ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-21-2010, 07:08 PM   #106
GB
Mod Squad
 
GB's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2002
Location: Toronto, ON
Oddometer: 55,572
WOW.... love those European reports

__________________
ADV decals, patches & flag? Here
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2010, 08:26 PM   #107
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Where is Dewnmoon?

Just at the bottom of the pass, we came across some road construction and were stopped at a long traffic light. We had a quick chat. Just where the heck are Mr & Mrs Dewnmoon? We'd seen no sign of them going up or down or at the top. Well, we decided to carry on for a bit and see if we had any ideas.




After just a few minutes my TomTom GPS decided to direct us off the main road. Not knowing what was going on but seeing the TomTom and Garmin pointing in opposite directions, we followed the TomTom's directions down narrow cobbled streets through a small town and out onto the smallest road I've seen for a while, running across open mountain meadows.





I was half expecting to see Julie Andrews singing and dancing.
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2010, 08:51 PM   #108
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Where IS Dewnmoon?

Back on the main road, the unplanned detour was obviously unnecessary although it had certainly showed us some sights we would never have seen otherwise. Because it was it was getting late, we decided to ride for another hour or two and find a place to stay, hoping we could then get hold of Dewnmoon by email.

After a further 30 minutes, I had a sudden craving for a snack and coffee or something. We were just passing through Resia and I spied a likely looking cafe with a biker friendly sign.


As we pulled up, there was a familiar-looking 800GS in the car park and Dewnmoon was walking out to greet us. They say "Great minds think alike!"
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride

slartidbartfast screwed with this post 05-22-2010 at 09:12 AM
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2010, 09:13 AM   #109
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
I'll leave it up to Dew to explain where they went...
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2010, 09:35 AM   #110
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Our route for the day had taken us from Switzerland, down into Italy, almost back into Switzerland at the top of Stelvio Pass. Now, right after finding Mr. & Mrs Dewnmoon we crossed into Austria for the first time and found ourselves heading along the valley of the River Inn.


I originally had the idea that we might end up in Lichtenstein tonight, but there obviously was not enough daylight left to have an enjoyable ride there, so after another thirty miles or so, I tapped out a request for the GPS to locate a hotel near our route. As luck would have it, the first place that came up had vacancies, reasonable prices and a place to lock away our bikes.


The bike lock up was pretty grim but the Gasthof Rose hotel was great. Nice rooms and nice views of the rooftops of Prutz. Pimpdaddy got all excited about the fire extinguishers. We also had an interesting time trying to figure out the "lockbox" - some sort of historic wooden safe which the owners claimed never to have opened as they only have two of the three keys required.








We rounded the evening off with a nice meal and a couple of bottles of red wine (getting to be quite a habit on this trip.)
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2010, 01:27 PM   #111
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Route Map: Switzerland - Italy - Austria

Three countries and six passes today, if you include Maloja. Others were Bernina, Forcola di Livigno, Foscagno, Passo d'Eira and finally the great Stelvio Pass
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride

slartidbartfast screwed with this post 05-23-2010 at 01:37 PM
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #112
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Castles in the rain

The morning of our eighth day since riding off the ferry was dull and misty just like the day before. Unlike the previous day, however, it was still dull after breakfast and getting duller by the minute. I had sat up late the previous night, downloading and processing photos and by the time I was ready to roll in the morning, everyone else had already wandered around the town and done some souvenir shopping. The delay did nothing for the sky, however.




By the time we set off, it was drizzling occasionally and after we stopped for fuel thirty minutes or so up the road, it began raining steadily. Still, we made good time and, despite the late start we crossed into Bavaria (I wondered whether The Duchess had ever been back "home" before) and were at our destination by mid-day, getting directed into the far back of a car park by a surly German. At least we had somewhere covered to leave the bikes and sort out our damp gear.




Mrs Dewnmoon had been talking about this place since before we left Louisiana and we were all excited to see it for ourselves...
Neuschwanstein, or Mad King Ludwig's fairytale castle:
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2010, 09:21 PM   #113
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Neuschwanstein

We were surrounded by all the typical tourist stuff - overpriced, irrelevant souvenirs, etc., and if there would have been a vote, I think we might have moved on without actually seeing the castle.

We stayed, and it was definitely worth it. Even waiting for an hour or more crammed in the entranceway with 200 damp, grumpy German tourists was worth it. The inside of the castle was absolutely fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Ludwig and his architects and his plans. Photos were not allowed but I turned the flash off and shot "from the hip" - not about to miss recording some of the most amazing and stunningly beautiful architecture I have ever seen.












__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2010, 09:34 PM   #114
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Getting up the hill to the castle took a bus ride and a fairly long walk up and down some steep paths. On the way back down, we had to fight to get on the bus. Back at the bottom, we pondered our options. I had planned to spend the afternoon riding to and through the Black Forest. However, the day was too far along and the weather showed no signs of improving. If anything, it was getting worse. We split up for a few minutes and did a little shopping, then gathered back together for a hot snack and a coffee.




The temperature was dropping by the time we got back to the bikes. We spent some time getting into as much warm dry gear as possible, stashed cameras safely away out of the weather and splashed our way back into an ever darkening, ever wetter German countryside.
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2010, 12:27 PM   #115
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
The greek place

The rain didn't let up, so we took no more photos for the day.

Despite being ensconced behind The Duchess' big fairing I was still getting distinctly damp around the edges. With both heated grips and jacket turned on, I was quite warm and comfortable. Pimpdaddy on the 1200RT had to be ok too but I was not not sure about everyone else. After only an hour or so, it was starting to get dark and I wasn't entirely sure where we were going (following a back-roads route toward the Black Forest I had pre-programmed into the Garmin.) I started wondering just how many hotels/guesthouses we might find in the next hundred miles or so.

Just as I was pondering this potential difficulty, we rounded a corner in the small town of Ochsenhausen, and there was a building with a large wooden sign on the wall in front of us: "Gasthaus Bohrturm". There was a parking area right by the road, so I swung the Duchess in, dismounted and dripped my way toward the door.

I would not have been at all surprised to have been summarily booted out, just for being so soggy - but we were made very welcome, the rooms were very reasonably priced and the restaurant was open, making for an easy decision to stay. After a few minutes arranging our sodden clothing around our rooms to dry, we met up in the restaurant for dinner.

The Bohrturm is a Greek restaurant. As far as we could understand, the proprietors were fairly recent immigrants and we could not communicate with them in either English or German. Their ten-year-old son was able to manage some basic translation however, and we ended up with a splendid meal, accompanied by a couple of bottles of red wine. The meal was also punctuated by the proprietor several times bringing us a complimentary tray-load of shots of Ouzo - A pungent and strong anise-flavored spirit.

We slept well!
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2010, 08:59 AM   #116
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
The day's ride

We covered a short 205 km today, mostly in heavy rain.
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2010, 05:43 PM   #117
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Our 9th day on the continent dawned bright and cool, but dry, giving us an opportunity to look around a little bit as we packed the bikes.








Pay attention here as it's not often you can catch Dewnmoon sitting on a bike without his helmet on


Pretty soon we were rolling again, passing numerous vineyards along the rolling hills surrounding lake Constance (Bodensee). The sun came out and things quickly began to warm up. Any remaining dampness in gloves and boots from the pluvial challenges of the day before was soon dissipated.




Our short day yesterday meant we still had quite some distance to go to the Black Forest. We ripped up some of the famed German "fast" roads for a while. These Germans don't mess around with their driving but fortunately also take it seriously and are quite safe. The Duchess did marvelously, and we all cruised along quite happily at 90mph+.




__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2010, 08:32 AM   #118
Frey Bentos
not listening
 
Frey Bentos's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Fermanagh. Ireland
Oddometer: 660
Nice RR. Making me want to hit the road. Unfortunately, work/wife/money say no.
Frey Bentos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2010, 08:37 AM   #119
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
Thanks! I just got back from revisiting some of the marvelous roads and other places along the way with my daughter. It was every bit as good as I remembered - maybe better Shame we were in a car - Daughter told me "Dad, I wish I had come with you on your motorbike."

Need to finish this RR.
__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 03:53 AM   #120
slartidbartfast OP
Love those blue pipes
 
slartidbartfast's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Southern Louisiana or Southern England or ...
Oddometer: 4,818
The Black Forest was stupendous! Roads near perfect, idyllic scenery, etc.








We stopped briefly in a nice little village that appears to be the centre of a winter skiing area. Also found some interesting roadside artwork but could not decipher its significance.


The smaller roads in the forest proper reminded me of some of the better roads in the Smokes - only they are better roads, with much longer unbroken stretches of twisting, climbing, winding, dipping asphalt, less traffic and no morons putting rocks, branches or oil on the road. There was one hairy moment, deep in the woods, when The Duchess was cranked over as far as she and I had ever achieved before, suddenly finding an oncoming bus which swing onto our side of the road to make the corner. Fortunately the old girl (Duchess) had more to give and was able to swerve around and recover gracefully. I did check later to see if the left pannier had touched down.




__________________
MSF Ridercoach IBA: 35353 95 R1100GSA, 93 GTS1000, 85 R80RT, 93 DR350/435, 99 RX125, 78 DT100
January 2010 New Zealand South Island ride
Summer 2009 UK to Alps ride
Summer 2008 UK End-to-End ride
slartidbartfast is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 12:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014