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Alpentour 2013
By Durrin Hynes - (contact)

day 14: Lienz-Hochtor-Stuhlfelden

Saturday July 27, 2013, 118 km (73 miles) - Total so far: 1,578 km (981 miles)

I was afraid of it, and it was true: the campsite last night was very noisy. There was a Polka band (I'm in Austria!) playing in one part of the campsite, and there was a large group of German students from Hamburg playing music 5 meters from my tent. Not loudly, about the same volume as the polka. As you can imagine, the two musics didn't really work together. This, along with the blowing and thundering all conspired to make it difficult to sleep.

It's really a miracle I slept at all with all this racket. When I woke at 3 or so to pee, the wind was still crazy, although everything else had fallen quiet. So I slept until 8, did the whole routine, and was on my bike at 9.30.

On the menu today was Groβglockner Straβe, and Hochtor pass. A big climb, since I was at 670m, and the pass is at 2500, plus there was a climb up to 1100 and a descent to 900 first... Anyway, suffice it to say I spent basically the whole day climbing. There were also a couple of short descents on the way. And, it was so hot, I took off my shirt for a what I thought was little while...

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a new type of covered bridge on the bike route

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a practice climbing wall: notice the overhang!

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again, notice the overhang.

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Heiligenblut

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Groβglockner straβe numbers not from the top or bottom, but from one end to the other.

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panorama from close to the top

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you don't actually go over the top, there is a tunnel

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the other "top" on Groβglockner Hochalpernstraβe

After I had finished the descent from Groβglockner Straβe, I realized it was Saturday, and I had again neglected to buy food for tomorrow! Damn it! So I rolled along the valley I had planned to, looking for a place to buy food. But I had been too slow on the climb, it was now past 18, and everything was closed.

At least my new Austria map indicated a campsite not too far away, but when I got there, nothing. I even asked someone in my very broken German if there was a campsite in town: Nein.

But there should be one at Mittersill, about 12km further on my route. But the weather was looking ugly, with weird coloured skies, and frequent lighting strikes. I rode on anyway, but at some point the wind kicked up dramatically and the lightning strikes were much closer, and seemed to be very close to Mittersill. So on the way through a small town about 5km from Mittersill, I made a snap decision to ask a Gasthaus how much a room cost. For 35 euros with breakfast, I said yes. 10 minutes later, it started to pour! When I took my jersey off to take a shower, I realized that the "short" time I had ridden without caused my back to become quite red!

So dinner is here as well. The whole thing is a bit more expensive than I would have liked, but OTOH I didn't get struck by lightning or soaked!

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wait, have I misunderstood!? Sheeps milk soap!?

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