Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Done and Dusted!

It was 88.85km from Bratislava to Vienna. 4 hours, 6 minutes, 14 seconds. The road was mainly flat, and I had a pretty decent tailwind for most of the journey. FY was not at her best, struggling under the weight of several days worth of camping mud, rain and road crust without me paying much attention to maintainence. By 4.30 it was dark, but I figured I must be close to the city. Soon I found myself riding through what looked like an oil refinery, then onto a long, dark empty road, with nothing resembling city lights anywhere that I could see.

Then, soon after I passed what looked like a ranch-themed restaurant and turned a corner, above the horizon (and slightly to my left) appeared the magical river Danube. Not far beyond it's gentle flowing waters were the lights of that fabled city which once marked the edge of the Roman empire, which resisted the viscious attacks of the Ottomans on not one but two occasions, that distinguished itself from the rest of Europe and indeed the world for its unmitigated class through the ages, its depth of history and culture, as the home of Mozart, Apfel Strudel and Freud (in no particular order)!


It's a little strange to think that the riding is over. The difference between riding out of 'Major's Den', the $3 a night crack in the wall in New Delhi's Paharganj district and into my Aunt and Uncles beautiful apartment in Vienna's 19th district is a little bit like the difference between a your left pinkie toe and Jupiter's 7th moon. (ie. quite different.)

There's been a multitude of people and places that have made impressions on me during the last 5 months on the road that will last for most, if not all of my life. Most of those people, and probably all of those places will not read this blog, but for those that do, thank you.

So until the next adventure, I think that's the last real entry for Tosif Trekking International Inc. I'll endeavour to put up some pictures and things in the next couple weeks to wrap it all up nicely. peace


Nazy said...



End of an era, Tosif.

natalie shahmiri. said...


Shidan said...

Nice work bro. You've seriously done well.
Can you please take a picture of your calf muscle, it must be freaking huge.

Scott Banister-Jones said...

Well done mate.
Your a champion. I'm bloody jealous.
See you soon.

thomas said...


We met you briefly in Kashgar at Johns Cafe...same time as Tammy and Dirk. My wife Babara and I are from New York and I saw you off when you departed Kashgar from the parking lot at Johns.

We were in New Delhi the same time as you, but of course, we never met in India. This is by way to refresh your memory, as I am sure you met so many people on your journey.

We are headed to your hometown, Perth by way of Melbourne..in April.

Wanted to ask some advice and hope to meet up with you. The question is, in brief, is it worth driving from Melbourne to pert or should we instead drive around melbourne..Adelaide..Barossa and then fly or is the trip truly worth the long drive and time. oe shall we fly from Adelaide to Perth and rent a car there?

Let us have your contact info and tel us if you will be around. Thanks.

Congrats on your bike adventure.
Tom Dub

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