dora (Niederösterreich) - hasslach (bavaria) -fürth
fürth - weissenstadt
weissenstadt - sosa
the Three Borders
Sticking closely to the Czech border, the far north of
Oberösterreich displays an array of opposites; old houses built
in a simple but utilitarian bohemian architecture adjacent to single
spa luxury hotels (apparently built by Michael Jackson himself), here
rural proof of existence coupled with commuter's houses there and over
the border to Germany everything suddenly feels a lot richer with less
old cars, more new houses that are build with an abundance of wood panels
and massive balconies.
The first 'verboten' follows promptly, and a second 'warning' goes "you
can't go there, it's verboten". I went for the track anyway to
get an image of the derelict Praha-Passau railway line, sometimes you
simply have to go for it...
Right there at the border at Haidmühle three women and a child
walk over to the German side, waiting in a little hut for car drivers
to pay an euro for parking, or, if in the know, buy some contrabrand
cigarettes possibly smuggled in via Ukraina. Sometimes it pays to not
follow the rules.
Funny old world, just like the many Germans stopping at Austrian filling
stations, everything seems to tend to find an equlibrium.
It feels a bit sad to leave Austria, I found the people amazingly open
and friendly, much more down to earth than their German counterpart.
But this is maybe because i'm from Swabia myself and people there can
be simply outrageous in passing on their opinions.
So there, back in the mountaians between Bavaria and the Czech Republic
and it is so silent there's only the whisper of the trees. Altitude
1062 metres above sea level, much more like it. I love this corner of
the world, old land with even more history...
status bike: loves the oil left from glasses of feta cheese
for the chain
status max: less sun burned
status weather: sound with thunderstorms brewing over the border land.