The Plan

The Plan: Two months of unassisted cycling and camping through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and wherever else our legs may take us.

The Route: Starting in Brussels and flying out of Berlin are the only given at this point. We plan to cycle parts of the Flanders Cycle Route, Rhine River and the Danube River. We will also be using the EuroVelo and regional cycling routes.

Accommodation: WarmShowers website (like couchsurfing for cyclists). We are also planning on staying at campsites, backyards of friendly locals or in the wilderness.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Day 33: Volkemarkt, Austria to Selnica ob Dravi, Slovenia - 101 km

We finally made a "Euro-century" today as our odometer read 101.4 km as our aching bodies pulled into Selnica ob Dravi, just short of Maribor. Leaving Volkemarkt, we descended to the Austrian border and were treated to more glorious views of the bluish  green Drava. 
As soon as we entered Slovenia, it felt different. The hills rose higher and the woods became thick, almost like Northern California. The bike path disappeared and we were forced to ride most of the afternoon on a windy mountain road. As the sun began to set, we contemplated finding a place to wild camp as the road sans street lamps would not be a safe option after dark. As we climbed a hill, we spotted a sign showing a word we had learned hours earlier meaning pension. 
The owner let out a semi menacing guffaw when we told her where we were from; guess they don't get a lot of Yankees round here! In half German and English, we negotiated a price for the evening: 38€ with breakfast. Dinner consisted of some strange fare: cottage cheese rolled in dough, salad and fish, but was pretty good.

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