Further to my planning thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727082 I've now got enough photos uploaded to start scribbling rubbish about the ride itself. So here goes.............................. EASTERN EUROPEAN TRIP. 25SEP11 to 17OCT11 TIGER800XC 25th September Home to Bad Kissingen. Chilly, foggy morning. 3 bikes on the shuttle & got loaded in amongst the cars, had a nice chat. Train 40 minutes late leaving. Sunny in Calais & about 15C. Hit the Autoroutes right across Belgium to the Eiffel mountains. Took off my PacJac at the first petrol stop just before Brussels because the temperature had risen to 20C. Soon into Germany. Soon got fed up with the incessant speed restrictions for everything from a bad road surface (bring it on!) to wheel chair users!! Too many 70kph speeds but at least when it is 100kph out of town the Germans do drive at 100. None of the 45mph dawdlers we get in the UK. Countryside quite pretty but its mostly wooded hills. Some evidence of past volcanic activity in the shape of the hills. Bike is running well but the weight of the panniers is upsetting the stability a bit. Couldnt really get into riding smoothly because of that. Some nice twisty roads though. It just seems that as soon as the road gets going with a 100kph limit along comes another 70 limit to spoil the fun. Got to Bad Kissingen about 18:15 and found that 1st selected hotel was shut up, closed down. Also the second one was open(??) but deserted so, luckily, there were a few others along the same street. Got a room in Hotel Korner am Park for 49 incl. Breakfast. Had a walk into town. Very clean, very neat, very German. It is a Spa town with water coming out of every orifice. Tastes weird. Horrible in fact but is supposed to be good for you! Found a cheap place to eat which was OK for a tenner. Back to the hotel for a beer and found it buzzing. Must be good food but Ive missed out. Never mind, they had some really nice Schwarzbier. Monchshof Schwarzbier...hint of liquorice, nice and malty. ODO 503.3 miles, Ave speed 54.2mph, riding time 9H16m. P.S. receptionist said breakfast will start at 7am but Im typing this at 7:20 and the place is deserted. Hopes of an early start dashed. 9.1C showing on the Icewarner this morning but it looks bright and clear.