The situation was not helped by the fact that my tent had, by now, given up all pretence of being waterproof, and every now and then I would get dripped on from the roof. I was also very aware that the water, running down the sides, was forming a puddle around me. I had taken the precaution of lining the inside with paper towels I had liberated but once they became soaked through the water began to seep into the rest of the tent. I was lucky in that my self inflating mattress just kept me high enough off the ground to prevent me from being soaked but by half past five I had had enough and went for a shower.
In the shower block I met a disconsolate German lad who had been sitting there since three o'clock because water had seeped up through his groundsheet and soaked his sleeping bag. His mattress had not been thick enough, unlike that of his companion who was still asleep in their tent.
After a time I was joined by Fred and Bruce and we set about the washing machine and tumble drier and spent a very companionable couple of hours doing the laundry, speaking to other campers and waiting for the rain to stop.
At about half nine the rain finally ceased and we packed up and went in to Tullin for a coffee and a pastry- the town had few of the charms displayed by the other towns along the Danube so we set off for the short ride to Klosterneuburg.
These are included because they show the bench- if we had known it was there we would have taken a brass memorable plate or something.
We made the eighteen miles to Klosterneuberg by two thirty. On the ride we had stopped and ridden onto a bridge over one of the huge locks on the Danube. These locks impress both by sheer size and as feats of engineering.
Having got to our last site on the trip we were pleased to find that it had excellent facilities and was only about eight miles out of Vienna.
Arriving at such an early time gave us the chance to do the tourist thing and actually walk around the town. As in lots of the locations along the Danube and Rhine, the town was dominated by a huge abbey that had been added to over the centuries. Therefore there was a strange and not entirely harmonious blending of the Roman [ some of the walls], the medieval, and the 18th and 19th century imperial styles.