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TDE2017 – Day 8: Bye bye Vienna – hello Linz

Since yesterday’s evening lasted well into the early hours of today, we get up later than usual and have a slow breakfast with my family in Vienna.

Eventually, we had to get back on the road to Linz. Fortunately, apart from being overcast, today’s weather was fine.

We disconnect the TWIKE and start today’s 180km drive towards Linz.

Creative charging setup in Vienna

Creative charging setup in Vienna


 
The leftovers of yesterday’s freak weather event were still very visible today…

Leaving Vienna: Yesterday's snow is still everywhere

Leaving Vienna: Yesterday’s snow is still everywhere


 
Winds were still high – shaking the snow off the trees and giving us a real winter wonderland feeling…in late April!

Smaller roads - winter wonderland

Smaller roads – winter wonderland


 
About 50km outside of Vienna we come across many smaller wind farms. Every single rotor creating at least 1.5MW of energy left us with a very good feeling regarding Austria’s so-called Energiewende (transition towards renewables) and gave us a very nice photo-opp for TW560.

Lots of wind energy being produced

Lots of wind energy being produced


 
Most of the remaining trip was along Danube river with many beautiful views and even some brief moments with some sun.

River Danube

River Danube


 
We then came across a sign we initially didn’t know what it meant, since we still had GPS reception there…and why only trucks?

Ah, really?

Ah, really?


 
Asking my uncle later that evening, he gave me the reason for this (Austrian) solution to a serious problem: Creative toll cost reduction leads to trucks trying to reduce driven kms. Combine this with an ever-growing percentage of low-wage drivers from eastern Europe blindly trusting GPS tracks, you get full-sized 40-ton trucks entering medieval villages through which they are unable to drive as their dimensions are larger than those available along the villages roads and get stuck, without any chance of backing out again.

Entering Linz

Entering Linz


 
We arrive in Linz later afternoon, are greeted by my uncle and cousin and start a very relaxing evening with good food and good conversations.

We’re looking forward to our first drive-free day tomorrow. We’ll be visiting the world-famous Ars Electronica, have some typical food from a restaurant I already had been to as a 5-year-old and generally rest a bit. Good night!

TDE2017 day 8 GPS track

TDE2017 day 8 GPS track