Austrian Alps september 2020

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Marino » Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:31 pm

I can see so far you had a glorious weather :thumb:

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:03 pm

It’s been great so far, but, perhaps that’s all about to change with rain forecast for tomorrow. And if it does I might pack up and leave, head north into Bavaria.but, we’ll have to see, the forecast was very wrong about today. Thunderstorms it said whereas the reality. Photos from today’s ride. I’m worn out, just about coping with the help of a Franziskaner!!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by The GOAT » Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:52 pm

Looks bloody awful :cheers:
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Post by Richzx6r » Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:06 pm

Is there any thunderstorms nearby? Looks like theres a biggun bout 60 miles n.e of Zell am see
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:02 am

Clear night, woke at 4 to use the loo and it’s starting to cloud over, forecast hasn’t changed and the rain is due to start at about 10. And last till Tuesday. So, it’s farewell to the Dolomites and I’m chasing the sun northeast to eastern Bavaria. Rain is over Munich too, but sunny and warm towards Regensburg. So, if I can manage it. Up at 7 get everything packed away and out of the mountains onto faster roads before it starts. Or at least well on my way.

I’ll be sorry to leave, but coming here was on a whim and an added treat, weather has been glorious and as I’ve only ridden for half days, a bit of a rest too. Now off to Bavaria!! Using the Felbertaurn tunnel €10 but it cuts a massive dogleg off the trip north. Once across Austria if the weathers good I’ll use ordinary roads but if it’s a matter of escaping the rain, Autobahn.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:24 pm

270 miles later... and I’m in the Bavarian Forest Mountain range, not a huge distance from the Czech border, which I will just have to cross at some point as I’ve never been this Far East before, well I have but that was much further south. Never been over this side of Germany anyway. First impressions are good, the roads are as good as you would expect and snake their way through the landscape, perfect uncomplicated riding, with only a few hairpins, just to keep me on my toes. It reminds me a little of the Black Forest. Similar but very different. A lot less touristy, If you want to pin me on the map I’m at a campsite in a little village called Bernried. North and a little west of Deggendorf. It’s lovely and warm here even at this time. Much lower than Cortina, Dry but overcast... there was a fair bit of rain to get through and it doesn’t look like it’s rained here for days at least. Dry tomorrow and I’ll have an explore... and if it’s worth it stay till Wednesday morning. No photos as the mountains coming north were completely shrouded. ODO is 1859 miles from my front door. One thing made me chuckle, I passed a village called Pfaffing!!
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Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:27 pm

Well now there’s a thing. Took what looked like a fairly innocent minor road and as if by magic the alphabet has gone all mad on accents. I’m in the Czech Republic and I’m not insured!! Risk taker me. Well, I am insured but I didn’t include CZ in my RAC rescue wotsit. I’ve passed a sign that warned about Bears!! What do when you see something like that? You don’t turn round to take a bloody photo (just in case one is ready to pounce) so, I’m just on the outskirts of a place called Obec Lenora and heading for a place called Volary. (Which reminds me of my mother singing while doing the washing up - strangely enough)

Anyroad, Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My. Onwards and upwards. Volary (oh oh) and then lake Lipno, then turn south into a bit of Austria an back to the National Park. Lovely roads here and lots and lots (and lots) of trees.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:18 pm

Just passed a church and I couldn’t resist a look, the church was closed, but the graveyard was fascinating and made me realise where I was, This was the Sudetenland which I learnt about at school and the graveyard, all the names were German and a great many of them died during or shortly after the war. Very ‘Alien’ to my eyes a lot of the graves had obviously been attacked at some point, the stones say nothing or have had metal plates torn off. Some seem to have been fixed with the original steel tops replaced. But the vast majority are completely anonymous.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:29 pm

Just wanted to share the joy.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:52 pm

A very typical Road of the type I like. Sky looks grim but it’s been a lovely day 23c and no wind.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Snod Blatter » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:30 pm

Like, like, like, like...

Harz mountains next?
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:57 pm

Snod Blatter wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:30 pm
Like, like, like, like...

Harz mountains next?
I’m having another day here as it’s so nice, was mostly cloudy here today with just a bit of sunshine. Clear skies now and set to be warm 23c and blue skies tomorrow. Did the south end today, north end tomorrow and then start making my way west from wednesda. Not back at work until next Wednesday night. So... have to think about it tomorrow night. I’m just a tad squiffy on weissbeer right now. The campsite stube was open and I just had to.

Had to

It’s 300 miles to the Harz from here. Bit of a slog when time is starting to run out, I’ll have a think about it, when I’m rather more capable of a rational decision. (Hic)
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by bonio » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:56 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:52 pm
A very typical Road of the type I like. Sky looks grim but it’s been a lovely day 23c and no wind.

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:05 am

It’s a proper mountain range, all low mountains a little like those around the Nurburgring, but more tightly packed as it were. Something like the Malverns only a lot more of them and all tree covered. I would say the roads here are even better than the Eifel, consistently smooth as silk, perfect. when I say they snake through the landscape that’s exactly what I mean. I’m having one more day here, because it’s so nice, setting off tomorrow, still undecided about which way aside from west. I’ll try and take more photo’s. blue skies and set to be sunny and warm today. Morning coffee made and sitting in the sun before I have a shower and head out.

I took a walk to the local markt yesterday morning to buy breakfast and they were selling Asbach for €10.99 70cl bottle, so time to stock up until next time. That brandy costs £38 in Nottingham!!! How could I say no?
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:33 am

Pulled over at Aber 1035m, below a hill thTs actually 100m taller than Ben Nevis and is covered with trees. I will add a photo below, it has two radio domed at its summit This is ski country. I’m less than a half mile from the Czech border, but staying on this side today (mostly) just a few photos so far. From my walk to the Markt this morning and a few from the ride, when I could be bothered to stop.
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