Racing off, on automatic pilot now, after a not so comfortable sleep in the Penzion! Tired but excited to be close to Budapest on our final leg of 45 kms.
The river curves a wide bend and passes through the mountains. After another ferry crossing and 20 kms we stop and explore the colourful historic centre of Szentendre on foot. Bev finds a perfect lilac bike for her final kms onto Budapest!?!?!?
A shady, floating restaurant grabs our attention for cold refreshments! The river is so low now that its actually not floating at all!
The track becomes difficult and hard to negotiate today and Mark’s my hero . . . pushing both our heavy bikes up the steep river bank.
Sweaty, overheated and hungry we rest and lunch at a riverside cafe. It’s Sunday and many families enjoy the music and food here. Mark devours his Hungarian sausage before we head off across the bridge into Budapest. The band is playing for our imminent arrival!! How wonderful!! . . . . Oh! the music is coming from the island on our right –Sziget where Europes largest seven day Music Festival is in full swing!! 496,000 visitors from 95 countries. Nevertheless, the music is a welcome touch and adds to the atmosphere of our arrival.
Yippee . . . . we made it B B B . . By Bike to Budapest (as our Dutch friends say) !!!
Over 800kms from Passau in Germany, through Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia to Budapest in Hungary!!! . !!!.
Treating ourselves to champagne and an amazing three course dinner, we celebrate and reflect on our fantastic, challenging cycling adventure!!
Long Live the Tour de Donau!!!!!