The Austro-Hungarian bicycle empire
Adrien, despite poor taste in hats and hygiene needs a bit rigid, decided to join us for a week, from Budapest (Hungary) to Liezen (Austria). With 600km in less than 7 days and a pass, he succeded in every step ! He tells us the story of how he lowered his comfort zone with us…
I wanted to join Sego and Alex to share a part of their formidable journey, so I met them in the beautiful city of Budapest.
We met our Warmshowers host, Pal, in the Pest neighbourhood. While Alex was respoking his wheel (an activity he does every 8 days, according to what I have seen), Sego and I went for a touristic walk in the city. The main interest of Warmshowers is to be able to share local moments with local people: we had a great evening, with Pal and his cycling buddies, that included many beers and few palinkas.
Waking up at 6 the following morning was a bit harsh, but we had a good incentive: Pal and his group escorted us out of the city, heading for the Balaton lake. Spot the intruders 😉 !
The Balaton lake was made very easy with mny cycling paths, so we could gossip all we wanted.
The border crossing was very confidential, via a small country road. It allowed nonetheless Alex to a massive fall, due to a muddy passage.
After a nice bivouac under a bridge, to escape the storm, we woke up at 5.30pm for the big ride of this trip. The target was to reach Graz, at 120km, where Mathias, our Warmshowers host, was waiting for us.
Despite the heavy rain and Alex’s frame that had to be welded at the 110th km, we made it easily. The incentive of having a shower AND a roof was great indeed…
Graz was a nice town, surrounded by mountains. We spent the night with students, and got many cycling advices from Mathias.
The rest of Austria consisted in sunny mountains, visible from super cycling paths… Grand !
We met our friends Clement and Marie in time, for a nice last evening, with Belgium and Hungarian beers. I left the next day for Vienna, ending this nice trip.
To conclude, I spent a great time with Sego and Alex, who did not change a bit, are still nice and fun, have many stories to tell, are great mechanics, have robot legs and take it easy. I loved sharind this bit with you !
However, I have to warn the people who would like to do the same against potential risks :
– they now enjoy drinking Fredoccino: a fancy name for nescafe in cold water,
– stale bread and sardine paste can make a meal,
– 10 cl of water can make a shower,
– the cheapest beer is to be bought,
– seeing an Aldi or a tap is the event of the day,
– Sigo, instead of singing her songs, sings : “It’s too late…To apologize” à longueur de journée. It is a shame she only knows the once sentence…
A massive thank you to our favourite cyclists for the hospitality.
A massive thank you to my wife for encouraging me to go.
A massive thank you to Winora for the “Deutsch Qualität” bike.
We would have liked to steal Adrien’s bike, though seeing that we would like to see him again, it could have been socially complicated. Thanks Adri for sharing the ride, we did many km, but always with smiles and lame jokes ! Thanks also for teaching us some German….Grosse danke ?!