Pre Retired and Riding Europe 2017

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by danisOTR, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    Prologue

    For those of you that have been led here from the link from our other RR Retired and Riding thanks for clicking the link. You may remember on our first post in that report I had written that there was a long back story. Well this is part of that back story. In fact, this trip was the impetus that started us planning on retiring and traveling. That plan evolved over a period of a little over two years. It went from traveling alone as in taking trips to becoming traveling as a lifestyle.

    So, it started like this. We have close friends in Vermont (SteinVT on ADVrider) that were generous enough to let us join them on a trip to Europe that they had planned for June of 2017. I don’t think we even had to think about our response it was definitely yes.

    Lynne and Mark were newly minted veterans of European travel on motorcycle. They had been introduced by other friends who had been doing European trips for several year. These other friends, the Linns’ had a motorcycle stored in Heidelberg at Stefan Knopfs’ place. Many of you reading this are familiar with Stefan and the services he performs for motorcyclist interested in touring Europe. Here is a link to his site: http://www.knopftours.com/Web-Site/Transport.html.

    With the Linns’ encouragement Mark found a K100 that he bought with Stefans’ help shortly before their first trip with the Linns’. They learned from the Linns’ how simple touring through Europe was and how you do not need a plan or to be part of a tour. Lynne and Mark fortunately decided to give us the same gift that the Linns’ had given them to introduce us to motorcycling in Europe.

    The Linns’ were not going to be part of this trip. They were extremely generous and loaned us their R1100GS to use. What a gift!

    Fortunately, Lynne is an excellent planner and had a great outline. We didn’t have to do much at all just be packed and ready on the appointed day.

    The rough outline was fly to Germany. Travel through Austria, Northern Italy, Croatia, Slovenia then back. At the end of the two-week trip we had traveled over 1200 miles. More on that later. Plans were made, reservations gotten and we packed for our trip.

    June 6-7

    We left Vermont on June 6th heading to Logan Airport where we would be taking a red eye on Lufthansa to Germany.

    B2802C91-7E26-4CB3-B0EA-A23D81827242.jpeg A87D1749-CB41-43E3-8D6A-53F6F29DF881.jpeg
    Patti and I had squeezed all of our gear into two 50-liter Wolfman Bags. It’s tough getting a complete set of riding gear along with the rest of our essentials packed down that tight. We’ve since learned to trim things down better. Fortunately, they were not over weight and Lufthansa does not charge for checked luggage.

    Soon we were on our flight and heading East. I have to say after flying all domestic flights on domestic carriers flying Lufthansa was an eye opener. Even coach was comfortable and they did not charge for beer and wine and the food was good.
    29872484-75D9-45E8-9391-63AA6F50905A.jpeg

    I was fortunate enough to catch a few hours’ sleep during the eight-hour flight. As I recall we landed mid-morning. The approach to the landing was a little choppy causing more than one of us to be a bit queasy. We gathered our bags and cleared customs with no problems.

    Lynne and Mark had made arrangements for Stefan to meet us at the airport. This is one of the services he provides. He was waiting for us just inside the baggage claim doors and led us to his van which was may have been parked less than legally.

    It was around a 90-minute ride to his place in Heidelberg. Along the way we stopped at a BMW dealership to pick up some maintenance parts for the bikes.

    We arrived in Heidelberg and I was very impressed with his operations. He has several rooms that serve as his bed and breakfast that run along one side of a driveway. On the other is his family’s home. Off the back is a workshop with lifts and a smaller warehouse where he keeps some of the motorcycles he stores and some that he rents.
    2A08A603-3EB8-4BDD-BBF7-761E47983715.jpeg 8C6DD627-CF8B-4E23-AC91-44C8B18D02EA.jpeg 24F81333-665D-4BDD-9419-FC4FB62FBE49.jpeg

    At the back part of the BnB is a kitchen with a refrigerator stocked with beer and soda. Beers were 1 Euro each. It was on the honor system so you dropped your Euro coins or bills into a bucket as you grabbed your beverage.


    Further back on the property is a grassy area where people that wish to can camp. All in all a real nice set up that runs very smoothly.


    Stefan had already pulled our bikes out of storage at another warehouse that he has. When we were there, I believe he said that he was storing around 400 motorcycles for riders from around the world.
    30BE802B-B0FE-447A-86FD-44068C99F307.jpeg BD9BBC87-9FF6-4B8C-ACDB-6FE387323BCB.jpeg

    Mark and I wanted to do some service on the motorcycles before we headed out the next day. I specifically wanted to change the oil in the GS and I think Mark wanted to do the same in his K bike.


    We rolled the bikes into the shop. The rule is you can use the tools but you have to put them back. There are also bulk fluids which you also need to track so you can reimburse Stefan.

    The lifts were all in use so I took some discarded shrink wrap from the garbage and placed it on the floor so I could do the oil change without ruining my new jeans and new shirt. I think we were done within an hour or so and rolled that bikes back outside.

    To make it easy to store the bikes in the warehouse Stefan removes the bags and stores them in locked rooms in the basement of his house. So, part of getting the bike ready to go is to go to the basement and search through hundreds of various panniers and top boxes to find the ones that go to your bike. They all have tags on them but you still need to pull bags that look right off the shelves to check the tags.

    This went pretty smoothly. The Linns’ had been kind enough to loan us their bag liners so we would be able to pack and unpack the panniers during our tip. Of course, you have to worry about some people who overstuff their liner making it difficult to squeeze into the odd shaped BMW system cases.

    Work complete it was time for some food and rest before we took off on our first day on the motorcycles.
    17A6800F-0C19-488A-B9A7-CE15E948BC98.jpeg

    Does anyone remember what this is? We were shocked to see they even still existed.
    0ECC82BF-987A-47AE-B82C-71AC4BE853DB.jpeg
    #1
  2. Long Trail

    Long Trail ADV Willing

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2013
    Oddometer:
    149
    Location:
    Stuckin, VT
    Pretty cool seeing a Vermont plate on a bike in Germany.
    #2
    spokester likes this.
  3. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    Locals warned us to park so they plates could not be seen. Otherwise they would be a prize on someone’s clubhouse wall.
    #3
    Davidprej likes this.
  4. dano619

    dano619 Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,137
    Location:
    sunny san diego
    IN!!
    #4
  5. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    June 8. First day on the road.

    Mark is a great navigator. He spends a lot of time looking over maps then his Garmin before laying in a route. I tried to take the same route and plot it using Sygic on my iPhone. They were generally close but seldom the same.

    The first day we planned to start the day on the autobahn to make some time heading to Austria. This was my first experience riding in Europe period let alone the autobahn. We were both riding 20 year old motorcycles so we rarely got into the left lane. But when we did and pushed up to 90 plus it was an interesting experience. Many you reading this have ridden on the autobahn. Those of you have not let me tell everything you’ve heard and read before it true. Your left mirror is critical. There is not waiting 8-20 seconds to recheck it. If you could have one eye pointing at it all the time that would not be enough. It is true that seconds after you look and see the left lane is empty there is a car racing past you at 120 MPH. Also when you get in that lane yourself you get out of it as soon as you can otherwise you have someone within inches of your back tire flashing their lights for you to yield. Although we found out later that it was illegal we did lane split when the traffic slowed down.
    D9133580-82D9-416A-ABB3-DC538CEC1AD8.jpeg 4C7D5F3B-12DA-4B56-81FB-69EC2B26B618.jpeg

    We stayed on the autobahn until it was time for lunch. We got off in a medium size modernish city. We rode around for just a few minutes until we found a parking lot to pull into. I don’t remember much of this particular stop which gives you an idea of how bland it must have been.

    After lunch we stayed off the autobahn and started to navigate some of the secondary roads. This is where we started to go through some picturesque towns. One of the first town we rode through we actually rode through a clock tower. This was a first for us. The alps started to peak out in the distance then finally made their presence known.
    8315D8AD-0746-4703-9FB0-0C21D724F27F.jpeg D0C8C9CA-4D17-454C-99DB-7F89429569B7_1_201_a.jpeg 482A36B4-BAED-4641-8A0A-27E7FFAA1AE9.jpeg EBA5AAC4-C6E2-4C46-BA54-30076B8D11A1.jpeg B56E353F-21A8-45F9-B8B8-F103F11F7387.jpeg 4B64EDA7-F881-4D7E-997A-FB8491CF997E.jpeg C3B6E766-DB5F-4336-89CB-6647D5C36825.jpeg 0CF8FEA9-B5B9-45A1-8F55-6A7308F07ECB.jpeg 5C45AC80-27D4-46CE-A282-91DDDCDAF1B4.jpeg 2CFAA91B-31CC-4A36-9B94-A4174526A8E6.jpeg F60E7320-3194-46BC-9DFD-5BCE841F3E3E.jpeg 1F18C8D0-011F-421F-A875-A607F4154E0D.jpeg 08766F97-62B1-4A40-80B1-B926DF9B5B31.jpeg 0BAA01FE-11B5-4A2B-A2C9-D146C2A25385.jpeg

    We rode through the afternoon and ended up staying at a small hotel, Warum Vorbei in Tarrenz, Austria. We were able to park the bikes in their enclosed garage. The staff were attired in traditional Austrian garb. Sorry no pictures but you probably get the drift.

    3C996AE4-09F0-4842-8E0B-4E8B81452FD6.jpeg 977D026A-1438-4498-A32C-87A512CE9EF7.jpeg 6B876818-A1B8-4403-B28A-26D13B56B935.jpeg F3D2E741-B1BD-4DE2-88C2-E11BE53F0900.jpeg 1E7A2253-151F-4D57-938D-86F047624B3E.jpeg
    We sat on the patio for a couple of hours relaxing from our first day on the road. The views were spectacular. We retired to the dining room and ordered a traditional meal although don’t ask me what it was, but it looked cool.

    52C53753-413A-464D-992F-1C0403561B6E.jpeg

    That's it for day one on the road.
    #5
    Long Trail and Davidprej like this.
  6. mercurydog47

    mercurydog47 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2015
    Oddometer:
    97
    Location:
    Northern California
    In most if not all European countries it is illegal to overtake another vehicle on the autobahn, autostrada, etc. if the overtaking vehicle has to go into a slower lane to do so. If you are in the fast lane and somebody is stuck behind you they are really stuck if you don't get out of the way because of the aforementioned restriction, hence the angry looking flashing lights.
    #6
  7. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    June 9

    We got going fairly early. Before we left I had to add some oil to the GS. When I had filled it two days previous I did not run in and get oil into the coolers so it was down ½ a quart. The hotel actually had the exact oil that I needed. There must be enough of demand from riders for them to have MC oil.
    83EC8EF5-2FB4-43F4-ACAB-5CA9C07D7460.jpeg
    Today we did our first alpine pass. It is called Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road. It is a toll road. Here is a link to the road details. https://www.tyrol.com/things-to-do/attractions/all-attractions/a-timmelsjoch-high-alpine-road

    We stopped briefly before paying the toll that allowed us access. As it was early June we were fortunate that the pass was open. We were to find out later that others were still un-passable due to snow. In fact we passed snow on the side of the road that was still 8-10 high.
    9E5CC80B-49AF-436A-AFCA-8A58A051C407.jpeg 18BAB7D4-87BA-47CB-A201-92197AE09DE7.jpeg 41149637-2AA1-4C1C-A2B7-CC8DA3A34FA5.jpeg 4B6AB948-220D-426B-BF1B-128358608DBB.jpeg E1CD2CAB-2F04-45C7-8B86-A60DD5341787.jpeg 7AC3C9CB-7B13-4E50-90AC-9033A49EA559.jpeg 7B87864F-A22F-4716-AF5B-B7D316435683.jpeg 8982A77A-4473-4902-A169-3D9CE1E8DEE9.jpeg B8EEE1F7-75FD-41A6-8CCD-4A1C7E0B6ACB.jpeg 8C11337F-7B31-4E41-93B6-1595AB94C137.jpeg 8C11337F-7B31-4E41-93B6-1595AB94C137.jpeg 55564DA5-EFA1-439F-9746-09E06ACC522B.jpeg 744BB887-AD21-404F-9842-741E34BB5CE6.jpeg D9F86C0A-8F04-4AA1-A509-1F3096260697.jpeg B0AA694C-3047-474C-93B3-205FB94BB6F5.jpeg B802599E-518F-49FD-9597-7E4B64F146FD.jpeg

    We spent the day riding and taking in the scenery that we surrounded us at every turn. To be honest I am using the location setting on our iPhone photos to retrace and get names of the places we went to. So, I’ll let the pictures from the middle of the day do the talking.
    F2CEC0BF-2C6C-4A38-95C0-77CA5EE73732.jpeg 58D4989A-63AE-4662-A033-B042795C1CD1.jpeg 0BD373B1-E21F-484F-8DE4-72B8D240E2C1.jpeg DCB3F0F0-1C0D-47A3-8C2D-3A7D72E0A370.jpeg FBDED873-0D82-4F89-B8E0-D0D36F5D531C.jpeg 03731DCA-1A26-4A83-8D69-0C25BFD97999.jpeg

    We crossed into Northern Italy at some point and we found our way into the town of San Lorenzo. We found a small hotel and grabbed some rooms. Again, we were able to park the bikes in the hotels underground parking.
    1EB33A5A-7786-498D-A52C-DCF42302BBE7.jpeg 8F571B1D-0805-4C05-8A28-C9D4C0B42DB4.jpeg

    After settling in we made our way to a nearby square where we were able to sit and watch the going on. There was a clock tower nearby which chimed on the quarter hour. Dinner was ordered, eaten and we found ourselves back in our hotel after a long and enjoyable day.

    Attached Files:

    #7
    spokester and Davidprej like this.
  8. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    More Pictures for above post.
    F046EFE0-8A8C-498D-B826-2734A36D782B.jpeg 35B799EE-8F5D-4912-9989-0A7CF4741CBE.jpeg 70DC4255-5857-45C8-84AC-9A16E36E7442.jpeg 7967D109-E33F-43B4-962A-C5417614E69D.jpeg 33B68734-A69D-4BE4-BF9C-454D2227AEFF.jpeg B70ABC4F-4044-4443-8117-17278D957704.jpeg 22FF8252-44F1-47E0-B626-3A6CB7E143CE.jpeg
    #8
    KLRalph, Davidprej and MrMac like this.
  9. DutchAlp

    DutchAlp TA 89 The Netherlands

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    21
    There are no slow and fast lanes in Europe. You have to keep the right lane always (exept in the UK). Left lanes are for overtaking only. After overtaking, you have to return to the right lane. BTW, the flashing lights are not allowed there is a fine for that. (in most EU countries) Overtaking on the right is not allowed. (and so is keeping the left lane without overtaking or no need to be there)
    #9
    Jim K. and spokester like this.
  10. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    June 10

    Today we rode to Kranjska Gora which is a resort town in Slovenia. The roads there were spectacular. Please just look at the pictures and judge for yourselves.
    71AC9526-4F71-475E-84AF-2F22CDEE97B1.jpeg 3CCB59C9-AFF4-4EB4-B0A8-5158A80E20F5.jpeg 305CC2B2-D64B-46F3-A24F-DD09ACB5FE4B.jpeg 06F07912-263C-47BF-A5EA-30E8E9BFBB5B.jpeg DFD466FA-4190-4968-A1CF-208207629063.jpeg 7B2ED055-827F-441C-B914-93DC6559A8FB.jpeg 2F2B7D3D-1A81-4120-A889-2522BE601935.jpeg 1727E5B8-D8DE-4E55-ADF8-96648EBEECA2.jpeg
    We settled into a small hotel on the outskirts of the town. The town is very small and is a ski destination in the winter. Most all the streets were just for pedestrian traffic.
    2F8F8CB1-B707-4892-91FF-ED5B7C36A25B.jpeg

    2C9DB1B8-714C-4E66-B72A-1C9339AB725B.jpeg
    After settling into the hotel we walked the short distance into town. There was a usual array of gift and souvenir shops.
    66819ECA-23E1-498A-A2D6-20E530126576.jpeg
    We ended up at a small shop and ordered some gelato to cool off. As we were enjoying our treat a racket began. Loud music, car and truck horns and innumerable motors. I got up and walked to the corner from around which the noise was coming. Up the road were coming Honda Gold Wings. They just kept coming and coming. They were 5 or more abreast. The line was so long it disappeared around a corner over 100 feet away.
    418615A0-1EE0-4659-9F93-940F4CB924F8.jpeg 92FD0AE7-3C59-4016-805C-9198C33FF354.jpeg

    It was a Gold Wing Rally. Apparently, it is an annual event with participants coming as far away as Spain and Russia. We later found out there were more than 350 motorcycles. Many were playing music popular in their countries and national anthems and they were all loud. Another thing was that others were 100% trimmed in LED lights. The horn types were innumerable and also loud.

    They settled in many dispersing to get snack and memorabilia. There one concession to safety was one lone Moto Cop on a 1200RTP.
    B1F7189B-9C47-45D6-B74B-78401845FCB2.jpeg

    Around 30 minutes passed and then the supposed leader started shouting what would equate to as “mount up”. The racket began again with the music and horns. Thankfully it was not a Harley Rally and we would have had loud pipes as well.


    We passed the rest of the afternoon and evening uneventfully. We needed to rest up for the next day.


    June 11

    Today we started out with the Vrsic Pass also known as the Russian Road. It was built by Russian Prisoners in 1915 as a supply route for the war. It is one of the highest roads in Slovenia.

    The first mile or so was under construction with Cobbled Corners being repaired and replaced. We had to navigate around construction crews and equipment. This was all happening on a gravel grade of around 8 degrees with corners.

    Here is a link to a site that describes it more thoroughly. It is worth the read. There is also an imbedded video of a rider doing the road at speed. Watch it and hang on.

    https://www.dangerousroads.org/eastern-europe/slovenia/619-vri-pass-slovenia.html

    Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 10.25.02 AM.png
    The climb continued taking us through what ended up being 50 hairpin turns at the end. All the hairpins were cobbled which required minimum speed and maximum concentration. I would not have wanted to do this in the rain.
    0A0AEDDB-8B3C-4E64-98A3-4A21CA249BD1.jpeg 97EDC8B2-FAD5-4259-8FEB-81992B211D8D.jpeg E25D5DB4-F791-47C3-BACC-8E7BF1D56474.jpeg EE730EBC-32FC-442A-930C-F5129654103C.jpeg 773F466E-B218-4C94-8409-6145FF1A1472.jpeg 93CA34AE-297F-4CEA-9274-3288AFE1997E.jpeg 26F71F67-2C7F-4521-A705-8454FE9C298D.jpeg 26F71F67-2C7F-4521-A705-8454FE9C298D.jpeg 477EF7D0-A095-4C99-9F46-00436AF71C4E.jpeg C37E7363-A0E3-439B-84C5-B6701FE2207C.jpeg

    When we began the decent, we noted WWI bunkers at strategic intervals. The attached article tells of prisoners being held to shovel the roads in the winter to keep the pass open for the vital supplies.
    #10
    Vrode, Davidprej and Long Trail like this.
  11. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    Above post continued.

    At the bottom of the pass we ended up riding parallel to the Sava Dolinka river. It was turquoise due to the minerals. The road was excellent with many motorcycles heading to run the pass or returning from it.
    7C99C453-FCA1-4596-8D39-1CFFAB78555E.jpeg
    We stopped in the town of Kanal at a riverfront restaurant for lunch. It was perched over the side of the river with outside seating that gave us a great view of the river as it flowed past us.

    Foolishly we ordered two plates of squid. Being used to calamari we were surprised to see the size of the portion and then the size of the pieces. Also, they were not fried, not that we should have expected that.

    FC45FBB1-CFE8-4BB6-B0B2-DB988FA02AF9.jpeg
    After lunch we continued west towards our goal for the day, the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia. If you are counting, we have been in a different country every day since leaving the US.

    The Croatian border was the only one we were stopped at. Funny though, the Slovenian border guard was standing back to back with the Croatian one. We showed out passport to the Slovenian guard, he looked at it and turned and passed it to his Croatian counterpart. It was stamped then returned to us. Then we moved on.

    We ended up going to the city named Ravinj. It is a coastal city steeped in history and ancient structures.

    We found modern apartment a short walk from the old town. So far this was the nicest accommodations we had up to this point.
    5D6A2619-371C-4DFB-A439-422A798310BD.jpeg 25CC8644-57DE-496B-9943-8037517400C8.jpeg
    We got settled and Patti and I headed to a local market to get supplies. We didn’t need much and were back quickly and took our turn getting cleaned up before we headed into town.

    Within a few blocks we were walking on ancient cobbled roads. Stone building butted up against each other. Many of the ground floor spaces had been converted to retail and restaurants. The upper floors were residential.

    DB67B254-3AC2-45D0-A7E3-71EB6588EAF4.jpeg C693D8D1-E02E-4284-BDF7-77DE989CBB0B.jpeg 33064268-6C7B-41C2-8C5D-A419F2F1A2D2.jpeg
    As with most cities of that era the streets were not straight. There were many intersections with multiple street entering.


    We found ourselves down on the waterfront. It was busy with other tourist but not over poweringly so.
    1806C8AC-E495-4FBC-A451-7B76460019C7.jpeg 1DE5EE81-4DA1-4864-A3AE-4BC24DE00E8F.jpeg 14CEA1C4-B331-425F-A1FD-7FD28E9EC0C3.jpeg

    We stopped for a drink and then moved on to find a place for dinner. We ended up dining alfresco looking at the water.


    We spent another hour or so after dinner just walking and streets and exploring. After we had our fill for the day we headed back to the apartment.
    #11
  12. mercurydog47

    mercurydog47 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2015
    Oddometer:
    97
    Location:
    Northern California
    Yeah, I get that there are no "slow" or "fast" lanes but the real world usage suggests that the left most lane on the autobahn is the "fast lane" and you should not hang out there unless you are really ready to boogie with the Porsches and Audi 8s. Flashing lights may be illegal but that doesn't seem to stop anybody from using them to indicate their desire to get on by. I have even seen Porsches with alternating left-right flashing lights to really get the point across.
    #12
    Davidprej likes this.
  13. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud! Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    Oddometer:
    598
    Location:
    Sumter, SC
    Great pics! Makes me definitely miss that part of the world and the amazing roads/scenery. Need to get back!
    #13
  14. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    June 12

    Ravinj

    Before I get into the story about Ravinj a quick side-story. On the first day of our trip it had been fairly warm and I was perspiring a bit. When we finished riding for the day I noticed white spots on my the Kuhl Jeans that I had bought specifically for the trip. Also the Columbia shirt had a couple of white spot. If it were just the pants I would have thought it was just the material aging. But the shirt was nylon and the pants cotton. It took a bot for me to figure it out. Battery acid. Remember I had taken some shrink wrap from the trash to put on the floor to change the oil in the bike. It must have had battery acid on it. Most of the spots were on one side which made sense. Oh well.

    Back to Ravinj.

    This was to be our only full day in the city. There was a lot to explore and there was a lot to see.

    We started with walking to the waterfront where we got a view of the skyline from one side of the city. Then we started to walk through the various streets an alleyways eventually ending up at the highest point of the city Basilica of St. Euphemia. Here is a website with details: https://www.inforovinj.com/eng/rovinj/znamenje/crkva-sv-eufemija.asp. You can see the steeple in the background of the waterfront pictures.
    5E8A7917-6328-46BD-A5B7-E0BDA240FD93.jpeg D62B5582-B24E-4B99-9A22-C9D69EAF1A9E.jpeg 2207FF9B-06F1-4C3F-89EA-F154014A0FD3.jpeg

    Here are a few of pictures from inside.
    0356FB9B-ABE5-4774-8CE8-FA405A8D6216.jpeg 86A64FF4-1733-4302-BB32-EF298F03C196.jpeg 37BFD87B-1A0D-400B-8B0C-4C41D726F7E1.jpeg E45C71FA-2787-4481-975E-373B86400F22.jpeg A02C0050-9888-4F74-A013-BFBFAFA4D6EC.jpeg 234F7A9A-8023-4B83-B81F-D7A02170AAC2.jpeg

    Patti, Lynne and Mark climbed up to the to the steeple. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of the view. If I can get some, I will post them or maybe SteinVT will post some for us.


    We continued to tour around. Eventually found ourselves having lunch in a seaside café that we had to walk down several steps to. It sat on the wall reaching down to the Adriatic.
    4284CC6F-78A3-41D9-B5BC-C75DE371F946.jpeg 25CE6E57-1707-4CE0-BBFD-E0BF445E4E7A.jpeg

    At this point I am out of pictures of Ravinj and am kind out of story. Although Patti and I would love to go back and spend more time. It was beautiful.
    #14
    Smidty and Davidprej like this.
  15. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    June 13

    Today we left Ravinj and headed to our one planned destination, Plitvice Lakes. https://np-plitvicka-jezera.hr/en/

    This took us back inland. As per our method we stayed on the secondary roads as much as possible. Many of these were barely one car width wide and were quite curvy. I recall seeing some structures still bearing the scars from the war. Also there were warning signs on the edges of fields warning of land mines.
    DA72697D-823A-4E3A-9778-14B72014C278.jpeg 92BE2D17-D056-4A3E-A76E-B342795DC367.jpeg 6AD8B711-CD62-47B7-8EFE-3029707BED59.jpeg E4EDFBF7-C6FE-4FD4-936E-A94396C62DE9.jpeg F39500B6-A766-4372-B679-D10378519679.jpeg

    We had read in one of of Rick Steves books about a place to stay not far from the lake name House Tina. https://www.housetina.com/ He said it was the place to stay. We arrived early in the afternoon. We each were given a cabin which was large enough for a family of 6. The main house also had rooms. But during our entire visit we did not see anyone else besides staff.

    B8D56098-3391-4296-80AE-F83F068EE074.jpeg 1143A8FC-0612-4302-8849-D180BB51FF1F.jpeg
    After our check in we immediately left of Plitvice. Foolishly we had only planned on a one night stay so we needed to get to the Lakes. The owner of Tinas’ even told us we needed more time to properly see the Lakes. She was not wrong.


    We arrived at the Lakes around 2. Motorcycles had special parking and as I recall there was no fee. We paid our admission and walked down to where the busses would bring us upstream to the very beginning.


    Let me explain even though it is called Plitvice Lakes what it is really know for was the waterfalls that connect the lakes as they cascade down. There are walkways and footpaths that connect them together as you work your way down to view them. There are wooden walkways over the water and protecting the flora. These are made from roughhewn logs with no flat surfaces which made them uncomfortable to walk one. This is something that would haunt me that night.


    Waterfalls are everywhere and water seems to come right out of the ground as they work their way further down. The turquoise color of the lakes is caused by the minerals in the ground. It is quite vivid.


    As they say about pictures so here you go!
    708968C2-6F25-4C95-929D-9CCD0B2227F3.jpeg 50BC0D36-6A35-46FB-9AD6-E581C269E776.jpeg 514705F1-6325-4C68-BFA8-14C910F6EE7C.jpeg 8187A9CB-826E-4E88-A0C4-E610EE484308.jpeg C91C45DA-B384-4DE0-BAF3-A99B32D254B9.jpeg 14D84CC1-F28E-4771-9244-075AFAF6CEF7.jpeg FBE598CF-3A60-4055-AA9A-86D40AF0643A.jpeg 180E396F-FA92-413C-9455-55B6B280407B.jpeg 34913C51-EAA1-467A-9234-488C91735B54.jpeg 0BE2494A-2A33-4195-A75F-539C94DA5DE9.jpeg B140380F-AA0E-448D-9A8C-23E0C879AFFB.jpeg 83E2AAF2-A0B9-469A-AF26-D3B34E8559BF.jpeg

    We made it through the park in around 2 hours. Around half the time we should have devoted to it. At the end we had a long climb up several flights of stairs to get to where the busses were staged to bring us back to where we were parked.


    We headed back to Tinas’ and decided it was time to chill out by the pool and enjoy some cold beverages. We had been told we could pay to have dinner prepared for us which we had informed them that we wanted. So around 7 we asked when they started to prepare food. Well when we asked of course. They had been waiting for us. In fact there were people waiting for us to eat so they could be done for the day!

    We ordered our meals and watched as someone fired up a grill 50 feet away to begin cooking. I had ordered a meat platter. Those of you who have travelled in that part of Europe know that you get presented with a huge assortment of meats. Mark had ordered fish. It came intact. But one of the servers took pity and showed him the way to clean and debone the fish. A fitting end to a great day.
    D85EC01B-5523-40BC-A1C7-B8AF82E40C6D.jpeg 2C355446-3CB7-4F40-9629-B7A3C631754C.jpeg CD1B71DB-55DC-487E-9BC7-5663AD2BD912.jpeg C0808F5D-85D2-4AB7-B965-0AFB1C854E20.jpeg D1FEF017-451C-413D-ABE8-F78BBF1C28BA.jpeg 39C4471A-9E90-4266-A965-96CCEFC73205.jpeg

    Oh yeah, after all that walking I ended up with a horrific case of planters’ fasciitis. Man, that ended up being a PIA.
    #15
  16. RDDrider

    RDDrider Adventurer Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2012
    Oddometer:
    35
    Location:
    NorCal
    Thanks for posting your report. I am hoping to do the same route this summer, as June seems not possible.
    #16
  17. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    Try to shoot for shoulder season NLT mid June or after mid September. The middle of the summer is when the Europeans take holiday and things are booked and expensive.

    Also. GO SLOW SEE MORE.
    #17
  18. manshoon

    manshoon Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    552
    Location:
    Pnw
    Those little towns are pretty cool, awesome photos.
    #18
  19. fozrunner

    fozrunner Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    347
    Location:
    Lethbridge, Alberta
    Nice to see pictures of the Timmelsjoch. When I did it with my wife (in the opposite direction) it was thick fog, rain and sleet. People were stopped at the MC museum/gatehouse with hypothermia. This was in late June.

    Do you have an overall map of your route?

    Looking forward to more of the report.
    #19
  20. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2007
    Oddometer:
    768
    Location:
    Traveling in the US
    Sorry. I had all that on another drive that I don’t have with me right now. Steinvt had his “bad elf” tracking the route. He is the middle of other projects now. I’m sure if has a chance he’ll post it.
    #20