Danube Bike Trail Day 9 – Melk to Vienna

Thankfully the overnight rain had stopped although the temperature is really dropping now & I had my first white fingers of the tour. I did the 76 miles from Melk to Vienna staring with a climb out of Melk before a steep descent back onto the Danube  which today was squashed between hillsides covered in vines and fields of orchards. All very pretty and as a reminder that the Danube is not always so placid all the villages were surrounded by 1 metre high concrete wallls with spaces to slot in metal barriers when the river rises.

Water turbine housingOne of the hydroelectric plants had displayed a water turbine housing, enormous just look how tiddly my bike looks! Bit see the power it generates . 39,000 kW from a 14 metre head of water! There were two more coal/oil power stations closed down as well. With one of them proudly displaying on a LED display its solar generation capacity, it was  showing 84kW or 0.2% of the water turbine!

I saw several cruise ships mainly going up river, none seemed very busy, so I guess the season must have ended.

I eventually reached Vienna making  me 1/3 of the way down the Danube, I passed the 2,000km to The Black Sea marker today.

I think the battery on my Wahoo bluetooth cadence sensor has packed up so the Strava data is now limited to GPS & the heart rate monitor.

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The pics are here 

Today after biking 2,678km I have given myself a couple of days off in Vienna, although I confess to doing a lot of sleeping today. in The Hotel Anatol

However, I did go out and buy some new Adipure V22625 lightweight running shoes to replace the Saucony ones. Laufsport is totally dedicated to running situated on the first floor with only a discrete door & bell it was a world away from any UK high street sports place!

I also took a look at  the Hammam but it was ridiculously expensive so I will wait to Budapest or maybe Bratislava.

2 thoughts on “Danube Bike Trail Day 9 – Melk to Vienna”

    1. The shoes were certainly no dearer than UK, he had enormous stocks & you would never have left the place 🙂 only running stuff though..

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