Our camp spot (a soccer ground) was pretty decent. It didnt rain either, much to the relief of Paul. (his cheap tent beginning to show its true colours.., ie. crap!!!!)
Three tents – three men – three stalkers
We followed this river all the way to Brussels
Mike enjoying the cycling lanes, the scenery and great companions
Nearing Brussels – Watch out!!!
Quick bite at a filling station
As Brian had worked in this district for a few months, he knew the place pretty well. We also secured lodgings with Chris (one of Brians ex-work-mates) and plan to head out for some good-times tonight at an exclusive Belguim booze-house….
Cycling paths all the way into Brussels…Perfect
Time to party(left to right – Chris the Smasher,Mike,Paul,Mark,Mike The Ledg,Brian.
I think we were all in agreement that Luxembourg city was not the most exciting place we were in!! Not really much to do here….and it lashed rain which made matters worse
Its strange to believe that we got through Luxembourg so quickly. Leaving Germany , we were in the capital (Lux city) within 2 hours and within another 2 hours cycling, the following day we were in Belgium….
The width of the country is only 87kms.
Entering Belgium. Holy smokes!!!
Very similar to Ireland.
A quick roadside break after a long slog
Belgian blue cows. Some of the finestarses in the land!!
Nearing the end of the day, getting late
Took us a half hour to get to the end of this straight -
Oh my gorgeoust!!!
Brian gives a big salute – closer to home…
Nearing Denant – nice 3km decent…We’ll take that
After a serious days pedalling, and covering over 150kms, we crawled into a beautiful town called Denant. So far, Belgium has been a lovely country.
Denant – Very nice entrance to its town
We treated ourselves to a meal in the center of the town and afterward, under the darkness of the night we searched for a campspot. It was 10.30pm before we found a spot. We were all proud of our days work and looking forward to Belgiums capital, Brussels, tomorrow…
Got a cup of sugar? Setting up camp, very late..Animals!!!!!!!
Today was a lenghty slog to Luxembourg City. We are jusrt bombing through the kilometers at the moment. Ireland here we come!!!!
Last of the German vineyards
Relight my fire…eh… I dont think so!!!!…Luxembourg City did not set us on fire!!!!
Those Tanks never obey the speed limit..Bostords!!!
Working our way out to the only campsite in Luxembourg..Clouds are starting to look dark..Boo!!!
We treated ourselves to a camp site in Luxembourg this evening. Once the tents were set up we headed into the city for some food. It rained heavily while in the city and upon arriving back to the campsite we were greeted with 2 very wet tents. Enjoy….
The town of Speyer surprised all of us. The town was full of many attractions. Many parks, buildings, monuments and a very nice pedestrian street full of bars and cafes. Unfortunately we could only stay for a few hours. Back to business boys!!!
Lunch in the park- Speyer
Cycling the pedestrian street
Heads down and back to business
After a hard day on the bike we camped in a nice secluded spot in a famers field just outside the town of Nohfeldon.
That night we cooked up the usual spaggetti and added our favourite….sardines in tomato sauce…mmmmmm!!!
Before we went to bed Mike took a look at his speedometer and realised that we had covered over 10,000kms!!!! Our first few kms of the cycle trip were from all the way back in Bangkok, Thailand!!!!!!! Impressive,eh??
With the hangovers now subsided and feeling really refreshed, we were well geared up for some monster kilometers today..Come on… bring it on!!! Yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leaving Dillingen…Feeling on top of the world
Spotted this monument on the way out of Dillingen
Spotted some a plane taking off from a local air-strip – curiousosity got the better of us
So we headed straight for the air traffic control tower
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One of the gliders – very exciting!!!
Mike helps bring out the glider
Brian keeps the glider sturdy on route to the air strip
Whats up Maverick!!!
Our flying instructor – Manfred
Brian mid flight
Paul gets ready for launch
After another slack day (kilometers wise), we didn’t feel too bad to be honest. It was an oppurtunity that we just couldnt turn down. So with a great flying experience, a BBQ, we headed to our free campsite, compliments of Manfred and his partner. Thanks guys.
Last night bucketed rain and with our mornings hangover throbbing hard, it didnt help our cause one bit. The morning was really windy too, which makes cycling conditions pretty horendous….
Pretty tedious scenery in Germany
Hungover but still smiling!!
We love farms we do….er!!!…Lovely tractor!!!
We didn’t expect Dillingen to be our last town today, but the hangover and the increasingly mischievous headwinds finally got the better of us, so we booked into a campsite for the night to recouperate.
The Munich Town Hall called the Rathaus), a neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus was constructed between 1867- 1908 and houses the world famous Glockenspiel. The 43 bells play a 15 minute carillon at 11.00am and between May and October 12.00am and at 5pm. The 32 mechanical figures of musicians, knights etc re-enact the marriage festivities of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V to Renate von Lothringen in 1568.
A vegie burger in Munich – Not often us cyclists eat healthy!!!
Food here in Munich is just as good as it’s weiss beer. Its just delicious and drives you insane making you crave for more and more…Its great value for the huge portions you get.
One of the main squares in Munich
A beer pedalling automobile -
Novel way to get the kids around!! – Tube Station in Munich
We left Munich after 2 days of relaxing, beer sampling and sight seeing. For example, we took a day-trip to Dachau (a nazi concentration camp just outside Munich) which was a sobering experience.
Cycling paths are top quality..Roads to ourselves
Entering Augsburg – Dying for a beer
Arriving into Augsburg, we realised that there was a medieval festival on that night. With an inquisitive spirit, we found a camp spot close to the festival….Let the games begin!!!!
Today started slow. We packed up our tents very quickly, and without any breakfast, we got on our bikes and hit the road. The town of Tamsweg was only a few kilometers down the road. We stopped ehere for some food for the day and a small bit to eat.
We definately overstayed our time in Tamsweg. Staying for more than2 hours, we just weren’t in the mood to get back on the road.
Finally, it was agreed that we’d have to bite the bullet, so we hopped back on the bikes and kept peddeling.
More mountains in the distance
And up we go again
We cliimbed for most of the day. The temperatures dropped as the altitude only got higher. Aftern a couple of hours climbing we reached the top. The ski resort town of Obertauren.
Nice and flat
We were only 11kms from the famous ski resort, St. Johann
The picture above is of the river that we will be folllowing the whole way down to Salzburg
A paraglider tests his chute
The hills are behind us now. Thank God
We could have reached Salzburg today, but it would have been late so we decided to camp in a woods, 20kms outside the city.
Day 158:Outside Salzburg – Salzburg(20km) – Distance travelled so far 9,517km “23%, you gotta be kiddin me!!”
The short cycle toSalzburg in the morning
Brian and Mike met up with Paul in Salzburg. Paul had arranged a last minute couchsurf in the city, so we met him there.
Our Couchsurfing host Sarah(middle) and other couchsurfers
Sarah was a great host, taking us out and showing us what her city had to offer.
The day we arrived she took us to the local funfair, where we went on the best ride of our lives……
Sarah was also an amazing cook. Breakfast,lunch and dinner, she insisted she cooked everything