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Jasná Trip 1992

It was August 1992. I was about to start work at the gymnázium in Zastávka.

It was my last big ride for the year. Once working I would have early starts and finish too late on weekdays to get away.

My partner Audrey had come with me. She was on her GSX750ES. I was on my 1977 Suzuki GT750A aka Kettle.

We decided to have a ride into Slovakia. Looking through the international youth hostel guide book we saw there was one up a dead end valley in Jasná.

We were staying in the youth building near the school. I locked the trailer inside and we set off early.

In the map it was about 250 miles. The Kettle uses far more petrol than the GSX! I should have filled up before we left Brno. The plans was basically
to head east. Stop for a fill up in Trenčín and then head across to Martin and then to Jasná

By the time we got to Trenčín I was running on fumes. Usually in those days as there was a shortage of private vehicles there was a shortage of fuel
stops, and they were pretty well signposted.

Not in Trenčín. We rode around for ages until we arrived at the bus stop. The pumps were behind it. I filled up. Grateful that I hadn't had to push

Brno to Trenčín Is just about 100 miles. I hadn't expected to use so much fuel or I had miscalculated how much I had already used before we set off.

The next fuel stop was Martin. It was only about 75 miles but with a weekend coming along I wanted to have plenty of fuel.



We had two nights in the hotel. It wasn't a youth hostel any more but was still cheap. On the full day we were there we decided to walk up the local hill called "Chopok". It seemed like a good idea at the time and it was grassy all the way.

Apologies for the shirt and joggers!

Apologies for the shirt and joggers!

The ride "home" was better. Better fuel management. No further problems. I bought two stroke oil in an OMV station in Austria.

Audrey was going to ride home. We had one last few nights together in a small hotel in Bad Deutsch Altenburg, east of Vienna. Doing nothing but
eating and sitting in the sun. Who would have thought the Danube could be so hot!!

This was another 320kms.


We rode towards Vienna and stopped just past it on the autobahn for a coffee. Audrey went straight on and I turned off and headed north "home".

bad deutsch-zastavka

bad deutsch-zastavka

"Home" for a year.

In total I did around 850kms on that journey and Audrey did another 1400kms to get home to Bedfordshire.

Posted by InvictaMoto 04:16 Archived in Slovakia Tagged slovakia trencin suzuki_gt750a jasna

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