Day 31 – Let Your Love Flow

Brennbichl to Zams, 17Km

Post Gasthof Gemse, 47 euros

Today was almost a rest day, just an easy stroll along the cycle way by the banks of the Inn. I only stopped once at a village Spar store to buy a Magnum ice cream and arrived in Zams at midday. The guest house in Brennbichl made the reservation for me and they picked a winner. Incidentally, this is low season; expect to pay far more in winter.

I washed all my clothes in the sink and dried them on the balcony in the sunshine, 28 degrees.

It’s time to take stock and what a place to do it. I’m sitting in a crazy Italian cafe with a bowl of pasta and two large beers and my sort of music. “Let Your Love Flow” by The Bellamy Brothers in 1976. The girl serving the beers would play something else but her father owns the place, he chooses the music and the clientele look as if they let their love flow back then.

Back to taking stock: I’m roughly half way to Le Puy en Velay in France, my destination (see map). I intentionally stopped in Zams today because it has a lot of history. The Romans were here and it’s been a crossing point for roads from all over Central Europe since the Middle Ages. A hefty toll was charged to cross the Inn at this point. The Plague visited twice in the 16th century. The other reason I stopped here is that from now on the walking is going to be challenging. Ahead of me is the Arlberg Pass where I will reach 1862m. This is the watershed between the Danube and the Rhine. Currently the waters flow to the Black Sea; after the Pass they flow to the North Sea. That’s a hell of a decision for any raindrops falling on the Pass.

After the Pass it’s only a few days to Liechtenstein, if I can find it, and Switzerland. I’m going to the Oberammergau Passion Play on Sunday and we have amber warnings for extreme temperatures for the next few days, 36 degrees so walking is going to be a bit unpredictable. But the end date is fixed: 27 June. I’ll do the second half next year.

Approximately half way to Le Puy-en-Velay
Brennbichl Hotel Auderer
The faithful Jerusalem Way signs
Imagine it’s winter, you’re on the last run before the apres-ski and, oops, a few minutes later you’re on the helicopter landing here.
Saurs village
Don’t you just want to get on your bike
I can’t imagine why they need so many huts
Your Airbnb
A view of Zams from my balcony
This evening’s Italian Cafe

12 comments on “Day 31 – Let Your Love Flow

  1. Peter Mastenko

    Yes the cycle path looks tempting. Hottest day of the year here, 33C or more, and a warm headwind on my bike ride to Box Hill at lunchtime.
    Lots of huts surely a good thing? You can never have enough storage space..
    Pretty sure I cycled the Arlberg Pass in 1986 on a group ride London to Venice. Enjoy!

    • A cycle path is being built which will make for a good ride one day.

  2. Walkmag

    Good luck with then hills, take care

    • Thanks. I think good luck will have to include a fall in temperature of 15 degrees

  3. Kia Ora, Tim, Great photos as usual – Air B n B is perfect description when you consider the holes/air con! The huts maybe for respite from a difficult spouse! Have a great day tomorrow in Oberammergau. Bikes are ok but at least walkers don’t get punctures to spoil their travel. Kia kaha, Vicky

    • Hats off to the bikers for the distances they cover every day. I remember getting punctures on my feet but I think they’re getting used to it now!

  4. So, in theory, if you follow the raindrops, it’s downhill all the way home. Simple. Enjoy the passion play and don’t be late as I believe the next performance is some time hence.

    • I’m looking forward to experiencing a German bus replacement service

  5. Tassie Kaz

    Congratulations on your achievement so far Tim.
    It’s wonderful you’re taking time to take stock; it’s all too easy to get caught up in the continual forward momentum…it’s not just about how far you’ve got to go but also how far you’ve come.
    Enjoy a long sit tomorrow…hope the seats are comfy!

    • The play is coinciding with extreme temperatures 36 degrees so it will be better than walking

  6. Kia Ora Tim, Further thought on the huts – if the photo had been taken in Scotland they would probably be where people who play the bagpipes would be banished to so perhaps the Swiss ones are for those learning/practising yodelling!!
    Kia kaha, Vicky

    • You’ve probably hit the nail on the head. This is where the Swiss send their yodeling people

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