Saturday, 28 July 2018
'Summer in the Alps' Day 27 - Ansbacher Hütte to Dornbirn via Flirsch
Another sunny morning after a slightly disturbed night due to a snorer and early risers. Good buffet breakfast with new found friends, Francesca who lives in Berlin, and Sabrina from Bregenz but living in Copenhagen.
Farewells behind us we set off alone down the path to Flirsch. A flock of choughs was busy breakfasting in the meadow (caterpillars?) and curious sheep approached as we proceeded down the meadowy hillside.
There were enticing views towards the Adlerweg route that we had deserted, but these flower filled meadows were some of the best we'd seen all trip.
It got sweatier as we descended into the heatwave. 17°C at the hut, 24°C at the half way point. Probably around 30°C at the bottom of the hill after passing through a cooler stretch of steep woodland, featuring Ghost Orchids, Red Helleborines and St Bernard's Lilies.
After sussing out travel by bus and train back to Dornbirn, we enjoyed a leisurely cappuccino before catching the 11.32 bus to St Anton. Here we were wetted by a passing storm whilst sourcing luncheon provisions. The 12.57 train to Feldkirch eventually turned up at 13.40 ('late due to a police operation'), so we had plenty of time to scoff our lunch and watch the skies brighten again. St Anton high street was getting ready for a 150 km and 2500 metres ascent Giro bike race tomorrow.
The train journeys to Feldkirch and then Dornbirn were uneventful, with Markus picking us up at Dornbirn station at 3pm and whisking us to his viewpoint balcony for 'beer o'clock' before a refreshing shower (the first since Zug, a few days ago) and a reacquaintance with our wider possessions. The contents of our hutting rucksacks have been duly discharged to a washing bag that can be dealt with next week.
Dinner will be at Fetz, a hillside restaurant with fine views and good food.
Today: 4.5 km, 50 metres ascent
Leaving Ansbacher Hütte
The Adlerweg continues without us
Curious sheep in search of mint
A typical stile