Day 172: Los geht's nach Budapest

by Jon June. 20, 2012 5803 views

Reaching the hungarian border

With an early morning packing summit, we managed to leave together with heavily packed bikes by 7:15. We stopped by the bakery to grab some baked goods, and we were off with 4 bikes, a 3 person tent, 2 panniers, and 1 backpack.

We followed the Donalinsel for about 10 kilometers until we found a sign saying that the Donauradweg turns left. We rode out of sight of the river and found ourselves on a bike path as straight as an arrow. The morning started to get hot around 9:30.

We took a small detour into a small austrian town, Eckartsau, and asked a nice old man where we could find water. At first he told us how Wednesday is Ruhetag (a rest day) for most of the businesses in the town. But he was able to find us a hose spigot.

Then we made it through the slight hills of Hainburg, crossing over the slovakian border a little after noon. We spend a couple hours in Bratislava, a nice city, eating lunch and ice cream. I don't really have much more to say about the slovakian capital.

The stretch from Bratislava to Hungary was burning hot and boring, outside of a little swimming hole along the side.

Up until this point, the way (EU Bike trail #6, something we learned to love and hate) was marked pretty clearly. But we reached the end of the straight stretch and found ourselves at a crossroads. We luckily took the correct path, just the beginning of many confused moments along the international bike-way. At least the heat had subsided with the late afternoon cloud-cover.

We reached the hungarian border around 5:00. The campgrounds for the night were just about 5 km farther, outside of Raijka.

Day 1 of Biking to Budapest, about 80 km down. Three countries. Check.

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