Day 42: Passau to Linz

Sunday May 15, 2005, 106 km (66 miles) – Total so far: 2,820 km (1,752 miles)

Yodel-ay-ee-hoo! We went out for a meal in Passau in a very traditional German restaurant, the proprietor/chef was also the entertainment and we were treated to a night of yodelling.

It was an eventful first day in Austria. First we packed up a soggy tent whilst chatting to a very talkative German/American lady cycle tourist, then rode through some great scenery around the German/Austrian border with deep gorges in the rock. We had to take two boat journeys to cross the Donau where the gorge on our side of the river was too steep.

We enjoyed an excellent lunch by the river with a cheeky pint of Austrian beer, before moving on to Linz. Linz is described in the Radweg guide as ‘an industrial city’ and they weren’t kidding. Parts of it are horrible. We spent an eternity trying to find Linz’s only campsite, which turned out not to be in Linz at all but 12 km down the road. It’s a weird campsite, not the sort frequented exclusively by tourists, there seem to be quite a few itinerant workers. Still, it does have a small eatery/bar and a handy little shop.

The river Inn meets the Danube at Passau

The river Inn meets the Danube at Passau

One of many small ferries

One of many small ferries

Statue of a mermaid near Passau

Statue of a mermaid near Passau

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