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Old 06-18-2009, 06:24 PM   #31
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Awesome tour! The food, the sights, the history.. it's all there!

Thanks for the report and all those detailed pics

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Old 06-18-2009, 06:57 PM   #32
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Pulling out of Luxembourg and into Belgium.......





Bastogne was quickly arrived at, and as I came into town I spotted this old tank turret on a pedestal.









I realized that the Mardasson Hill Memorial was right behind me, so headed on over. As I approached, the road was blocked by the police, so I pulled over to the parking at the historical center. Seems I had arrived at just the moment of the Memorial Day services taking place at the American Memorial, so I went on over.



























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Old 06-18-2009, 07:12 PM   #33
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I did go into the Bastogne Historical Centers gift shop for just moment, but did not buy anything. I have done the museum several times already, so it is not included here.....they do not allow photography inside anyway, but the last time I was there I photographed the whole place.....and no one ever stopped me.....I am a rotten bastard......










Then while taking a spin in town I noticed some of the dignitaries being escorted through by the motorcycle police.




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Old 06-18-2009, 08:11 PM   #34
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thanks for taking the time too share your trip. I love ww2 history, ever think about seeing the maigot line?
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:12 AM   #35
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thanks for taking the time too share your trip. I love ww2 history, ever think about seeing the maigot line?
Funny you should ask.....stay tuned and you'll see a little of both sides of it.....glad you like the report so far....
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:04 AM   #36
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:59 PM   #37
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I guess the sleepy little village of Foy, just up the road from Bastogne has lived in relative anonymity until the popularity of the Stephen E. Ambrose book, Band of Brothers, and the subsequent film brought its name to the masses and made Foy someplace that we had all heard of. It is a location that strikes a special chord in American history now, appearing even in video games. I had driven through Foy a half dozen times in the past perhaps, and never gave it a second glance, but I thought now I would give a closer look. After having read the book first, then seeing the television series, I wanted to see how it really looked in person. There is really not much to the village itself......very small quiet place today.









It was the Bois Jacques, just outside the village that I wanted to get a look at, just to see what it was like, of course it was spring, not winter, but I have been around here in December, about 10 years ago, and it was not like at home.




This is the new monument erected to recently in memory of their action in the Bois Jacques.











It was a little breezy, so Freddie took a fall off of it.....but it was captured on film, so he did not mind....



I went off into the forest to see if there were any evidence of what had gone on there in the Battle of the Bulge, but what I found I could not be sure of, as so many years had gone by, and documentaries had been filmed there, but there were definately fox holes there. I think that the best of them were from when they filmed the documentary there, or they would have been dug out by treasure seekers.





















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Old 06-19-2009, 01:27 PM   #38
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Great RR that bike is in mint condition for its age,

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Old 06-19-2009, 01:33 PM   #39
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Great RR that bike is in mint condition for its age,

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I think the price was right too.....2150 Euros.....I cannot argue with it, and the bike is really fantastic. I had no idea what to expect of it not having them available here, but it is a great machine, and it is fun to now own something I cannot buy at home. I plan on keeping it a few years, and then maybe moving up to something else, but for the moment I cannot even picture doing that, as it has turned out to be so perfect for Europe. I have a little trouble to keep up with Thorsten on his F800GS, but he is very polite and waits for me, and tolerates my slowness.
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I think the price was right too.....2150 Euros.....I cannot argue with it, and the bike is really fantastic. I had no idea what to expect of it not having them available here, but it is a great machine, and it is fun to now own something I cannot buy at home. I plan on keeping it a few years, and then maybe moving up to something else, but for the moment I cannot even picture doing that, as it has turned out to be so perfect for Europe. I have a little trouble to keep up with Thorsten on his F800GS, but he is very polite and waits for me, and tolerates my slowness.
Hi Jmead,

The mrs and I just finished a 6 week tour of Europe on an 06 Transalp, now I am back home I want to sell my 06 and buy an old Transalp 89-91 to restore and then go off travelling again, just change the oil and they keep going.....its not all about speed, I love all the war history and photos in your RR, great work mate

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I had to drive back into Bastogne to head back to Germany, so I stopped at the Place McAuliffe to take a few photographs.
















I took nothing but small roads all the way back.



I crossed this small stone bridge to get from Luxembourg to Germany.



I got back to Thorsten’s house late, and he was already there, having finished his long work week, ready to head out with me in the morning. We had an incredible dinner of asparagus, potatoes, and more of those great pancakes all washed down with some fine local Moselwien.










I had already put nearly a thousand kilometters on the bike since I arrived.



And so ends another great day of riding......but tomorrow there would be more.
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Hi Jmead,

The mrs and I just finished a 6 week tour of Europe on an 06 Transalp, now I am back home I want to sell my 06 and buy an old Transalp 89-91 to restore and then go off travelling again, just change the oil and they keep going.....its not all about speed, I love all the war history and photos in your RR, great work mate

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Glad you are enjoying it...and much, much more to come.....this is only the first three days so far of a three week trip.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:49 PM   #43
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Looking forward to more. Good stuff.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:42 AM   #44
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Thanks for posting.. Great pics.
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #45
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Great pics and RR. I love the area too and have stayed in rudesheim and go over to the eiffel region everyyear. Cochem is a great place to
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