What are we getting ourselves into? Do people think we are really crazy cycling through the alps? We should be in a warm cozy house right now, not riding up into the Alps on a bicycle in February. These were the thoughts that were going through our heads when we departed from our Warmshowers host in Efrizweiler. We had two relaxing nights in a warm bed and were now heading for Austria while James had been and Alice was going out ski-touring.
Cycling down to the Bodensee was nice although we didn’t see much because of the fog. Apparently this fog is very familiar this time of year and people even can get depressed because of the lack of sunlight. The day cleared and before we knew it we were having lunch in the city Lindau with a nice view of the harbour. On we went to again follow the Rhein. We had difficulty finding a place to stay, heard a few ‘no’ and ended up in a meadow with two people who confirmed that this area of Austria might not be so open. This we could imagine being a border region. We slept near a small shed and were happy to continue our way to the Alps.
Wednesday we were ready to start ascending, although the beginning would be easy going. We cycled up to Feldkirch and had lunch at a small butcher before continuing to Bludenz all along the river. Outside of Bludenz we slept on the side of a small forest track with the first snow and ice on the ground. The next day the real ascent would start.