Heading for Linz with Istanbul travellers


  1. København-Alpirsbach

  2. Alpirsbach

  3. Alpirsbach

  4. Alpirsbach-Tuttlingen

  5. Tuttlingen-Lindau

  6. Lindau-Feldkirch(A)

  7. Feldkirch-Landeck

  8. Landeck-Innsbruck

  9. Innsbruck-Zell am Ziller

  10. Zell am Ziller-Zell am See

  11. Zell am See 

  12. Zell am See-Pffarwerfen 

  13. Pffarwerfen-Tuttmoning

  14. Tuttmoning-Passau

  15. Passau-Linz

  16. Linz-Melk

  17. Melk-Wien

  18. Wien

  19. Wien

  20. Wien

  21. Wien

  22. Wien-København




Letter 15


Thursday 04.08.11
It's raining steadily. As it did all night and there's no sign of any change. It's 7.30 o'clock and I must act...
Take a shower, eat breakfast and start packing. The rain is a little weaker when I leave, so I leave the raincovers undone.

The camping site at Ilz wasn't big They have mermaids in Donau too

Shop food in a Penny Markt and the rain slowly stops. It's warm enough for shorts and sandals. The german from yesterday wanted to wait for the rain to stop, so he's left behind. I've inherited a small book about the route Passau-Vienna from two germans, that due to lack of time will take another route. Superb!
There are loads of cyclists on the track. I've decided to stick to the left bank. 4-5 of them have stopped and I hurry by - also by a sign - I think it said "Ende der Radweg".I brake and go back. Yes, really. It's an officiel sign. You have to go by ferry to the other bank. Ferry is maybe too big a word, but the boat can carry the 5 passengers and their bikes. 1€50. If I had taken a closer look in my new book I would have known. But someone told me, I could ride both banks not specifying how.

Crossing the Donau - for 1,50€ The ferry berth on the right bank

To the other bank, where will we be then? Austria! No border control for sure!

I talk to different people on the way. Several for inscrutable reasons from the Stuttgart area. The first is a teacher together with the wife and some friends. Later two men, who I now know as Bruno and Helmuth. On their way to Istanbul - with a tent too.
We part when it's possible to cross to the other bank at a power station. It's shorter on this side, but I'll have to go on the main road for the last 10 km. There's not much traffic, so no problem.

A forrested piece of Donau Helmuth and Bruno are not quite "sharp" - haha


I reach Linz at 16. I soon find the main street and a tourist info. Two questions: Where can I cash money, and where can I get a coffee-to-go? There are no signs in the bank, but the cassier volunteerly tells me which machine to choose. They're inside the bank, that closes at 16.30. I managed!
I sit down with the coffee and my newly bought cookies at a fountain and enjoy life. An easy day.
Go a little to and fro. The camping site is 4 km ahead towards Vienna, so I won't be going back here. It's a cosy town much bigger than Passau. It's situated on both banks and I wonder how you can have ONE city in TWO different counties? I haven't realized that both banks long ago have turned austrian. It's was when we were sent across on the ferry probably...

I find the "Dom" where organ music can be heard from indside.
The organ player is rehearsing. There's something special about this enormous sound from a church organ. From the tiniest small pipes to the low roars from the bass.
Inside the church is a project called: "The tower eremit". In a "box" in the church you can gaze through windows into the room of the eremit. It has a plank bed, a small desk, a sink and a cooker. I grab the handle cautiously without anyone watching. It's locked. It was just what I could need for the night.

Linz is on both sides of the river The site was densly packed - but everyone was happy

Find my way to the camping site. The two Istanbul travellers have arrived already. Later the german from Berlin too - we speak english together. The other two only speak dialect.

The site is rather small and people continue arriving so we're quite close. It's a little like a gipsy camp but noone comes in vain, we're concerned about each other.

Now it's 21.45 and I'm sitting in the restaurant, there are no other lit up places to sit writing. The waiter asked if I wanted the menu, I said I actually just needed light. That was ok.
You just get 3½ min of hot water in the shower for your 50 cent. It's just getting finished in a hurry. I'm all finished now - for today.

105.02 km
18.0 km/h
33.8 km/h
5:50:03 h