Day 24 Blaustein to Dillengen Tues 15/08/06
I felt fully rested, warm and full for the first time in ages as I set out in the morning. The breakfast was really good, and just what I needed. The rain stayed away during the days cycling, and I even caught a glimpse of blue sky at one point! The cycle route was easy to follow, and even though my Cicerone guide book to the Danube Cycle Way said there were some rough sections, I seemed to glide over them. The River Danube is much wider now than when I set off, and I passed a dam at one point. I decided to stay the night in a town called Dillengen, as its campsite was right next to the cycle way. There was a regional religious holiday, which meant that all the shops were shut and the streets deserted. A family turned up at the campsite, who are also cycling part of the Danube Way at 30kms or so a day. The kids even have their own panniers!
Day 25 Dillengen – Neuberg Wed 16/08/06
A reasonable nights sleep, and after I bought a bakers bag of misfit rolls for a Euro, I set off again. The days cycling was easy enough, with just a couple of steep climbs. I paced along, and even though I have overtaken other cycle tourists on my journey, I have yet to be overtaken by any. (What do you mean, it's not a competition??) I didn't have a map for today, and was relying on the Cicerone guide book and the signposts which did me fine up to the point when they decided to part company with one another. I decided to stick with the signposts, and ended up in the town of Neuberg, which I wasn't expecting to do, but it had a campsite, so no worries.
Then looked around the old centre, which has a stunning cathedral and hundreds of fine old buildings. Stocked up at Nettos, and although I considered a glorious hatrick of McDonalds, I decided on a tin of Maggi Ravioli instead. I remember Maggi from my first trip around Australia, when Andrea and I were on an all noodle diet to save cash, and here they are again!
I made the breakfast at the guesthouse a good one, and also took a roll away with me for later on. I was really flying today, and didn't want to stop! At one stage, i cycled with a group of German lads, and used them as a windshield until one of them fell off. I decided to bypass Passau, and carry on into Austria. There was no ‘welcome to Austria sign', but here I am all the same, in my third different country so far. I carried on pacing along, and my average speed of 20kmh is my fastest so far. The cycle path on the Austrian side is proving to be very smooth, and follows close to the River Danube's edge. Had to take a two euro ferry across to the opposite side at one point.