Thursday, August 22, 2013

Imst-St.Anton-Feldkirk: Two Days over the Arlberg Pass

Imst- St. Anton 50km
St. Anton - Feldkirk  65km
Elevation gained over the Arlberg Pass 1000 m

Ruth:
I did it! I did it!!!!
Yesterday and today were the first real challenges on our ride. 
But people, add this to your bucket list: cycling in Austria is amazing! In 175 km we have only spent 40 km on roads, and they were quiet. The rest of the time we were on magical bike paths winding through the most beautiful valleys.
This morning the grind was very stiff as we climbed 500 m in 8 km, but the rest of the ride was downhill.


 
 
It is Gord's birthday today and I can't think of a better celebration than a mountain pass followed by a great pasta dinner. 
The youth hostel where we are staying is much older than the farm manor at Imst. In 1360 documents describe it as an old building. It was a leper colony at that time and later served as a hospital during the recurring bouts of Black Death in the region.   We are hoping both bacteria have died out by now.


 


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