I will put you out of your misery right away: the above is Kaiserschmarrn. And yes, it is as good as it looks. A popular Austrian dessert, they describe it as a “fluffy, shredded pancake” and mine came with plum jam too. Delicious.
I did not start my day with said Kaiserschmarrn, that was an afternoon treat. After a rubbish nights sleep, I didn’t surface until much later in the morning. It was definitely needed. Some googling the previous evening, gave me my intended breakfast stop, however something in me made me check again this morning, and I’m glad I did as it’s closed on Tuesdays. Shame.
Instead, I made my own bowl of oats and left them to soak in the fridge whilst I went out on another twenty minute test run along the Danube. It was hot and gloriously sunny. I loved it.
I was running along, minding my own business, when a man on a bicycle stopped me and started speaking German. I obviously looked confused and cracked out my standard “do you speak English?” phrase, which was embarrassingly, no problem for him.
In his almost fluent English, he apologised for stopping me on my run then continued by saying words to the effect of; “you are really so beautiful, and I really needed to tell you.” Well, well, well! It’s not everyday that someone stops you in the street to say that, especially when you’re a sweaty, hot mess from running. So thanks, random Austrian guy!
The rest of my day continued as a “rest” day, which included spending a lot of time outside in a lovely cafe with the aforementioned Kaiserschmarrn, and a couple of hours down on the banks of the Danube, which turns out to be a popular “beach” for the locals.
I will finish my evening with the usual packing up, any last minute washing, and then hopefully an early night; ready for a big day in the saddle tomorrow.
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my journey today and the incredible adventure it has been. I hope I have managed to convey how much I have really have enjoyed, no, loved, this trip. With only two days to go until I reach Vienna, I can honestly say it’s been the most rewarding, enjoyable, and fulfilling trip I have ever done (and I’ve done some pretty cool trips).
I also want to highlight that I do realise it is a real privilege that I am able to do a trip like this; I know it is not possible for everyone, for one reason or another. But don’t let hold you back from doing something you’ve always dreamt of doing: the time is now, and in the words of the great man himself, Eliud Kipchoge, no human is limited…
Since my last blog post, I have had a few questions about the sub-2 hour marathon attempt. If you are interested, I would urge you to watch this half an hour(?) documentary made by the BBC, and see if it brings a tear to your eye too.