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

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

  1. THRASHED

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

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    They are working now. Strange... :confused
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  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    really great to see you out and enjoying your retirement Joel.

    how long is the planned trip in europe this time?
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  3. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer Supporter

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    NSFW, Been a lurker on your TR for a while and wanted to thank you for your contribution here. I've had similar dreams of shipping a bike and touring as you are doing and you're helping to keep that fire burning in me. Keep up the great work and safe travels..:thumb
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    they didn't have the foresight that if they added towers and ramparts, more tourists will come.


    even for me....lol

    thanks and i will try my best.


    Todd. you are just jealous.

    go broke? no. my pandemic money will go a long way here in this part of Europe. haven't spent more than $60 euros per day in a week.

    thanks Colby. when i return to the states, i will officially retire and enjoy my monthly pension.

    i booked a flight out of Frankfurt on Oct 20th, exactly 90 days from the day of arrival in Greece.

    i also learned that round trip airfare from EU is less $$ than a 1 way flight to CA.


    thanks for following along, really appreciate when people chime in. it makes me feel i'm not alone, and gives me the energy to make this RR interesting.
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    2021.08.30 Gyula to Pecs (Hungary)

    from Mark Camping Gyula, i set my google map to take us to Pecs. we don't even know what's in Pecs, only because it's in our way west. i remember someone mentioned earlier he lives in the city but never heard from him after that.

    first we have to go to Baja
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    through small towns and villages
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    saw a green machine
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    hardly visible is a bottle of wine in Ian's left hand. the other rider who pulled in at the gas station while we were taking a break, handed Ian the wine and gave Ian's license plate a thumb's up. strange but cool and great gesture.
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    very interesting design, train bridge in the center
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    keeps straight towards bonehead
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    i see Pecs and we're still on track
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    finally the landscape has hills
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    i heard he said "üdvözlöm" or hello in English
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    the ride seems boring and lengthy but for us, taking the country and back roads is one way of exploring the country.

    we made it to Pecs and to our destination...but immediately we got kicked out. the campground host doesn't want motorcycles...ouch
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    to be continued
  6. sledrydr

    sledrydr Been here awhile

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    Wonderful updates. You are definitely being quietly watched from afar by many of us. Some of us just don't post often.
    The green machine is a agricultural row crop sprayer I do believe. It appears to possibly be a Deutz brand piece. I have a buddy here who works at one of the few and far between Deutz dealerships here in John Deere country!
    The bottle of wine handoff is a fine gesture! Interesting.
    Looks like you guys have left the heavy traffic behind? Nice. Travel safe.
    P.S. Tell every motorcycle group you encounter to stop and visit the old grump at the non-bike friendly campground:rofl
  7. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    we didn't have Hungarian SIMs cuz we're cheap, we had difficulty finding other accommodation. we used our GPS and told us to go 25 km to the next campground. then the owner of the Honda Dealer offered to help us find a hotel room preferably near the city center. i can't express greater appreciation for Tamas the owner of the shop for contacting Marilyn City Center Apartments and got us a very nice stay right in the centrum.
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    heading to the apartment
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    there it is, in the courtyard behind the big brown door
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    just outside the apartment is a good restaurant and we took a stroll
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    with lots of interesting sights
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    we didn't have a proper lunch, so we treated ourselves with full meals and drinks
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    bon appetit or étvágyat
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    from another view
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    to be continued...
  8. Sidney

    Sidney Been here awhile

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    Enjoying your report!

    Couple quick questions regarding clothes/shoes...What are you wearing under your riding gear? What boots are you using? Do you change to go sightseeing during the day if you still have riding left to do? What do you do with your gear with regards to security while off the bike during a day hike/sightseeing? I wear tall ADV boots that don't work well for hiking around. Thinking a shorter, waterproof hiking boot may work for a trip like you're on.

    Thanks,
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  9. BiggieFalls

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    Be careful Joel. The last American they “korhel”ed into staying there was from Montana and was robbed of his license plate and his culture. The next American might see a California license plate on the door and a restaurant called Puckers that serves adobo kebabs.
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    thanks for tagging along and filling in.

    no traffic at all but the speed limit is something else.... though i noticed, the majority like to drive fast.

    in our 3 days here in Pecs, i noticed the drivers have no tolerance for motorcyclists. they don't want us here. there are hardly any motorbikes in the city and not too many scooters. one time, 2 drivers were mad at us since our left panniers were sticking out of the solid white center divider. we get honked at for parking on the shoulder of the road. one lady driver was angry because i didn't do a full stop when she had the priority.

    i don't know but the mere fact we never saw more than a dozen motorbikes here in the city, something is very unusual.

    hello Sid.
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    i wear a summer mesh jacket and vented pants. just light base layer and i'm cold all the time in the last 2 weeks. i bought a vest but not enough and today got myself a wind-proof jacket with fleece lining at Decathalon for the coming cold weather. Ian managed to stay warm in his merino wool l.s. shirt and Revit 3 season jacket.

    both Ian and i wear Sidi Adventure boots. i'm very comfortable in those boots, in fact back in the states i wear the boots while in the garage and working on the bikes, plus a walk around the neighborhood. now they feel like hiking boots. in my mind, one day i would be stranded 3 miles away from the nearest service or help and i have to hike out.



    good quality hiking boots will work too but i prefer the proper boots most of the time.

    i tried not to leave my luggage and gear on the bike while sightseeing. normally, i leave them in my tent or hotel room.

    not everyone now that my CAL plate is California. people always ask me where i'm from when they see the plate. the other night, a beautiful blonde was curious why i'm in their little city. i'm not suprised at all since most tourists will skip the places where we stayed. it's fun to be in places where i'm the only tourist.

    adobo kebabs and there won't be strayed or wild dogs roaming around....:lol3
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    2021.09.01 Pecs walking tour

    our stay is in this alley and we set out at 10 am
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    just a hundred steps away, there was a band playing and marching girls performing in front of the opera
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    really nice to watch and listen. i enjoyed it since i will never see something like this back in CA. old men playing and young girls twirling
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    lots of beautiful architecture to admire
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    to the last detail
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    old skool cobbler and i bet there are many who haven't seen one
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    a piece of history left in the middle of the promenade
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    fresh baked is one of my weaknesses
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    there will be more....
  12. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    not far from the centrum is the cultural sector where the city is famous for...producing ceramics
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    the museum and factory are just over the bridge
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    the museaum
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    glad to see they are preserved
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    then to the factory
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    unfortunately, no taking of photos is allowed in the factory
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    porcelain roofing
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    a very early MB van
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    Dan Quayle?
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    random pics
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    going back to the apartment
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    sorry for the interruption....we have to take a nap

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  14. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    the dark sky adds drama to this pic
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    Old Spice will fix that!
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    this is crazy fun
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    give it time to grow
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    then to the Roman ruins
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    underground museum
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    the ceiling is the present street
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    the nearby buildings
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    hmmm....it looks familiar
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    more later
  15. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    more interesting pics

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    a very busy roof
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    next objective is to ride to the TV tower
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    ms. merkel is barely visible
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    overall, we are very happy we stayed here in Pecs. it has an interesting history, quiet, picturesque, hilly with lots of historical buildings and artifacts. the apartment was a great find and very reasonable...100 euros for 3 nights. the apartment is relatively new with a modern design, and it has a washing machine, kitchen, 3 beds, wifi, etc. best of all, it's only100 feet from the city center.
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    :clap
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  17. villageidiot

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    fanfuckingtasctic stuff joel!
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  18. Some Beach

    Some Beach Been here awhile Supporter

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    Joel, as usual, great RR!
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  19. RP67

    RP67 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Nice to see you visited some of the places I use to work, like the National Theatre and the Zsolnay factory... quite a while now. Great write up.
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  20. BiggieFalls

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    At first glance, I would have never guessed all that interesting stuff was hiding in that little town. Good find Joel.
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