16 August 2006

Austria & The Alps Day 5 - The Lakes

"Up and at 'em" could have become our motto. Not!

We seemed to be last in to breakfast; a trick we have learned helps us make a few extra rolls to eat for lunch.

First stop the tourist office at Grundlsee to find out about the boat trip. At 1145 we set sail for Grossl and were tucking in to soup with liver dumplings 38 minutes later in the Gasthof Hofmann and back on the boat back at 1250!

The second lake of the day was the Hallstatter See. The run took us over a pass of a mere 690m above sea level, hardly worth mentioning! Hallstat is very touristy but still very nice and pleasant, but hardly anywhere to park a bike.

In the end we left the GS in a supermarket car park after buying a few things to eat with the rolls. We ate by the lakeside and shared our lunch with some swans.

Plans to go down a salt mine were put on hold as it was by now good 1700. Home and a beer beckoned.

What will tomorrow bring? We have another full day. At least the weather was okay today. Only a spit or ten on the way to Hallstat forcing us into waterproofs.

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