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2021 - Possible trip

Czech SOC Rally or MotoGP

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing problems across the globe for travellers, or at least for travellers with some common sense, it looks as though 2020 is "on hold"!

I am looking at a quick trip to Czech to the local Suzuki Owners Club rally. At the moment I am waiting for confirmation from my friend in Brno, Ivan, for the details of where it will be. For a few years it has been at Bolešín to the north-west of Brno.

Planning also means working out how to get a couple of days in the week preceding the rally to travel over. The week after I am on half-term holiday anyway.

It also depends on what bike I am going to ride. My head says take the Rocket but my heart says to take the Kettle. The Kettle will be back (fingers crossed!) by then and it will be nice to go back there under Suzuki power.

An alternative trip would be to Brno again for the MotoGP, and to see friends from my teaching days, both ex teacher colleagues and students.

I have been a few times over the years and would love to take the Kettle on the ride over. That would be easier as I am on holiday in the weeks before and after the race weekend and could be more leisurely in both directions.

Posted by InvictaMoto 10:43 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged motorcycling czech_suzuki_owners_club Comments (0)

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.

Posted by InvictaMoto 16:00 Archived in Germany Tagged motorcycling motogp Comments (0)

2016 - Day Five

Raceday at Brno

Up early and the weather had turned. From about 3am it had been raining. It was still raining as we had breakfast and then set off to get the free bus from just up the road from Lilka's house.

This time not wearing shorts and t-shirt but full bike waterproofs and boots. We were equipped with borrowed umbrellas.

We decided to cut the trek and view from the bank at G. I think the hill is the one called Horsepower Hill. We had a good spot right at the top where it was flat and then at times had to defend from people that think standing an inch from you is acceptable. Maybe on a Tokyo subway train, just maybe!

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

It rained through warm-up and to the start of the MotoGP race. This benefited the British racers as Scottish rider John McPhee won Moto3 by a country mile, Sam Lowes finished third in Moto2 and inspired tyre choice saw Cal Crutchlow in the MotoGP race from Valentino Rossi (hurrah) and Mark Marquez (boo-hiss).

We sang the National Anthem twice on the day. Pity the other British were too ignorant to join in.

As Red Bull Rookies started we had a wander and as part of the thank you gift, we bought Tomas a GP16 baseball cap.

The bus ride back wasn't as bad as the way up. No 45 minutes of travel chaos caused by police not enforcing the bus lane to the circuit. So on the way back we weren't sweating in non aircon buses whilst wearing full gear!!

Our last evening in Brno. We have been invited to a meal with Jiri in Ostrovacice and so we piled in Lilka's car and headed off. They had cleared up pretty well and there was hardly a sign of the signage for the GP circuit as we went past. Just the darned roadworks blocking the nearby entrance to the D1.

Jiri's new house he is building is a tech marvel with electronic controls and an eco roof. The former way over my head.

We had a great time and then headed, full up, back to bed.

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:00 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged motorcycling brno motogp Comments (0)

2016 - Day Four

Qualifying Day

Saturday morning and Lilka had made a huge breakfast.

We ate that and then got ready and set off for the bus stop up the road.

We had agreed that when we came back we would take Lilka, Jarek and Tomas to dinner and maybe a little wine tasting at Pavlov.

The authorities put on free buses from the city centre to the circuit every ten to fifteen minutes and we got lucky.

Within ten minutes we were in the circuit and looking for viewing area C.

In the end we found the tunnel and then the long walk to C. It was pretty packed by the time we got there but we found a square where we could set up camp for the day.

The weather was really hot. I was glad I had liberally covered myself in Factor 50.

Without a camera the photos I took came out pretty shitty or a bit distant.

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

Qualifying Day

After qualifying we trudged back to the buses and were lucky enough to get the next one out and back in the house in ten minutes.

We needed a wash'n'brush up before going out. Lilka had made a goulash soup and we had a bowl before getting ready.

We all bundled into Jarek's car and headed out to Brno first and then to a restaurant.

We spent a little too long on Brno but Neill got to see something of the city.

Cathedral - Petrov

Cathedral - Petrov

Katedrala svateho Petra a Pavla

Katedrala svateho Petra a Pavla

Brno Walkabout

Brno Walkabout

Harley in Brno

Harley in Brno

Brno Walkabout

Brno Walkabout

Brno Walkabout

Brno Walkabout

Brno Walkabout

Brno Walkabout

I had ribs!

Beer and Ribs

Beer and Ribs

Beer and Ribs

Beer and Ribs

Before we could react Jarek was up and paid the bill. We had to have a plan.

From the restaurant we headed south to Pavlov. The journey extended by roadworks. We flew past the old town hall where I thought we were going. It's where Claire and I went with them in 2011. Instead we stopped outside a new looking building called Venuse - Pálavská galerie vín U Venuše

We had a wine tasting. In the cellar were 65 different wines from the local villages sorted by village, then from dry to sweet.

I managed 23 before I gave up. Each time drink at most a half inch in the glass. Neill was way ahead in the 30's. We decided that to get a chance to pay we would buy Lilka's favourite wines and then give them to her on Monday before we left.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

I had already brought two bottles of English wine from the Chapel Down Vineyard in Kent. It was locked in a pannier and wrapped in bubble wrap and a travel blanket.

At least that plan worked.

We got back pretty late and went straight to bed.

Tomorrow is race day.

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:00 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged motorcycling motogp Comments (0)

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.

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:00 Archived in Germany Tagged germany deutschland motorcycling Comments (0)

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