We got a little bit lucky today, and we are very happy about it.
Despite the dismal weather predictions, we did our whole planned ride today, all 103km of it! Whoot woo!
Looking out the window before breakfast this was the view.
Yes umbrellas were up, but the rain was light.
We went to breakfast, packed our bikes, walked over the bridge to the bike path to make the call. Ride or train? We decided to ride as it was more nuisance level rain and it was not particularly cold (6 degrees). We also had the safety net of riding within cooee of the rail line.
Our first goal was Wörgl, some 67 km away. If we had taken the train, we needed to change lines at Wörgl.
There was water around, and the bike track we took for most of today was a mixture of sealed and unsealed, the latter ensuring our bikes were filthy! So much for me cleaning them yesterday 😂😂😂
There were continual low clouds that made the mountains look somewhat mystical.
We criss crossed the flooded River Inn multiple times, using these wonderful covered bridges, for cyclists and walkers.
Churches, statues and picturesque villages.
Great carving on this footbridge and I loved the positioning of the church! It looks so eerie.
At one village we rode past a railway station. Needing to use a loo I walked through the station, down the platform to the ladies. I went in and here was a very strange looking woman standing outside the cubicle door. I asked her was she waiting, and she indicated no. I went into the ‘vacant’ toilet and shut the door. As I did, lo and behold a creepy man was hiding behind the door!
Now I’m not normally a screamer but hell I screamed! He scared the living daylights out of me. I told him to ‘get out’ and he did! WT????
I went and spoke with someone who looked official and they told me security were on the way as he’d already been reported by another woman. He was still lurking when we departed. Not sure what his story was, why he was behind a toilet door..he was not using the loo…he was in there hiding. Creepy dude.
The sign said Bike Stop. So we did. What a great installation, complete with charging connections for electric bikes and a tube station. There was a similar one at the other end of the village.
The next village was Rattenberg, and it looked really cute. We did not detour as we could see half a dozen tourist coaches down the far end.
Rain wise, it totally stopped at around the 50 km point. We knew Wörgl would be achieved.
Arriving in Wörgl, we discovered a busy town that slowed us down heaps as we hopped on and off footpaths. We were both fairly dirty, so needing toilets we stopped at McDonalds! We figured they might not mind quite as much. No men hiding there either.
One Wörgl picture. The roof impressed us.
We turned right and entered a different valley to ride towards St Johann. So many views looked like picture perfect jigsaw puzzles. Austria is just so neat and tidy everywhere. The ride was more up and down as we climbed to a maximum of around 800 m.a.s.l.
Aside from the cute sheep above, Tony took a fancy to these cows.
Some of the gravel paths I was pretty slow on. More brilliant views.
About 8 km short of our destination we climbed and I found a seat! Beautiful place!
Another dirt section, and this one we climbed up was steeper. I pushed my bike up the loose gravel for that!
A clever guy had these sculptures outside his house.
Then our destination St Johann in Tirol.
We were both delighted with today. It was a great cruiser ride on a day that proved the forecasters as wrong as the pre poll ballots for the recent Australian election. We are hoping that our luck continues!!
Super impressed with Austria’s efforts with cycling. The trails (sealed and unsealed) on the whole, are fabulous. I think that we need to explore more of this country!
Tomorrow we are due to ride to Salzburg. Fingers crossed 🤞🤞🤞
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