It was everything I hoped for… and tractors!
Find Balzano. It is northeast of Milan deep in the Dolomites. Now follow the main road to the left like you are going to Merano. About halfway on the right you will see Salonetto sitting up there on the hill overlooking the valley. We are here for a few nights.
Our high elevation adventure today was the Panoramic Gondola ride to the Dachstein Glacier at 2900+m. Just like yesterday it was mighty cold on top. We dressed as warmly as we could. The sign showed 4C.
I rode over it today it was COLD! I thought I took a picture of the temperature sign, but I guess I didn’t get the button pushed. It read 3C at the top. I had my Gerbing on the entire day.
Now I know some of you were asking yourselves, “They are riding all over Europe, when are they going to do the Alps?”. I am pleased to set your concerns to rest. We are now about 80km southeast of Salzburg, sitting at 3600 feet elevation. We intend to get much higher in the next couple of days.
There is a mark over the second a in Planá but I have no idea how they pronounce this. There are some unusual names in this part of the world. Our guide in Prague told us that with rare exceptions, every letter in a word is pronounced. If it is not pronounced, it isn’t there, according to her.
The first are some Peruvian performers near our hotel from yesterday. I suspect the original Andes sound wasn’t quite so electronic with such a beat. 🙂 Still fun to watch. Those outfits can’t be comfortable in the heat,
These two on the Charles Bridge were quite good. We listened to several songs and they got a good response from the passers-by. Best accordion music you’ve heard in a while!
Further along the bridge was a jazz and swing band. Debb and I were dancing in front of them and I’m sure we are on YouTube. There were sure a lot of cameras pointed at us. Let us know if you see it!
A full and fun day. I have a lot of photos to sort through.
We are back on the road tomorrow.
In Prague there is a tower for TV and cell antennas that rises high above the city. Everyone thinks it’s ugly, but replacement is unlikely. It was built during the Soviet era, so it is called the last Russian rocket in the Czech Republic.
These two young ladies served us coffee and breakfast this morning. The one on the left rides motocross when she can and the one on the right is T r o u b l e with a capital T. Debb taught her to make an iced latte and they both were grinning ear to ear.
Hot, hot, hot! We passed several temperature signs today and none were lower than 36C. We arrive at the end of the day soaked from the inside out. One good thing, I think the heat has burned my cold away. I am feeling much better.
Today started out mild and ended up wild. Offhand, I can’t think of a better reason to be out on the road.
Short post tonight. I have managed to catch a cold and I’m not feeling my best.
Skidzin is place you will probably have to look for. We are staying in an Agrotourist place 4 miles south of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
It has been an interesting couple of days. We are staying two blocks and a big intersection from the central square. Our bikes are parked on the sidewalk right in front, and our building, which includes a bank, has 24 hour security. The guards nod and smile when we go in and out. The weather is perfect.
I think this town is pronounced NoWe SawnJay. A couple different folks did their best to help me and that’s what I came away with. Debb and I commented this evening that this feels about as “far away” as we have been; we don’t speak the language, only a tiny few folks we’ve encountered speak any English, the signs are incomprehensible, and I don’t know the currency or the exchange rate. Bring it on!
You may have to look a bit to find this place. We are just south of Zilina in a spa and winter resort town.
We didn’t get very far but we had a lovely day.