Back in Dösingen for the third time

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

 Saturday, we packed up and headed back to Sankt Marein. We took a trip into Graz on Sunday to enjoy a little walk around in the fresh morning air and then spent the afternoon finishing packing up our stuff. We didn't want to wear our welcome thin at Sankt Marein after such a long time there so we decided to head back to Germany to get some paper work organised with Daniel with regards to making the transfer of Nina our Ural into Ernstl’s name official. Obviously we also wanted to visit Daniel and all the other friendly people there. Floss also wants to visit London again so she has booked tickets from Memmining airport - right near Dösingin. 

 We were planning to take everything we have back to Germany and post the extra stuff we don’t have room to take on the plane back to Australia from there, but when we saw and tried to lift our collection we decided it would not be a good idea to try and make Nina carry such a load over the Austrian Alps

 So we left a bag of stuff in the attic and headed back in the direction of Murau again. Wonderfully Murau was right in the direction we had to go so we were able to spend a night there on our way rather then in the forest and rain. We made it there in excellent time and had a great dinner out before snuggling into bed and sleeping soundly until morning. 

 We spent the day riding casually over the mountains. Nina was a legend even if she couldn’t go any faster then seventeen kilometres per hour up the mountains - of which there were many as we were crossing the Alps. Most of the day it drizzled slightly and it was very foggy so we didn’t see a great deal of the mountains but for the moments when the clouds cleared to reveal stunning and monstrous peaks, coved in snow and towering above us, it was so awesome. 

 By the time we made it to Innsbruck it was raining quite heavily and Felix was finding it very stressful driving in peak hour in a new city - not to mention that his glasses and visor we totally covered in salty, muddy road splatter and rain making him practically blind. But with great poise and very safe driving we made it to Eva and Martin's house - two lovely friends of the Cameron family who had offered us their couch and friendly company in Innsbruck for the night.

 We had arrived a little before they were due to arrive home from work so we wandered around the city for a while finding a supermarket where we bought some yummies for dinner, and then we found a climbing gym where we got rather sore necks staring up at the climbers scaling the walls like spiders.

 We had a super, super long, tasty and friendly dinner with Eva and Martin talking until it was well past our bedtime. They snuck off to work early in the morning and Felix and I let ourselves out at a more agreeable hour.

 The sun came out around midday as we were leaving and we were  totally amazed to see what was around us. We had heard that Innsbruck was surrounded by mountains but as we had arrived in the dark and the morning had been had been very foggy we had not been able to see them. As we were leaving and the sun was burning off the fog and the mountains were revealed. It was so amazing to be standing below the towering snow capped peaks. And being totally surrounded by mountains means at some point you’re going to have to go over them. And so we did - at fifteen kilometres per hour for the entire ten kilometres and even though cars were over-taking us at a constant, rate we still had a very long line behind us. Its a good thing I can’t turn my head far enough round to see these things for myself.

 We made it to Dösingen in excellent time and it was a very nice ride there indeed. Perfect weather and Nina went flawlessly. Also the scenery was top rate.

 The last few days in Dösingen have been quiet. Felix has been a little sick so he has been resting most of the day, watching movies and all that. We have had a really good time catching up with all the lovely people here, it’s very nice the way people seem to congregate here in the afternoon and evening. We have also booked train tickets to the airport for December, home time is getting very close and I’m starting to get the same excited feeling as you get when school is about to finish and you have a friend coming over. 
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