Johnny Cash, castles, and a shotgun

Trip Start Jul 09, 2007
Trip End Aug 07, 2007

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Sorry it has taken me so long to update this travel log.  Computers and the internet are a little harder to come by out the in Tirol region of Austria. (Pretty much rolling green hills, mountains, cows, and more mountains.) It is hard to keep track of days at this point but we spent last Friday and Saturday just outside the town of Reutte, Austria.  The town of Pinswang (where we stayed) is pretty much a few houses and the giant working farm, Gutshof zum schluxen.  It took us 6 train changes to make it from Switzerland so by now, mom and I are feeling pretty confident with the trains. (Although she might be somewhere in Poland if she was by herself.)
  On the way to the farm, Johnny Cash´s "Ring of Fire" was playing and it was followed by John Denver`s "Country Roads." This is about what Pinswang looked like.  
  We spent Saturday at the famous Ludwig castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.  Yes, Sleeping Beauty´s castle at Disneyland is taken from Neuschwanstein. Both castles were pretty incredible but the history behind them is even more interesting. Neuschwanstein was only 1/3 completed when construction stopped because of King Ludwig II`s mysterious death outside of Munich.  The castle is still only 1/3 completed so the tour only lasted about 25 minutes.
  After the castle visit, we hiked back to our ´farmhouse´ over an old Roman trade route from the Castles.  The hike only took an hour and a half and led us past Ludwig´s favorite Lake, Alpsee, and across the German/Austrian border.
  We were expecting to leave the next morning via a hotel shuttle, but ended up getting a ride from a German man who dropped off some supplies at the Schluxen.  So picture this: I am crammed in the back seat of a 1970´s style Volkswagen truck with a 5 month old hunting dog who wants to make me his best friend.  In the meantime, Mom is in the front seat with the driver´s shotgun resting against her legs.  Needless to say, we did make it to the train station.  
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