Eifel Mountains 2018

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:40 pm

I was obviously looking in the wrong places, I’m wondering if I managed to misspell Austrian :oops:

Well my boys will be pleased as punch on Sunday when Kaiserschmarrn turns up for pudding!
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Bungleaio » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:01 pm

Sorry for the lack of updates today but I've just got home from work, this week is long days trying to recover from last week's lack of work.

There will be an update from me tomorrow.

I sadly or happily missed the feast of a thousand toasties so I made the most of schnitzel night.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Snod Blatter » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:35 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:39 am
Bonio ordered soup and tuna toasties.. and what arrived was a feed the 5,000 feast. just one of the toasties would have been enough, let alone 4. plus a gallon of soup and enough bread to feed a starving village. This at well past 2pm when the evening meal was going to be served up just a very short 4/5 hours later. And of the group.. Bonio is the lightest eater. (and drinker).

The place seemed to think that 'getting your moneys worth' was the number one consideration and of the highest importance. And of course that day was Schnitzel day at the hotel.. the high point of the week. (sigh)
Are we pretending we didn't stop for masses of cake and ice cream sundaes at about 4:30, then? Just to be clear on the matter.

No regrets :mrgreen:
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:48 pm

Snod Blatter wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Gerontious wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:39 am
Bonio ordered soup and tuna toasties.. and what arrived was a feed the 5,000 feast. just one of the toasties would have been enough, let alone 4. plus a gallon of soup and enough bread to feed a starving village. This at well past 2pm when the evening meal was going to be served up just a very short 4/5 hours later. And of the group.. Bonio is the lightest eater. (and drinker).

The place seemed to think that 'getting your moneys worth' was the number one consideration and of the highest importance. And of course that day was Schnitzel day at the hotel.. the high point of the week. (sigh)
Are we pretending we didn't stop for masses of cake and ice cream sundaes at about 4:30, then? Just to be clear on the matter.

No regrets :mrgreen:
I have no idea what you are talking about.. you are obviously confused after too much faffing about with modern rear disc brakes. (it happens)

Try faffing less.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Snod Blatter » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:20 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:48 pm
I have no idea what you are talking about.. you are obviously confused after too much faffing about with modern rear disc brakes. (it happens)
I think you'll find I've been faffing with a front disc brake so.. Think on. Look sharp.

The rear disc is today and tomorrow :roll:

Happily the weather looks awful on Sunday so I might be trapped inside long enough to go through all this footage!
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Bungleaio » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:36 pm

Episode 2!

Tuesday

After a hearty breakfast of bread, cold meats, a froop and plenty of coffee it was time to start riding. I had decided to do my own thing that day as I was feeling pretty tired from the journey to get to Germany, Mondays ride as well as working hard the week before. I'd also managed to get some offline maps for google maps so I was pretty confident in being able to get back to the hotel.

Rather than being completely alone I went with Smallfrowne to take his bike to a garage where it would hopefully be sorted with a new clutch. It was about an hour's ride to the garage so we took it steady. There was great elation from Smallfrowne when he realised the garage was a Honda main dealer shortly followed by great despair at what the cost may be.

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After some broken German he was ushered into a side room, where what looked like the manager struggled to find the parts for a near 30 year old Japanese bike.

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Whilst this was happening I avoided looking around the display of various models of Jazz and instead looked at the bikes. The Fireblade was nice but this was far more interesting.

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After half an hour or so the promise was made that a call would be made with an update on the clutch. As a new rider I've never had a pillion on the back, I also don't have pillion insurance and I've taken the rear pegs off my bike so I did what anyone else would do. I left him.

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I did feel a little bit guilty but there was a train station about 10 minutes away and the dealer had nice coffee so I knew he would be fine.

As I was having a day off from riding I thought I'd put the nearest brewery into the sat nav and go and have a look at it. This didn't quite go to plan though as the roads opened up, the sun was out and I was on holiday so I kept on riding. It really is stunning in this area. As I was on my own I could stop and faff about to my hearts content. My first stop was https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/50 ... AHoECAEQAQ Bare in mind I'd started in Trier and was supposed to be going to Bitburg so I was way off course.

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From there I went to https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/50% ... 4d6.809722

I parked up and was enjoying the view when a bloke turns up in his car, he said something to me but I said I don't understand he immediately asked in English if I was ok. It's really nice when people do this and something that never happens in a car. I said I was just enjoying the view and taking photos, he complimented me on my bike then roared off showering me and the bike in gravel :lol:

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I wasn't really going anywhere in particular and by this point I'd decided not to bother with the brewery but I still needed a bit of a desitnation to head for. I really like a particular curry sauce which is only available in Belgium so I thought I'd find the nearest Carrefour and go there. 5 minutes of googling later the destination was set.

I stopped off for another couple of photo opportunities on the way

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At one point I stopped a couple of times within 10 minutes just to take in the view. I was getting a bit peckish though so stopped for a sandwich (not the feast of toasties that the others were having) as well as some cake.

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I had already taken longer than the satnav had initially said to get there and I had a fair way still to go so I decided to stop faffing and get to belgium. I enjoyed some great roads (up until the border) and got myself to Carrefour. I didn't even know if they would have the sauce in stock as it was only a small store but luckily I was greeted with.

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Success, plenty of jars of D&L curry sauce for me but I only took the two.

Feeling pleased with my mission to another country I decided to get back to the hotel and have a beer. No more stops and the direct route was selected. When I got back to the hotel the scores on the bike were

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That's 145 miles, not bad for a day off the bike.

The sun was still out so a quick change of clothes later and it was time for

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It was hard work to get that beer though, I walked in and asked for a beer, no problem the lady poured some beer in the glass, put it down and had a drag on her cigarette, back to the beer and put some more in. Back to the ciggy, then a little chat with the other punters. Back to the beer and a little top up. Back to the ciggy, then a little clean of the sink. At this point I was wondering WTF is going on so I'll try and remind her about my thirst so I paid, then it was back to the fag! Finally, she topped the beer off and handed it to me. She would not do well in a Wetherspoons.

I was soon joined by Smallfrowne, thankfully he got the next beer but as he's known in this pub he got a text to ask if we were ready for the third round!

We saw the other guys ride past us towards the hotel so we headed back and met them in the hotel bar. The only one missing was Igloo, he's headed off on a mission to buy some mesh gear as it had been particularly warm and was only forecast to get warmer.

We sat down for dinner and the others recounted tales of toasties and cakes, little did they know it would be schnitzel night, the food highlight of the week and they could barely eat. Smallfrowne and I had no issue though and tucked straight in. Igloo joined us very soon after wearing his new much cooler clothing, he had tested it's ability to let the wind through at speeds of up to 148mph.

The schnitzels were fantastic, it was more luck than judgement that I wasn't full beforehand though

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Following this we retired to the bar for several more beers along with some sort of schnapps which was basically pure alcohol, nice but lethal!
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:10 pm

It wasnt schnapps.. it was genuine bonafide moonshine from Romania.. not the sort of thing one normally gets offered in the Uk by a hotelier.. but at this place all bets are off.

On the tuesday the rest of us had a spiffing jaunt through the VulkanEifel.. up to the Ahr Valley. via the nurgle.. for a requested photo opportunity. a dietary assault of epic proportions which was followed by another.. (just for good measure) at an english owned cafe.. who did proper british cream teas.. the owner did a lot of complaining about he can no longer get PG Tips.. from his local supplier. which the germans thought was wonderfully rustic. and now sadly missed. but hey ho. the cake was extremely pleasant and its really a remarkable feat that room in stomachs was found for it. but hey ho.. Igloo went in search of cool gear... It had been a very hot day and the rest of us then wended our way via many twisty bits to the hotel hoping for something light and easily avoided for dinner... I had already said NO to sauerkraut. so.. avoiding that was already dealt with. And it was of course Schnitzel night.. something we have subjected ourselves to 5 times now.. schnitzel chips and salad... with a lot of sighing and all schnitzel demolished... as well as most of the chips and salad. it was a struggle.

one of the many reasons for returning to this particular hotel year after year is its schnitzel.. amongst others. (free moonshine)

The lovely Frau kruft.. the hoteliers wife, who learnt everything to know about the english language from watching subtitled soaps in her native Romanian.. plied us with hooch. and a chat. apparently we are the only english people they ever see.. aside from waifs and strays that have gone with us and returned solo.. and a couple of Americans last year.. the place has been devoid of brits. Apparently we were much missed last year.. when we had a break from the eifel and went to the south of france. But.. they were happy to see us again giving the place a smidge of international flair.. and increased beer sales. (they do very nice beer)

we was all right wobbly that night. aside from goody two shoes bonio. obviously. (but his time was coming)
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by The GOAT » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:24 pm

Nice write up, damn it I miss the Schnitzel from there. Actually most of the food is pretty good as I recall, kind of get what you're given fare but it works :cheers:
Looks like you had ace weather?

@smallfrowne That bike is simply class and I want one so bad :)
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:31 pm

One thing that all the regulars noticed... The food has definitely gone up a notch or two. It was already good, this year it was better. Improved in admittedly fairly minor ways... But as a package entire? It was already excellent value for money, this year it was exceptional. Which made up, somewhat, for the dire value of the £.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by bonio » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:13 am

The GOAT wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:24 pm
@smallfrowne That bike is simply class and I want one so bad :)
It's a great bike. I wanted one too until I went and sat on one and found out that my body doesn't fold up in the right way... if that bike was ever one for me, that day has long gone. :(
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by rob m » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:29 pm

Sounds like another great trip lads! Gutted I couldn't make it this year, it's made me miss the Schloss though, I just love staying there. I remember the Romanian moonshine :shock: Definitely will be back in 2019.

The Eifel is my favourite biking region bar none, not the most scenic part of Germany (but in some parts it's stunning) but the roads were made for bikes.

Need to smash the B50 next year.

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Bungleaio » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:09 pm

I know I'm a bit slack with these updates but here's another one

Wednesday

The sun was out so after the usual bread overload it was time for some maintenance faffing

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Followed by some fuel faff

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I'm not sure where we went but the roads were fantastic again. It's hard to describe what it's like unless you've seen it yourself but it's a mix of Scotland and Wales with villages like the Cotswolds mainly joined together with tarmac that wouldn't be out of place on a race track.

We stopped at a place for lunch which had a bit of a reputation for a frosty service but she must have been happy that day as she was fine.

It's nice having a beer at lunch

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The food was spot on too

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I didn't want dessert but the peer pressure was strong

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I decided to leave the guys after lunch and go off on my own pace and get some photos.

There was a nice little river

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And when I was looking for where to go next I bumped back into the rest of the guys as they were being diverted due to an Umleitung.

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Yet another amazing deserted road

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and another. This is the photo I show people when they ask what it was like.

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I was the first back to the hotel. Mileage for the day was 145.

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Gerontious and Smallfrowne were back next

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Then there was quite a gap for the other three. We'd pretty much given up on them getting back for dinner but just after we sat down they appeared

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They weren't quite as full as the day before but sadly no more schnitzel.


Thursday

Not the brightest of starts, the view from the balcony in the morning

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Not to worry a healthy serving of bread meat and coffee later the rain really started to come down. I decided to have a proper day off the bike and get the bus to the bitburger brewery so off I went to find a bus. The other guys wanted to ride but were seeing what the weather was up to so I left them at the hotel. I wandered about a bit and found a bus stop, sadly as this is quite a remote place the bus service leaves a little to be desired, the service was every few hours rather than being every few minutes. I carried on with having a bit of a walk around the town and stumbled upon the tourist information.

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It's probably great if you speak/read German but as I don't it was useless to me. This area isn't somewhere us Brits go so they really aren't geared up for the English language. It's probably a lot better off for it too.

The town is immaculate though and even looks good when it's raining

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The only really odd thing I saw was this

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I kept quiet and slowly backed away.

My plan of getting the bus was out of the window but I still wanted to go to the brewery, the weather was improving so I got the gear on and went on the bike

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I got there in time for a tour but as it was only in German I declined, at least I'd finally made it. I was at a bit of a loss of what to do after that and Bitburg is a small place so I thought I'd go to Trier and have a wander around there, i didn't make it though as I caught up with the rain on the way so I turned around and headed back.

Despite me still not really achieving anything I was still enjoying myself and just went riding around with nowhere really in mind to go, I stumbled across a lovely little bakery in some random town

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As well as getting sort of completely lost and ending up in what seemed like the middle of nowhere

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I spent a while there just taking in the scenery but also realising that a couple of years ago I wouldn't have imagined that I would be here, let alone on a bike.

I headed back towards the hotel, these corners are near the hotel and were wonderful. They did provide a moment to the other guys later on though after someone dropped a load of oil on them.

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Whilst I was there something that we very rarely see in the uk, someone mowing the verges! Ours aren't even this short after they get mowed let alone before.

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Back to business though and I went to my natural habitat

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I picked up three beers which were all I could fit into my bag.

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Back to the hotel and the mileage for the day was the lowest for the week but still a fair few considering I wasn't riding at all that day.

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I like keeping my bike clean and seeing as most of my photos of the trip involved the bike I decided to give it a clean. I had packed some Vulcanet wipes so gave the bike a once over https://vulcanet.pro/shop/uk/home/10-vulcanetuk.html I did the obligatory stand back and admire your work whilst having a beer.

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I then spent the next hour or so sitting on the balcony enjoying the rest of the beer and listening to music. I tend to be on the go all the time when I'm at home so it was nice to actually do nothing for a bit.

The rest of the guys arrived back

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I can't remember what we had for dinner that night but Smallfrowne and I ended up in the pub, we met a chap that had been working in the afternoon, had a few beers with his mates in Belgium and then drove back to the pub to carry on. A nice bloke and was very proud of his Grandad who had turned on his own side during the war and shot a load of Nazis. It was him that brought it up not us!

We were also supplied with a few shots of some sort of concentrated bloody mary stuff, it was lethal.

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Bungleaio » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:11 pm

bonio wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:13 am
The GOAT wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:24 pm
@smallfrowne That bike is simply class and I want one so bad :)
It's a great bike. I wanted one too until I went and sat on one and found out that my body doesn't fold up in the right way... if that bike was ever one for me, that day has long gone. :(
I tried sitting on it too. My heal was touching my arse, at that point I had a lot more respect for someone who chooses to ride such a torture device on a European road trip.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by bonio » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:41 pm

Bungleaio wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:09 pm
This is the photo I show people when they ask what it was like.
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That's a first-class shot. It pretty much tells it all in a single picture. :thumb:
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2018

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:06 pm

Wednesday was our traditional day in Northern Luxembourg, somewhere I never grow tired of. small.. but perfectly formed with stunning tarmc for the most part. Lunch at the dutch owned Hotel Huberty at Kautenbach.. where we had a fair old diversion to get there due to yet another closed road.. but.. its one to look forward to next time. :mrgreen:
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Thursday began wet.. so we ummed and aahed and dawdled over breakfast. we have never lost a day to rain in the Eifel.. and didnt want to start this year. A quick look at weather sites told us that south was warm and dry.. and set to remain that way all day. So.. by 10am the rain was down to occasional drops and we headed south.. over the border into Luxembourg and then.. through the city. the 3rd capital Ive ridden through and the least painful. then on south and into France. I wanted to see the Douaumont ossuary.. which is a monument to the Battle of Verdun.. the biggest longest lasting battle of WW1 a slaughter that went on for 9 months concentrated in just under 8 square miles and achieved absolutely nothing. The Ossuary contains the bones of at least 130,000 french and german soldiers.. all unidentified. many of which were blown to bits. and the bones gathered together a few years later.
its an amazing structure.
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Lunch afterwards at the brasserie close by and then a rather sober ride through what is called "Zone Rouge" a lot of the land cannot be farmed as its been poisoned with arsenic... is full of unexploded ordinance.. which a 100 years later is still dangerous. as well as 1000s of undiscovered remains. Its classed as "unsuitable for human life". And it will take another 700 years to be cleansed and fully cleared. Villages that were erased from the map. 6 of which remain 'dead'... just a concentration of craters and a small chapel to show where they were.

anyway.. after that a ride back north into luxembourg and the hotel.. to listen with wide eyed wonder to tales of torrential downpours that we missed completely. :mrgreen:
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