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Old 04-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Hacking Our Way Around Europe 2012

My loverly missus and I (along with another couple, both of whom ride their own "normal" two-wheeled GSs) head off for Frankfurt on 24 April for an open-itinerary, one-day-at-a-time self-guided ride of Europe

I have UberHack 1.0 (2005 R1200GS/EZS Rally "L") in permanant storage with my good friend Stefan Knopf of Knop Tours in Heidelberg, shown below posed with Mi Missus, musing over the ride we completed from Germany to the Anatolian Plains of Turkey last year:



Though not as exotic an itinerary as many other have done, are now doing, or that I was fortunate enough to do myself in previous years, any day in the saddle beats a day in the office, and the roads-less-traveled are many, the beer will be awesome, so what's not to like?

If any inmates across the pond are up for a meet and great, we're thinking of heading out of Heidelberg for some riding in Germany (first stop, Touratech AG!) south/west into the Dolomites, perhaps into France, then over the Spain, down into Portugal. PM or FB us if you're up for some bench racing.

As time/connections allow, I'll try and upload some photo ops as we go.

I have a SPOT GPS Satellite Messenger (transceiver) with me with Track Progress enabled if you want to see our progress to date and current location, just click on the link below:

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0Evu0TAhepb4nHcTBvGh3tDQ8hWTZ70 ag



Stay tuned!

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Achtung....can't wait for your posts...and Gute Fahrt!;

By the way picture won't open,... where's your Fraulein?

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Old 04-26-2012, 05:41 AM   #3
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Hacking Our Way Around Europe 20120 - Day 1 - Arrival in Germany

After an uneventful and only 50% full flight from Seattle, transiting through Detroit, we arrived in Frankfurt (yesterday, Central European Time). The most stunning building at the air port is not the terminal, but the "giant spaceship" obroundness of the Hilton Hotel there:




A meandering airport shuttle ride with a driver from hell finally brought us to our home away from home in Europe, the motorcycle B&B and storage facilities of our good friend Stefan Knopf of Knopf Motarradreisen (orKnopf Tours), newly re-painted since our visit last year:




Debbie and Harrison are in the BMW Room:




And Aillene and are in the Indian Room:




My trusty steed, UberHack 1.0 was washed, charged-up, and ready to roll:




Our mountain of gear has magically been transported from our home to here:




At the end of our ride to Turkey last year, I had pretty much scrubbed all I could off my tires, Aillene pointing out a nice stretch of cord showing here:




Have new "shoes" all around for our ride this year:




Here's Debbie with her 2005 BMW F650GS (single):




Harrison with his 2004 BMW R1150GS Adventure:




Aillene and I with our 2005 BMW R1200GS, rigged to an EZS Rally "L" tub:




We head out tomorrow, no destination known, for three weeks of open riding wherever the fates take us:




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Old 04-26-2012, 05:54 AM   #4
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Sounds good but I can't see any piccies; just little white boxes with the red X in 'em.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:33 AM   #5
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Sounds good but I can't see any piccies; just little white boxes with the red X in 'em.
Just reset permissions on the hosting site for pics, please let me know if they show now.

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Old 04-26-2012, 06:50 AM   #6
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Yep, that did the trick!
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:52 AM   #7
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Wait! The rig is more or less permanently in Europe and you ride around with Washington tags?



Do the American tourists stop you to say, "Hey, man, I'm from Peoria!" ?
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:40 AM   #8
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I know you guys will have a great time. Ride safe and looking forward to sharing the ride through the pic's.

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:11 PM   #9
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Wait! The rig is more or less permanently in Europe and you ride around with Washington tags?



Do the American tourists stop you to say, "Hey, man, I'm from Peoria!" ?
Well, the German Customs people and Bundespolizei, are fairly easy-going about this. One cannot legally title or even register a vehicle in Germany unless one has a permanent address and residence status. Technically, I don't think it's *legal* to leave a foreign registered vehicle in German for more than a year, but there are any number of companies that are in the long-term storage business for foreign-plated vehicles. Stefan has over 160 bikes and sidecars (and scooters) in storage. Everyone just kind looks the other way.

Germany doesn't even require any sort of documents to enter the country, all you have to do is show a passport.

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Old 04-26-2012, 09:48 PM   #10
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Ride safe, have fun! Keep the pics and RR going!

I dream of doing something like that with my wife in our '82 R100RT and Squire sidecar outfit.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:26 PM   #11
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:04 AM   #12
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On the Roads Through the Schwarzwald - Day Five

Since we’re on a “couples” tour here in Europe, sorry, no mud-plastered rigs, no dramatic ascents, descents, or trailside photo ops. Matter of fact, this might read more like an “Eating Our Way Across Europe” blog, and of course, the fine dining, whether on a picnic table or white tablecloth is a major draw for us, along with the magnificent spaces, gorgeous roads, and hospitable inn keepers.

One of our favorite spots near Knopf Motoraddreisen in Heidelberg is the great little Mr. Pepperoni. Owned by a hard-working Turkish family, a local haven for amazing salads, great yoghurts, Pide, Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza):
For one of Aillene’s friends back home, Doner Kebap:






It’s Day Three for us, and the track below shows the roughly 800 klicks we’ve logged so far. Remember, no destination known on this ride, so we’ve been hooking-up scenic roads through the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) area in Germany:




OK, I did have one bucket list destination, so we headed there right off the bat. My friend Pawel, now working in Munich, said we had to check out the Waldgeist restaurant, home of the “biggest plates” in a country known for generous portions to begin with:




The lettering in the windows says it all, not merely size “L”, or “XXL”, but a whopping “5 X” experience awaits . . . :




The salad did not disappoint, but hardly prepared us for what was still to come:




Jagerschnitzel, a tender cutlet of breaded and deep fried pork, is a national dish in Germany, here is one of the smaller portions, only 0.5 kg (roughly a one-pounder). Their largest is 2.35 kg (almost 8 lbs) and yes, if you eat the whole thing, it’s free:




But being Americans, the Pièce de résistance was a good old hamburger, this one as big as your head:





. . . or maybe two heads (Debbe’s and Harrison’s in this case):




. . . and in case you think we’re playing some goofy depth-of-field photo trick, here’s Aillene totally hands-on:




Heading down into the Schwarzwald, Touratech AG is a destination for riders the world over, so of course, we had to make our annual visit. Here, Avi poses with the landmark entrance that I missed, so focused was I on my GPS display:




Obligatory photo in front of Touratech, Germany:




It’s a huge showroom, Touratech essentially bough the town’s former sports hall. Below is a small panorama image, (click here for a much higher-resolution image):




An altar to ZEGA panniers, the choice for many who travel across borders and oceans:




You can take any of their many seats for a test drive , all except the big one:




Many cool adventure touring and enduro bikes on display:




This looked like a good spot for lunch, the summit of one of the first scenic roads we took:






Later than day, we checked-in at Touratech Switzerland, where a Travel Event was in progress: day rides, novice GS classes, beer, wurst, demos, and presentations:




This cool hack was there:








Seen there, we should all check out this website I’m thinking:




The Swiss villages are abnormally perfect, and unlike Germany, no roofs covered with solar cell panels:






Harrison stretches his legs in place, Debbie leading:




All REAL travelers collect stickers:




A photo-op if there ever was one:




Harrison tries to earn a little money on the side, Switzerland is crazy expensive:




I’m thinking, red, yellow, black, Twin Sons, Different Mothers?:




Quaint is everywhere:

At dinner, the 90-degree connector for my Garmin GPSMAP GPS receiver pulls apart, a common problem. As you can see, I have a ton of spares, a one-beer job as it turned out to splice up a new one:




Until another day, another internet connection:




Guten Fahren, Regards,
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:08 PM   #13
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Wonderful! I've gained 20# just looking at the pics!
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #14
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Ach Du Lieber....Habe Heimweh (am homesick)!

Did you pass by my House near Saarbruecken? You missed my Brothers House in Gaggenau(Schwarzwald). Eh, if you return you might try and follow the Weinstrasse >> Strasburg>> Colmar, etc and taste all the wines along this stretch... They also have the best Weinbergschnecken (Escargots)!

Lordy, I gained 5 kg by just looking at these delights. You guys didn't eat the whole thing..did ya?

Thanks for the memories...you both ride safe...

Cheers...

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:00 PM   #15
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Hi M'ike, we met last year at Stefans when you were preparing to return to the US. I enjoyed quizing you on your rig....... I sooooo want one! Tep you're very good at fixing thing, ya got Stefans coffe maker running again!

I'll be over June to spend another 2 mounts, exploring and eating my way around Europe, hope to meet up with you and your friends again this year!

Regatrds, Paul - ride'n a K11RS in Europe.
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