Dienstag, 23. September 2008

Section 05

We made this two days' trip in July.
It is the fifth section of our long distance hiking tour through Austria.

We walked from Rabenstein/Pielach to Scheibbs/Erlauf, through a wonderful landscape called
"Alpenvorland", the Northern Pre-Alps,
with gently rolling hills, old oak and beech forests, farmland with endless meadows, and a lonely farmhouse now and then.

Please take your time to enlarge the pictures. It was such a beautiful summer day, the landscape is like paradise, so it is worth while!

Our tour starts in Rabenstein/Pielach, 344 m above sea level.

On a long and tiring road we walk up to Bramböckkapelle, 530 m above sea level.

A first rest in the cool shade of old oak trees.

Now our hiking trail follows an old Roman road.
It leads along ridges with little differences in altitude and with beautiful views over the country.

Our dog is so happy, she seems to fly through the air!

After a 10 km's walk, we reach Gasthaus Luft, 628 m above sea level.
It is closed - on vacation!

This is "Schwabeckkreuz",
a local place of pilgrimage with a pieta.
720 m above sea level.

Grüntalkogelhütte (886 m above sea level)

Here we enjoy a phantastic view over Alpenvorland, the Northern Pre-Alps,
towards the basin of the river Danube.

We want to spend the night in a village named Plankenstein, but the hostel is closed.

We are already very tired, after walking a distance of 24 km.

With the help of locals we finally we find accommodation in Texing.

The next day - it's raining cats and dogs!

Finally we reach Scheibbs/Erlauf where our journey ends.

My father was here in Scheibbs on summer receation when he was a boy.
Summer 1941.
He was hosted by family Schwarz, the local photographer.
He asked me to find out if the shop still exists.
Voilà, here it is:

We are wet to the bones,

even the things inside our rucksacks...

Despite the bad weather on our second day, we covered a distance of 13 km!



muskan@dipak hat gesagt…

its a very very lovly and distinct scene and keen to visit one day. i love that place, its an amazing...

Brenda hat gesagt…

I loved seeing the scenery on your hiking tour! Beautiful!

Maria hat gesagt…

Dear muskan@dipak, I am happy that you liked my hiking trip! Thank you for visiting!
I also visited you site and enjoyed the pictures you took in the Singapore zoo. The white tigers are great!

BT hat gesagt…

Wow, Maria, what a wonderful walk. What amazing scenery and what a lovely dog too, I love the picture of him flying!! Sorry your 2nd day was so wet!


Marie hat gesagt…

What a wonderful hiking tour! I would love to walk with you :)

Barbara Martin hat gesagt…

Maria, the rolling hills, fields and forests are so very lovely in Austria. It brings back memories of when I was there many years asgo. Its nice you go for long walks, and here I was thinking how nice it would be to ride horseback over those fields (my knees and hip aren't what they used to be).

How lovely you were able to find the photographer's shop for your father.

Wienermaedel hat gesagt…

Respekt, ihr seid ganz schön unterwegs auf Schusters Rappen!

Herzlichen Gruß

Fadil Wimala hat gesagt…

what an adventure!

Barbara hat gesagt…

What a wonderful and beautiful journey. The country side that you visited was just breathtaking. You captured the beauty wonderfully.

Brian hat gesagt…

What a wonderful tour, thank you so much.


Ps am back posting gain

Al hat gesagt…

That looks like an amazing hike. I'd love to do something like this adventure some day.

thefisherlady hat gesagt…

What an amazing and wonderful hike! You are an inspiration... all that green lushness while we rest under a blanket of white softness... being still and knowing that He is God.
My friend, Danielle, by the way, after a year of change in diet and with exceeding great prayer from many, is with a positively amazing shrinkage of the tumor. Her mom writes:... it has been a year and our hearts rejoice in what our Lord has done for a whole year extra. Danielle's mom wrote this today:
I am bursting with gratefulness!!!! The xrays of the lump in Danielle's back came back 'all clear', nothing to report!!!! AND her tumor is SHRINKING!!!! We have measured it and it is several centimeters smaller and getting smaller all the time. I just want to run screaming down the street.
Thank you Lord for each day you give, for every breath... each one Your gift. We are truly thankful!