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Day 13, 13th September 2008

Fall - Ottensheim - Puchenau - Linz - Abwinden - Asten St. Florian - Enghagen - Mauthausen - Au an der Donau


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From Fall to Au an der Donau 45 km (711 km from start)

Photo: Google maps





From Maria's Diary:

It rained again during the night and in the morning. There was a strong easterly wind blowing which slowed us up considerably today. We packed in the shelter shed under the large chestnut which kept pinging during the night as the chestnuts dropped on a tin roof.

The first photo shows the fence beside the old orchard where we camped for the night. It rained all the way to the ferry which took us across to the left bank and Ottensheim, where we walked up a steep incline to the town square to a bakery cafe for breakfast. We looked like drowned rats but who cares.

The bakery was warm and comfortable. It took all our strength to get on the bikes again in the rain for the stretch to Puchenau. We went under the rail and highway bridges to the other side and pedalled beside the road for many kilometres. The bridge pylons had some measurements showing the heights of various floods.




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We packed up in the shelter shed, and set off from the apple orchard at the Fall Gasthaus in steady rain.

We never did get used to the iridescent green of European grass!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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At the ferry.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Flood heights.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Beside the Railway line.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008






From Maria's diary:

Finally we reached the outskirts of Linz and thought about getting a room and spending the day sight-seeing but we couldn't find anything nearby and didn't want to go into the main town looking so we by-passed the town and continued on the left bank past a Chemical works on the other side, some loading ramps for barges and several bridges.

We even spotted an unusual rock with a natural crossing of layers.




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Outskirts of Linz, on the other side of the river.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Downstream of Linz.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Cross in rock. This occurs when Silica rich solutions under pressure break open the rock along joint lines and deposit white silicon dioxide.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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There was an industrial area across the other side of the Donau.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Roadside vegetation.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008






From Maria's diary:

We continued on towards Abwinden where we had decided to go across on the Kraftwerk (Hydro works and lock). There were several signs along the way giving us an indication of distances. These were the best signs we'd seen so far - we were told that the provision of signs is a localised activity which is why there was such a variation along the whole trip.

It's a pity that there is not one authority with responsibility for standard signage along the whole Radweg. It would make the journey so much easier. The problem is that locals can't get into the mind-set of a foreigner and they make assumptions. Some travellers have a natural inbuilt sense of direction and we were very good at finding the right pathways, but occasionally we were frustrated by the lack of good signage.

Crossing the Kraftwerk was interesting but also a bit scary as you had to share the road with trucks, etc.




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Good signage.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Along the levee.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Parting of the ways. We had decided to take the road across the Kraftwerk to the right bank.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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There was a bay so that cyclists could take photos. One side of the Kraftwerk was for the hydro plant, the other held the lock for ships travelling up and down the Donau.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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Across the Kraftwerk.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008






From Maria's diary:

After crossing the Kraftwerk we rode inland through fields and apple orchards, around farmhouses and occasionally back beside the river. By now we were starving hungry and looked out for a Gasthaus where we could get a meal. At Enghagen I spotted a 'Most' sign beside a farmhouse and several cars parked nearby. We opened the door and asked if they were open for business. We were in luck. They were catering for a large Birthday party in another room but were happy to serve us in the dining room.

We ordered Schnitzel and alcoholic Apple cider (Most Sturm) and were overwhelmed with the servings - 2 large chicken schnitzels each. Even the waitress passing through with plates for the party made a comment about the size of the meal. I managed to down one Schnitzel while Don started on the second then gave up.

When the Wirtin (female publican) came back in she approached us with a sheet of foil and wrapped the remaining pieces of schnitzel. This was to be both dinner and breakfast. We paid 18 Euros altogether for the meals and Sturm which was very cheap and we can thoroughly recommend that particular Gasthaus.




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Cattle on pasture, a field harvested for hay, and some portable wheel tracks for putting a tractor onto a low trailer.

Farmers here seem to use temporary electric fencing instead of permanent fencing.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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The cider tasted good, and was an appetiser for the huge meal which followed!

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008






From Maria's diary:

From Enghagen we rode against the cold wind towards the ferry landing on the right bank across from Mauthausen. Here we crossed again to the left bank then continued towards Au, going under a couple of bridges and then inland for some distance in order to cross the River Aist. By now the weather had dried up and the sun came out.

From the Aist River crossing we followed the road to Au rather than following the Radweg as it took us directly to the camping area which was near a boat harbour for pleasure craft. It was a magnificent camping area with excellent facilities. When we paid at the kiosk, the young man serving us told us that he had spent some time in Australia travelling around. It was strange to talk about home again as we hadn't met any other Aussies on the whole trip.

The campsite was out of the wind, below the levee bank and we set up our tent near a barbecue table in a most picturesque setting. After showering and doing the washing, it was time to find a Gasthaus for a coffee and cake - we'd earned it. The Gasthaus we entered in the village had a distinctly nautical feel - the first we'd seen on the trip. This indicated that the river was now an important part of the local culture in this area.

Back at the campsite we met up with Paul Davenport, a fascinating Englishman who was writing a book about this and other cycleways in Germany. I went through the Vienna to Budapest book of maps with him to get some inside information on the best route to take. He had done the Radweg many times and had started this particular trip in Budapest and was travelling west. That's probably a good way to do it as we found out later.




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Apartments on the other side of the river, backed by the remains of a quarry.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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On the bike ferry, crossing to the left bank at Mauthausen.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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We cycled through Matthausen, towards Au, four kilometres away.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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The Aist River crossing at Obersebern.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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I got the tent out and started to put it up. It was a great campsite.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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At Au an der Donau, with the tent up.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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We went to the Gasthaus for a little treat. It had been a long day.

We went back to the tent and ate our schnitzel and potatoes at the table and benches there.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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It was a complex set up. On the left, a marina for pleasure craft, on the right a sign showing some of the points of interest.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008


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The Gasthaus and the office for registering your tent site.

Photo: Don & Maria Hitchcock 13th September 2008




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Day 13, 13th September 2008

Fall - Ottensheim - Puchenau - Linz - Abwinden - Asten St. Florian - Enghagen - Mauthausen - Au an der Donau

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