Waking up at six o´clock in the morning was easy, knowing there was a day of rafting ahead of us. As we were warming up with capoeira exercises, we had two new faces joining our team. We met Noel from Belgium and Corina from East Tyrol the night before while watching Germany win the World Cup. Excited about the Riverwalk and the upcoming rafting adventure, they decided to become a part of it.
AT THIS POINT WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ANYONE INTERESTED IN BIKING WITH US IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TO JOIN US AT ANY STAGE OF OUR TRIP (CHECK OUT OUR ROUTE HERE).
The guys from the rafting club and a friendly beagle called Betty White picked us up in Feld and took us to the starting point. After a few instructions and a quick test of the current, we got the boats into the water and started to paddle hard. Fortunately, apart from a few people “taking a swim”, there were no riverwalkers injured during the raft. We also did spins, stand ups and a lot of tequilas between the paddling – hold on, not those ones! It means dipping your helmet in the water, cheeky!
After lunch we were looking forward to meeting the ORF!!! We were filmed and interviewed during our hike towards Lienz. Not even the rain could stop us from being TV stars, putting up a QR-code and enjoying the stunning view of the river all at the same time.
As we were taking a short break at a fountain, we ran into a couple whom we met at Iselfest. Towards the end of today´s hike, sandbanks and a breathtaking path called “Katzensteig” led us over a cliffy river bank over to little wooden bridges, steep steps and finally the city of Lienz.
Tip of the day: We are sure you have stacks of plasters (band-aids) at home, but Katja swears that laughter is the best medicine for blisters!
From damp, soft forest ground, back to the grey asphalt – but only for a short while! Stay tuned 😉