Greetings from Ramsau-Ort, Austria

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.

The view out our window this morning

The view out our window this morning

Our plan for currency management worked to perfection today. After dinner last night and paying for the room this morning we had 450 Korunas left, about $23. We stopped for coffee and it was so good we ordered seconds. That left 200 and change. Just before we crossed the border I bought 200.50 worth of gas so now all I have are some small coins. I think we now have remnants of 7 different currencies.

The Czechs love their tree-lined roads. So do we.

The Czechs love their tree-lined roads. So do we.

We zigged and zagged out of the Czech Republic before crossing into Austria. Then we zigged and zagged some more getting to Linz. As we came to a stop in the traffic, Debb said “That was delicious!” Yes, indeed. Some of it is almost too perfect, like riding in a movie set. Perfect little Austrian villages set in perfect little fields on the perfect wooded hillsides. It is a treat.

South of Linz it was Autostrata. 75mph and watch those mirrors! We missed one turn-off and had to go 3 miles to the next exit and on ramp but otherwise it was uneventful. Besides, that is, the high-end touring cars doing Warp Factor 6 in the left lane. Once we headed south it was a steady stream of tunnels all the way to our exit near Liezen. By then were deep in the mountains and it was one scenic wonder after another.

We are going to stay here for a few days. There are several delicious Alps passes to ride in the area, including the highest in Austria, the Grossglockner at 3,798m. Reports to follow.

Another reason we are staying is that Debb is not feeling 100%. She hasn’t been able to shake her cold like I did and she wants to stay out of the cool moto breezes for a day or two. We are in walking distance of several nice stores and coffee houses so she says she’ll be fine. We are probably lucky we have stayed clear for this long at our age.

A towering steeple in the Austrian countryside

A towering steeple in the Austrian countryside

The view from our window this evening

The view from our window this evening