Austrian Alps september 2020

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:54 pm

As you know (probably) I like going away at this time, kids are (usually) back at school and it’s a normal working week. For example the campsite I’m at now is full of pensioners, I’m the only one there in a tent. Well, speaking of pensioners, I’ve been seeing large numbers of Harley Davidsons today and they all have one thing in common. The riders are miserable as sin. I wondered why? And then it occurred to me, open face helmets and goggles. The pain of being constantly hit in the face by bugs, sometimes rather large bugs must be, ahem, interesting!! Problem solved!! Question answered.

I do like it here, but it’s not really a great destination. There’s a very different attitude towards catering for tourists. Views. There aren’t many of them. Anywhere else a rest area with picnic tables etc would have a few trees felled so you can enjoy the great view. But not here. High up on the side of one of the mountains you get glimpses, if you’re lucky. Just trees and more trees. Never mind, the riding is great as a stopover. But I’m now looking forward to making tracks westwards. As I type this, this is in front of me:
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Richzx6r » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:13 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:54 pm
As you know (probably) I like going away at this time, kids are (usually) back at school and it’s a normal working week. For example the campsite I’m at now is full of pensioners, I’m the only one there in a tent. Well, speaking of pensioners, I’ve been seeing large numbers of Harley Davidsons today and they all have one thing in common. The riders are miserable as sin. I wondered why? And then it occurred to me, open face helmets and goggles. The pain of being constantly hit in the face by bugs, sometimes rather large bugs must be, ahem, interesting!! Problem solved!! Question answered.

I do like it here, but it’s not really a great destination. There’s a very different attitude towards catering for tourists. Views. There aren’t many of them. Anywhere else a rest area with picnic tables etc would have a few trees felled so you can enjoy the great view. But not here. High up on the side of one of the mountains you get glimpses, if you’re lucky. Just trees and more trees. Never mind, the riding is great as a stopover. But I’m now looking forward to making tracks westwards. As I type this, this is in front of me:

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Richzx6r » Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:14 pm

Bet it's been nice to be on your own for a change
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:49 pm

Richzx6r wrote:
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Bet it's been nice to be on your own for a change
Yes and no. Yes because I’ve had nobody to worry about, my biggest worry has always been that the guys get their moneys worth. And they do I reckon. Especially when we go to the Eifel. They know what to expect by now. When we have the off year and go camping that’s alway more of a risk in many ways. Pot luck that it will be up to scratch. This time though it’s been “all about me” - completely selfish and that’s alright. But I’m already looking forward to next year, there will be faces I’ve not seen for 2 years or more. It’s a great laugh with the gang. Even mr smallfrowne and the extra excitement his entirely unreliable bike choices always bring. End of today I’ve done 2225 miles from my front doo. Wandered back into the Czech Republic (again) and generally had a great day... endless blue skies.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:09 pm

I’m heading south again, there is a CWGC cemetery at a place called Durnbach I want to visit, it’s the most southerly British Cemetery in Germany and handily isn’t too far from the German Alpine Road, which I will then follow, perhaps returning to the Black Forest. Harz is too far north, over 300 miles from here and I can’t be bothered with that. So first, go and visit the almost 3000 men buried at Durnbach and especially the 93 Unknown’s, then follow the route west.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by smallfrowne » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:23 pm

What happened to the Russian mother from mother Russia? Is she expecting you back by Sunday?
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:12 am

smallfrowne wrote:
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What happened to the Russian mother from mother Russia? Is she expecting you back by Sunday?
Grandmother, she was 82 Unless she changed her plans. She will be back home in Eraclea. and I wasn’t invited to visit. Or, if I was then I didn’t understand what she was sayin. She made great food though. Total yum.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:11 am

On my way and waiting for the ferry across the Danube (no less)
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:06 pm

So warm!!

I’m at Durnbach and having walked around I’m sitting in the shade an emotional wreck. Both the unknowns get me, I think of the family’s that waited for news that never came. The vast majority here are under 30yo and many of them died within weeks of the wars end. But the saddest part are the personal messages that were allowed on the stones. But anyway this place and its setting is wonderful, facing the mountains. This is the view from where I am right now. With the mountains off to my right.
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And one particular grave. A DFC. But what his relatives asked for just sums up the whole thing.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:42 pm

Back in the mountains 946m up a hill. 2410 road miles from home. And I need a beer. At a place with the charming name of Wackersberg.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by bonio » Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:48 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:42 pm
Back in the mountains 946m up a hill. 2410 road miles from home. And I need a beer. At a place with the charming name of Wackersberg.

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... I can almost smell the dew on the grass
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:00 pm

bonio wrote:
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... I can almost smell the dew on the grass
Get up early and everything outside the tent is soaked, so tomorrow I won’t be packing up until the suns risen over yonder lump of limestone and the tents dried out a bit. Lovely and cool now. Time for a shower and go track down that beer. Been a good day.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:04 pm

I just looked that OMC Jones up, he was piloting a Lancaster and was attacked by a night fighter. The entire crew died and are all at Durnbach. Flew out of Scrampton, which I’ve ridden past, in Lincolnshire. It was his 30th mission.

I just happened upon his grave. But these are the ones I think are worth a moment of my time. Forgotten and unknown. It does really get me that even all these years later there will be relatives of these 6 who know they died but nothing more and here they are.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Bungleaio » Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:26 pm

Epic stuff.

Looks a lot better than wet wales!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:19 pm

I seem to be popping in and out of Austria today Like some sort of demented frequent flier. Another lovely day so far. Now heading towards Garmisch and then Plansee, a lake I always wanted to see. Just stopped for strawberries, which were just what I needed in this heat. 28c
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