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Old 04-20-2013, 02:24 AM   #16
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That was great fun and very annoying; laughing out loud in public annoys the people around you.

ps: my family used to own Same tractors and because I was bilingual that damned word swirled round my head all day driving up and down Italian fields- Società Accomandita Motori Endotermici- huh? Even in Italian the name made no sense.


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Old 04-20-2013, 05:29 AM   #17
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great report! I like your style of writing and the humor woven throughout.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:37 PM   #18
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Great stuff, but too short.
I was through Mariazell in '08, thought it a bit touristy but there was nice riding in the Dachstein region.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:03 PM   #19
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Too short?? You really are a glutton for punishment! I worked to shorten it too, I could have fluffed that one up to 50 pages except for the fact I get tired of manipulating pictures and trying to stay slightly chronological.

Mariazell has all the makings of a tourist trap but this early in the season it is just locals. I have time off mostly in the shoulder seasons and aside from getting caught out on the weather occasionally, I much prefer the avoidance of other tourists (yes, I am one too), cheaper rates, and better picture of what the local livelihoods are all about.

The Dachstein is nice, yes. I do want to go back when the high passes are open too. I have found that endless switchbacks look better than they ride. give me big sweepers with no traffic any day. Interestingly, when I rode through eastern Washington I thought I had found a hidden jewel with clean, vacant, deer-less twisties snaking through rolling wheat fields. who'd a thunk?

Looking to do a ride through there on my way from Edmonton down to Phoenix next month.

Same is a Tractor?? I would never have guessed. Kind of like a John Deere? Oh, Same.

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Old 04-20-2013, 04:03 PM   #20
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Good write-up.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:48 PM   #21
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Great read! Thanks for sharing. Some of the food looks delicious and the rest doesn't.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:09 AM   #22
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Glad you had a good time mate.

Spring has officially arrived in Ramsau Am Dachstein and it is currently clear blue skies and very hot in the sun.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:08 AM   #23
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hey frostback!

Very good report, except for the picture of me! it was nice meeting you and i´m glad you had a good time in our country.
its kinda strange to see some of the landscapes and towns around here in your report.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:01 AM   #24
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Seppo - I too always get a kick out of seeing what visitors to my haunts find noteworthy. It is like having fresh eyes again. There is much much more to Austria than the cliché's of lederhosen, alps and old churches. In some ways I was glad to have been restricted to the relatively low parts of the country. It leaves other rides for another trip.

I must say I was indeed impressed with the ease of getting around and renting a bike over there. I was able to rent for a week with unlimited mileage for 1/5 of the cost of shipping my bike over and back (which I would not have done for just a week of riding of course). Undoubtedly there are great tour leaders but they are not essential for the budget traveler. Your roads are good, traffic polite, scenery great, internet and cell coverage widely available and accommodations reasonable if one shops a bit. It really is a very civilized country.

I will be back. Thanks again for all your help and do consider setting up that motorcyclist assistance program!

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #25
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That was a hilarious report, really entertaining!

I'm from Vienna but live in Canada now. It's always great to see how someone from far away experiences your own place.
I don't know if you care but I'd like to add a few notes to your report if you don't mind.

Those cobble stones in the picture aren't ancient in this case. In Vienna and many other old medieval towns in Austria there is indeed still ancient cobble stone. But you might be surprised, they actually still make roads of cobble stone as a means of preventing speeding or just because it looks nicer and goes better with the image of an old town.

Those half submerged brick bunkers you saw close to the solar panels were not buildings for workers, that sounds rather horrible , no one would live like that in Austria, that sounds more like Africa to me.
Those bunkers, unless you really saw something totally different I have never seen, are in fact wine cellars full of humongous barrels of wine which is kept submerged deep underground to keep it cool through the summer.
So those bunkers you saw are actually the entrances to many wine cellars.
I am not sure if it's a unique thing to Austria and Germany, but in those two countries at least you will find them anywhere where there are vineyards.

The german name for Vienna is Wien, not Wein. Wein is in fact wine, making a Wein Keller a wine cellar.
Confusing, I know ;)
Therefore also the name of the sausages. Wiener in german, or wieners in English. Meaning Viennese sausages. Which is funny because in Austria they are called Frankfurter, Frankfurt being a city in Germany.
Those sausages you had in the picture, the small fat ones, were not wieners, not in the original sense anyway. Maybe the same substance but not the same shape. The ones in the soup later in the trip, those were the real ones.

It's funny you thought of Burg(castle) Kreuzenstein as a movie set. Because it was one indeed. Well, it is an old castle of course but because as you also probably thought as well it looks very much like one would picture a typical castle, it was chosen as the main shooting location for Nicholas Cages "Season of the Witch".

That motel with the credit card seems really odd, that's definitely not a normal thing in Austria. That's more something I would have expected in America actually .

And lastly, I hope you don't take offense when I say pretty much all the names you mentioned where misspelled making it really funny for a German native speaker to read ;)
Again, no offense, I know I'd certainly make the same mistakes being in a country I don't know the language of)
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:46 AM   #26
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Well Apostis, there is probably a reason for tour guides. Clearly my submersion into the Vienese life was a glancing blow and my impressions were, whle honest, very uninformed and full of wrong conclusions. I was glad to guess right on that castle!

The notable oddities and differences in everyday life are some of my favorite aspects of travel to foreign countries. As misperceptions are erased or exploded, it always reminds me that underneath, all people are the same (except Texans of course, just ask them!).

Thanks for the clarifications.

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