I wake up to the boom, diddy-boom of the train hurtling across the countryside and the sound of rain through my open window.
It wasn’t a bad nights sleep considering.
At 7.20, an hour before our arrival time, there is a knock on my door and the conductor delivers my breakfast. You have a choice of 6 items from a typical German breakfast menu,which you choose the night before.
I have to go and get my coffee from the conductors room at the end of the corridor, but that’s OK as I need to go to the loo anyway.
Yes, unfortunately unless you go for a deluxe cabin, your in-cabin facilities consist of a tiny, cleverly concealed washbasin. And on this train, unlike the previous,there are no additional shower facilities, so it’s a cat’s lick and a promise for me this morning!
The train goes through a very long tunnel, and luckily the weather improves the other side and it is now dry.
The train pulls into Vienna’s main station, but those of us with vehicles have to stay on board as the Motorail is a little further down the line( make sure you go the the right place if embarking at Vienna!)
We get off the train, but once again no-one knows what to do!
The transporter carriage is moved from the end of our train, to the end of the carriage you can see in the top right hand corner of the photo above.
There is nowhere to leave our luggage safely, but luckily a car passenger agrees to stand and look after it.
The bikes are unhitched by the staff and then it’s another head-down, slow, careful ride through the carriages…
…riding directly out onto the station.
We all park up on the platform and load up our bikes.
It may not be raining, but it is very windy. I prefer rain!
My first stop is to a petrol station, to fill up but more importantly to buy a Vignette, which you must have to ride on the motorways in Austria. Even if you don’t plan to ride on the motorways, I would recommend buying one as I beleive the fine is currently about 200 euros, and it is possible to accidently join a road that needs one. Just sayin’!
My route today is a boring one. All motorway, as it’s about getting to Trieben as quickly as I can, about 3 hours away.
My GPS navigates me through the city and I’m on the motorway, a VERY windy motorway. Not an enjoyable ride.
The wind continues for the next 50 odd miles on the A2, but lessens once I’m on the A6/A9.
Once again, I am very happy to have my cruise control, especially as there are many sections down to one lane and 80km speed limit.
I finally make it to Trieben, find the hotel and more importantly Sue.
After a shower, it’s downstairs for that all important first beer.
Over our beer, Sue tells me about her accident – she had an argument with the road and broke her collarbone; -her bike, currently in storage in the town ; and the rest of her holiday so far.
After our beer, we go for a wander round town, and to get some wine and nibbles.
Our hotel on the right.
The ribbons on the Maypole blowing in the breeze.
Then it’s back to the hotel room to discuss plans on how and when Sue will get home.
It’s so sad that we will not be able to do our trip together, but I am glad that I was able to get out here and support Sue, and that it is just a collarbone broken and not a worse outcome.
In the evening we eat in the hotel, opting for one of their specials, a sharing dish for two which turns out to be a meat fest! We do not do it justice, especially as we also had a Carpaccio starter each.
Then it’s back to Sue’s room for a good girlie catch, as I haven’t seen her since November whilst we finish off our wine!