Austrian Alps september 2020

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:59 pm

And a few more. The road to and along the Plansee is now, officially, one of my favourite roads ever. Smooth as silk, tarmac to dream of and breathtaking.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:41 pm

Five minute break.. I’m on a mission, 52 miles to go. My view.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:29 pm

My mission was a success!! I’m in a country I have never visited before. Where the number plates on cars are Black. Which is very odd and all start with LF. It’s also the first country I’ve entered by a main road that didn’t have the usual country sign. With driving rules and so on. Greetings from Liechtenstein!! And Camping Mittagsspitze, which is a few miles south of Vaduz. It has an outrageously priced restaurant!!! I’m not hungry (suddenly) I’ve eaten well today anyway. And my beer has arrived and it’s Erdinger!!! Oh joy! Oh pleasures untold. Probably costs £20 a bottle, but I’m past caring. This is the one Alpine country I’m allowed to stay in!! I was worried it would be dark by the time I arrived, but thanks to Austrian 82mph speed limits on the autobahn I illegally used (no vignette) I had plenty of time. Location of this place is stunning, but photos will have to wait until daylight. Now.... beer,
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:04 pm

One down and another on the way, I have to say the ride here was visually stunning. I added a photo looking down the Gerlos pass. They have built a road that effectively goes down a cliff. Truly amazing engineering. The road just curves round and round like some bizarre spiral staircase. Impossible to photograph and when I got to the bottom I just didn’t want to stop again. For a time I was riding in the clouds which was very odd too. Anyway, tomorrow I shal be riding very sedately (and extremely legally)across Switzerland to the Rhine crossing and the very southern end of the B500. Already done that road so I shall perhaps zig zag north. And if time allows head for the Eifel and maybe stay at the Schloss again. Though that might prove too much of a slog. We’ll see. But Schloss Schnitzel!!! Been a great day as my last day in the Alps. Been a great two weeks to be honest. Despite the rain when I first came to Austria. See what tomorrow brings.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:10 pm

7 euros a 500ml bottle. No wonders this is such a rich country. But, while I was waiting to pay my bill, I happened to glance at a groups bill, 6 people and their meal plus everything cost €525!!! And with that, I shall wobble back to my tent.

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Snod Blatter » Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:55 pm

Ohhh look the one time I'm not there and he successfully makes it to Liechtenstein, pffff :roll:
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:29 am

Snod Blatter wrote:
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Ohhh look the one time I'm not there and he successfully makes it to Liechtenstein, pffff :roll:
That’s perhaps your good luck. I can see the reaction to €7 a bottle of Erdinger. You would fall to the floor foaming at the mouth, maybe do a bit of writhing for added dramatic effect. Shocking price, almost Scandinavian. Last nights menu. The cheapest ‘starter’ was €22.50. I was forced to use emergency food rations. Dried fruits and nuts and a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.

Another boringly predictable blue sky day, with just some low cloud wreathing the mountain tops. I’ve a route to the Rhine that avoids the one ‘big’ town, Winterthur. Just under 100 miles. At the moment I’m not seriously considering a return to the Schloss today, I may just wander through the Black Forest and stay there, at its north end tonight and think about tomorrow when it comes. ODO is 2650 miles and I’m 506m up a mountain side.
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Just been to pay for the night and this has been, by a long way, the most expensive campsite so far. Last night, on my way here, I was thinking perhaps a room if it was too late, I dread to think how much that would have cost. Almost £22 for one night!!! That’s nearly double the average!!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:19 pm

This might upset any fanboys, but I have to say that Switzerland is by far the most tedious country to ride a motorbike in. And if I never come here again I will not be at all disappointed. Petrol is €1.45 a litre. I’m having a 15 minute break at some random bus stop, (and probably breaking a law by doing so) because bus stops seem to be the only place that offers seating. I’ve been through village after village, past parking spot after parking spot and no seating at all. Anywhere. Nobody overtakes. Everyone seems to drive at well under the speed limit and even then will slam on the brakes when the limit reduces at a village. I can’t wait to get back into Germany. Oddly enough where I’m parked has some anti-tank dragons teeth across the road, no paranoias here then.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:47 pm

Well, that was horrible. If anyone ever suggests we go to Switzerland. My answer will be: “you can F. R.O.” Now back in Germany, currently at Waldshut and having something to eat. My first ever Burger King since this trip began. I’ll be joining the 500 in a bit and start north 3:45 now, so, see how far I get, before looking for somewhere to camp at about 7.hopefully with a (rather cheaper) Bar!!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Richzx6r » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:36 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:47 pm
Well, that was horrible. If anyone ever suggests we go to Switzerland. My answer will be: “you can F. R.O.” Now back in Germany, currently at Waldshut and having something to eat. My first ever Burger King since this trip began. I’ll be joining the 500 in a bit and start north 3:45 now, so, see how far I get, before looking for somewhere to camp at about 7.hopefully with a (rather cheaper) Bar!!
So.....a full two weeks in Switzerland for the gang next year it is then :thumb:
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:22 pm

No. Next year will most likely be staying at the Schloss in Neuerburg, for at least a week, maybe longer. We can discus that when I return.

Today I am back in the Black Forest and bloody glad to be here after today’s ride from hell. Today was definitely my biggest mistake so far, but hey ho. I managed to avoid the speed traps or setting off the blue roadside cameras. Blue! Who knew? Over the course of the past fortnight I have been through 3 speed traps, 2 Austrian and 1 Swiss. Loads of roadside cameras and never a flash, I’ve been a lot more careful after being flashed last year. Though the fine wasn’t much really.

In a very odd campsite. Nice, but a bit different, with a hippy commune vibe. Everyone here is Dutch. Absolutely everyone. Beer is cheap though, they have an unlocked fridge and an honesty box. But at €2 a bottle I’m not complaining. “Ketterer Bier” a very palatable Pils made a mile down the road.

Very warm here even now at 9:20 another blue sky day tomorrow and 26c, I shall work out a different route as the B500 will be rammed, I had it almost to myself as far as Triberg. All those naughty Germans having their tea I guess. Just the odd random lunatic here and there.

Just took two photos one of the first B500 sign and then some random roadside view on the way here. I’ll be at the Schloss tomorrow night and then ride to the tunnel on Sunday.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Copycat73 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:04 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:22 pm
........... staying at the Schloss in Neuerburg,
this place has been mentioned before .. any particular reason its popular ?

https://www.schlosshotel-neuerburg.de/

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by smallfrowne » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:18 pm

It's basic (cheap) but also lovely and family run. And people come from miles around for the schnitzel (sometimes about 500miles)
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:42 pm

Guess where I am. Can you guess. Schnitzel ordered and I’m sitting out front with a Benedikiner. Shower then food. (And more Benediktiner)



Traditional photo of said Schnitzel to follow. (Obviously)
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by rob m » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:00 pm

🤣Schloss yay!

Love that place.

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