On a road in the woods above farmland in the Austrian voralps near
My bicycling map indicated that there was a 24% grade on this
stretch of road, so I'd
gone around it. Still, when I got to the other side, my
curiosity got the better of me and I rode about 6 kms back up to see
what that kind of grade felt like. It was only a short
stretch so it did not seem too hard. Still, I was standing up
in my lowest gear. A kilometer or so later I leaned my bike
against the bridge railing in the background and revived myself
before I turned back down to my original route.
On the way down I overestimated my braking power (underestimated my speed? both?) and nearly went off the road at a curve just below the 24% descent. I continued on through Gaming and spent the night at a campingplatz in Lunz am See. This is very beautiful country (sehr schön).