Day 5 from Bitte Schon To Ďakujem Cycling the Danube

Day 5 from Bitte Schon To Ďakujem Cycling the Danube

Today was to be an exciting day as we leave Austria via Vienna and enter Slovakia via Bratislava.


The weather gods once again being kind to us with a predicted 30 degrees although once we had packed our very wet tent up it was a little chilly.

The scenery started off beautiful with the Danube dressed both sides in beautiful Spring like flowers butterfly’s dancing before the sun became too harsh.

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Day 4 Transition Day – Cycling Danube

Day 4 Transition Day – Cycling Danube

Today is a transition day we don’t pass any major cities so the aim is to get as near to Vienna as possible as we will whizz though Vienna into Bratislava quite quickly. So we need to hit a bigger mileage.

About to catch a bike ferry one the Danube Cycle route
About to catch a bike ferry one the Danube Cycle route

We had kaffe and Kuch in a nice little bar with an unusually friendly Austrian, it’s the first place for years where we have seen people smoking indoors well strange, everybody smokes in Austria.

Wendy having Kaffe and kurch
Wendy having Kaffe and kurch

The weather gods have been kind  to us again today not requiring anything more than very light clothing.

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Day 2 Exit stage left – Cycling the Danube

Day 2 Exit stage left – Cycling the Danube

Now the weather gods have finish trying to drown us and the real gods have stopped trying to frighten us and the sat nav stopped trying to kill us it’s time to get on with the serious business of having fun.

After breakfast at my new favourite coffee shop (Coffee Fellowes) we set off to cover the remaking 150 miles in the van.

Coffee fellows
Those funky coffee fellows

After dumping the van off here we eagerly unpacked the bikes and made our way to the start.  Super excited to be right here and right now.

Condor Heritage Disc Canondale synapse packed in the van
Condor Heritage Disc Canondale synapse packed in the van we were excited to get started

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Day 1 Cycling the Danube

Somebody once said to me if you want to travel you have to travel. Never was this more the case than the journey we were about to undertake. We plumbed Passau into the sat nav and it came up with some numbers that it wouldn’t do to dwell on too much.

Condor Heritage Disc Cannondale synapse packed into Vivianni our Van
Condor Heritage Disc Cannondale synapse packed into Vivianni our Van

We had decided to drive to Passau ride to Budapest and get a train back to Passau.

The practicalities of flying with the touring bikes and all that kids were too much and besides http://Http://www.southernbikeboxhire.co.uk

Were fully booked, so off we set at sparrows fart 04:30am.

The route from Calais was to Belgium and then drop down full the length of Germany until we ran out of Germany.

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Wendys first touring holiday – Danube

Danube – my first touring holiday

When Paul started planning his epic tour (self supported) to his Mums in Spain, he suggested I might like to do some touring!

Wendy on canondale synapse set up for touring at Bosham quay

The seed was planted and it wasn’t long before I found The Danube Europe’s 2nd longest river. A flattish route along the riverside passing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

I was sold, the scenery looked lush & green, achievable and flat !! I have been camping before , I ride my bike a lot but I have never done both together let alone cart it all with me!!

Cycle touring the Danube

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6 Cycling the Danube Expectations

As long tradition of ignoring my own advice this blog I am going to set some expectations of our cycling along the trip along the Danube.

Condor Heritage Disc
Arti is back

* 1 star bad *5 star good

1  Busy **

If you have ever googled cycling the Danube you may be surprised to see that the first 5 or 6 pages are filled with organised tours , so I am expecting it to be like the cycle super highway.

2  Surfaces ****

I am expecting the surfaces to be variable to good as it would be a shame as it’s one of the most popular cycleways.

MSR Hubba Hubba tent ideal for bicycle touring
Looking forward to getting the tent out

3 Traffic *****

I am hoping there will not be very much traffic at all as it’s a cycle way however you never know.

4 Culture ****

It will be great if we can make the occasional detour from the tourist paths to find some traditional villages and towns To see how the locals live.

Condor Heritage fully loaded with Ortlieb panniers and Apidura bags Ideal for bicycle touring
Condor Heritage fully loaded with Ortlieb panniers and Apidura bags

5 Prices *

I am expecting the prices to be very expensive.

6 Relaxation *****

Tied in with the lack of traffic I am expecting the ride to be very relaxing and calm.

7 Weather ***

I am expecting wettish weather at the Passau end getting hotter and drier as we move South towards Budapest

Van Nicholas Ventura Titanium

Van Nicholas Ventura titanium.

Campagnolo veloce, rotor chainset, power to max power meter, Campagnolo Eurus wheels, Fizic Arione Saddle

Van Nicholas Ventus in Paris

Van Nicholas Ventus Moulin Rouge

Condor Heritage Disc Tourer

Condor Heritage Disc Tourer

Sram Rival Grupo

Condor Wheels

Marathon Plus Tyres

Brooks B17 Narrow

Son 128 Dynamo, Tout Tourain Plug USB

 

Cervelo S5

Here is my Cervelo S5 with Campagnolo Chorus Zipp 303 wheels Fizic Arione Saddle, Zefiro 3T bars.

In action