In my stories, as well as in Austria, a lot revolves around the Danube river, or “Donau,” in German. It serves many functions aesthetically, commercially, and entertainment-wise. She (German genders) begins in Germany, winds through lots of Europe and deposits itself finally into the Black Sea. Real tough work. Amazingly, by bicycle, we have traversed almost all of its Austrian banks from Passau, Germany to Vienna covering 320 km (almost 200 miles!). The magnificent bike tour included 7 different luxurious stays in various guesthouses and hotels in route. We were rained upon two of the six days of cycling. We obtained victory and also big thighs and thick knees. I personally had 5 near-death accidents with (mostly) radical cyclists. And most importantly, we had just tons of good laughs and great company with Lizzie, Paul, and Kathy (Lizzie’s fun, generous, and terrific parents). We even visited Mauthausen, an Austrian Nazi concentration/incineration camp. No sounds of animals or birds are to be heard, the latter of which are never in sight from the compound. Trust me, Jew wouldn’t want to go there. Also, to my immense gratitude and awesome amazement, we saw many many castles and even entered two more luxurious castles still in use for tourist-like functions. We finished the tour in Vienna, convenient for Lizzie and me. Annnd…. some photos!