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Old 08-01-2014, 06:51 AM   #391
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Spotted this Yamaha outside the hotel, interesting.


These fake scramblers seem to be all the rage at the moment. Give me a pukka XT500 any day.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:44 AM   #392
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Hey Mike, im a little dissapointed in you taking the lift out of the salt mine... And 800 stair? Wasn't that long ago when you'd have include that in a lunchtime run, and you'd look for a way to double back to do them a second time! All this riding really has made you soft.
They certainly were good days, finding all of the steps around Wellington to run up! Best memories though are of running (sprinting!) back to work after swimming at Thorndon Pool. Strange how you always seemed to bump into someone you knew (truck drivers!) that slowed your return :-)

To tell you the truth those steps into the mine gave me the sh!ts, all I could think of was 800 wooden steps and support, no fire doors or sprinklers....

Looking forward to catching up with you both when I return!
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:51 AM   #393
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If you mean next Wednesday the 6th I'm working 6am to 3pm so looks like that's out. Oh well, hope evrything goes smoothly.
Pity you're not around the following week as the Great British Beer Festival is on in London so you'd be able to try lots of our warm(er) beer.
Yes next Wednesday the 6th. I hope to be near Oxford for the nights of 6 and 7 August.

Actually although I am more of a rum drinker at home the word "beer" seems to mean the same in most languages so it is easy to order, consequently I have tried most of the local brews in the countries I have been to.

Warm beer yum lol

It would have been nice to meet you.

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Old 08-01-2014, 12:04 PM   #394
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Berlin

Hopefully I have an interesting update for you today. Don't worry no old buildings etc but I can promise bike, car AND police porn (wtf?), the wall (of course), nazi protests, an update on my shopping expedition and an oh bugger moment!

I wanted to find a piece of the wall removed from where all the tourists are. So with my map I walked for about an hour and found a piece still standing surrounded with greenery. My iPod was shuffling through Pink Floyd songs while I walked, I wondered if "The Wall" would play when I got there.



What is nice is that they are marking the route of the wall with pavers etc, you can see where it crosses what are roads now, where it ran alongside buildings etc



On the way back from my walk I stopped for a cold drink. I had a long meaningful conversation with this guy. He knew no English and I had no German! However I did understand his delight at England being sent home early from the World Cup! Not sure what he was drinking, but he certainly was a happy chappy.Yes I treated myself today and wore my best shirt!



Car porn. There is a Mercedes shop / restaurant in the city with old and new cars on display, engines, clothing etc. This car stopped me in my tracks, isn't it beautiful? It has a 2 litre straight 8 engine, designed by Ferdinand Porsche and won the 1926 German Grand Prix. Gorgeous!



This is looking at the foot pedals (there is a clear screen that distorts the picture, that is the bottom of the steering wheel in front), there is nothing between the drivers feet and the engine! No fire wall or anything, bet there was no fire proof boots back then (or seat belts for that matter)



What was nice about the Mercedes shop was it had the cleanest toilets of any that I have visited over here!

Old East German Trabis! I love the smell of two stroke early in the morning (you can do a tour in these cars). These are the cars that many East Europeans drove to the west when the borders came down .



Motorbike, well scooter time, ever heard of a Simson? I hadn't.



This afternoon at the Brandenburg Gate lots of police arrived. To cut a long story short the National Democratic Party (pro Nazi) were protesting at the Brandenburg gate and the anti Nazis were there to protest against them. The police were taking no chances, I counted over 25 vehicles, lots of police in their riot gear, police videoing etc. Interesting.

I had a good chat to a German guy who explained it all to me, very interesting, not for this post though.

Here is one of the anti nazi groups, check the size of the policeman in Khaki overalls!



The Nazis, they set up a loud speaker which the anti nazis shouted and whistled over to try and drown them out.



The police doing their bit to keep both sides apart (and the nazis away from the gate)



Line up behind me to be frisked by this policewoman!



My shopping, check the price of this ring out, €365,500. That works out to be NZ$581,641 (or in KTM prices, at home that works out to be 21 KTM 1190Rs). Leanne of course I was going to buy it for you, but I was unsure of your finger size...



And finally not a good start to the day for this guy, BUGGER (he had already picked up most of the glass)



Tomorrow I head to Munster, approx 500 kms. Hopefully being Saturday there won't be as many trucks around.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:18 PM   #395
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Awesome report! a real mix of interesting photos there Young1. I always thought the Germans had outlawed anything to do with the Nazi's - obviously not
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:20 PM   #396
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Hey Mike, been loving the report. Check it out every morning while having my breakfast.
Those boots the police are wearing look strange. Almost look like a shoe on top of a boot.!
Must be a shin or ankle protector.
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:16 PM   #397
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Hey Mike, been loving the report. Check it out every morning while having my breakfast.
Those boots the police are wearing look strange. Almost look like a shoe on top of a boot.!
Must be a shin or ankle protector.
They strapped on some pretty serious armour under their pants below their knees, I think what you see on top of the shoe is the bottom of the armour.

There sure was enough police there. When I walked back to my hotel there were more parked around the corner including one specialised unit picking up the live camera feed.

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Old 08-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #398
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Awesome report! a real mix of interesting photos there Young1. I always thought the Germans had outlawed anything to do with the Nazi's - obviously not
Thank you :-)

From my limited knowledge swastikas and other nazi symbols are banned? The National Democratic Party is a far right party, they have held seats in state parliaments. The chap I spoke to was interesting, he was very anti them and told me some interesting things about their beliefs. Too political for this blog though.

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Old 08-01-2014, 09:55 PM   #399
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Thank you :-)

From my limited knowledge swastikas and other nazi symbols are banned? The National Democratic Party is a far right party, they have held seats in state parliaments. The chap I spoke to was interesting, he was very anti them and told me some interesting things about their beliefs. Too political for this blog though.

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They hold similiar beliefs to the conservitive party in NZ
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They hold similiar beliefs to the conservitive party in NZ
Yeah right lol
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:25 AM   #401
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Berlin to Munster

First to clarify this is the German city of Munster, the Munster family do not live here!



As I had a few kilometres to do I left Berlin early and took the opportunity to cross the old border at Checkpoint Charlie and ket KT pose while it was empty of tourists



I sat on the autobahn for quite a few kilometres cruising at 120 km/hr, so easy to do those speeds on these roads. It was amazing how fast some cars went past me, riding at 120 km/hr felt slow at times. One car rocketed past me, I felt the wind push the bike as he went past. Still I suppose when you see a speed limit sign like this, it does mean have fun, see what she will do!



I left the autobahn before Munster and enjoyed the country lanes leading here





This is a cycle lane (no I didn't ride down it)





Munster is another old city with a centre of old buildings and churches etc. I have almost seen enough of these now so quickly walked through and enjoyed the parks that are here.

Munster is a real bicycle town with bike routes all over the place. Here is a park on the outskirts of town, check out all the bikes



See the two colours on the footpath, you soon get a bell rung at you if you walk on the bike lane...



There is also a nice lake in the centre with a yacht club on it, what a cool place to sail.



Tomorrow I head to Bruges in Belgium (yep another old town lol)
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:40 PM   #402
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First to clarify this is the German city of Munster, the Munster family do not live here!

To clarify, you are in the city of Münster, not in the city of Munster. The difference between u and ü is about 300 kilometres.
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Munster to Brugge via The Netherlands

As Brugge was only about 3 1/2 hours away I took the opportunity to go via The Netherlands

Another boring border sign (nothing at the Belgium border)



I went via The Netherlands as I wanted to visit Arnhem, the site of a major battle in World War 2 involving the British Parachute Regiment. Those of you who have been following this trip report will remember that my father was in this regiment and that I visited a memorial at the start of my adventure, in France, to an action the regiment was invoked in.

In Arnhem there is a bridge over the Rhine that the allies wanted to protect so dropped paratroopers behind German lines to hold it.

Luckily for my sisters and I, but I am sure unlucky for my father, he did not take part as he was recovering from wounds.

More information at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Market_Garden

Anyway I found the new bridge that is built on the old bridge supports. Right where I parked was a little park with information and displays to do with the battle.



Here is the bridge at the end of the war



I also found the war cemetery at Oosterbeek (and what a lovely town it is, very green, lots of trees, cycle ways and many nice private gardens)

Here is the entrance



The cemetery (my dad would have known many of these men)



Information at the cemetery





This paratrooper was the same age as my dad would have been.



In town they also have memorials and a museum. I liked this statue



Like yesterday I made use of the autobahn and turned off before Brugge to explore the back roads. What do you call someone from Donk?



What is with the white sign on the right?



Entrance to Brugge



Near my hotel



I am unsure where I will head tomorrow. From Tuesday I am staying with friends near Oxford in England. So tomorrow I might cross the channel and stay near the coast somewhere.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:45 PM   #404
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What is with the white sign on the right?


That'll be the street name. Not an instruction. Obviously means something different in Flemish......or Walloon.
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That'll be the street name. Not an instruction. Obviously means something different in Flemish......or Walloon.
It's Flemish slang. It actually means : jar to piss in. Een pispot. Echt waar.
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