Gasthof & Hotel Rote Wand
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Day 285 6 hrs, 16.6 kms The valley gradually narrows into a gorge, and I leave the grassy fields behind. Luckily there's a trail through the forest along the rushing turbulent river. It's a popular area for camping--there's a fun looking (but unfortunately locked) rope/cable bridge across the river and an "Indian Camp" a cluster of teepees I guess for young folks to have a Native American style camping experience (this is Austria, right?). And then ...
... well... I head out to grab a pizza for supper in the cozy little main street area, and call it a night. Next morning, I enjoy a nice breakfast served by the family running the hostel. So I get another taste of life in an Austrian home--sort of. Next I head out and I'm able to appreciat the town a bit more. There's a beautiful bridge that you reach by going under a ...
Day 284 4 hrs, 12.5 kms Day Totals: 16 hrs, 37.5 kms In the town of Pfunds up ahead there's supposed to be a hostel and I'm determined to get there tonight. But I still can't pass up the chance to do a quick parkbench concert in the riverside town of Tosens as I pass through. I then find a quiet country path on the other side of the stream and continue my sprint to ...
... time again. Prutz is a pretty run of the mill looking town, where I can do some shopping. It looks like a bit of a "base camp" for folks hiking/riding/skiing up in the mountains. In the plaza, a young fellow joins me for my strum session. "How do you like living here?" "There aren't many jobs here--and they're only part time. Also, I have mental problems, so I can't work a lot of ...
... of Northern Italy taken away from Austria at the end of World War I. "Do you hope someday it will be given back to Austria?" He hesitates, "When you know the land once belonged to your country, and you have family there... of course you want it back" There's no militancy is his voice, just a sad longing for a past that is gone. It's a beautiful glimpse into the life and heart of an Austrian family. My Austrian Alps experience is now ...