Word in camp Team Kiwi is that today rates up there with Wimbledon and Cesky Krumlov as best days of the tour so far!
Another perfect blue sky and 30 plus temperature set the scene as we set out on the train 80km out of Vienna into the Wachau Valley wine region. Amazing scenery as we wandered through the grapevines to the first winery where we were shown how to 'taste' the wines.....including looking for it's 'legs' - much confusion here until this was explained to us. Three samples later and already feeling a little light headed it was time to get on the bikes. Team Kiwi - with their very own Rach 'Lance' Stratford - took the lead through the winding streets and into open wine country. Stage 1 complete and time for re-nourishment in the form of alcohol soaked apricots and samples of liquors and chutneys. The team fund splashed out on a bottle of apple pie liquor for the next few nights in Gruenau; has still not been used for it's intended purpose of supermarket shopping! Back on our bikes for a 20 minute ride through the vineyards and along the Danube River to a huge house on top of a hill overlooking the river for lunch. Meat, meat, meat, meat, meat! Half the tour group opted for vegetarian purely because they were sick of how much meat Germany and Austria had been feeding them - but not Team Kiwi; making up 4 of the 7 meat eaters. Lucky we did: a massive pork steak, sausage with cheese in the middle wrapped in bacon and another sausage. Nom nom nom :) Also sampled another three wines then completely disregarding everything we had even been told about the supposed dangers of drinking, eating and swimming....went into the Danube River. While throwing the frisbee, Aimee decided to spice things up by flashing her nipple around.... unfortunately Zara and I were the only ones who saw and had to tell her in fits of laughter about her slight indiscretion. Refreshed and probably cleaner than we had been in a while, we were ready for Stage 2 - with wet togs it was decided that cycling with no shorts on was appropriate....handy for getting rid of rather unattractive shorts tan line too. Back up the river and through the vineyards and we were back in the little town where we sampled apricot ice-cream before the last stage if the day to our starting point. Managed to make 2 wrong turns on the way back, turns out it was our guides first tour by herself! Then it was on the train with more wine for the trip home. Exhausted and slightly tipsy we stumbled back into the hostel and got ready (de-mingered ourselves) before the perfect end to a stunning day...Twilight Eclipse! Met Jess and Kara and armed with a huge popcorn and 750ml of Pepsi we were ready for Jacob (or Edward....insert distasteful sound). What better way to end the day than a bit of man candy?