David writing. Two big operations in the last year: virtually a new back, and a new knee. But indeed we should be off across Europe on June 1. Tessa, as usual, is in great form!
We’ll fly to Frankfurt, assemble our bikes, and hop on the train to Ülm where we ended two years ago. If all goes as planned we’ll arrive in Vienna in two weeks, in time for (another) dressage show at the famed Spanish Riding School for Lipizzan horses.
Vienna – the long-time capital of the Holy Roman Empire and then of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire – the home to Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Bruckner, Shoenberg , Berg, Johann Strauss, Lehar and others – is full of relics, art, coffee houses, and restaurants. A few days cannot do it justice, but we will return there next year to ride to Budapest.
Between Ülm and Vienna, along the bucolic, gently sloping Danube in Germany and Austria, the pedaling should be easy (unless we face headwinds). There are unspoiled towns, ruined castles, wine villages, and astonishingly flamboyant baroque churches and abbeys to visit.
We’ll keep you posted!