ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Day Trippin'
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-18-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
To Austerlitz

I returned from a four day trip to the site of the battle of Austerlitz in the Czech Republic and through some of the most beautiful parts of Austria two days ago. It's been a while since my last ride report on here and so I decided to write a new one. There was no - well, very little - drama, mostly it's just pictures of serene landscapes, just to give you fair warning

This is my itinerary:




I took this pic about 20km from Erding, just to give you an idea what the country looks like around my hometown:




A little break at Neumarkt St. Veit:









I crossed the Danube at Vilshofen, north of Passau:







Looking down the river towards Passau:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 09:01 AM   #2
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
Two pics of the landscape and a random village east of Vilshofen:







My next stop was in Grafenau. I had dinner there - Schnitzel and French Fries ...




From Grafenau I rode northward to Frauenau, Spiegelau and Zwiesel and crossed the border at Bayrisch Eisenstein - exactly the route I had ridden on my last RR while retuning from Pilsen. The Vietnamese street hawkers at the borders still have exactly the same stuff on offer:




I rode this road the last time too - to Hartmanice:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 09:11 AM   #3
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
This time however I had decided to travel right through the densely forested part of the Bohemian Forest National Park. I rode through two tiny villages - Prasily and Srni. It was easy to tell this part of the country is a favourite holiday spot - there were bicyclists and hikers everywhere, literally at least two for every car I saw.

The country is still rather open here:





Cobbled road, two miles or so of it:







Prasily:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
More scenery after I had left the forest:



I didn't take any pictures inside the forest, it was just the road and a lot of trees ...

I took another little break in Volary. The church bells were playing a really nice melody when I arrived, but I didn't remember that my camera was capable of video and sound recording until the very end. The bells stopped the second I pressed the record button I bought some ready made dinner in the supermarket on the right and when I wanted to leave again I almost dropped my bike into the wall of the building. I had forgotten I had parked the bike right next to a very shallow culvert to drain away the rainwater, and when I swung a leg over the bike and wanted to put both feet on the ground, my right foot stepped into emptiness. I barely, barely kept it up. Those 570 lbs would have done some damage to the wall, not to mention what would have happened if I had broken a mirror or worse, the front brake lever...




Between Volary and the Moldau lake:



My first glimpse of lake Lipno:





The lake is situated right next to a town with the nice name of Horni Plana:



the ferry takes people across the lake. I had read in a german bike touring magazine that it was possible to ride all around the lake on super small roads but it was getting late and I still had some way to go, so no tour around the lake.

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 09:43 AM   #5
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
My destination on the first day was the town of Cesky Krumlov, an UNESCO world heritage site. I was using a Navi with pretty old maps and had programmed it to direct me over the most scenic routes, A few miles behind Horni Plana it directed me off the main road onto this road:



It looked pretty promising at first, but quickly turned into this:



It was bumpier than it looked too, with lots of sharp rocks ... I asked the Navi how much further I had to go and it said 10 miles! No way - I turned around and took the nice modern road to Ceske Krumlov. Upon arrival my Navi decided to play some tricks on me again. First it wanted to make me drive straight through the castle gardens ....



When I declined it took me first over some dirt roads and then down this road ...







well, suffice it to say I finally found the pension I was looking for. The final few hundred yards were nice:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #6
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
In the evening I walked into the historic city centre. First across this covered bridge ...



then along the Moldau ...



and through some narrow alleys ...



Here at the top of a huge stair in the distance you can see the gigantic, towering castle that dominated the whole city:



you cross a bridge to get into the city proper:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 10:31 AM   #7
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
The bridge itself:



the view to the left:



a road in the old city:



One wing of the huge castle:



the other wing with a huge aquaeduct like bridge:



Seriously, Neuschwanstein has nothing on this massive thing as far as impressiveness is concerned.
mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 10:37 AM   #8
BMWRich
Beastly Adventurer
 
BMWRich's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2005
Oddometer: 1,554
Nice!
__________________
2007 GS Adv
Everybody likes a little ass,..but nobody likes a smartass...
BMWRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #9
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
A view from the bridge over the city:






In the morning I had to clear my room :



This is what my Bed&breakfast looked like from the outside. I had the room with the single window right at the top:



In the morning I left for Austerlitz and took some pics on the way.







My Navi somehow messed up again and I ended up in Ceske Budejovice - Budweis in German, the place where the Budweiser beer originated from. They had cool public transport - electric buses that received their power from overhead electric lines which you can see in the upper corners of the pictures. No pics of the buses as I was in a bit of a hurry and I had already spent almost a quarter of an hour in a big traffic jam.

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 11:02 AM   #10
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
I took a short break at the lake near Trebon:



Some more pictures along the way:
















Don't do it, you'll go blind!!!











Somehting you don't see every day; there were at least a dozen storks on this field, I could photograph only half of them:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
One more pic before I arrived:




Here I am finally in Usted u Brno, at the utmost southern tip of the field where the Battle of Austerlitz took place. I wonder if Napoleon himself stood on that hill in the distance, it is certainly the highest point for miles around. The white ball is an observatory or some antenna, nothing to do with the battle.



I saw quite a few of these info signs in the area ... the headline say "The Battle of the Three Emperors".




I asked a friendly Czech woman for the way to the monument and she tried to tell me the way. Instead of following her advice I decided to give my Navi, which had misled me quite a few times already, another chance. I ended up here:



WELL, FUCK YOU TOO!!!

I did make it to the monument in the end, and it is impressive:



Looking west over most of the battlefield:










IN MEMORY OF THE AUSTRIAN, RUSSIAN AND FRENCH WARRIORS WHO FELL IN THE BATTLE OF AUSTERLITZ ON DECEMBER 2nd 1805.
mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #12
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
Another view west:








I left Austerlitz and rode south, towards the Austrian border. A little break on the way (my behind was killing me by then, the Suzuki Bandit 1250 has a seat that is too soft to begin with, I weigh almost 280 lbs and the extremely bumpy Czech roads hadn't helped ...)



Here is the Czech town of Mikulov where I spent the night, just a few miles north of the Austrian border:





The next morning I rode into Austria. My first pic there:

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 11:48 AM   #13
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
I rode on to Krems, the eastern endpoint of the famous "Wachau", a famous and extremely beautiful stretch between Melk and Krems along the Danube.

In Krems I suddenly felt some nasty rumbling in my guts which I knew only too well. I had been about to leave the city but immediately turned around and rode to the nearest filling station. I had to stop at two traffic lights on the way which seemed to have ten minute red light phases.

By the time I arrived at the station I myself had arrived at the point where the sphincter has already given up and the only way to prevent catastrophe was to clench you cheeks as tightly as possible and walk like a robot. I felt i wasn't going to make it inside and steered for a large plastic flowerpot on the ground, with my hand already on the belt buckle. Thankfully the spasm passed one last time, I hurried inside the station and rushed to the toilet and just barely made it.

That was the first time something like that happened to me .. from now on I'm going to pack a stash of emergency toilet paper on longer trips ...

A pic of the bridge over the Danube in Krems:



from Krems I rode west into the Wachau:









My next stop was Melk, the western end of the Wachau and home of the famous Benedictine monastery (have you seen the movie "The Name of the Rose"? Sean Connery's young acolyte is called "Adson from Melk", i.e. exactly this place)



It was difficult to get a good shot, but the monastery is freaking huge:



mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #14
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
The next part of the trip was possibly the best one, all the more so because it was totally unexpected. Initially I had planned to do a long ride to Zell am See to ride the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße again. I programmed my Navi to the quickest route but then looked at the projected distance: almost 175 miles, and by rear felt already raw.

No way I was going to ride so far that day. I quickly changed my destination that day to Gmunden at the Traunsee, which left me enough time to tell my Navi to take the most scenic route instead of the fastest, and this time it did deliver it directed me over the "Hochkogel" mountain ridge and oh boy that was among the best riding I have ever done, second only to the Großglockner.

An incredible view, surprisingly good roads, woonderful curves, hardly any traffic, it is a looong road, and unlike the Großglockner it is also free. The route took me through St Leonhard am Walde to Waidhofen an der Ybbs. the pics don't really do it justice:



















Waidhofen an der Ybbs :

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2013, 12:20 PM   #15
mhpr262 OP
 
mhpr262's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Erding, Germany
Oddometer: 3,539
A lot of the route to Gmunden took me along the river Enns. Very scenic and obviously super popular among motorcyclists, I think I spent more time waving with my left hand than with it actually on the handlebar.







Luckily I found a room in Gmunden, but it was a rather shitty one and more expensive than my previous two room in Czech republic put together (65€), well, it is still midseason and I was lucky to find a room at all I guess ...



At least the hotel had its own private beach/wharf by the lake. It was pretty scenic too:







I slept tight that night, spiderbro kept watch over me from the corner of the room above my bed:



His mate kept watch at the foot end of my bed. Have I already mentioned the room was shitty?

Took a pic of Gmunde from the bridge over the river feeding the Traunsee, but traffic moved on pretty quickly, so just a snapshot

mhpr262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 01:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014