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Awaycation - Summer 2023

Looking forward to next summer. After this summer, when I went with some friends to the Czech SOC Rally and on the return came back via Bavaria and Germany, I thought a family trip next summer would be good.

Where to start?

The country is simply massive. Do we choose the wine route through the Mosel and Rhein? Or the north and follow the trail through to the old East? Or head for Bavaria? Maybe the Romantic Road?

Romantic Road website

Claire and I did a part of the Road in 2011 on the way back from Czech. That time we were in the car. We only stayed one night in the area and that was in Creglingen at the youth hostel.

So I need to work out how to get down there and obviously the length of the trip. To help with that I have the Bord Atlas. This lists thousands of places to stay in Germany. Not all are free but many are, with many more reasonably priced.

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It comes with an additional book with places around Europe. A useful tool.

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Awaycation Summer Sun 2023

If we are still here!

Planning ahead!

Might as well get on with our lives. The economic crises that have hit the UK and Europe, along with the threat from Putin that he will take the nuclear option to get out of the mess in the Ukraine, means that we might not be able to afford any trips in 2023 or even be here to have one!

So where to go?

I like the idea of getting across in the van and then deciding where to go! North or East towards Holland and Germany? Or further north to Denmark? I have always wanted to drive to Norway! Or Sweden?

We have been to Norway on a couple of cruise holidays and I rode across Sweden from Gothenburg to Stockholm back in the late 80's on my way to the FIM Rally in Finland. A summer trip might be a bit too much of mosquito heaven for me!

Or south into Germany and Bavaria..... maybe even Austria?

At a quick glance at booking sites and it looks like Germany is expensive for campsites. They have a national grid of Aires that are either free or low cost. I will investigate more later.

I have been Googling and found a few sites to look at:

Weekend Warriors
Our Tour

The Slaws (mentioned before) that we follow on YouTube did the Romantic Road from Würzburg to Füssen this year and have been posting their trip. Claire and I did a lot of the Road in the 207CC back in 2011 and I did a chunk of it from Füssen to Rothenburg ob der Tauber this May.

Bavaria does look full of nice little towns that didn't suffer during WW2! So maybe I'll look at that as a destination.

As long as we can get fuel and haven't been included in the mutually assured destruction by some maniac, then we can travel and enjoy life!!!!

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Czech Trip 2022 - TomTom Hell

When the TomTom fails you every day...

I ended up direct messaging TomTom on Twitter as they seem to have shut off the link where you can log a ticket. They also seem to think that a public forum is the best way to resolve problems their customers and users are having. I also posed the problem there and have not seen a reply from anyone yet.

In response to Twitter, they suggested I reset the 410 from the menu in the settings area. I have done this. This meant I had to login again, and enter the basic setup, language and re-link to my phone. The maps and the included routes were still there. I need to make a few changes to the settings because when I disconnect from the laptop it shuts down.

So I need to get out on a ride and see if the problem exists or whether it has been fixed doing the reset. Any TomTom Rider experts out there?

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Czech Trip 2022 - Day 7

Still a bit angry and embarrassed I set off with Phil and Giles on the Romantic Road. Ever northwards.

The first stop was planned to be Nordlingen. A city built inside the crater of a meteor strike millions of years ago. It was easy enough getting in to the centre and we took a coffee break. We had thought about going up the tower to see the extent of the crater. It was closed. Doh.

Then we were off to the next stop, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We should have done this as a lunch stop on the way east. I had located a motorcycle park in the centre but my TomTom decided to eff up so we couldn't get to it. In end we parked up in one of the car parks just outside the walls.

My first stop was to the Kathe Wohlfarht shop. I wanted to get a snow globe for Claire. We bought one years ago and it broke recently. In the I bought two small ones that I could fit in the luggage.

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We had another coffee and pee for free, then off to do battle with the A6. It's miles and miles of roadworks, miles of trucks...

At one stage after miles of lane splitting we came across an overhead advising of 10kms of "queues". We'd already done around that before the sign!

We stopped again to check the maps and my TomTom decided to work and I led pretty much all the way into Luxembourg right to the hotel in Bascharage. ! The area looks to be made up of new looking buildings and plenty of construction.

Parking a little tight as the Carpini also has a popular pizza House onsite. In the end we parked okay..

Pizzas and beer then bed.

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Czech Trip 2022 - Day 6

Romantic Road

Today is the day we cross back into Germany. The initial plan was to incorporate a visit to the Berchtesgaden and then Neuschwanstein Castle. After some Google time we dropped Berchtesgaden as the reviews on various sites advised that the park and ride was a time killer. We simply wouldn't have the time. Given the amount of roadworks everywhere we have been plus the PITA of TomTom and BMW Navigator hiccups, it made sense.

The ride from Lenzing should have been straightforward. Phil led Giles and I picked up the rear. My TomTom had its first wobbler before we made it to the A1! Our first stop was the A8 Aire by the Chiemsee. It's amazingly peaceful considering the A8 traffic is flashing past at unlimited speeds!!

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We arrived at Neuschwanstein after several stops to check the map and satnavs. Checking on the Google Maps timeline it looks quite straight!

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On the way in we could see the castle coming into view and stopped for a few pics.

The castle is a speck in the distance

The castle is a speck in the distance

We headed into the town and struggled to find any free parking. Ending up €3 lighter paying to park. We then found that all the tickets for that day had sold out within seconds of the ticket office opening. Bollocks.

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We had lunch and took a few photos and then got on with the Romantic Road!

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We had a rough route northwards from Füssen to our overnight stop in Friedburg near Augsburg. But it would need signposting on occasions to keep us on course.

The weather was good. The rain banished. We arrived at Gasthaus Kriesi in really good time. Parking was a bit odd and this is where backing into a space, I hit the kerb and lost the weight of the bike and it went down gently on the right side. No great damage but a scrape on the crash bar and the right Shad pannier. Bugger again.

After a while the owner asked if we wanted to park under cover and moved his car. If he had done that earlier I might not have dropped Vera.

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Dinner and then Phil found some maps and leaflets on the Romantic Road and so we replanned the next day. Friedburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and then back to the A6....

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Czech Trip 2022 - Day 1


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I was up at 5.15am to get washed and dressed to set off for the ferry port at Dover. 

Most of the packing had been done the night before.

The ferry to Dunkerque was scheduled for 8am and due to increased security since we left the EU we were told to be there 2 hours before sailing time.

I arrived at 6.20am. The queue such as it was consisted of three cars. My passport was stamped and I was on my way to DFDS to check-in in about 5 minutes.

We then had over an hour of standing about before boarding. When we went to the ferry there were less than a dozen cars in the queue.
The crossing was smooth and it was nearer 11.30am when we emerged onto French soil. 

The idea to cross Belgium without stopping and into the Eiffel mountains and a scenic ride to near Koblenz.

Sadly this all went to pot when French and Belgian roadworks added more and more time to the trip. 

In the end we had to abort the cross country section mainly due to over an hour inching around Brussels. The ring combined roadworks and road closures. A great combination.

In the end we arrived at the hotel. Checking in meant phoning for a code to open the locked key box by the door. When it was booked we chose one with a restaurant and a bar.

The day before arrival we had a message via booking.com to say that these were closed. But that there were others nearby. We eventually ate at Zum Engel although they didn't seem too pleased to have us.

They closed as soon as a party at another table left.  

We eventually got another beer at the campsite down by the river. If we had gone there first we could have eaten too. The people much friendlier.

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Czech Trip 2022 - They Think It's All Over - It Is Now!

And now the end is here, And so I face that final curtain, My friend I'll make it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain, I've lived a life that's full, I travelled each and every highway, And more, much more, I did it, I did it my way,

And back home. Eight days on the road and 2212 miles under the wheels of the V-Strom.

When I get time I'll write up about the places we visited, the highs and lows, and of course add some photos taken on my phone. I did take the Sony pocket camera with me but hardly took any photo on it.

Somewhere in Germany!

Somewhere in Germany!

On the Romantic Road in Bavaria

On the Romantic Road in Bavaria

On the Romantic Road in Bavaria

On the Romantic Road in Bavaria

Just three from the Sony Cybershot!

And this is a rough map of where we went in the week. It includes all the places that the search engine can find so it's not exact!

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Czech Invader Rally Trip - May 2022

Day 2

The second day starts near the Rhein and ends in the Czech Republic in Plzeň. It's a fair old drag but once again a mixture of scenic and motorway to knock off the miles.

The start of the day sees us head back a little towards Koblenz and then along the Rhein on the northern bank to Rüdesheim am Rhein and towards Frankfurt, now on the A3. After about 90 miles of motorway we drop off and join the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. After that it will be all motorway to the Czech border and to Plzeň.

I have planned in a stop at the motorrad parking in Rothenberg so the team can see the old buildings that form the medieval centre of the city. And maybe the Christmas shops!

The day looks to be about 350 miles but we should make good progress on the motorways! I have only once stopped in Plzeň for a quick lunch stop many years ago. Hopefully if we leave the hotel after breakfast around 9.30am we should be in Plzeň around 6pm. Plenty of time to enjoy a walk around and maybe a few of the local beers that the city is very famous for. It is where Pils comes from!

Czech Trip Day Two

Czech Trip Day Two

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Czech Invader Rally Trip - May 2022


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Checking the routes in MyRouteApp for the first two days as we cross Germany, I saw a few problems. There are three of us on the trip and only one has a bike that will cruise along with a huge mileage.

Vera the V-Strom has a 20 litre tank and I would estimate that after about 175 miles she will be on fumes. Both days have an element of motorway in them where we will plug along at 70 or so (cough) and then a load of more winding roads.

A few tweaks and the fuel stops are added to the routes for both days. I try where possible to have a fuel stop as close to the hotel/B&B overnight stop so that we start the next morning and are away on the journey with no need to stop too soon.

It will be an early start. We have to be checking in at DFDS in Dover by about 7am for the 8am crossing. All our docs and covid passport stuff needs to be available. At least it is something we can't blame on Brexit!

Arrival time in Dunkerque is around 11am local time and then we need to get a move on on the first part of the journey that will see us cross Belgium with one stop for fuel. The idea is to get to the Bikers Ranch in Simmerath for a late lunch. Bratwurst hopefully. Then it's across country to the first overnight near Koblenz. It will be a long day, but the hotel has its own restaurant and bar.

Two weeks today and we will be on the way back!

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Czech Invader Rally Trip - May 2022

First leg in Germany


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Two weeks today before we set off on the first leg of the ride across Germany.

We should be at the hotel near Koblenz early in the evening. I have prepared two routes for the first day. One that includes Bad Munstereiffel and one that doesn't. The town was badly damaged in floods last year and it looks as though it might not be fit to accept visitors.

By the time we set off we should know more.

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