Today’s entry will be a short one – my own family has already left and I’m going to spend some last hours with my extended family – doing what we do best: chatting, eating and drinking.

For lunch we chose another very typical restaurant where I got a very last fix for my year-long craving: Steirisches Backhendl.

Another Backhendl variation
Another Backhendl variation

 

To end our meal, I help my digestive system by having some local Schnapps with my coffee, before saying goodbye to everyone.

What better way to end a meal
What better way to end a meal

 

My drive to Graz is slow, relaxed and on a small road I’ve never taken in the past. The rest of the afternoon I spend in town, having some mulled wine and chatting to some teenagers who have taken to loving the TWIKE and wanted to know everything about it.

Later on I had to enter the queue as the first vehicle as motorbikes, theoretically, have only and exactly one minute to board the train. I’m not joking…see the last ticket here.

Waiting to drive onto the train
Waiting to drive onto the train

 

Thanks to all the photos on my blog, the correct manner to strap the TWIKE down for transport is conveyed quickly and efficiently to the railway employees.

This is how to do it
This is how to do it
Ready to return to Zurich
Ready to return to Zurich
Perfect fixtation
Perfect fixtation

 

Usually, this train is completely full and needs to be booked nearly a year in advance – this time, thanks to the current situation… there are only a total of 5 vehicles on the train! Wow.

Ready for the trip to Feldkirch
Ready for the trip to Feldkirch
This train is usually fully booked
This train is usually fully booked

The rest of the trip is as usual: Spend the night in my cabin, arrive in Feldkirch early next day and then drive home on the motorway.

Yet again, this has been a very satisfying trip – I would like to add that it was especially nice because it actually took place, despite all the nasty stuff and restrictions going on everywhere! Looking forward to next year’s visit already!

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