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

Day 156:Klagenfurt – Rammingstein(95km) – Distance travelled so far 9,387km “23%, you gotta be kiddin me!!”


The town of Klagenfurt on lake Worshee

After a good nights sleep, we were both ready for the day ahead. Cycling along the lake for the first couple of kilometers, we stopped in a small town for some breakfast. After a quick cup of tea and apple cakes we headed for the hills.


The start of it


Tis always rewarding, turning around, and seeing what you’ve done


Feelin good

Hill talk


The scenery is wonderful


Timberrrr


Beautiful lookin towns in Austria


Up and up and up and up….

After a quick break in a small town, it was back to business once again. We knew this would be the toughest part of the day.


A bit worried


The 23% climb…

The day was beginning to be a bit of a slog. Turning ever corner, we were frustrated to see yet another hill. We kept the heads down and ploughed on. After 3 hours of constant climbing we finally made it to the top. Absolutely knackered, we tapped each other on the back and prepared for our well earned decent….


A sledge at the resort town on the summit


The summit town


The decent.

It was certainly an amazing decent. We travelling over 20kms without even peddeling. Mike’s speedometer clocked the fastest speed……


The proof…74.4kms….good going, eh?

The day had been a mighty success. Acheiving 90kms with the terrain was a great achievement. We bedded down for the night, knowing that tomorrow was to more or less the same as todays cycle.


Campsite beside a river

Day 155:Ljubljana – Klagenfurt(Austria)(118km) – Distance travelled so far 9,292km “The Alps”

Waking in our campsite this morning, we knew what was in store for the day….crossing the border into Austria but also alot of climbing uphill.


Saw Iggy Pop at the campsite!!


Campsite

The first 40kms of the day were very nice with lovely rolling terrain and beautiful scenery, but in the distance stood the Alps, and they were only getting closer!!


Timber framing, for drying hay


Bring them bad boys on….


Drying hay


Slovenian telephone poles

Just before our first climb up the Alps, we came accross a sign indicating that bikes were not permitted beyond this point. If we were to turn back, and go another route, we definately wouldn’t make it to Austria today..So , of course, we decided ignore the sign and keep moving…


No bikes????We ain’t turning back…


Here we go


A camp from WWII on route to the border

The boder of Slovenia/Austria is approx at 1300m and is joined be a 1.5km tunnel. The tunnel was built be concentration camp prisoners during the second world war.


A memorial to the workers that built the tunnel


Entering the tunnel in Slovenia….


Exiting in Austria


A decent. Good start to Austria


An interestinbg water fountain

After our good days work we reached Klagenfurt. We did a small bit of research into tomorrows cycle and found out that the the town was at 400m and that we would have to climb a pass of over 1700m….


Another campsite for the night

Campsite talk

sleep tight

Day 154:Rijeka – Ljubljana (Slovenia)(120km) – Distance travelled so far 9,174km “Slovenia, the foothills of the Alps”


The last sea we will see till Calais in France


Leaving Croatia

Crossing the border was hassle free. A quick stamp and we were sent on our way. We will be in the EU for the remainder of the trip, the passports shall be put to the bottom of the pannier bags….


Slovenia


Some nice lushous countryside


Reminds us of home


Lookin gooood


More noise and speed


WWII memorial


A ski jump. Not quite the time of year


Cycling lane, we love thee


Ljubljana


City Center

Day 153:Jablanac – Rijeka(116km) – Distance travelled so far 9,054km “Too many bikers”

A bit groggy this morning after sleeping on the side of a hill we prepared for another day on the saddle.


Mike packs away the bikeamper

Cycling the coast we came accross numerous touring bikers. Some driving incredibly fast. We came upon a biker who had actually come off his bike and slid underneath the roadside railing. Thankfully he seemed to be unharmed.


A common sight of a group of bikers


Senj


A quick coffee


A nice bit of engineering connecting the mainland to one of its numerouis islands


Ice-cream break


Who da man

We camped outside Rijeka, 15kms from the border. Slovenia tomorrow. We’re flying through the countries now……

Day 152: Zadar – Jablanac(130km) – Distance travelled so far 8,938km “Cycling the Croatian coast”

Arriving in Croatia on the morning of the 29th Michael and Brian decided to chill out in Zadar for a few hours.That afternoon they met with Paul and Liz for a coffee and after a few hours catch up they headed out of town in search of a camp spot. Paul will be staying with Liz for the next few days.


Mike, Liz, Paul( with new hair-cut), Brian in Zadar


Our quaters for the night. Check out Brians new tent

The following morning, Brian and Mike headed up the Croatian coast. Check out some of the nice pics of Croatia.


Lunch stop, in Pag


Pag

 


More coastal cycling


We may struggle to find a camp spot in this terrain


The Sun Goes Down Do do dodo do doooooo

After an impressive days work we found a small grassy patch close to the road and put the heads down for the night…..

Rome

We both agreed, our days spent in Rome were memorable. The city itself was thronged with tourists, but this certainly didn’t take anything away from it’s charm. Accommodation was exspensive, food was cheap so we were quite happy.

We took in as many sites as we could in our days in the capital, such as the Colosseum, The Old City, a tour in the Vatican City which included St.Peters Sq and the Sistein Chapel.

 


I love to shop


‘So your father was a Wouman, eh?’


Brian outside the famous Colosseum. Whats that in the background???


……The Champions League throphy

 


Inside the Colosseum


Man U supporters sing and drink before the game. Who are ya, who are ya…


Mike bought a Barca jersey


Monumento Vittorio Emanuele II

 


Daniel O Connells heart buried here.

During our stay, we arranged to meet our good friend from O’Briensbridge, Co.Clare, Ger Jones, studying in the Irish priest college, Rome. It was great to meet Ger for a few hours. He showed us around as much as he could, and explained some very interesting facts about the city.

We also had an unexspected meal with Ger and his colleagues in the college. Afterwards, they kindly gave us a donation for our charity which they had collected over the lenten period.

Thanks again Ger for everything


Ger (second from right) and friends, giving donation


Part of the old aquaduct


Donagha, son of the great Brian Boru, buried in a church in Rome


Heineken Colosseum mmmmmm

After leaving Ger we headed off to find a location for the game. We had been informed that there would be no official big screen in Rome for the game. Finding a place proved to be difficult but with only 15 mins to kick-off we found a small outdoor pub close to the stadium completely filled with Barcelona fans. We were among friends….


On the metro to the game

Halftime analysis

2-0 Barcelona. Lionel Messi, you legend


Barca fans enjoy the game


St. Peters Sq

Day 148: Pescara – Ancona (164km) – Distance travelled so far 8,808 km “Thaireland Split!”

Well…Paul leaves Brian and Mike and for the next three days will head on up to Ancona and then across to meet Liz in Croatia. With an increasingly more dodgy back wheel, he finally finds an Italian man named Carlito who lives in the Padre Pio region of Italy….Blessed Carilto…Please help fix this wheel once and for all. With careful attention Carlito does indeed fix the wheel…(Carlitos way!!!)…Grazia n’ Ciao bella Carlito


The final throw of the dice for Pauls wheel….Come on!!!!!!!!!!!


Carlito and gorgeous wife…(cannot remember your name..sorry!!!)


Radom shot….On route to Pescara…


It does exists!!!…I’m not tellin lies!!!

After a tough 160km to Pescara and now another 180 odd kilometers to Ancona, Paul chills out for the next 2 days on route hugging the East Coast road all the way. The weather is scorching hot and tanning up as good as Tom Jones is pretty easy indeed…

Brian and Mike head to Rome to soak up the atmosphere of the Champions League final and maybe do a bit of site seeing.

Roll on Croatia and some more of this glorious weather…Noice!!!!!!!!!!!!