Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Moscow, , Russia
the Alps again - episode 2
So we left our hotel in Cochem, very nice city on Mosel, and had a fantastic morning ride to Trier along the river. Sunshine, empty roads with fine surface, scenic landscape.:-))
What else you need to be happy! Then we took an autobahn direction Schwarzwald(Baden-Baden). Near Pirmasens overtook a black 3-serie with USA/NATO reg. plates, waived to a driver - he seemed not to believe his eyes(Russians here) and overtook us to confirm:-))
Or maybe he was from this great forum - cheers! Same story was later near Karlsruhe - an AUDI A6 with German/Frankfurt I guess plates - the driver waived like he knew us :-)) I must say that everywhere( on the tops of the passes, on the roads etc) we meet friendly attitude towards us. Except the Check/Polish border on the way back - the Check border guards just put our passports aside and kept us one hour waiting until they proceed with a bus of 28 Taiwaneese tourists. Though we were the only foreign bike there and normally bikers go without queueing. Standing there at +35C and waiting we greated every passing bike - and everybody waived in return, there were bikes with Polish and Check reg.plates - they do not need formalities in united Europe, even seeing our RUS sticker. Bikers world rules! :-)) The guards looked puzzled - an old lady, the chief of the shift, had a look of a baby that discovered the new world outside of her check-point. But this is another story. Funny :-))
We left autobahn near Baden-Baden and took road 50. The Schwarzwald was fantastic place for bikers. Nice empty roads with curves and hairpins in the forest, not so high as the Alps but empty! O.K. it was not yet the week-end but still amazing. The final road down to Oppenau where we desided to stay overnight, had 18% slope. A Grand Cherokee did not want to follow us and made a u-turn near the sign. Next morning we went down to southern part of Schwarzwald, made a stop near Triberg at the waterfall, made more fantastic roads, ate at an empty restaurant and the weather was nice. Sunshine, temperature was rising, promising nice week-end. I did not expect that place to be so awesome! But we had to head the East, home. Reached Konstanz lake and dropped at a hotel with the lake view but near the road. We were all the way lucky with the hotels - never booked in advance, stopped at what we saw and always got a safe locked parking for the bike. This time it was a food store, in Arabba it was a ski lockers room, in Austria - bicycle room. Next morning, Saturday, we moved to the autobahn Bregenz-Insbruck - Salzburg- Vienna. But during breakfast I remembered about Furka pass which was just few km away from the autobahn. So decided to do it for digestif :-)) And it turned out to be better than expected! Narrow nice road with lots of hairpins, sunny weather, no buses, few cars, lots of bikes. Fun! We stopped for a coffee at the top and continued among the mountains. Turned in Lech and entered autobahn again. Next few hours no fun, just +35C and dull autobahn. A lot of bikers! And time of vacations strted - zillion of caravans esp from Munich to Salzburg-Vienna. We left highway after Linz and stopped on Danube - again with river view and bike in a safe place. Had a ride along the river next morning from Grein to Krems with a group of local bikers - again fantastic scenery and weather! We did it the first day we arrived to Austria but in the opposite direction. So now it was a different road! Then left Austria - spent 5 minutes on the Austrian check-point, crossed Check Republik within three hours, lost one hour at the check-point and entered Poland. Wanted to cross the country within Sunday without trucks but hot weather and Check border guards put us into a line of Polish cars on their way home to Warsaw, a kind of rush hour. This is because they have traffic lights on highways and the right lane is ruined by trucks so everybody wants to drive the left lane and it's impossible to ride faster than 120 km/h. Had to stop more often to hydrate ourselfs and finally stopped in the same hotel than 2 weeks before. Next morning reached the border and met an American rider on K1100LT, solo, speaking not a word in Russian, he was going on his own bike with California reg.plate to Ukraine via Minsk! The guy likes adventures :-)) As the border guards did not speak English I helped him with translation:-)) Good luck!
We stopped in Minsk, in our usual hotel and had lunch in our favorite beer restaurant. Next day arrived home! But had dropped the bike at the dealer for service then took a taxi. See you next year, the Alps!
1. On Mosel river
2. road 50 in Schwarzwald
3. on top of Schwarzwald
4. Triberg waterfall
5. On top of Furka
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Last edited by easyman05; Jul 20th, 2007 at 2:57 pm.