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Old 06-29-2008, 03:58 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by aero84
Hey, E-man, that's Europe.
Not too far away from civilization.
I know, I know. My comment sounded weird but its not a few states away, its an entire continent away. thats the amazing part, just get up and go. Plan some first but get up and go
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:07 PM   #47
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These pics are truly amazing
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Old 06-29-2008, 04:09 PM   #48
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Nice report.

Starting my trip down there (from Sweden) tomorrow. Think I will be in Zell am See tuesday evening or the morning after.

After my trip to Norway last week I was thinking of taking a trip to Nordkapp (North Cape?).
But after reading your report and checking the weather forecast, Nordkapp can wait
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:03 PM   #49
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Thanks for the awesome pics and detailed report..
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:58 PM   #50
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Very informative and entertaining. Someday I hope to visit the relatives in Ilmitz, Austria and ride the alps myself. Thanks for putting this report together, it helps a lot to get a sense of the people and countryside.
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:07 AM   #51
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As expected, lots of snow still in your pics :-)
Very nice report and pics!
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:16 AM   #52
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Originally Posted by aero84
One last thing:
No need to worry about your language skills - even if you were a native speaker you'd have no chance down there.
+1 If you learn German in school (as a second language) you porbably don't understand anything, but at least you can read it....

The funny thing is, when I speak english (like all the time) most Germans can tell that I'm from "southern Germany" - wonder why?
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:10 PM   #53
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Originally Posted by aero84
7.92x57 has a good 1000J more nergy than the 7.62x51, which tends to be to strong to handle for the average amercan soldier I encountered.
I had no problem qualifying for the Schutzenschnur (Bronze). I had problems at 150 meters for Silver - the longer distances were OK, but the shorter ones gave me trouble. Go figure.

And for the M3 - I consistently shot it at the Gold level. LOVE the M3.

Especially when I don't have to pay for the ammo.

Then again, I was Air Force - not Army.
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:49 PM   #54
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What Beautiful Country! Absolutely awesome.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:50 PM   #55
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me too, me too

Next year we are planning a trip to Wiesbaden to visit my wifes extended family. Her mother emigrated to the US in the 50's. Maybe I can convince everyone that I should rent a bike and take a spin around Germany

Great reoprt too, thanks!

Cheers, or should I say Chuess (I think thats the spelling )

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Old 07-01-2008, 05:54 AM   #56
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Day 11 Sunday
There was fresh cream for my coffee.

Light rain begins during breakfast. I figured Munich was around 160km away, I was glad I had been edging closer the last few days.

At 10:00 I am in Winkl-Sonnseite and see something of a parade of uniforms heading into this church.

I fall in at the end. With so many marchers I don’t expect to find room inside for me but there is space to stand in the back. The various units fill ¾ of the pews. I believe it was the day to honor the local Red Cross and other service units. They handed out pamphlets on the way in but they couldn’t be expected to provide English versions. There were a variety of uniforms seated in sections, some very traditional. While walking back from the apse I saw a few of what looked like the little kegs you see on St. Bernard rescue dogs and then a dozen Steyr Mannlicher carbines against the wall. I don’t feel quite so out of place in my rain pants. No choir but a brass band played in the loft.
There’s time for a final excursion off the highway.

Soon after I am at the border.

Looking back at Austria.

While taking a break I thought I saw a mushroom but it turned out to be higher on the evolution ladder.

The rain varied from almost none to brief showers, mostly there was a heavy drizzle. Nearing Munich I got on the autobahn to get to my german connection’s house. Either the rain increased or the volume and speed of traffic created a wall of spray that I wasn’t prepared for. I saw the indicating ‘ost’ (east, when I knew I needed to go west) for the lane I was in but I was unable to see my way to cross two lanes of traffic. I exited and happened to be on the one back to Neufinsing. I didn’t even need to consult my map to find Karl Maier’s and my nearby pension.

I check in with Christopher, the manager, who generously offers to take me to the airport in the morning. This greatly eases my concern over coordinating returning the bike as early as possible and getting a cab to the airport in time to check in for my 12:30 flight.
I locate a restaurant for my final supper and again have some english speakers find seats nearby.

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Old 07-07-2008, 11:57 PM   #57
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Great story and awesome pics ! I'm glad you liked it over here and that I could be of some help.

Looking forward to seeing you in the States next year !

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Old 07-08-2008, 04:41 AM   #58
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Great pics! Just wondering what you thought of the BMW side cases? Anything you didnt like? Have they got any special features? Ive got the 800GS and im trying to decide if its worth forking out for them...
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:56 AM   #59
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Great ride report, thanks for sharing! As I said before - trip down memory lane for me - miss that country very much!
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:21 PM   #60
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Re the BMW cases, they are new and improved over the old 650gs cases. Like the old style they expand out (I kept them in that mode) but use an internal lever to move them out instead of having to yank them dragging and screaming to the expanded size. I don't know the volume of the cases on my '01 but but the new ones must be considerably larger. They go on and off easier also, the red lock tab is better of better design. I'm looking at the brochure for the NM specs but it's not written in my language. Could someone translate please?
Die neuen Vario-Koffer fur die F 800 GS haben rechts ein Volumen von ca. 28-38 Liter und links von ca. 19-29 Liter. Sie sind bequem und schnell mit einer Hand durch das Umlegen eines Bugels verstellbar. Bei kleinem Volumen ist die Breite um 120 mm verringert. 250 Euro (I know what that means).
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