Day 44: Au to Melk

Tuesday May 17, 2005, 89 km (55 miles) – Total so far: 2,930 km (1,821 miles)

We took a detour away from the Danube this morning to a town called Perg where Agata saw a specialist Austrian doctor about her leg injury. We turned up at the surgery without an appointment so were lucky he could fit her in. Apparently she has tendonitis and in addition to some cream and a bandage laced with anti-inflammatory drugs, the doctor has prescribed seven to ten days of rest. So we’ve decided to push on as far as Vienna and lay up for a few days.

Looking south we can already see the Alps far in the distance, the higher peaks are still looking very snow-covered. Melk is a charming little town packed with tourists, most here to see the famous Benedictine abbey.

Unicorn statue in Perg

Unicorn statue in Perg

Another pine forest along the banks of the river

Another pine forest along the banks of the river

Our first view of the Alps in the background

Our first view of the Alps in the background

Our campsite at Melk

Our campsite at Melk

The world-famous Benedictine abbey at Melk

The world-famous Benedictine abbey at Melk

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