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

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

  1. sopascat

    sopascat not much of an adventurer Supporter

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    My son is the one on the right
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  2. NSFW

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    from a distance, immediately i noticed there's a white car in trouble. other tourists are not even bothered since they must have a schedule to follow.
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    an older french couple were helpless, their car got high centered on a 300 year old rock. soon i'm lying on my side.....senior citizens unite...:gerg:gerg
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    with the help of frank and others, we dug out that big rock from underneath the car....the older man is now smiling...:D
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    then we built a ramp to clear the remaining rock below, then pushed the car backwards
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    yeah believe it or not, these rocks have a lot of history and finally were put to use again. one guy snapped the long rock into 2...wow, frank commented that was a piece of history that he just destroyed...:lol3
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    anyway, we were rewarded with a beautiful view
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    we just can't help taking turns enjoying the reward
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    we kept on riding until we saw this mound in the middle of the water
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    we rode closer
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    should we get closer?
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    no law was broken.....i hope
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    or we can join the sheep to get a free pass
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    it was too late to go to saint mont michel, we decided to find a camp for the night and see it in the morning
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    after setting up the tents, we rode to the next town for dinner
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    our first salad in a week
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    moules and frites....me like
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  3. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Very nice from you to help these senior French citizens. :clap
    They must have been very surprised to get help from an American biker !
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  4. Todd157k

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    Joel, You're just the ambassador of good will and adventure riding. :beer

    remind me to buy the beer next time. :dutch
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    Reminiscent of Noobs Rally incident :D
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  6. Jim K.

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    HA! That picture captioned "We rode closer" ....I took exactly the same picture, from exactly that pull off on the road, 2 years ago! Mine was also a gray day, with the clouds actually low enough to cut off the tower at the top of the abbey.
    Mont St Michel is a spectacular sight & anyone who finds themselves in Normandy/Brittany should make it a "must see" . Crowding can be a problem, especially on weekends, but it's possible to get off the main route to the top & into the web of alleys & passages away from the crowds & really get a feel for what it was like to live there in the middle ages.
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    she offered me 50 euros afterwards which i politely declined. they didn't speak english, but regardless we knew what was needed to get it done.

    i would do it again.

    wish i took the 50 euros....:lol3

    still having nightmare from the 300 euros that i paid as a commission at the airport currency exhange...:D

    rocks just appear when you're not expecting them. having a good jack is important. those that come with new cars are not the best.

    i agree, but hiking up to the towers in riding boots and complete riding gear almost killed me...:knary

    even on a friday and off season, the place was packed....i can imagine how bad it is on weekends.
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  8. NSFW

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    2018.10.07 Mont. St Michel

    woke up in a foggy morning and frank already making breakfast..:dukegirl
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    today we have a mission
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    there was an assigned parking for motos. we paid and that's also the entrance fee. one could walk but that will take about an hour. so we boarded the shuttle bus and we were packed like sardines


    the bus don't go all the way, and we were all dropped off maybe 200 yards away
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    we got on the dirt thinking we could walk around...but backed out after we realize it was mud and still not dry. this bridge wasn't here before, but was built to accommodate the tourists.
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    only as far as we can go
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    we kept going up
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    there were people barefooted enjoying the surrounding
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    more later
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  9. Todd157k

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    This was posted on another RR a while back. I went on google and found it. Amazing detail. You can walk most of the streets on google and get a great look around.. well, short of being there anyway.
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  10. NSFW

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    the interior is beautiful
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    there was a mass after i left the church. i was told that the songs and the choir sounded amazing
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    the wheel that pulls up and lowers the drawbridge...a person inside the wheel drives it.
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    notice the rungs!
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    haha, more hiking!
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    i gave up and exited here
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    looking back
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    then lunch - we ordered the 3-course meal to celebrate our trip in Normandy, tomorrow frank is going home.
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    rice....:happay
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    time to catch the shuttle bus
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    this what it looks like during high tide
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    not far, we visited the german memorial cemetery
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    WIKIPEDIA LINK
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    it's pretty much in a remote location unless you're looking for it
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    a poster honoring the fallen
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    about 12,000 german soldiers are buried here
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    we left thinking and felt sad for those who perished from both sides
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    our next move is ride to historic St. Malo which is about an hour away. doable, but we didn't feel we had enough time to enjoy the city. save it for the next trip.

    and since this was our last day together, frank and i decided that we go back to camp, relax and enjoy the remaining beautiful weather.
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  11. THRASHED

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

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    That castle is cool. The walkway picture looks like Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter movies... :D
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  12. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    That "castle" is an abbey...
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  13. NSFW

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    haha, that's an understatement....:-)

    more like a fortress...:D
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  14. THRASHED

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

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    For those of us who obviously don't know the difference, what is an Abbey?
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  15. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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  16. NSFW

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    posted this one earlier. the church back in the days yield a lot of power!
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    Maybe I missed it...but you left me hanging! Did you have to quit your job to make the flight to Germany?

    :lol3

    Great photos.
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  18. NSFW

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    2018.10.08 good bye mont st. michel
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    frank and i had a great time together. i learned a lot from frank such as navigational and camping skills. he also thought me how to adapt to the european driving. he's the perfect riding partner, i will miss his company. for the rest of my journey, my riding ability will be a lot better.
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    my parting gift to frank......sorry...:uhoh
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    frank gave me a map to use....no more guided tour. my final destination is the french alps, with stops in between.
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    all i know is point the bike to lemans, tours, lyons and the french alps. no specific route, just avoid the highways.
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    when i was gassing up, i saw this car wash. the vehicle is stationary and the scrubber is the one moving....:yikes
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    lemans
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    lunch....turkish style
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    Tours
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    Loches
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    getting late and settled in this campground right at the center of the city
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    i was too tired to go out, this is good for now
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    but the view from camp is amazing
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    i studied this map and the attractions are just walking distance....tomorrow!
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  19. NSFW

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    2018.10.09 Loches - walking tour
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    below and outside the castle wall, continued walking along the perimeter looking for the entrance
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    this one is locked
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    found the entrance
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    it says for rent....:hmmmmm
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    surprisingly quiet for being a sunday
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    everyone wearing long hair.....nowadays, most matured men are bald.....:hide
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    before
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    now....just like it was and i'm lucky to observed it
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    great to see this vintage is still running
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    door knob in the middle....:scratch
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    follow the stream and got me to camp
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  20. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Hello Joel.
    I live in the French southern alps. Hurry up to come riding in the alps.
    On monday, I could see the first snow from my window (from 2500 m, 7500 ft). It is now a beautiful weather and the snow has melt but the Galibier pass has already been shut down for 3 days.
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