riding a thumper, Europe is bigger than i thought

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  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    twice in the past, i traveled in various parts of Europe as a tourist, in a rental car, staying in hotels and visiting the big cities. that was fun but didn't really experienced the local flavor.

    this time, i want to see the country side, small towns and the less popular cities. so, i set my garmin montana to avoid highways and toll roads. didn't do any planning and i don't have any specific routes. i even left my watch at home; just ride, enjoy the landscape until before the sun sets, then find a campground or hotel.

    the whole idea is travel in foreign lands to convince myself to quit my job; that there are other and many places out there to fulfill my hunger for adventure.

    in february of this year, i shipped my BMW G650X Country to Germany.

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    then in May, i got a notice that the bike "ms. merkel" arrived in Heidelberg at Stefan Knoft. soon, i booked a flight for August without even putting in a vacation request prior to getting an approval. i was determined to go and if my employer disapproves it, then i will resign. not what i really wanted, since i have a good paying job and only 2 miles from home. somehow, i keep on telling myself, money sitting in the bank won't take me anywhere; for sure later but i will be old and sick.

    my first, fly on a Boeing 787....awesome experience
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    plane about to land in Frankfurt
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    ms. merkel waiting for me
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    the following day it rained and we just decided to see downtown Heidelbe
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    the city has good history and traces of the past is still visible
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    i think this was the site of an ancient building
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  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    2018.08.27 heidelberg - short afternoon ride in the city

    another rider (mario) but from canada who knows the area very well and he led me in an around the city.
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    crossing the neckar river
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    we followed the river for a while
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    mario boarding the ferry across and back to heidelberg
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    this reminds me of balboa island in newport beach, except without the crowd
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    we discovered there are campgrounds just outside the city and this one next to the neckar river
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    didn't get enough and rode for more
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    just above the city are some nice and twisty roads
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    into very quiet neighborhoods
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    going back alone to my homebase without a gps will be impossible. the streets are not we're used to.
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    heidelberg is very nice and clean. it makes a good 1st destination if you ship your bike to stefan.
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    hanks to german adv inmate hansen for pointing me to the right directions and places to see!...hans, great to meet you last night...:clap


    small town and villages are on top of my list, then the historical attractions.

    ms. merkel took me towards rothenburg
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    the coolest crew cab
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    between villages are awesome roads
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    many of nicer and wealthier towns have a castle and a big church
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    finally made it to Rothenburg, a city with fortified walls
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    saw this rider on my way up then he turned around to give me the thumbs up
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    this is the view of the walls from inside
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    yeah, the best way to see the city is on a bike. there's always a place to park.
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  6. NSFW

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    another small town and it was strangely quiet



    lots of roundabouts
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    big fields separate the towns
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    don't really know where i was going and what to expect, ended up here in Wurzburg
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    i was lucky to get a room for half the price. No GPS and a dead phone, i walked in and inquired. inside it's all luxury so i told the receptionist that i have to go elsewhere and find a less $ hotel. she said, no worry and gave me the discount.

    2008.08.29 Wurzburg

    next morning, i'm ready to get going
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    this was the view outside my discounted room. on the far right is FĂĽrstenbaumuseum
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    aside from the sights in the city, i wanted to get to that building on top of the hill
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    a castle nearby
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    up on the hill, church goers need to have strong legs to hike up and go to mass. if me, will tell the priest that's my penance....:D
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    Could not find the route, this is the closest I could get.
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    Some more pics of the city
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    love to have a pickup like this one at home
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    leave your 21" front at home, there are ruts in the road...:lol3
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  7. Romero

    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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    @NSFW !!!!! So cool!!! Used to your DV reports!! I'm in!!
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  8. NSFW

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    i left wurzburg and headed north, noticeably there's a towring church in every town
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    again, big fields in between towns
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    interesting sign at the rest stop
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    made it to coburg late in the afternoon and i need to get to that castle closer
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    it was a good short ride. sorry i can't get a single shot, and doing it in pieces is the best i can do
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    looks like the underground passage
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    this is walking around the castle
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    it got late and didn't really have time to go inside
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    spent the night here
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    Rockhopp3r Been here awhile

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    So happy for you that you were finally able to do this trip. Subscribed.

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    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Some of that stuff looks really familiar.
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  12. brnsrgn

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    neckar valley is beautiful, NSU museum is great
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    thanks for chiming in and tagging along. i promised to post more nice pictures but hard to comment without good knowledge and going to google. feel free to label or comment on the pictures and descriptions.

    the first 2 days of riding pretty much describes the title of this report. taking the backroads which has speed limits of 30 and 50 km/hour makes a long day. sometimes, ms. merkel and i are very happy to see 70 km/hour...:ricky


    my fuel reserve light goes on at 110 miles....and by then it's almost 6-7 pm. unlike in the states, a 110 mile ride is pretty much 3-4 hours. i don't have a watch even look at the clock on my instrument cluster or GPS, which reminds me how farmers go about their daily schedule (sunrise to sunset). i also eat only 2x a day, big breakfast and dinner. not really i need to eat but anticipating what's on the next corner or town was enough to keep me energized....:happay
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    i noticed the german towns are more tolerant to motorcycles that they accommodate our parking needs.
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    left coburg after breakfast and to get to the next small city or town, i took the small roads with only little idea where it will take me...north
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    rain...a week ago, the temps were at mid to high 90F
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    i saw this from the road
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    could not find the road up but stumble on this one
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    the landowner is blessed with wild games
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    i didn't have a drone to capture the bigger perspective, but this will do from a poster at the entrance
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    under the building is a special door
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    back again on the small roads where shared by big trucks
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    not sure what the shields on the outside for
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    of course the church is always present
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    all the towns like this one have special characters
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    saw a lot of church roofs resembling and onion...thought i was in russia
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    the roads are well maintained and clean
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    looks like a special mud not mortar is used to stuff the wall
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  15. edgeoftheworld

    edgeoftheworld Been here awhile

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    Love the RRs in Europe. In.
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  16. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    Looks awesome Joel!
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    Davethestick Been here awhile

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    Fantastic Pics!
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  18. squadraquota

    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    Good to see you enjoying Germany. Which other countries will you visit?

    About that barn, your mud traditionally is a mix of straw and cow dung...:D :topes

    Are you writing the RR from home or are you still riding? If so, enjoy and be safe!
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    Thank you for tagging along. Happy to share when I see you like my postings

    Yeah, came home last week, a day later due to too much problems at Dusseldorf airport.
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    That was cool. Amazing what a guy can miss without a computer and WiFi.
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