Day 41 : Gadafura-Hutte – Blons 21st July 2013

Leaving Konrad & Anita (kind & friendly refuge keepers/owners) nice & clean Gafadura-Hutte.

On the way to Austria at 7:30am

8am 1630m Back to Prafazei, on the via alpina red trail.Leaving Via alpina green trail and Liechtenstein.Going down towards Feldkirch

8:10am 1473m Sarojaalpe.Via alpina way goes straight by Feldkirh hutte marked 1h.Feldkirch marked 2h45.
Going right,Frastanz marked 2h15.Taking Frastanz shortcut,no need to go Feldkirch

9:30am 763m Amerlugen.Feldkirch marked 1h.Frastanz marked 35mins in the other direction.

Following down to Frastanz through forest trails and roads yellow and white markers

10:20am catched the via alpina red trail coming from Feldkirch. 473m Brugger Torkel. Satteins marked 1h15

10:35am 510m Krist.2ways to go to Satteins.Straight by the road (roman way) marked 40mins. Or up left on via alpina red trail (called walgauweg) marked 45mins to get away of the noisy nearby passing highway.

12:30am leaving Satteins. Lunch + drinks 19EUR

1:15pm 610m Rons.Schnifis walgauweg marked 30mins

2:45pm 780m Plattenhof.Thuringerberg marked 1h15

Lots of roads,forest trails,religious items on this first transition day in the Austrian countryside,moving up to enter Grosse Walsertal valley

3:45pm 875m Kirche HI. Andreas.St Gerold marked 1h15

Thuringerberg has a restaurant/gasthaus and a petrol station with survival groceries available opened on sunday

Light rain started around 4:15pm but quickly stopped once again.

5:35pm 840m St Gerold Propstei.Blons marked 1h15 by walserweg

6:30pm 890m Blons.Stopping for some dinner

About 7pm young locals dressed as firefighters comes in and joined me at the table outdoor.

Meet Simon 19years old, after talking and videotaped him telling me the different local dialect here in Vorarlberg county Austria.

Simon invited me to stay at his house if his parents agreed…

8pm
Distance covered : 34,2km
Walking time : 7h35
Resting time : 4h50
Altitude : 888m
Date : sunday 21st July 2013
Weather : very hot & sunny, light rain in the late afternoon, clear in the evening

Simon and his brother David went to ask the Blons priest if it will possible to stay in the church.The open minded priest says no (it is not raining) but gave some cabbage that can be eaten raw.

Simon and David took me too there house so i could take a shower and showed me where in Blons school playground, the tent could be pitched for the night.

After shower, Simon mother gave me some cakes and cherries and told me if needed anything, could come in and ask.

What an amazing way to end up that first via alpina day in Austria…

At the Blons restaurant, someone paid for a drink and the waitress did not want me to pay the cents of my bill.
Left 24euros for the meal + drinks + increbible encounters with the locals here in Blons Vorarlberg county Austria.

9:30pm looks like full moon tonight.

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Drei Schwestern view

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First wood chapel in Austria

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Drei Schwestern from the Austrian
Countryside

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House on the way

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Chapel in the forest

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Simon 19 (left) and Blons volontary firefighters

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