We are in the breakaway!!!! ….. No cyclists ahead of us!!
Day Thursday 26 July 2018 – STAGE 6
Start Ardagger Markt, Austria
Destination Melk, Austria
Distance Travelled 35km
Accommodation Goldener Stern (Golden Star)
Weather Hot, 34 degrees – then thunderstorms in afternoon
Passing colourful hotels (pretty green?) tiniest church, bike museums, circus tents & interesting birds.
In Innenhof, Mark enjoys a chat with his dad and some welcome shade and a coffee.
It’s summer holidays and great to see young families out and about cycling together.
Water bottle refill stations are much appreciated on these hot days.
The local communities along the Donau rely on the income from travelling cyclists! There are many great cafes for a cuppa and light snacks on route. The bicycle paths are EXCELLENT and offer varied scenery . . . . only occasionally do we have to share with a car or truck !?!?!
Approaching the end of the stage, Bev gets excited when we see a large sign advertising the gasthof (hotel) we have booked for tonight! . . . it’s right in the middle of the old town.
Passing riverboats, we the cross the finish line into Melk and are awestruck by the spectacular Benedictine Abbey. Melk’s baroque Abbey is perched high on a rock, overlooking the Donau. It is famous world-wide and is recognised by UNESCO’s world heritage. Since 1089, Benedictine monks have continually lived and worked in the Abbey. They follow the rules of St. Benedict – pray, work and learn. Melk Abbey (or Stift Melk in local language) has 900 students on it’s secondary school and our guide is a past student!!. Our tour was very interesting and included one of the 10 libraries – containing a total 100,000 volumes!!. The Abbey was built in 17th century – on the site of an earlier monastery.
Great views again from our 3rd floor room – overlooking Melk village.
The pelaton finally catches up with us and many bikes converge on the main square! It is holiday season and summer – so many cyclists touring the Donau. However, on the paths, we are usually riding peacefully alone.