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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 6th June 2010, 20:54

As might have been clear to the more regular visitors to our forum, i have been very quiet lately, did not do a "Gone Away" trick. merely went touring in Germany, Austria, Italy with a humungous camper and a small nippy (Comparatively so) R1200RT afterwards.
Camper below
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Swiss Alps with ski-resort in the foreground
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At the top of the Pass - before we had to rurn around as the pass had not yet been opened after the winter season
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Camper on the Ferrie en route to Genoa - was so heavy no other vehichles could be transported along with the camper
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On top of the Swiss Alps at Ingsbruck - had to take the venicular and 2 cable cars to get there
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The end of the 1st part of our overseas adventure
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And so starts the next part of the adventure. Picking up the RT in Munich after we dropped off the Camper in Munich and bid Andre and Elize farewell on the Metro at Marienplatz.
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The figurine below greets you the entrance to each town in Germany, with the following basic caption: "May God greet you and be with you whilst you are in our town"
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Enroute to Fussen - the starting point of the Romantic Road
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Schloss Nieuschwanstein - one of the most well known mideval castels in Europe, and the beginning of the Romantic Road
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View of the surrounding Country side from inside the castle. No photos were permitted in the castle.
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Alps in the background - taken from Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Walking 1.5km uphill to Nieuschwanstein. Biking gear and boots not realy designed for this type of walking
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Inside of Cathedral at Wiess - where we stumbled across a choir rehearsel in the Catherdral - heavenly sounds - no sound systems as the acoustics in the Cathedral was of such a nature that it was unnecessary
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Mideval bridge in Harburg
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Townwalls of the Mideval Town of Nordlingen. One of the few remaining towns of this nature of which the townwalls are still intact and in good repair.
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Breakfast before leaving Nordlingen on our last day
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Cold and very wet ride back to Munich - temperature stayed roughly the same until we got to Munich
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Elsabe at Dachau
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In overview, am personally of the opinion that the bike is the best way to travel Europe - only paid E65 per day. At the the relevant exchange rate it amounted to R600 per day - compared to rental tarrifs for Cape Town of R1000 to R1200 per day for the same make and model bike. As the bike is nippy and you park anywhere, you can easily get to wherever you want to go without having to resort to public transport. The rental agent had space available for our luggage, that was one of the main reasons renting the bike from him. More detailed trip report will be submitted to Dani for inclusion in the next Spoke and Piston.


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Post by Wahl on 6th June 2010, 20:57

Welcome back - hope you had a good time
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 6th June 2010, 21:36

Was excellent - Italy was mostly wet but still very nice. Austria and Germany was cold but very nice. Am planning the next extended trip already.
How are you after your nasty mishap????
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Post by Marnus on 7th June 2010, 07:51

Lekker man!!!

Just a question - did you rent the rider gear there, or did you take it along?
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Post by DaveS on 7th June 2010, 08:35

Great trip Leroy - good to see these type of reports. Could get interest going for a club group to tour Europe. Wink

Next Europe report expected from Johan and Trudie Maree. Cool

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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 7th June 2010, 08:45

Took our own gear along - took up a suitcase. When touring as you do there - you need very little other clothes as you are in your riding gear for the whole day - riding, stopping, sightseeing, whaterver - so best to take your own.
The agent i used had gear available for rent. But did we not feel very much like using clothing somebody else might have used. With regards to a Europe trip - we saw quite a few groups touring - mostly on Beemers.
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Post by Corlia on 7th June 2010, 09:56

Very nice!! Thanks for sharing LeRoy! cheers
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Post by Daleen on 7th June 2010, 12:06

Looks very nice! Definitely still on our list of things to do. Hopefully next year.
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Post by DeonP on 7th June 2010, 21:26

What an awesome trip
Thanks for sharing

Would love to do a trip like that. Need to make use of my German passport !!

Been looking for something to top our Namibia trip ! ( a very hard act to follow !)
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Post by LeRoy Olivier on 8th June 2010, 10:58

Was unfortunately not on the Namibie trip, so i would not be able to make the comparison - but personally - this trip topped all we have done so far - already in planning phase for next trip. Want to do the rest of the Romantic Road.
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