. It is always such a relief after tying yourself up in knots to get on the right track and we enjoyed stepping on the gas and doing some 18mph full pelt. We slowed to pass an English couple who were on a similar trip, we however were on a mission and we said 'see ya lata'. They had taken a different route to us from UK but had spent 3 months doing so, we were at the same point after just 4 and a bit weeks! At Hainberg we crossed such an enormously long bridge. We crossed the border into Slovakia, we immediately noticed the difference, a much less developed place. Entering Bratislava was very mellow, the decision however to press on to a campsite on the other side of the city was a howler. With light fading and no map it was down to the sat nav in my head. We cycled 8 miles out of town through very rough areas to fall plum on the campsite. The man in reception (must have been sitting there letting rip for hours) charged the 9 euro fee and in we passed. When you see a security guard on the gate you know it is not going to be the best location. It was bad and (embarrassingly) after a trip to TECOS!, we had a quick bite to eat and zipped up in an attempt to ignore what was around us. Sleep well we did not. Rough with the smooth and all that.
The day started well with sunshine bursting through the wooded borders of Camping Wien. We found a good canal path that took us back into the city and allowed us to enjoy the sights we had seen yesterday from a different angle, being on a bike is a very different way to see things and we had a good trip through Vienna. we chose to tail a horse and cart, the American tourists on board much amused by our loaded bicycles. The horse and cart shielded us from much of the city traffic and with lunch loaded we headed out of this city of spectacular sights through grim industria. We (I) then got us completely lost on river paths but we finally crossed the Danube ( I have a problem and keep saying the Danooobe) on a very impressive dam. One of the things about the trip is how I am regularly hit by such engineering achievements, I have no understanding of such things but it continues to amaze at how these things are put together. With a little help from a couple enjoying a bike ride down the river we got on the track to Hainburg