rauris valley - schoeder (Steiermark)
schöder - neustift
a Waterfall and a House
There are different opinions on alpine passes: a trucker
says the Soelk was free of snow, yet another young man says there were
avalanches and there's literally no way - so off to the Tauern road
through white landscapes just underneath the tree limit, and a frosty
scandinavian feeling creeps in my bones.
The Steiermark in turn greets me with a lush atmosphere of early spring,
small villages and incredibly friendly people. Following a sign that
simply says 'Waterfall' - I decided to have a look, but what I found
is more: a lovely farm lady and her husband run a pub in their place,
a friendly old house dating from 1771 - and the smell of woodfire is
everywhere, with soot drops on the ceiling and worn panels of wood -
and i'm made welcome to share the table in the kitchen kept warm by
a massive woodburning stove. I take the smell with me when I make for
The cows are about ready to leave their winter accomodation and to spread
out into the fields, but it's still a bit too early as the water still
rages down the mountain slopes; there's still a lot of snow up there.
A frosty night, and in the morning i walk into the river barefoot, but
not for long :), well, *now* I've woken up properly.
The bike packed i sit in the sun and talk to the farmer for another
four hours, have coffee, learn something about running a small farm
whilst the mother cow takes a lazy walk around the yard. Yes, everyone
has a past and everyone has a need for identity and some hold out longer
Then i manage to leave, finally, with bundles of energy given to me
by the two, and whizz off to light the fire for the Soelk Rally run
by the Austrian AiA. But that will be another story...
status bike: slow above 1200 meters/sealevel
status max: sun burned
status weather: frosty during the night