riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought - SERBIA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NSFW, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Fenianbastard

    Fenianbastard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great RR. The place is spotless.
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  2. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously?? Supporter

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    Problems at airport........impossible! I don’t believe it.......the Airlines are always here to help, as opposed to the pilots, they respond the the Flight Attendents first. :lol3
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  3. headstaller

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    Speaking from experience ?? :jack
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    speed limit is 30 km/hr in all the small towns (the motorists are disciplined and compliant, seems no one was in a rush)...that's 18 mph and impossible to impose that here in the states...:eekers
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    downtown eisenach...i think this was part of east germany during the cold war
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    there are some places where motor vehicles are not permitted
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    the streets are impeccably clean
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    there were a lot of big houses and wealthy people back then and now i can imagine
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    got out of town and started looking for a campground, then spotted this. got to check it out!
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    the road up was fun
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    now i'm on the other side looking down
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    got inside and it has a restaurant and hotel
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    still have more hiking to do to enter the castle
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    this is used to remind the village below that it's tax time...haha
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    no selfie but i'm happy to include my helmet
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    a working drinking fountain...this people have style
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    the water tank or reservoir
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    a private bath for the royalty
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    the proximity of the castle to other kingdoms
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    didn't what this is until i saw the poster
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    hmmm they build it from the inside out
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    i like vans and this one is an IVECO!
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    on the way down, made a wrong turn and back to the same city...at least it took me to a different location which not seen earlier
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    mansions everywhere
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    before it got dark, garmin found me a nice campground...ended up following these guys....damn these are plated ATVs....thought we could only do that in Nevada...hahaha.
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    i think it's about 20 euros to camp per night...and i'm also out of gas!
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    includes free bathroom and shower
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    i slept well that night and next morning was in desperate need for fuel. so, i looked for the ATV riders campsite hoping to buy at least a liter.
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    these are the guys who came to my rescue. the actual person who gave me gas already took off
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    on the way out posing in front of the campground sign
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    before i could find a gas station, i'm out again...lol
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  6. Jim K.

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    That grand castle up above Wurtzburg is called the Marienberg. It is a large & important museum now, but was built as the fortress/palace of the archbishop. As the more peaceful 18th century came around, he built himself a more comfortable & convenient palace down in the city.

    You are absolutely right, the route up there is not easy to find & there's no direct route from Wurtzburg. You have to circle around to the back side of that hill it's perched upon & even then, it's a tricky, not well marked little side road to the parking lot at the top.
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    the airports, all they give me is pain. delayed flights and long walk to the next gate....:cry

    before i left, i asked the 3 coworkers who are world travelers (french, greek and turk) where they get their euros. they all said that at the airport, there are many currency exchange booths and they are competing to give me the best rate...LOL

    i ended up paying $1.36 for every euro...when the official exchange rate is $1.16 = 1 euro, that is $300 in commision....:baldy

    then on the way home, since united didn't have a plane at united, they booked me on Swissair. got Dusseldorf airport 3 hours before the flight and could not find Swissair...it turned out to be Lufthansa now. anyway, after asking a lot of people in uniform, i found the check in counter. my boarding pass is gate A50, so i sat right in front of my gate...won't miss this one. the boarding time already passed and gate A50 is still closed, so i went to the Lufthansa counter and they told me that the plane was at gate A48 and already left...WTP!

    so my plane left without me. i complained to Lufthansa, showed my boarding pass and that it wasn't my fault. the Lufthansa woman told me if i have a complain, i should contact Swissair.....phuck! i didn't have a euro phone (data only) and Lufthansa won't let me use their phone, they pointed me to the phone booth. managed to get hold of Swissair and they told me it's my fault for not checking the latest status on the flight departure board. duh! i'm already in the boarding area and there's no phucking flight departure board. they said that it's my responsibility to find the latest status.

    i need to get home and contacted united. explained the situation and they are willing to help. they promised me that i will get an upgraded seat on my flight to san francisco, but first i have to get to Frankfurt where their plane is. phuck, how do i get to Frankfurt?...that's easy, i buy a ticket for 125 euros from Swissair and that will get me to Frankfurt. i ended spending another night in Dusseldorf and paying 90 euros for the hotel room + taxi ride both ways.

    :lol3

    haha...if i knew the name, i could asked google for direction. thanks and next time i'll nail it.
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  8. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    found a gas station with a small restaurant and convenient store inside
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    long stretches of country roads that took me to the next town
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    the Germans really know how to keep their towns clean and roads maintained....again 18 mph speed limit which is killing me!
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    familiar big truck on a small road
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    then to the next town
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    felt like i have knobbies on the ms. merkel
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    some streets are good for horses only
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    i noticed that the streets are pretty quiet
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    a late lunch at a road side hole in the wall
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    genuine german food....i love it that i ordered 2 of them and soda....goodencheap, my favorite german word....:D
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    why won't they make a longer bread?
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    then to the Motorrad Reisen Treffen rally in Gieboldehausen
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    parked my bike and set up my ten
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    the smallest one is mine
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    came back to get something from my tent, but now i'm lost....:rofl
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  9. Pcfly

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    OMG :fpalm

    It all started with that dumb flight from BUR —> SFO :hide
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  10. Jim K.

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    RE: money changing

    If you have an account with an American bank, they often have reciprocal arrangements with European partners. Just check with your bank before you leave & they'll usually have one or more Euro banks where you can use your ATM card with no fee & minimal commission. I use Bank of America, & I just use any Deutsche Bank ATM when in Germany.
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  11. Todd157k

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    Hey Joel... didn't anyone ever tell you...

    It's better your hot dog is bigger than the buns you're putting it into.

    Nice pics. Looks like a great trip. Be safe buddy.
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  12. headstaller

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    We need thread on RR specific to airline adventure travel...
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  13. THRASHED

    THRASHED In your helmet, no-one can hear you sing, I hope.

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    I'm In!! Great to see you getting to travel, Joel.
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  14. cobra46

    cobra46 Been here awhile

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    Be careful riding on wet old school cobblestone. It can be slick as snot. I've almost gone down several times riding on them.
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    losing cabin pressure is no big deal......:D

    1 day delay i can deal. i can walk back to my house eat lunch, work on my other bike and still plane not fixed.

    yes, BA has an arrangement with european banks. i tried to set an account but they want a minimum deposit of $1k plus the money that i will be spending.

    maybe i will be smarter next time...LOL.

    you know me, buy high - sell low.


    thanks todd, but those are big dogs!

    ok, forget the bigger buns.

    no problem, i'm taking the hit for those who will be following me....:lol2

    thanks scott. i will see you in Big Bear camp and ride on Oct. 5-7.

    good to know and thanks.

    my stock suspension didn't take all the bumps, i have to absorb each one. i heard those are even bad for horses and that they avoid them.
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  16. bobfab

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    Im in!
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  17. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    the MRT rally is the biggest riders gathering i ever attended. not sure how many, 500 to 600 riders. everyone is friendly, many germans speak english which made my stay more enjoyable, the event itself is well organized, LOTS of cool bikes. awesome venue and also a great opportunity to meet my old german friends that i hosted at my house a few years back. the weather was perfect except in the evenings where it got cold (i brought summer gear) and the local church every morning wakes me up with their bells reminding me to repent for my sins.

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    this is my favorite
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    europe always get the cooler bikes
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    a yammy wearing honda colors
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    a beauty with USD fork, high fender and disk brakes...:clap
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    more tents
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    i was surprised to see only 1 HP2
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  18. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    finally met my friends stefan and frank. the 3 in the middle, we became good friends in the next 3 days
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    lunch with my new friends
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    lining up to go inside the auditorium
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    now we're inside
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    stefan and frank getting interviewed by ralph (organizer) after they did their presentation of their travel in the states
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    that's them
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    many more presenters followed and all of them have great stories to share.
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    2018.09.01 ride to explore a neighboring city

    the day was still long, so i rode to Gottingen which is not far, a city which i skipped on the ride up the the rally. i'm getting a feeling that the germans are obsessed in keeping their streets clean....a good thing that all countries should adapt
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    then i came back to the rally and thought i went to the wrong one since it's different
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    same one but this one is tucked behind the big campground...now i said wow..it's really big
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    i get to spend time talking with these 2 gentlemen about bikes and germany. yikes cigarette butts on the ground.
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    i went to bed and it got so cold, got up in the middle of the night that i have to break out my emergency bivy...that was a life saver
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  20. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Nice ride Joel !
    I've traveled through a fair bit of Germany mainly for work but you always see something new in ride reports !
    Hope you keep it coming for a good while !

    Cheers, Ard
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