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Old 04-15-2007, 01:08 PM   #1
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Bavaria - Austria - 4th Gap

Hi all,

next round of the "Bavaria - Austria" Session. At the 3rd story MojaveGS wanted some "Oberammergauer", so we did some Oberammergau today (and a bit more).

All our stories have a .gpx file. Here's the todays.
Leutasch.gpx

First we left Penzberg direction Murnau. Had the idea to use small roads. You must know it is not easy to find the very small ones, because the most are forbidden for use with cars and bikes. But we found one. :-)

easy off-road


the other direction


But it was only a small one. Not very long. After a km the tarmac had us back. But it still was a nice route - alps come closer.

Some views


and this


Next small road took us into some forest-roads. No "forbidden" sign. (There was some when we hit the next road).

Next stop was lake Staffelsee at Murnau. Looks like this.


Watching the tourists and the ducks for a while. Enjoyed the sun. Now it was time to go on. The road close to the first montains of the alps takes us via Bad Kohlgrub to

To
YEAH - Oberammergau. Town of Passion-Festival
Here some pics.
Typical tratitional painted house


the church


another house


in the "city"






a gift shop


more


even Tina found the right stuff


and we found the place of the festival.






Our view of Oberammergau so far. :-) MojaveGS - hope we hit your expectation. When we left the town dircection Ettal. A few meters outside the town was a parking. A place for two more pics.

This one


and this one


We moved on through Ettal (see report #2) and down to the main-road to get to Garmisch. Short before the Farchant-tunnel we left the main road. On this warm and sunny day we wont use the tunnel.

View to the Zugspitze


Then we entered Garmisch. And here you can find a nice spot with a great view.

Wank-Cable Station - view over Garmisch


Funny, special for you guys from the US.
The name of the montain is "Wank" -- so you can see, germans are high wankers, they have a Wank-room and a Wank-restaurant.

Wank, Wank, Wank - how to wank


One the other side - the Zugspitze - Germans highest.


Enough wanking. We left Garmisch - passed the ski stadium (yesterday they have blown the ski-jump-tower to build a new one for 2008) - and went on the main touristic road direction Mittenwald. A smaller road on the right we used, because less traffic. It takes you to this little lake.

Karwendel-View


Then we passed Mittenwald. At the end of the town a small road takes you to the Leutasch-valley and to Austria.

In the middle of the Leutasch.


more


and


Realy nice - even for walking. Some km later we are at the "backside" of the Zugspitze and the valley gets wider. We take the road to Seefeld another ski-resort in Austria.

We stopped at a little lake near the end of town.
The lake


more


and


Today we won't go down to Inntal so we decided to go left at the main-road. Quick we passed Mittenwald again and then get right to my favorite road which brought us to the lake Walchensee. Man - i love this lake.



Others too


The road follows the lake for a while. At the other end it goes up .....

Last view at Walchensee




.... and then down to lake Kochelsee.

View to Kochelsee from the parking half the way down



This road has this sign


This is the price german bikers have to pay. Too many crashes with bikes. So the road is blocked for going up on weekends. You are only allowed to go down. (i think 75€ is the ticket to go up -- and be sure - the police waits for you).

Lake Kochel - only some more km to reach home.
So this was our tour today - hope you enjoyed it.

have fun
Andreas + Bettina.

the other tours can be found here:

the 3rd --
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220231
the 2nd --
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219704
the 1st --
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218135

my homepage (in german only)
www.alienhardt.de
my other bike-project:
www.atic-meeting.org
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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You could be working for the Bavarian Tourist Bureau... paradise on 2 wheels!! And the ice cream looks great.. thanks for the continued tours of Bavaria
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Old 04-15-2007, 02:06 PM   #3
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What a blast. I was stationed in (West) Germany when I was in the Army, and your photos bring back a lot of memories.

The woodcarving of Oberammergau is also an amazing specialty of the town, aside from the Passion Play and the painted houses. There are houses painted with scenes form Old World fairy tales, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.

After I left the service, I returned with my father and we were treated to a personal tour of the Passion Play theatre. We got to see all the set pieces, costumes, props, etc. Quite a treat.

I'd love to motor around over there for a month or so. Soon...
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:51 PM   #4
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Nice pics and peaK!

Lovely bike !

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Old 04-15-2007, 04:06 PM   #5
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Vielen Dank. Ich vermisse Deutschland, besonders Bayern.
Oberammergauer and GAP in a one day trip. I am very jealous. I was stationed in Augsburg and GAP and use to make the trip between the two all the time.
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Old 04-16-2007, 04:38 AM   #6
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Hi all,

@Gadget Boy: Good idea, maybe i should sent the Bavarian tourist bureau a "donate-me" Button.

@SgtMarty: great, i hope you can make it soon. I think it is a rare thing to see all the passion stuff, because the festival is played only once all 10 years.

@MojaveGS: time to come back for a visit ;-)

It's good to hear that you guys from "Overseas" (in my point of view-direction ;-)) have so many good memories about your time in germany. (as i know that sometimes it is not easy for us-soldiers in this country).

Thank you all for your kind comments.
You force us to go on with our reports. Just thiniking about north bavaria (my roots) and east - we will see.


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Old 04-16-2007, 04:53 AM   #7
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Hiya franken

Beautiful places with a beautiful bike
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Old 04-16-2007, 05:39 AM   #8
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Hi franken,

I love Bavaria, the best place in Germany! Nice report, great photos
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:54 AM   #9
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Nice report, we are are a couple at my home in this moment that
planning a ride to the alps this summer. Your report makes it a hard time
to wait...

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Old 04-16-2007, 01:53 PM   #10
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Hi all,

@MojaveGS: time to come back for a visit ;-)
It has been over a year since my last visit. I had hoped to take a little trip this past spring but it fell through.

Hopefully I'll make the Starkbierfest next spring!!!!
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:30 PM   #11
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As with your other reports, excellent photos and thanks for the files.
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:08 AM   #12
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Excellent and thank you for sharing with us! Despite my posting time of 1204a, I am actually sitting at the Messe Muenchen right now, here to supervise the stand construction for a Bauma exhibitor. I have planned 3 days for holiday after the Bauma starts. I'm definitely going to visit a Biergarten. Remember that the fair runs 23-29 April and they are expecting 650,000 people!
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Old 04-21-2007, 02:37 AM   #13
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The family and I stayed in Pfronten over Xmas - a beautiful country!

I MUST come back on 2 wheels!

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Old 04-21-2007, 07:27 AM   #14
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Thanks for the Reports!

Thank you much for the reports, and we look forward to more. Back in the 80's I did a bicycle trip through the area twice, once with a friend and the second time with my wife on our honeymoon, then a return trip with the same friend in '99 to "celebrate" turning 40. Can't wait to do it again, but this time with a motor!

Beautiful pictures, too.
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:10 AM   #15
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Great ride Franken, backed up with nice photos(that gorge with the tight path is looking )
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