Schwarzbachwachtsattel (868m); Steinpass (651m); Kniepass (560m)
Hallstatt; Bad Goisern; Bad Ischl; St. Gilgen; Fuschl am See; Salzburg; Berchtesgaden; Lofer; Saalfelden; Zell am See
A friend from the ‘Salzkammergut’ region called this day’s section of my route the highlight of my tour. I’m pretty certain there’ll be a lot more highlights, especially when I’m reaching the real high mountain passes – however, she didn’t promise too much: the scenery was very pretty, in particular around ‘Hallstätter See’ and ‘Wolfgangsee’. It certainly helped that this Sunday lived up to its name: it was a perfect day for cycling. Sunny, clear sky, not too hot; nothing else one could wish for.
What I didn’t quite understand is why there where so many Chinese in Hallstatt (VERY many) – now that they copied the town and rebuilt it somewhere in China?! Guess the original version including the real Alps surrounding it make it still one-of-a-kind?!
In Bad Goisern, I was stuck in a ‘traffic jam’ for almost 10 minutes – due to a blocked road because of an Oldtimer meeting. Wonderful cars of all kinds. It was worth the wait. In general my tour becomes more and more a car show too: Oldtimers, Youngtimers, modern sports cars – I get to see more than a car fan like me could have ever wished for. And if – like in Bad Goisern – I somehow, accidentally, happen to end up inside the closed barriers section of the course where the cars would leave the town later that day, it almost provides a little bit of a Tour de France feeling right before the finish line. With the difference that it’s still a long way until my day would come to an end.
The city of Salzburg was pretty as always, but no big break for me there. Probably because Bavaria was calling 😉
Obviously my tour through the Alps had to lead me through Bavaria too! But it was a short intermezzo: maybe 2.5 hours including a “cake break” – and the most ridiculous “pass road” I’ve ever seen:
However, I’ll wish for such passes the latest when I’ll be climbing the big ones very soon (Großglockner high alpine road, e.g., the next day already – Austria’s highest mountain has been on the horizon for quite a while).
Finally, status of my legs: quite tired. More than I thought and would have wished for. However, now that I’m a day ahead of ‘schedule’, I plan to take a rest day either the day after the difficult Großglockner climb, or the day after.
1,636km/36,200m ascent/29 passes to go!
accurate route details (incl. GPS track):
Vienna-Nice Transalp – day 3 (Obertraun-Zell am See)
Start date/time: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 9:11, distance (km): 183.49, elevation (ascent in m): 1,379
all photos of the day: