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01 March 2019

TRIP DATA:

The date of the ride:

December 2017

The total distance:

ca. 320km or 250mi

The Gravel/street ratio:

50/50

The Highlights:

3-Country-Corner AUT, HUN, SLK;

Panoramic Views,

Loads of dirt ^^

DAYRIDE 2017_04

"The Cold Iron Curtain Ride"

Most of the people don´t ride in the winter. They are afraid of the cold, the salt, the snow, etcetera.  I try to ignore this dislikes.

Surely, when the whole countryside is covered under much snow I also stay at home. But once the temperatures are reaching  5°C I take the chance and fight against the winter blues ... .

This day ride report is one of these "Winter rides". And no: I don´t ride with heat grips or a heated jacket. Good clothing gear does this job well enough. 

The plan: This day we rode clockwise on eastwards mostly on gravel roads until we reached the three country corner between Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. From there we followed the borderline between Hungary and Austria within Austria southwards  til the far most eastern point of the "Seewinkel". Than we went on to the lake "Neusiedlersee" We followed its shore northwards. After that we went back home to the city Vienna. Total covered distance this day: 320km or 250mi. 

About an hour after dusk Чернотa and I started in this cold winter ride. We passed the ...

refinery Schwechat and also the near ...

Airport Vienna. There, lurking through the fence, a ...

practice site for the airport fire fighters was seen. Probably they train there a plane accident scenario. It would be cool to watch such a practice when this wreck is burning. Near the village Schwadorf this ...

old trailer was seen. It seemed like it´s standig  there for a while. Austrias farmost eastern part is ...

characterized by loads of power supply lines ...

and wind turbines. Plenty of ...

wind turbines. Most of the people don't like them but I do. Here, ...

seeing this huge parts of a turbine on the ground, I got an idea about how complicated it has to be to mount them. I'm not sure how tall the biggest oft this power plants in eastern Austria are but at any rate they are impressive when you stand directly in front of them!

Near Parndorf this old radio-station was found aside a field track.

At the time of the cold war here was a radio-beacon installed which led air planes to the airport. Having a look inside nothing special, aside ...

this body of dead cat was seen.

We followed some ...

grass tracks until we ...

reached the eastern Austrian border region. There the wind was constantly blowing ...

an pushed the temperatures down near zero degrees. We arrived now ...

at the three country corner and likewise Austria's far most eastern point.

Here at this landmark the borders of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia coming together. After a short walk at the old sculpture park there, Чернотa and I ...

rode on ...

sourthwards. Near the village Nickelsdorf ...

we fought us through heavy mud. The worn out back tire, a Mitas E07 was spinned through a lot.

Riding along the border, in the south of the border controll point "Nickelsdorf" we found this old cemetery, which seemed to belong to a big farm not far from its location. I had a look at it. Besides a few old graves this cross was seen:

"In memoriam  to all unknown and forgotten", was engraved in this metal plate. Thats a nice one! Anyway, we went on further south.

I was lucky to see this spectacle with my own eyes: A sleeping deerstand! With a gentle throttle hand we went off.  ^^

While just using field tracks out there ...

plenty of interesting views have been offered. Here, in the middle of endless acres was the place of a former chapel, which have been knocked down long time ago.  Following the border between Austria and Hungary ...

this was the first time that former iron curtain was really well noticeable. The fresh green on the left lies in Hungary, the grey green in the middle was the former dead strip (theres also one old concrete pole from the fence left over), and on the right the gravel track lies in Austria.

Here, a old watchtower was built up for memorial ...

near at the ...

Bridge at Andau. You can see it in the background of the fence in the picture above. It's a history charged place.

The honest girl Чернотa was pushing hard at high speeds ...

with me on its back through Burgenlands flat Seewinkel-Area.

Here we found that tetn for Austrians soldiers which where still controlling the border to Hungary. I was wondering how they keep their boots clean in this mud hole. :/

We followed some railway support lines until we  ...

finally came to this remnant of the iron-curtain-time. That's the classy tower shape which was mounted on most sensible border points between east and west.

The scenery was changing when we arrived ...

at the reed belt from Lake Neusiedlersee.

I wasn´t sure if this Mangalitsa Pig or Чернотa was the filthier piglet. ^o^

The views the lake ...

offered have been great. Also the panorama ...

from its banks in the back country was a real stunner! At late afternoon ...

the moon came up. The temperatures have been decreasing due to sunset was incoming, so ...

Чернотa and I rode homewards via some well known ...

tracks. After ...

nearly 330km or 200mi we reached, now slightly frozen our home in the city. 

HOART | ADV | DAY | VE | EQ CO

 

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