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lance
11-10-2009, 04:32 PM
After reading Tim's 'Alps Report', thought I should get my butt in gear and write one up....here goes.......hope you enjoy it.

A few days prior to leaving, a final bike check showed up loose front wheel bearings :( . A bit of rushing about for some new bearings, and a word with Tim, Tim in Essex, not Yorkshire, and all was back in order.

Tim in mechanic mode
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Due to work commitments the trip had to be shorter than originally anticipated therefore we decided to put the bikes on the Motor-rail at Dusseldorf, which would drop us off at Villach in Austria early Saturday morning, with Villach being about 40 miles north of Lake Bled in Slovenia, which was the furthest south we planned to go.
This was ideal as it meant we were able to spend more time in the mountains, enjoying the superb roads and stunning scenery.
Anyway, I set off from sunny Northants late afternoon and met up with some of my fellow travellers, just outside Epping in Essex,

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for the 80 mile or so trip to Dover, where we met up with the other two, all of whom are also regular visitors to the Ring.

2 x Aprilia Caponords, 2 Triumphs, a Tiger and a 675 Street Triple R and a lonesome KTM SMT, boarded one of P&O’s finest for the short hop across the puddle.

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A quick blast down the E40 and NE of Brussels we stopped at Diest in Belgium, for an overnight stop here,
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Where we drank plenty of these,
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and very good they were too!!

More to follow........

lance
11-10-2009, 04:49 PM
Am trying to re-size pics...please bear with me....
Up the following morning in bright sunshine and off we head to Dusseldorf to pick up the Autozug.
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The tickets said loading at 15:01 and as expected in Germany, loading started at exactly that time and was done without any fuss or drama.
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Bikes loaded, we found our sleeper cabin and got out of our bike gear, however 5 hunky men :rolleyes: trying to get changed in a 5 bed cabin, with riding gear and luggage, was a bit of a mare to say the least.

We hit the buffet/bar carriage straight away, however being so early I wussed out :loser: and stuck to coffee, while the others chose beer! :drink:
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The train headed off and it wasn’t long before the motion of the train made me feel as rough as a rough thing……poor little soldier! :violin: I headed off for a bit of shut eye,
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while the others carried on beering it up.

For those that have never tried the motor-rail, it’s definitely worth a thought if you don’t want the slog to the sarf of mainland Europe….overnight sleeper and get off in the sunshine.
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lance
11-10-2009, 05:13 PM
Got off in Villach, Austria and set off for Slovenia, immediately on quality biking roads and straight into spectacular mountain scenery. We rode through the Soca Valley, which I must say was absolutely stunning!! :thumb:
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An early stop for a traditional Slovenian brekkie of, err, eggs & bacon and a route check

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and we headed off toward Lake Bled…………..but via the scenic route! :veryhappy:

Stops were frequent due to the very hot weather, as cold drinks were in demand, as were photo opportunities.

We arrived at lake Bled for late afternoon, parked up next to the lake while two of the group set off to find a hotel and checked us all in for two nights.
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Note the Rodelbahn top left.

Sadly, although very scenic, Lake Bled as a resort, was very touristy and tacky but nonetheless the beer (Union) was cold, good and much needed, as was the traditional Balken food we tried (except the cold bit).

Gary Kinghorn
11-10-2009, 07:00 PM
Looking good. KTM looks good too :thumb:

lance
11-10-2009, 07:12 PM
Originally posted by Gary Kinghorn@Oct 11 2009, 07:00 PM
Looking good. KTM looks good too :thumb:
Managed to spend an hour on the KTM while away.......excellent bike :thumb:

lance
11-10-2009, 07:21 PM
The following day we set off to have a nose round the alpine regions of Slovenia and nipping over the border into Austria, but without luggage and wherever we went, the roads were good, the scenery stunning and the people friendly. A bikers paradise!! A great day. Finished off by more unhealthy food and muchos beer.

Afew pics from the day -
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We set of the following day heading towards Italy, where we were stopped by the not so friendly police for a document check,. All was in order so on we went, heading to Austria and here
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The last few miles up to the top are via the toll booths, charging 18euro per bike for the privilege………mind you, the road up was superb.
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To look at this
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lance
11-10-2009, 07:34 PM
Finally found the man in the boat………after all these years!!
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Back down the pass and up and over a couple more,

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we stopped for the night at a hotel in Heiligenblut, which was one of those ski resorts that never really gets much life in the summer months, leading to the bars closing early and an early night for us.

The morning bought more sunshine and more alpine riding, with us heading to a village called Pertisau, which was where I went skiing with the school when I was about 13.….that’s 30 and a bit years ago. A lot has changed in that time (mostly to me) and this little alpine village even had an Irish bar.

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Still there was a treat in store at the hotel.

We checked in and while looking out from the balcony, the lady in the next room walked out onto her balcony to put a towel out, wearing a tee-shirt but no under crackers…….spiders legs a plenty……..she quickly backed up into her room, at which point all we could hear was her other half pi55ing himself laughing.

What a kind lady!!


The next day we headed to Berchtesgaden in Germany, which was the location of choice for many of the senior Germans in WW2. Our aim here was to see Hitler’s mountain home, the Berghof which remains in ruin after the war and also to visit the Kelstein which was one of Hitlers mountain retreats in Oberslazberg.

You can only ride/drive so far up to the Kelstein and then finish the journey by bus. The whole thing was a present to Hitler for his 50th birthday, with a road being cut into the side of the mountain and a building stuck on the top. The bus journey up was not an enjoyable experience as the road is so steep and only about a bus width wide. The view from the bus terminal was amazing!!

Then it’s along a tunnel and then up through the mountain in a lift powered by a u-boat engine. How they managed to build this place in the 30’s is nothing short of incredible and the whole thing was fascinating………just a shame that it doesn’t represent something from a better event in history.
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Well worth a visit though!

We rode on north of Munich, ready for our next WW2 related visit the following day.

lance
11-10-2009, 07:43 PM
We spent most of the following day here.......an amazing place, shocking, moving, disturbing and very very sombre.

The photo's tell their own story
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lance
11-10-2009, 07:47 PM
We rode from Dachau to Unterjesingen and stopped overnight, here

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Where a trip to Germany would have been wrong without some schnapps
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The next day was a long blast back to Calais and home.....2072 miles in total.

Next year, maybe the Picos de Europa in Spain :fish:

Kev_G
11-10-2009, 10:12 PM
fantastic report, the concentration camp where abouts is it as im positive ive been there. Id love to go to the Hitler place tho

lance
12-10-2009, 08:04 AM
Originally posted by Kev_mk3@Oct 11 2009, 10:12 PM
fantastic report, the concentration camp where abouts is it as im positive ive been there. Id love to go to the Hitler place tho
Dachau is about 25-30 miles NW of Munich :thumb:

Karl
12-10-2009, 10:30 AM
Some fantastic pics there, Lance :thumb:

I've been to Dachau a few times myself, it's a very sobering place.

Nige
12-10-2009, 06:16 PM
Looks like you had a brilliant time :thumb:

The concentration camp looks a sobering place...

Simon
13-10-2009, 10:41 AM
Great road trip and I would love to do one like this at sometime.

Maybe a NL tour of some WWII sites could be on the cards?

Tim in Yorkshire
13-10-2009, 04:24 PM
Nice pics and looks like a great trip, a nice mix of riding and culture, beer and T-shirted ladies :thumb:

Dave T
27-10-2009, 09:26 PM
Looked like an awesome trip :thumb: