Sleeping on the Donau

Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
Trip End Oct 06, 2008

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Our ride along the Danube ends here.  The best memory of this stretch is the easy to find beautiful camping on the Danube.  The biking was easy and the cycle tourists a plenty!  We have met many older cycle tourists doing a tour towards the Black Sea along the Limes of the Roman Empire. The most memorable couple we met were probably over 70yrs old and riding their bikes that where almost their age.  When we asked them how long they are going for, they expressed that they have all the time in the world!
The bike path did exist all the way from Vienna to Budapest, but as we got farther from Vienna it deterioarted from a smooth paved path through a beautiful park right on the Danube to some path running the same direction as the Danube with no view of the river itself.  We met with the Danube again through and after Bratislava for a while and when we separated from the river the path turned into a rough stone cobble dusty road atop the river dyke.  Despite the fun of riding the bumpy ride in the scorching sun, passing through a random Slovak movie shoot and putting out a little fire that would have gotten to be forest fire, we decided to cut across the farmland onto the highway for faster riding all the way to Budapest.
On our rainy break day in Budapest we rode 40km across town to visit Statue park, but we forgot to take our camera so we have nothing to show for it but our sweet memories of being lost in the big city in the pouring rain.  And before we left the next day we spent hours looking all over the city for a replacement to the little rubber ring that seals the gas valve on our camping stove and of course we found it in the last place we tried at the farthest point of town (where we had been the day before!).  By the time we left we both felt like we knew Budapest quite well and we'll take a part of its "neo-gothic" architecture, its bike paths that don't take you anywhere, its crazy rush hour traffic, and its cheap delicious chinese food along with us.
We leave the Danube here now for an adventure in the Hungarian National Parks...

Notes for the Cycle Tourist:
-The Danube path was a good experience but beware that it can get quite boring since the scenery seldom changes
-We found the replacement O-ring in the water supplies section at a chain hardware store called "OBI"
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