Austrian Alps september 2020

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:39 pm

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........... staying at the Schloss in Neuerburg,
this place has been mentioned before .. any particular reason its popular ?

https://www.schlosshotel-neuerburg.de/
It’s popular with us because, mostly, the owners are extremely laid back. Nothing is ever a problem. I might book 10 rooms, they have never asked for a deposit or batted an eyelid when I’ve been forced to email them to cancel a room or rooms. It’s ideally placed for some of the best riding in the region. With Luxembourg just 12 miles away, we always have at least one full day over there. It actually stands on a really good road. The L4 so great riding is literally on the doorstep. With the equally great B50 to the south and B410 to the north. And from either end - every direction is just great. It’s a very German hotel, so the food reflects that, I just tell them we don’t want sauerkraut. (Which I think is repulsive)

Tonight: noodle soup, followed by schnitzel, fries and a salad. Probably ice cream later. What you see there could probably feed two. The food servings are more than generous. Which is great, because we usually have big appetites at days end,
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For me, coming here for my final night is just obvious. Tomorrow after a huge breakfast it’s a very easy 255 mile ride to the tunnel.

Chocolate and hazelnut ice cream (and my 3rd Benediktiner)
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Copycat73 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:16 pm

i have book-marked this hotel in my Basecamp .. not that i`m sure when or even if i`ll be over that way again ....the menu looks fine.. would eat any of it .. sauerkraut is best eaten hot .. even if it is fermented cabbage .. but krautsalat is better all round ..

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:30 pm

I’m not really sure if any of the guys would want to relocate to Cochem. We’ve been there and to be honest and maybe I’m speaking out of turn, but purely for myself - I view it as a tourist hell. We went there once for a meal and none of the guys have ever requested a return. I don’t even like riding through the place as traffic is always really bad and as for most of the time we seem to have huge swathes of the region entirely to ourselves, encountering heavy traffic comes as a nasty shock. Something to avoid. Or I get moaned at, and I don’t like being moaned at.

My worst mistakes have always been mixing with heavy traffic. That’s nearly always the top complaint. Because where we stay and the region we tend to stay within is effectively deserted. Mile after mile of empty roads from 9am to about 5 when the local excuse for the rush home from work begins.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by rob m » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:31 pm

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i have book-marked this hotel in my Basecamp .. not that i`m sure when or even if i`ll be over that way again ....the menu looks fine.. would eat any of it .. sauerkraut is best eaten hot .. even if it is fermented cabbage .. but krautsalat is better all round ..
The menu is great, portion sizes are enough too. It is a hotel that is close to the hearts of us who have stayed there. I've been there 6 times with and without the group and have always been made welcome. We first stayed in 2012. The owners know us well.

As Tony has already said the roads leading in are superb and that is one of the many bonuses of staying there. Cheap petrol across the border is an added attraction.

Really missed it this year, so many great memories attached to that place.

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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:39 pm

Because this region is so fantastic and easy to get to, we tend to come 2 years running and then a year off, where we go camping usually. Obviously this year was our year off. But Covid has ruined everything. But even alone I couldn’t resist coming here at the start and now the end of my tour down to Italy. Even the destination implied by the thread title became impossible. I had to dash through Austria without stopping and my goal of riding the Glockner will have to wait for better times.

We will be back here at the Schloss next September.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:09 am

A very busy dining room this morning. But that’s it breakfast demolished and I will be in my way in the next hour or so. Always a sad moment riding away from this place. Which appears to have had twins overnight!
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Not much to do, in fact I’m all ready. Popping to Dasburg first and then a gently bimble via Clervaux to see the Northampton at La Roche, as I missed it out, coming, which wasn’t right at all.

Filled in the returning travel form last night which is a bit of a pain. I have a flexiplus ticket so just turn up and board.

Finally, a couple of shots I took last night of the guest house.
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So, farewell to the Schloss, see you next year!
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:59 am

An old friend...
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:06 pm

Still in France as there were a few places I wanted to have a look at related to the Dunkirk escape. also wanted to see the white cliffs from the French side. Just had the most fabulous salad. And once that goes down I’ll make my way to the tunnel.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Richzx6r » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:08 pm

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Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:06 pm
Still in France as there were a few places I wanted to have a look at related to the Dunkirk escape. also wanted to see the white cliffs from the French side. Just had the most fabulous salad. And once that goes down I’ll make my way to the tunnel.
Bet it will be a very slow ride to the tunnel
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:18 pm

I’m there now, but as per usual, last on. Place is practically dead. Only one ticket Hanger Lane open. Straight through. In minutes. Nobody has, as yet asked to see my return to UK form, seems that was a wasted effort filling that in. Ho hum. Told me to wait in the most bizarre place too. Through the final barrier in the middle of the driveway to the ramps.

I’m the only bike.
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Billy no mates (again)
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And we’re off.....
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Snod Blatter » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:41 pm

Are you now faffing about at Eureka, as is tradition?
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:51 pm

No. Still under the sea. No eureka today. I’m really thirsty so Sainsbury’s first for cheaper (than mimms) drinks.

There are 5 empty carriages between me and the last car.

Really peeved that the form was such a bloody waste of time. Nobody has asked to see it. The man has just been through to scan my ticket and he said nothing. I can’t see how they can stop everyone as they get off. So, it’s been all for nothing.

And daylight....

Just noticed this: ha.... bit late.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Bungleaio » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:39 pm

You've had a fantastic trip. You're pics of the Schloss remind me of how fantastic the trip I shared with you guys in 2018 was. I really hope that I can join you in 2021 for another amazing time.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by Gerontious » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:22 pm

Decided I couldn’t wait for south mimms. Needed coffee and loo so currently at a McDonald’s at lakeside. Just past dartford crossing. M20 was a ‘mare. Roadworks almost all the way to the crossing, made a whole lot worse by a breakdown.(Sigh)

I’m in no rush anyway.

It’s been a great couple of weeks and as I’ve not been told otherwise, no need to isolate for 2 bloody weeks!!

Even though I was told repeatedly that I would have to by armchair experts.

I’ve told the Krufts we will be seeing them next September, so that’s already written in stone. Probably the weekend after August B/H.

Few things I noticed. A new speed cam on the B50 in a short stretch that’s got a 50 limit. The polizei were setting up a speed trap on the B410 a few miles from Dasburg, which is something we will never see during the week. The Dasburg hairpin was barre ferme. So hopefully being resurfaced - something to look forward to. The schnitzel was as good as ever. The Schloss was just the same. The L4 south of Sinspelt was also being resurfaced and the umleitung took me to the B50, so something more to look forward to. I went through Seebach but didn’t stop or divert to the Williams, it was very odd riding down that road though. On a bike that wasn’t horribly damaged!!

Before crossing I went to look at the Wormhoudt massacre site, which was very emotional. I also went to the CWGC cemetery close by which is mainly WW1 plus the massacre victims in a mass grave and there stones with “buried nearby” markers. They have planted 84 (I think) oak trees with seeds from England for each victim. Below are the photos I took. As per usual I sought out the unknowns.
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Re: Austrian Alps september 2020

Post by rennie » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:03 pm

You seem to have had a good trip! :thumb:

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