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Old Oct 3rd 2014, 01:28 AM   #111
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Started raining pretty hard....was happy it was only after I got off the bike, but not so happy while walking around trying to find a restaurant that was open.





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Awww, so fucking romantic:


All these pics above were taken while walking around trying to find food, with the exception of the Kebap pic, which was taken while walking back from a grocery store that WAS open. Oh yeah, btw--everyone everywhere was drunk. Not American, loud-talking-drunk, but Eastern European Dash-Cam drunk. Very entertaining to hear a couple argue over taco mix--and nothing gets my appetite going than a mail order bride crying in the yogurt section. Everyone on the street was wasted, too. Fortunately the grocery store was open and I found everything I needed to mix up some bone-warming Ostrich Curry with mushrooms and ghost chili.

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Old Oct 3rd 2014, 01:35 AM   #113
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Woke up in Vienna not sure what to do or where to go. Headed out after roaming around in the AM. I thought I'd give Vienna a second chance. Good thing I did, because I learned that whoever is in charge of Vienna's roads should probably be ______ (verb omitted because I'd like to not be placed on any Austrian terrorist watch-list by someone who doesn't understand hyperbole). Worst traffic-'control' I've ever witnessed.

Throw a few clompety-clomp horse-drawn carriages in--you know, just to slow the double-wide tour busses down to 4mph in the even that the traffic lights aren't doing their job--and, well, the only vehicle I'd ever consider driving in Vienna again would be a rocket powered, 30,000 lb snowplow with no brakes and a 190db speaker blasting "there is a vehicle coming" message because the pedestrians seem to be at some sort of common-sense disadvantage (as this guy demonstrates):



If a blind man can get by in any city with only a cane, why are two poles required for a non-visually-impaired dude walking on flat ground? Because Vienna!!!!
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Last pic of Vienna:

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After packing up in Vienna I really had no idea where I was going. I just wanted to get out of the city.

Found myself here:



And then here:



Decisions decisions. Freedom like this is strange--and can often seem like an exchange of liberty for anxiety and sacrifice, if that makes any sense. It's a strange predilection of mine, uncertainty, as if I'm fixated on what will happen only when I'm not quite sure what will actually happen.

Pushed the clip-ons towards Slovakia....anxious and excited.
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First thing I noticed when entering Slovakia: rubble. It's all over the street. At first I thought a truck hauling cement had spilled a bit of its load, but that's just the way some of the streets are. A good 5 seconds passed before I thought, "holy shit....what the fuck was I thinking....Trans Siberian highway?" Time will tell how horrible a decision that's going to be.

Otherwise, it was a charming little place. This abandoned area reminded me of Detroit:



Until I noticed that it was actually occupied by people. The only thing scarier than ruins in the middle of a metropolis? Ruins inhabited.
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As a kid growing up during the cold war, filled with both fear of Nuclear Holocaust and the hope of a real-life "Red Dawn," finally seeing the despair communism causes elicited only one response from me: sympathy. We in the west may have suffered fear, but the actual inhabitants of the countries we feared were the real victims (insert city/country overwhelmed by tyranny or ruled by a dictatorship). Though the pic below may not look depressing if you've never lived in a communist project (I did--hello Park Merced!), it was about the most hollow section of civilization I'd ever witnessed. A supreme example of how architecture has the capability of sucking hope out of its inhabitants (which I'm guessing was intended).





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I motored around a little (video to come), then it started pouring. I parked under a bridge and geared up. Just as I got all my rain gear on the rain stopped.



Nav told me to jump on the motorway I was under, but the on-ramp was closed. No one seemed to pay much attention to the road closure. As per rule #432 & 433 (do what everyone else does, don't do what anyone else isn't doing), I rode the wrong way, then up a closed and torn-up on-ramp, which saved me a good 20 minutes.

Another rule I've been semi-following: jump on a freeway for a good half hour so you can clear all the suburbs surrounding a big city. There's really no roads worse than the ones connecting residential districts to downtown thoroughfares. Once out in the open, jump off and explore:





Never know what you'll find:

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Short video of what the outskirts of Bratislava are like.

Slovakia - YouTube


One very strange thing I noticed--there were A LOT of mountain bikers on very expensive bikes....there is either a theft ring supplying these guys with bikes from Western Europe or they just have a lot more income than the semi-depressed economy of the city would suggest.
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Actually, the abandoned structure I found myself in was right off the highway. The entrance road had been barricaded, but the exit was not. A quick u-turn off the highway and I was in.

First thought I had when approaching was, "Krokodil Addicts!" But hey, I had full gear on and Krokodil Addicts aren't known for superhuman strength, so in I went.



The floors were covered in black and green slime. I quickly realized that half-human Slovakian drug addicts were far less of a threat to my health than slipping, falling, cracking my head open and being pinned under my bike in a place no one would find me for weeks.



Thought for sure there'd be a corpse in here:












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