It was also an older carbureted model, the Ranger, and it had a modified factory windshield attached which made it a bit wiggly when the winds hit it right. It was quite windy today too, which made things interesting in handling the new-to-me rig until I adapted to it.
Today's last day of riding would involve castles and the Donau river, which turns out is the German name for the Danube river!
First stop was the Burg Clam near the town of Klam, Austria. Weird name eh? Made it to the castle just fine, it was quite small compared to say Festung Hohensalzburg, the big castle which made Salzburg famous but it was still scenic.
It functions these days mostly as an event location, for instance, there was a stage already in place near the castle, preparing for a concert called Live at 25, or something like that.
Next up, a few kilometers away in the town of Grein, was another castle/palace...situated right across a street which bordered the Danube Riber. Greinburg an der Donau.
Next stop was riding along the Danube River, seeing what I could see. A very scenic area, little towns with houses dotting the lush green hillsides. You could see barges being pushed up the river by tugs, horses and cows grazing and folks riding the bicycle path seemingly without a care in the world.
As I rode along, I spotted an imposing twin spired church in the distance, high on a hill.
It was the Church of Maria Taferl. Rain was starting to come down as I pulled into a nearby parking lot so I went first into the church to both look around and shelter from the rain.
I bet you thought there'd be no more church interior shots right?
A view from the church, of the Danube River
Next, I wandered over towards the small town of Saint Georgen, which had been mentioned to me in an email recommending routes, by Hari; the owner of the URAL dealership.
Weather was rolling in and I really didn't want another thorough soaking like yesterday so I started heading back towards Marchtrenk.
Didn't quite make it to Perq before the rain caught up with me so I pulled over to don my rain liner and stow the camera into the sidecar's trunk out of the weather.
I then kept riding, in a light rain, that only lasted a few more minutes or I managed to ride west out of it. Either way, no big soaking today.
Made it back to the hotel a little after 4:30PM or so and logged into work. Saw an email from Hari and we coordinated my returning the rig to him this everning, and he brought me back to the hotel in the BMW URV used yesterday.
Good rental experience with Ural of Austria! I updated yesterday's posting about what they found wrong with the Retro rig I'd ridden before. They found nothing, the darn engine just turned right over and ran when they thumbed the starter this morning. Sigh. They think "something" got wet in the "toad-strangler" rain storm I rode through yesterday, and the water had evaporated overnight.
So that finishes my European Riding section of the European trip. My thanks to my loving wife Martha, whose idea it was for me to do this. I board the train tomorrow for Frankfurt's airport where I've booked a room nearby. I fly on Saturday back to the good old US of A!
Sign from town of St. Georgen