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Published: September 16th 2010
Cycle paths in Austria vary greatly, from beautifully smooth tarmac that closely follows the main road, to gravel roads at an incline of 16% that take you into a forest for half a mile or so. I wouldn't have gone anywhere near them had the polizei not pulled me up on the bundestrasse 15 miles short of Millstatt, telling me there were radwegs and this road was not for me. I disagree...
I didn't make up any ground today, though all things considered I did reasonably well to only lose 5 miles. Regardless of how much of a pat on the back I want to give myself, I still have well over 200km to ride tomorrow so it's a bit irellevant.
I cannot not mention the mountain I went up today, as while the climb of the Turracher hoehe only lasts about 8km it must average about 10 - 12% according to my GPS. Certainly it agreed with the warning of 23% stated a kilometer into the thing. It may not be very good at giving sensible directions, but it is good at maths. This was not the most scenic hill in the world, not that I was doing
much looking around, but at the top there was a beautiful lake which again made it seem worth the effort. Mind you, halfway through the 23% section I would have happily sacrificed a lake view in favour of some sort of escalator.
So tomorrow - 7am breakfast for an 8am start on the bike. Sunset in this part of the world happens a bit earlier (I discovered today) so that will give me roughly 11 hours to cover the distance in daylight. Gute nacht...
Tot: 3.586s; Tpl: 0.049s; cc: 11; qc: 52; dbt: 0.0394s; 3; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb