Biking along the Danube

I haven't been much of a bike rider since adolescence. Too many of my friends have been injured while pedaling. Franny enticed me to bike with a 'flat' ride to Vienna. So onto the bike I go!

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The bike path was mostly flat though our group found a bunch of hills on the way to various side trips.

I survived a light crash on day two as I was taking a steep downhill turn around a blind curve. I hit a curb as I avoided an oncoming speedster cyclist out on an afternoon sprint.  

My knee is slowly healing from the. bone bruise. 

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We rode with three CA friends. Every day included biking for 50-70k and stopping ocassionally for sausage and beer.  This day we found BBQ sardines!

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The Danube is a wide deep river that serves as a highway for cruise ships, ferries and barges. 

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My eyes wandered all day; enjoying the flavors of farmland, wild spaces, castles and old Austrian villages. Red poppies have been a favorite throughout Spain, Portugal and Austria.

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Our most solemn and reflective stop was at the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz. We spent several hours walking the grounds, reading the history and absorbing the pain and suffering, the inhumanity and senseless nature of war.

Metal sculptures like this Menorah nested through the camp as symbols and reminders, of honor to the victims and markers for meditation. 

Metal sculptures like this Menorah nested through the camp as symbols and reminders, of honor to the victims and markers for meditation. 

Every turn in the river provided another awesome view and splash of history. 

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And so our seven days on the Danube flowed. Awesome buffet breakfasts at comfortable hotels, kilometers of cycling, sightseeing, beer and sausage tasting and late night dinners. What's not to like. 

i love bike trails. They were very helpful getting into Vienna. Now for Vienna.