Krems-Vienna 100kms

As I sat in the early morning sunshine making a breakfast of yesterday’s leftovers


…and waiting for last night’s laundry to dry

..with this sunrise over the Danube as my back drop
….I was accosted by Victor (from Slovakia) who said in perfect English: “D’you fancy a cup of tea? Better than drinking just water….”


When I joined him at his tent, there was an amazing spread of food, teas and cooking equipment on the picnic table. I suggested he was like a travelling supermarket……but then discovered he was pedal-kayaking several hundred kms of the Danube,


and sleeping wild on little islands…..hence food rations to last a week. And drink? Well, with billions of litres of water flowing under him, he drinks water from the Danube…..but of course, only after some very clever technical filtration.
I have to say that my routine was very happily delayed by Victor’s company, and if he reads this, I wish him ‘bon voyage’ for the remainder of his trip to Bratislava.

Later on that day, when I stopped at a McD’s in Tulln, I bumped into Joel and Nicole


…who had the same idea as me….a chance to use free wifi. They were heading off to cycle around Hungary and Serbia, with a view to buying some land to set up an organic farm. What a neat idea, I thought. Joel (UK) had met Nicole (German) while living in Nepal, and now looking to settle in eastern Europe. I wished them luck on their venture, and couldn’t help reflecting on how this journey of mine to Istanbul has helped me cross paths with so many fascinating people.
It all comes as part of the package we call “adventure travel”, I suppose.


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 21, 2014, in Kimbolton to Istanbul 4000kms: a crusader's route and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m getting itchy feet reading about your travels! I’ve found that one of the best things about travelling is the people you meet along the way. It opens your mind to how other people live, and shows you that there are other ways to live your life than being stuck in the usual 9-5 routine.

  2. Denise McAdam

    It all sounds so fascinating, Frank. Makes our lives here seem so humdrum…!
    Looking forward to reading your next instalment. Denise

  3. Your journey is making me envious. The best parts are reading about the wonderful people that you meet.

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