DAY 3 From Vienna to Eisenstadt
Vienna – Eisenstadt
Lesson Learned: Leave Early!
Distance: (73 km/46 miles)
It was Monday morning in Vienna and it was beautiful. I was feeling even better about the morning since I wasn’t the one rushing into the office that day as I saw so many other people doing. Rather, I sat on my bike headed for another adventure.
I thought I got an early start at about 9 a.m. I couldn’t resist the temptation to do a little detour and see the beautiful palace of Belvedere. I didn’t have time to venture inside and see famous Klimt’s works. Instead I took a few pictures in the gardens and enjoyed the spectacular views of the city center which was enough to put me in a good mood for the whole day of hard work I knew I had ahead me.
Leaving Vienna, I biked along little rivers and through parks, later passing meadows with windmills, all very typical of the Austrian countryside. Again, I was passing never ending fields where there was a high probability I wouldn’t run into anyone for a week had I stayed there.
Finally, later in the afternoon, I arrived in the wine country on the foot of the Leitha Highlands. I still had 16 miles ahead of me to get to the destination of the day– Eisenstadt.
I stopped at a little wooden stand and tasted “sturm,” young wine still in the fermentation stage. This was a typical drink for this time of the year. It was a nice excuse for a little break as I was enduring my first crisis, feeling the burn in my legs of the 92 miles I had rode the past couple of days.
The final leg of this day was tough. It was getting dark, bats started to fly around my head and I was by myself riding through vineyards. It seemed that I would never reach the capital of Burgenand and I was getting mad at myself for taking detours and thinking that I had enough time. After a really cruel hill at the end of my tour for the day, I finally reached Hotel Burgenland where I would be staying. I fell into bed and didn’t awake until the next morning.