After a only about four hours of sleep we start the next stage, my home game: From Kaiserau, first down into Paltental to Rottenmann, south of Burg Strechau on the Lassing high plateau. By the time we get to Lassing, we already have a half-marathon in our legs and we take a short rest. After that, we take the fastest way to the paths along the Enns. At this point, it’s clear the wear and tear of the previous days is starting to show for Markus, and we have to throttle the pace significantly. We then have 55 flat kilometers into Haus/Enns Valley. Indeed, this will likely be the hardest part of Crossing Austria for Markus. Here, I am particularly mentally challenged. The slow running causes me problems, too, since I’m not used to it. Somehow or other, we manage it together to my home community of Hauser. We receive a hearty welcome and that brightens our moods again. After a short stay, we take on the last 13 kilometers and 1,000 meters to the Türlwand Hut at the foot of Dachstein’s south face. As we previously discussed, we split up for the first time in Ramsau, and I reach Türlwand Hut after 13.5 hours of running time, Markus just 45 minutes later.