Note: This blog is part of a series on a recent bicycle tour across Austria, along the Danube. To read from the beginning, click here.
The ride from Emmersdorf to Krems was short but absolutely the most beautiful section we traveled in northern Austria. We passed countless vineyards, some layered like steps along the sides of cliffs, and we meandered through villages dotted with rustic stone homes and majestic churches.
Each time we thought we had passed the loveliest view, we’d spy something else whimsical or striking. Garden gates. Wooden doors in all shapes and sizes. A thin cat ladder with a half dozen rungs that led to a window.
As I had done on the rest of the trip, I took photos while I cycled—much more efficient than stopping each time. I kept my phone in my bra—as I often do when I need my hands free—and I’d pull it out to snap away at this or that.
The day ended after stops at a series of vineyards. At the last one, I think our new friend Nicholas would have filled our glasses with Gruner Veltliner all night if we hadn’t managed to pull ourselves away.
I did no photographic balancing acts on the bike that late afternoon, even when there was a photo just begging to be recorded for posterity; the goal was simply to arrive unscathed!