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2016 - Day Seven

Homeward bound!

The last day. Breakfast where we had plenty plus bags to make a packed lunch. And plenty of coffee. We were off in a slightly roundabout route back to the A3. I had to stop in one village as I had forgotten to put my glasses on!

From here it is difficult to remember the order of things. Ride. Petrol. Snack and repeat.

A little detour around a roundabout on the border with Belgium and France. It means that the eagle eyed men in black could spot terrorists... Yeah.

Some 411 miles later we arrived to the usual up-cock at Eurotunnel. Long delays as the French checked us OUT of their country and almost as long as we got back through British passport control.

Off to the train and on the quay when they decided we weren't going after all as a police car needed the carriage to itself.

It was impossible to go back and so we watched, four bikes and nine cars, as the train on a parallel platform loaded and buggered off. Shambles.

In the end we set off almost an hour late. No apology for buggering about.

Instead of being home just after 1815 UK time it was nearer 1915.

It was over. After all that riding I needed a sit down!

So that was it for another two years.

2009 Assen Dutch TT
2012 Le Mans MotoGP
2014 British MotoGP
2016 Czech MotoGP
2019 Le Mans MotoGP?

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

The total mileage for me on Trip 2 turned out to 1767.3 miles. Over the course of the week the miles per gallon ranged from 44.09 to a high of 54.52. The highest was on the section through Germany to Zolder in Belgium.

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2016 - Day Three

Nurnburg to Brno

3. Tag begann mit einem Frühstück im Hotelrestaurant.

After the night we had it was an earlyish start. I don't have much of appetite in the morning but did manage a roll or two. Neill managed more. I do like a coffee though. The machine made it to my liking. Luckily.

Today's opening visits were planned by Neill.

Firstly the Nazi Congress Hall....

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremburg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

And then around to the Zeppelin Field.

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

I did have my photo on the stage where Adolf addressed the masses at the Rallies, but unlike the guy in front of me, I didn't make any hand or arm gestures.....

Me standing in the footsteps of AH in Nurnberg

Me standing in the footsteps of AH in Nurnberg

The last Nazi stop was to the Burger King that is housed in the old power station. Check out the photos and see if you can see where the eagle was!

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

From here the route was to the autobahn across the border into the Czech Republic as far as Plzen. Then off there to avoid the motorway road works nearer Prague and along the D1 to Brno.

The idea was to use Silnice (S) 20 and the S23 for most of its length to Brno, or at least to my friend Lilka's house in Popuvky.

The first stop was Pisek for a petrol stop. I had planned a stop a little further on but instead we went to an adjacent McDonald's as they have free WiFi. We didn't have lunch, well a McFlurry and a drink.

The roads in ČR were very good and put those in Kent to shame. Smooth tarmac perfect for motorcycling.

There were many trucks and overtaking was a study in concentration and speed. Some of the Czech drivers have a more death or glory system of overtaking and it seems to have worked successfully for most.

The plan was to arrive at Telč - a UNESCO site - and meet Jíři and Tomas in the square and after coffee ride to Popuvky.

I had emailed Jíři from Písek to give a rough idea of our arrival time. Luckily it wasn't too far off and as we approached the old town, they were there to meet us.

Sadly for about the third or fourth time of visiting we were unable to get in as this year there was a folk festival in the square!

We parked and walked in. I needed a coffee and whilst we had a drink, Neill and his camera went for a walk. I took a few pictures on my phone. Despite owning a few cameras, I didn't bring one on this trip. Space was at a premium.

From Telč with Jíři leading on his Ducati 848 Streetfighter and Tomas bring up the rear on his Suzuki SV650 we had a spirited 80kms ride to Lilka's.

After a few hairpins over the last few days I had remarked how the Rocket hadn't touched down. Forget that now. Both sides have the hero blobs shaved down.

We arrived at almost 7.45pm after a detour at Třebic sent us into the country on roads I had never encountered before.

Lilka and Jarek had got beer ready for us plus a sit down dinner with sausages! I do like my Czech sausage!

We were both tired and with the plan to get up and go to qualifying the next morning we slunk off to bed.

The photos are all Telč.

Telč

Telč

Telč

Telč

Telč

Telč

Telč

Telč

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2016 - Day Two

Frankfurt to Nurnburg

After a pretty good night's kip and breakfast, we set off southwards towards Heidelberg and the Castles Route.

To describe it as a nightmare might be too extreme but the roads were packed and we made hardly any progress. In hindsight the autobahn for the first leg would have been better.

The stop in Heidelburg found us parked on the side of the Neckar river a few hundred yards from the scenic bridge. We walked up into the university square and into a kind of rec building where we bought an ice cream. Here the Burg or castle is high up overlooking the town.

Heidelburg Bridge

Heidelburg Bridge

Heidelburg Castle

Heidelburg Castle

Heidelburg Art

Heidelburg Art

Heidelburg Mice

Heidelburg Mice

They have a funicular to get to it. We gave that a miss and expended a few megabytes on some pix of it (poor) and some other scenic bits.

I also saw they had a branch of Claire's favourite shop - Käthe Wohlfahrt. Didn't go in just took a pic.

Käthe Wohlfahrt

Käthe Wohlfahrt

From Heidelberg we headed along the Castles Route. As before most were very difficult to see or stop at.

The TomTom route took us to Rothenburg an der Tauber. Here we took a small detour to see if we could get some scenic pix.

We arrived at a gatehouse with some one way system that looked like chaos would ensue in England but the locals managed it seamlessly.

We took some photos before we got back on the road to our second overnight stop in the B&B Hotel in the city centre.

Rothenburg an der Tauber

Rothenburg an der Tauber

Rothenburg an der Tauber

Rothenburg an der Tauber

The hotel was easy enough to find right outside the city walls.

We were able to park in back of the hotel. Once washed and dressed we set off in search of a beer and some nosh.

This proved more difficult than expected as the kiosks seemed to do food but not beer. Times must have changed. Once we got a beer it was then too late for the sausage stands. Seems they shut up around 8pm!

After some walking we found a bar with outside seating. We opted to eat in. Once we had ordered our schnitzels and beers Neill noticed that there weren't many women clientele, there was one. And some of the blokes were very close and cuddly. Didn't affect the food or beer.

Back at the hotel and on WiFi we Googled it. Confirming it was a gay bar. Another experience in life. Linked ----- >

We had a bit of Nazi history day planned for the next day. We aren't that way inclined but when in......

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2016 - Day One

Home to Frankfurt

I was up early and shuffled the cars about to get the Rocket out of the garage. I had fitted the Saddlemen sissy-bar bag the night before and it was just a matter of popping my sponge bag in one of the pockets.

A quick top up of petrol in Hythe and I was at the Shuttle terminal in time to meet my brother Neill who was already there.

After picking up the Czech cash from Travelex we were off. Almost a miracle in that the train was almost on time leaving.

The ride to the first overnight near Frankfurt would be a mile crunching motorway trip.

Neill had planned the route pretty extensively including petrol stops. Off motorway where possible where they are cheaper.

We finally arrived at the hotel about 1730 and checked in. The NH Frankfurt Airport West as it says is near the airport and also pretty much next to a railway line. Incredibly, the hotel was pretty soundproofed.

Raunheim Hotel

Raunheim Hotel

Bikes parked up

Bikes parked up

Once we changed we needed to get out for something to eat and a beer or two.

The hotel is actually in a small town called Raunheim. The first few places were shut and we walked further along to find a beer. The first being very well received.

A further walk revealed a restaurant where we could eat and have a beer. Perfect.

Beer

Beer

Neill Beer

Neill Beer

It had been a long day and so we headed off to bed. The fresh air and the beer hadn't helped.

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2011 - Day 13

The Last Day

We were up early to escape the ashtray that was and is the Etap Düren West. The idea was to stop at the first services on the motorway and have coffee and maybe a croissant.

We happily sailed past the one at Aachen Ost as there was another signed at 14kms. Sadly we turned on to another autobahn and missed it.

Finally 75 minutes later and after crossing the Netherlands we arrived in Belgium, and after a false stop at a weekday only services (one with no petrol) we arrived at one where we could sit outside in the sun with the wasps and eat!!

As usual the monument to moronic driving and poor planning that is also known as Antwerp arrived in front of us. Solid traffic and lane swapping all make for tense driving.

I was glad of another calming stop before we got stuck again in a huge tailback. No reason to be seen and no information available, but traffic as far as the horizon. My detour via the cobbles of Gent and the N9 might not have saved time but is was certainly more scenic although probably as frustrating. At least we bought lunch and stopped at Jabbeke to eat it.

The last bit of the trip to the port went swimmingly well until we got into the traffic after turning off the A16. After almost an hour and we got to passport control and ticket check-in, only to then be told, after we sat in the burning sun, that Seafrance was running thirty minutes late. We'll see.

We are supposed to be off at 1745, revised to 1815......

Home at last. Our cat Hilly was pleased to see us. She is fed daily by our neighbour and we feed hers when she is away. She has a catflap to get out and do her business. As she is old she sleeps most of the day.

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2011 - Day 12

Creglingen to Düren

The YHA at Creglingen was relatively cheap for an en-suite twin room. Breakfast was the usual German youth hostel fare; rolls, cheese, ham and salami plus cereal and coffee. The coffee was some of the best all trip and I gorged three cups.

We had parked the car in the street a little way from the hostel and the walls were covered in lots of these yellow snails.

Creglingen Snails

Creglingen Snails

The plan was to spend all day to meander to the Etap at Düren. And we did. The first part was along a bit more of the Romantische Strasse.

Weikersheim

Weikersheim

Then across the 'green' routes on the Michelin map towards the Rhein. First stop was Rüdesheim am Rhein. We have been here before, but on a river boat trip not by road. We had lunch. Here I learned that rindwurst is beef. Once again we had sausage and for the first time (and last!) chips.

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Questsch Kommod, Drosselgasse, Rudesheim am Rhein

Questsch Kommod, Drosselgasse, Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

Rudesheim am Rhein

A walk round the tourist heart wasn't complete without another Käthe Wohlfahrt visit. In Rothenburg our beer was served in lidless steins and it kept it cooler longer, so I was on the lookout for one. In the end it was the aforementioned shop that had them, and more surprisingly they were cheaper than any I had seen. Photos to follow.

From Rüdesheim I pulled the "I'm a foreigner" trick and exited the car park via the admittedly wide entrance to avoid a one way street going the wrong way...

We made our way up the east bank of the river. Claire snapping away with the little Sony at the castles and stuff moving on the river. The Lorelei might have escaped as she was a bit far away and there is purposely no parking on that stretch!!

We stopped further up for a coffee at a riverside imbiß. A weak coffee but a chance to watch the boats go past.

Then the final leg up to Koblenz and the motorway to Düren.

As expected the Etap was no great shakes. It seems that no smoking is alien to the master race. Maybe we should have saved ourselves in WW2 and they would have all smoked themselves to death?

The bathroom stank heavy of cigarettes and lavender on the bedding took the smell away temporarily. Dinner was a Chinese buffet in Düren itself. The place was riddled with dead ends and road works that made it almost impossible to get out once you had mistakenly entered the centre.
The buffet was excellent and made up for the hassles getting there.

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2011 - Day 11

Prague to Creglingen

A largish breakfast to set us up for a day sightseeing in Bavaria. As previously mentioned this came about after the Romantische Strasse was featured on "Worlds Greatest Motorcycle Trips".

We escaped from Prague by a route I have never seen before but were soon on the D5 towards Plzen and the border. One stop for petrol as it is about the same price as home than more expensive Germany, and also to use up our coins to buy Kofola and lemon tea!!

After Nürnburg we stopped for a sausage! This time we both had a 30cm bratwürst and fried potatoes rather than chips.

I wanted to get off the motorway sooner rather than later for Dinkelsbühl and as luck would have it the A6 ground to a halt by a junction and we were off! By now we were back in TomTom's hands.

Dinkelsbühl is very nice. Lot's of old buildings and hotels too expensive for our budget. No doubt Henry Wassisname gets rooms paid for him for his programme.

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

Dinkelsbühl (Bavaria)

We dawdled about and then set off for Rothenburg ob der Tauber. A walled and pretty much undamaged by wars old town.

We parked and walked in. Eventually we found the centre of the town. A huge square surrounded by beautiful buildings. As I watched some pigeons contortionist tricks to drink from the spouts, Claire spotted the Kathe Wolhfahrt Christmas Bus parked outside the shop and she was off like a rocket, stick and all. It's a bit like a Christmas IKEA. In one door and then up and down over three floors chock full of decorations, baubles and god only knows what. Claire made several purchases!

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

From there we went back to the car via a bierkeller for a refreshing light beer. When it's 1830h and still 29 degrees a light beer is more refreshing than some strong lager!

Once back on the road we rejoined the Romantische Strasse to Creglingen, just across the border and no longer in Bavaria.

The hostel is cool and reasonably quiet. We have a twin with private facilities. We ate in the town. It's pfifferling week, so we had them with Spätzle. Pfifferling are chantarelle mushrooms. All washed down with a beer! Excellent.

Early to bed and early to rise.

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2011 - Day 3

Colditz

After our first night in the Colditz YH we went across the outer courtyard to the inner gate. This leads into the older part of the castle and it is where the PoWs were billeted.

We joined the 1030 tour. The guide spoke good English and led us through the history of the castle from the 16th century to present day. All the tourists were English speakers including two blokes about our age on bikes. Good job I had ditched my GS Club shirt for a plain one. Embarrassing being in the car, but it couldn't be helped with Claire's soon to be replaced hip.

We took quite a few pics and some have made it to Facebook, but until we get wifi, the rest will have to wait for uploading to Flickr (See Links ---->;)

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We then had a walk to the town to get supplies for dinner. Eating out goes through money like a hot knife through butter. Bochum was nice but just short of €40 was too much.

We stocked up at Lidl and headed back. We saw the bikers again and spookily they were on a GS and a 1250GT Bandit...

Once the shopping was stashed in the room we got the cameras and in the car set off for Meissen. The plan to have a look at some porcelain. In the end we parked and spent time walking around the Alt Stadt. With time for a bockwurst, a pleasure denied us at the Imbiss in Nordhausen the day before.

Meissen

Meissen

Meissen

Meissen

Meissen

Meissen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Meißen

Post Meissen we returned home to the YH for our dinner and a beer.

Tomorrow is a longer day to get to Lilka's in Popuvky via Rosta's house in Hradec Kralové.

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2011 - Day 2

Bochum to Nordhausen to Colditz

Up late and fuelled and on the road about 9am.

Had breakfast in the little cafe Ayer attached to the Aral petrol station near the hotel.

On the way eastwards we went on BS1 right through the centre of Dortmund and past the football ground at Borussia.

Heavy rain on the 44 autobahn reduced speed to about 80kph at times. Stopped at the services for a coffee.

Next stop Nordhausen Dora.

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We arrived in Nordhausen looking to have lunch before heading to the Nazi camp at Mittelbau-Dora. We tried to find a wurtzel stand and were unlucky. In the end we had a Vietnamese noodle lunch sitting in the car. Weather? Raining!

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

Nordhausen

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Dora was a work camp essentially, although the workers were enslaved and forced to work. As a consequence many died.

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

Nordhausen-Dora Forced Labour Camp

As many of the buildings at Dora have been destroyed and the inmates parade ground turned into a communist arena by the former GDR government, the impact of the inhumanities that took place until it was discovered by the US Army in 1945 is hard to conjure in the mind.

From Dora we continued east towards Leipzig and finally to Colditz.

Nothing could prepare the visitor for the sheer size of the castle on a rocky promontory overlooking the town.

Despite sometimes torrential rain with near zero visibility, our arrival was in the evening sunshine.

The TomTom took us to the main gatehouse that is by the entrance to the German courtyard. Checking in was easy and we then moved the car, humphing all the bags back ip the hill from the Castle's own car park.

Dinner was a 40cm pizza car of the Istanbul Pizza House in the town. Be warned. Eat early or not at all!

Tomorrow we have the castle tour and the afternoon to be tourists.

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2011 - Day 1

Home to Bochum

Up bright and early for the 0815 ferry Dover to Calais. One small and significant problem.

Our neighbour that was due to take the keys and feed the cat was nowhere to be seen. It was too early to contact Seafrance or even our other neighbour. In the we loaded the car and set off about 9am.

Our second neighbour was happy to do it and we always feed her cat when she is away.

Sadly as we missed our sailing we have incurred a £19 surcharge on the ferry and a three hour later ferry.

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Once off the ferry we were soon on the way eastwards.

The planned route via Gent, Antwerp, Eindhoven and Venlo, then across into Germany and a northern route into the Ruhr for our first overnight stop in Bochum.

The TomTom took us right to the hotel front door. With stops for a snack soup lunch in Belgium and a coffee break in Netherlands we took about five hours Calais to hotel. not bad considering we stuck to about 70mph most of the way and the various roadworks between Antwerp and the Eindhoven turn on the motorway destined for Liege/Luik.

Dinner was in a reconstructed old pub in Bochum - Fieges Stammhaus. Potato soup and schnitzel. The first of many I expect. Good local beer too.

Moritz Fiege (Bochum)

Moritz Fiege (Bochum)

Tomorrow east again to Nordhausen-Dora and Colditz.

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