Danube River Trail


I might add maps later,but it’s a bit fiddly to do on my phone, and not all that interesting since we’re just covering the distance along the river, so only the stats, photos and not much more.

Day 1. Tulln

40k 25% battery use

Day 2. Klein-Pochlarn


93k 65% battery!

The last part through the Wachau valley was into a big headwind so I used level 2 power, and towards the end I was on 3 because there was a hill and a sore knee, but I reckon that’s pretty low useage.

All the restaurants are on holiday so we went the the supermarket, got some great lederkase and kartoffel salad, beer and wine and had a wonderful dinner sitting on a gently rocking swimming platform while the sun sank into the river. Life could get better, but I can’t think how right now.

Day 3: Klein-Pochlarn to St Pantaleon

70 k 50% battery use.

Gentle day, beautiful section of the river, St P is not even a one horse town so we’re eating in the gasthaus and shouting ourselves breakfast too because today we earned our Junior Tourer’s badges for having completed 1000km.

Day 4: St Pantaleon to Inzell

99k 50% battery use!

Yep, that’s right. I set the power on 2 because my knee was giving me gyp, and we mostly cruised at 25k which meant the power was just on but the momentum was dragging us along and if we had the energy and more daylight we could have cruised through even more of this stunning landscape. Jill still loyally thinks NZ is prettier, but I think that this area is just another of those 10/10 places that are dotted around the world, and I can’t judge them more finely than that.

Stayed at a lovely gasthaus right on the river, and I love the way these owner run small hotels set up the conditions for friendly dinners. The couple next to us have a son in Hamilton, a doctor, and it’s not uncommon at all for people we meet to have some sort of connection with the place.

Day 5: Enzill to Passau

45k and about 25 – 30% battery use.
Short day so I left it on 3 to give my knee a break.

Passau could be called Passthrough because it’s another tourist focused, Disneyfied town, but it’s worth more than that. A bit more anyway. We had a lovely chicken and chips with salad takeaway dinner, sitting on the point where the three Rivers converge, the Ilz, Inn and Danube, with two lit up castles reflecting in them variously, and pitied the other punters stuck in their traditional restaurants sucking down schnitzels and spare ribs.

It’s getting a bit chilly though and I broke out the puffer jacket for the first time

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