While we dipped into some of Europe’s greatest cities, it was the back roads we took along the way that made it all worthwhile. Pulling over to admire Austrian castles, enjoying a sun shower in the vineyards of the Wachau Valley, refueling at a biergarten on the side of the road (when in Germany, am I right?), and biking across the Iron Curtain from Austria to Slovakia – those are the moments that are forever entrenched in my brain.
It’s crazy to think that less than 30 years ago, in my own lifetime, we wouldn’t have been able to complete this bike ride. Less than three decades ago, the communist powers shut down contact between these countries. Now, in 2016, Backroads and plenty of bikers from all countries, ride across the infamous “Iron Curtain” from Austria into Slovakia. Less than 30 years ago, people were risking their lives crossing the “curtain” and the Danube River to get to freedom in Austria. With Backroads, we had the chance to ride through history.