Day10 Su, July 22(83km) Its not you Vienna Its Me

Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
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Trip End Aug 16, 2012


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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Let me start off by saying I am still on my bike trip after the colossal issue yesterday. I do want to start with a couple of amendments to day 9 and  Day 6. Stories I forgot to include despite them being clearly written on my note pad that I use as my reference. I blame it on the knocks on the head from falling twice.

Amendment 1 - Day 6. Just after visiting Trosky Castle My GPS decided I obviously had a mountain bike and so generously brought me through a dense forest park area. The place was beautiful but not meant for my bike at all. the pavement quickly deteriorated into something worse than cobblestones, then  to dirt and then to some weird mulch flooring. It cleaned my chain of any lubricated and left a sweet bird-like chirp as I pedaled. 

Amendment 2 - Day 9 (That was the Cluster F*&% day). While still in Czech Republic and quickly approaching the border of Austria I was biking near edge of Podyjí National Park I came across a pleasant surprise. It was wet and due to the tree cover fairly dark along the quiet road. I saw something quite far ahead and realized it was an animal. At first I thought it was a squirrel with a big fluffy tail. as I got closer (maybe 150m) I thought maybe a hare since it seemed too big for a squirrel.  About 100 meters away I thought maybe it was just a branch as it was just sitting in the middle of the road. 50 m away it started moving towards me and trotting like no ones business. Maybe a fox??? Either way it was coming right for me. I began to get my video camera on my helmet ready. Bam it was a piglet. A wild boar - I didn't know there were any in Czech Republic and here was one trotting, now running right for me.

Why was he running for me? Maybe he thought I was a momma pig. Being on my bike it looked like I had skinny legs and a large upper body. About 10 feet away he quickly realized I was not his mom and bolted into the woods. Unfortunately my camera was not quite ready and I did not get any video. I tried calling him but he was long gone.

Day 10 - No bike, nothing open what the hell can I do.

The guys at the hostel pretty much told me everything was closed except a bike rental shop on Sundays. I heard nothing back before I went to bed the night before. I could not sleep so at 2:30 am I got on my phone and using wi-fi looked up any place dealing with bikes in Vienna. This town seriously shuts down on Sunday. I wrote about a dozen places explaining my situation and if they could help by opening briefly on Sunday. At 9:00 am a different bike rental place responded saying they should be able to help. Sweet! 

I chatted with Rebecca for awhile before heading out. We parted our ways and maybe some day will see each other again.
 
 After taking awhile to find place my fortune in Vienna was looking up. Mind you it rain all day and I had to walk part of it because the metro transfer point was closed. The place was Pedal Power 
http://www.pedalpower.at/ . The guy at the place never seen a rim like mine before and tried his best to adjust the spokes to ease the warp. It looked like it would finally work - at least enough to get to Bratislava where I could find a bike shop the next day. He fixed the sideways warp but the was still outwards warp. He tried everything but nothing. I was doomed to be stuck in wet and closed down Vienna. One of the other guys started phoning around and by chance one shop on the Northern extremities of the city was open. It as a high end shop so they should have something that would work. 
Hero #3 goes to the guy from Pedal Power who tried so hard to fix the rim and then went out of his way to drive me to the only shop in all the land of Austria open on Sunday (I don't have a pic).

It was a 20 min drive and when I got there the place had Ksyrium rims - the same as mine. Yay! The day was saved. At that point the sun came up and the temperature rose to 21. The only thing bad was it did cost me close to $500 CAD to get everything done. 

So Vienna here we stand the moment we met things went bad. The weather, my GPS, your stores were closed, your metro was closed, my bike broke. I never really got to spend quality time with you. Never seen your sights, save a few in the cold rain when I was forced outside. I am sure you are a beautiful city inside and out and maybe if our paths cross again it will be different. Maybe it will be on a Friday evening, maybe I will see your beautiful building and well structured city center. Maybe one day Vienna but for now I must part on bitter terms and happily look forward to seeing Bratislava. 

It was now 2:30 but Bratislava was only just over 80km away (was supposed to be shorter but I was in the far North of Vienna). The road was mostly flat and in good condition. Once I reached Slovakia things felt very old and a bit dilapidated but in a way where it was changing for the better. The city felt warm and inviting and despite being Sunday evening when I arrived things were open. I could buy food - how convenient (sorry Vienna - one last dig).

Slovakia was dirt cheap - why couldn't my bike break down here? I found the hostel (which is next door to the apartments I rented for when the girls arrive tomorrow - Finally get to see Cat and can't wait. They had a cute little kitten there. it seems he was left to die in the heat wave a couple weeks prior and the guy running the place took him in despite being allergic and not really good for running a hostel. The kitten was so tiny. As usual time for shower, food and quick walk around the beautiful old city of Bratislava.

After my walk when I arrived back at the hostel a Brazilian girl named Penelope was in the small area between the rooms - not a common area as it only had space for one chair. She had left some of her stuff at the hostel while she went hiking in the Tatra Mountains. She was supposed to be catching a bus to Vienna that night. Only problem was there was no one working at the hostel. She managed to get in but could not access her things. So she was stuck for the night. I offered for her to take my private room and I would sleep on the chair. I did have a day of rest tomorrow. After talking it was decided she would set up a sleeping area next to my bed in my very very small room. There was just enough space for her to sleep. We had some great conversation before heading to bed.
 
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