Thursday, July 08, 2010

Day 22: Rorshach to Puch im Hallein via train transfer

 
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We got up at 6:00am, had our bags packed by 7:00am, had breakfast, and were on the road by 7:50am. Riding along the Bodensee Radweg with nobody to compete with us for space was fun, but soon we had no choice but to get onto the main road. While traffic was light, what traffic there was seemed be a hurry, which was more than a little annoying.
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Fortunately, we soon had a bike path signed for the Austrian border, and we choose to follow it first around the airport, then along the Alter Rhein, and finally across a bridge which dumped us across the border.
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You know you're no longer in Switzerland when the bike path signs are no longer regular, correct, and unambiguous. We soon were faced with bike paths all pointing to Lindau, and had to ask a woman. She pointed in one direction, and then said, well, the other direction is more scenic. Since we had plenty of time (or so I thought), we chose the scenic route, which took us along the lake, but not before putting us onto a massive detour.
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The day was still cool, but it was rapidly warming up under the sun, and the path backed tracked us again to cross the Rhein before turning at Hardt to hit the shoreline again. By the time we got into Bregrenz, we were running short on time, and I opted to follow the main road rather than lose any more time trying to hug the lake.
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While this made the ride go faster, it was also a lot less scenic and there was quite a bit of traffic. We soon made it across into the German border, and found the bike path leading to Lindau again, crossing the bridge onto the island with a bunch of school children and arriving at the train station at 8:55am.

I bought train tickets and studied the itinerary. There was a direct train to Munich at 9:55am, so we tried that first. Unfortunately, it was run by a private train company, the the conductors did not like the look of our tandem, so we had to take an indirect train at 10:10, and change trains at Buchloe for Munich. Fortunately, that turned out to be an easy transfer, and we made it to Munich at 1:10pm. Our train for Salzburg would leave at 1:42, but first, I wanted to drop off materials at our Munich hotel (for instance, all the Switzerland maps), as well as filled up SD cards so that I didn't have a chance to lose them.
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When I got back, who did I find chatting with Lisa but Chris Brown, who had gone on one of my tours back when I lived in Munich. Chris was in between jobs, so after a bit of cajoling, we got him to take the train with us. Despite knowing to meet us at the train station, Chris had not brought along his bike, so could not join us in our attempt on Grossglockner. His excuse was that he was due to start a job soon in Sicily, and had to make travel arrangements and what not.
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We had fun chatting during the train ride, and got to Salzburg around 3:30pm. That gave us a bit of time to ride out of town and search for lodging. We immediately headed for the Salzach, the river that bisects Salzburg, and started heading south along the banks. It was a gorgeous day, and we didn't make very quick progress because there was much to see and take pictures of. Fortunately, European cities are not very big, and within half an hour we were out of concrete bike path into the forested dirt path.

By the time 5pm rolled around, we were in Puchs. The first hotel we found was closed, but the second one had a room remaining. When I expressed surprise at the price, the owner gave me a discount and we agreed to stay. Lisa wanted to buy a SIM card for her phone, but the post office was closed, so we walked over to the nearest grocery store to buy fruits for desert. Fortunately, the day cooled down quite a bit, and we were able to get a good night's sleep.

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