Australia. Austria. Only two letters apart in name. But thousands of kilometers apart on earth.
Australia – I first went to Australia when I was 19 years old, flying in one of Malaysia Airlines last Boeing 707-300. Less than 12 months later I rode a car 3,500 kilometers overland from Perth to Melbourne and return. Then six years ago I rode the intercontinental Indian Pacific train for 4 days and 3 nights from Sydney to Perth, a distance of 4,300 kilometers.
Austria – Less than 2 years ago I went to Austria driving, from its south, from Slovenia. This year I went into Austria’s northwest, driving from Germany.
Beautiful country. All four of them.
A stop over by Lake Bled, Slovenia on the way to Faaker See village in southern Austria.
A group of bikers on a late summer ride in northwestern Austria.
Approaching a village in northwestern Austria.
Driving into Austria from Slovenia and from Germany.
Cook, South Australia. Me with one of the Indian Pacific coaches.
I came to Perth via the Indian Pacific train from Sydney. This was the train, stopping for fuel at Cook, South Australia, some 2,400 km from Sydney. Perth was still a long 2,000 km to go.
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