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Prague to Salzburg - Cycling Day 7 -  Linz, Austria to St. Gilgen, Austria

The sun was out early and it warmed to the mid-70's until clouds rolled in late afternoon.

Much of the day was on bike paths around lakes and through the hills.

Beautiful mountains surrounding us!

                 

Above - Orth Castle on Traunsee near Gmunden. Still some morning mist in the air.

Below -This is one of 76 lakes in the Salzkammergut area (Lake District) of Austria,

which runs from Salzburg to the Alps. The lakes were created in the ice age;

are very deep and clear; and are often used for training of scuba divers.

                   

Above - Traunsee lake is also apparently home to a lake monster known as "Lungy".

In Austrian folklore, legends tell of a Waterhorse being ridden on the back by a Mermaid.

 For most of the day as we rode along the lakes, we were on bike paths away from traffic.

Even though there was a car tunnel, the bike path had it's own separate tunnel.

They have done a wonderful job of assuring cyclists are safe in this busy touristy lake district.

                   

Below left - We were on Salzkammergut Radweg (bike path) most of the day.

Below right - Judith ready to mount the horse in Bad Ischl.

         

Bad Ischl is a spa town in Austria. It lies in the southern part of Upper Austria.

The Habsburg family picked Bad Ischl with its crisp air, clear water

and relaxing spas for their summer holiday home.


                   

Below - Looking back at Bad Ischl as we climbed out of town

You can't tell in this pic, but this climb was a 20% grade!!

We then continued on a beautiful ride through the mountains.

                   

We made it to our lake for the night, Wolfgangsee

Below - View from St. Gilgen of Wolfgangsee and surrounding mountains.

Showers approaching but we didn't get wet!

                  

Below - Our hotel for tonight - Gasthof zur Post which was built in early 1400's.

There has been major remodeling since then. We walked around town

and saw Mozart's family house, where his mother lived.