me to miss a turn and end up at a “route barre”


but some of the stretches are stunning


and along the way you learn that the Danube is probably undergoing dredging on a constant basis


For me, following a signed route along a river becomes too clinical and repetitive. After Vienna, my route will probably veer off, across country, and into Hungary. If I really wanted to bag another country, I could stick with the river and grab a few days in Slovakia, passing through Bratislava. Hmm, it’s a thought but….
But the following photo is just for Jenny


….she just loves poppies. They made me think of her…..;0)

But let me tell you a little about Martine (Quebec) and Pierre (Paris), whom I met on the campsite in Linz.


She is on sabbatical as a lecturer  in architecture, and he is a retired lawyer. They have been cycling through Africa (south to north), and are currently cycling across Europe from Istanbul. Pierre has had a serious bout of malaria, and was hospitalised in Istanbul with another condition.
In Botswana, while they were asleep in their tent, thieves slashed open the tent and stole all their belongings, including passports.
They have gone through the “hail and the rain”, and now the sun is beginning to shine on their travels.

If they read this, I wish them ‘bonne route’ for the rest of their travels.
And now for the proof of distance on yesterday’s ride….



About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on May 20, 2014, in Kimbolton to Istanbul 4000kms: a crusader's route and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. jenniferburns1

    Poppies much appreciated!xxx:-)

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