Day 170: Denant – Bruxelles (Belgium) (87km) Distance travelled so far 10,474km “Another day another country”

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.

Day 169: Luxembourg – Denant (Belgium)(151km) Distance travelled so far 10,387km “Another day another country”

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


Leaving Luxembourg

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 BelgiumHoly smokes!!!


Very similar to Ireland.


A quick roadside break after a long slog


Belgian blue cows. Some of the finest arses 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!!!!!!!

Day 168: Nohfeldon – Luxemburg City (137km) Distance travelled so far 10,236km “Anyone for Luxemburg?”

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….

Day 167: Brackenheim – Nohfeldon (135km) Distance travelled so far 10,099km “Another long day, but feck it..we are nearly home now!!!”


Cherry picking – Early morning at the campsite


Entering Speyer – Pretty

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??

Night all…..

Day 166: near Aalen -Brackenheim (131km) Distance travelled so far 9,964km “Back to hard slogging”

After slacking it for the past few days, we knew that we would have to get back to doing our usual 100km days. So we put down the heads and made sure not to stop for any more distractions.


Brians landing strip


Which way to Aalen!!!..Decisions decisions….


Wind power and pedal power galore


Breakfast in Aalen


Irish bar in Aalen..we wondered had they misspelt it?


Lunch time in ____


Vine-yards line the hillside

We arrived into Brackenheim at 9:30 after a very long days cycle, only to find yet another festival on. We decided to stop for a beer, some food and to listen to the local music talent.


Festival night in Brackenheim


Paul enjoying the music

Day 165: Dillingen – near Aalen (47km) Distance travelled so far 9,833km “Fly me to the moon.”

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.


Manfred offers us free camping for the night

Day 164: Augsburg – Dillingen (44km) Distance travelled so far 9,784km “The Medieval Hangover”

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!!!


Crops


Entering Dillingen

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.

Day 163: Munich – Augsburg (83km) Distance travelled so far 9,740km “Sights in Munich and our Medieval Carry-on”


The Munich

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!!!!


Augsburg town centre – trams galore



At the medieval festival in the townWeird!!

Day 160 & 161 Salzburg – Munich (Germany)(140km) – Distance travelled so far 9,657km “Pauls back!!”

We said our fairwells to Sarah and headed off again, this time with Paul on board again. We found it a bit difficult to get out of the city.


Leaving Salzburg


Mr Paul Ryan, back again

The thaireland trio were on the road again and feeling good. We took it easy for the first 40kms. The terrain was nice and flat, a change from continious climbing.

The city of Salzburg is only a few kilomters from the German border. None of us noticed crossing the border. No sign of a German flag, or anything indicating where we were.


Strawberry pickers on route


Designer poll in the middle of a town


One way of keeping a horse fit


Thai and Buddha flags in Germany!!


Thankfully we ain’t cycling anywhere near these boys…


Entering Wasserberg


A pretty little church!

We had originally intended on making Munich on the same day, but after a rest in Wasserberg we decided to call it a day and find a campspot.


Campsite outside Wasserberg

We were slow to rise the morning after knowing we had only 50kms to Munich. We arrived into the city at 1pm for yet another days rest. This is more like it!!!

Day 157:Rammingstein – Outside Salzburg(110km) – Distance travelled so far 9,497km “Just one more day till rest day”

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


Spectacular scenery

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


Salzburg

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……

Enjoy…..

Sarah was also an amazing cook. Breakfast,lunch and dinner, she insisted she cooked everything


Roast pork. Yum yum


More couchsurfers on the last night in Salzburg


Leaving Sarah