Featured Off To Glemseck, And The German Alpine Road

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  1. Bikerman

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    Off to Harwich then to Holland in an hours time. Glemseck at the weekend, then the German Alpine road from the Monday. Will be over the other side of the lake for 14 days. Won't be taking my computer with me. I'll do a ride report when I get back @Wessa and I've forgotten who else, have a safe trip to spain. TTFN.
     
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    Have a good one!!
     
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    Just seen this mate. Have safe trip, looking forward to your ride report :)
     
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    Hope you’re having a great trip.
     
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    Just seen this - have good (and safe) one!
     
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    Hope you're having a grand time on your trip, @Bikerman! I'm looking forward to your ride report upon your return. :):heart_eyes:
     
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    #8 Bikerman, Sep 14, 2022
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    Day one.
    Not much to report here, I made my way from home to the ferry port at Harwich for the overnight sailing to the Hook of Holland.

    Day two
    Well after breakfast I made my way down to the bike to get ready to really start my holiday.
    The first port of call was to where Holland, Germany, and Belgium all meet up, and also to the highest point in Holland ( This is where the Dutch go skiing in the winter Ha Ha )
    It has a tower which you can go up to get a better view of the surrounding area, it only cost 4 Euro's so it's hardly going to break the bank, and it was well worth it when you get to the top, the bonus was I went up in the lift. I think I spent about an hour or so walking around and having a chinwag with other people. From there I made my way to my first hotel http://www.hotel-finkenberg.de/ the only problem was, for the life of me I couldn't find it. I'd put it in the sat nav, but no matter what I did this hotel just wasn't there. So Google maps to the rescue, I punched in where I wanted to go, and it found it first time. When I looked at the location that I'd put in the sat nav, it was in the middle of a cow field. God only knows how I managed to do that, but I did. This hotel was great, it's a motorcycle friendly hotel, and my bike was undercover all the time I was there. In the evening I had a meal there and it was really tasty. I was practising my tourist German, and was surprising myself just how much I knew. It helped that the lady spoke perfect English, but I wanted to carry on in German. Together we made ourselves understood. I then took a walk around the area, and it has lots of old buildings which just ooze character. There's also a large lake that you can walk around and just chill out. It was a perfect end to a perfect day. Time for bed. DSC08163.JPG

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    Day Three
    Well today I decided to do a loop north east from my hotel, which took me towards Bonn, I went into Bonn, but I'm not much into cities so I made my way out into the countryside. The German countryside for me is just stunning, that combined with perfect roads, that invariably have fantastic sweeping bends, made for a great ride. All good fun as we all know. On the way back I came across the Nurburgring, so I thought I'd have a go round it. Well I completed 4 laps of the circuit and they said that it was the fastest they'd ever seen a motorcycle go round, they even gave me a Certificate of Dreaming to prove it.. No you guessed it, I never went round. There were a lot of sporty looking cars that were belting around it, you could hear them coming, then going in a flash. From there I made my way back to the hotel, I'd been out all day, and the weather was just brilliant too, which is always a bonus. Did 151 miles.
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    Day Four
    Well the ride today was going to take me into Luxembourg for most of the day. The roads in Luxembourg are on par with those in Germany, and as yesterday, was spent winging my way through bend after bend after bend. I think I spent more time banked over, than upright. What a total joy, and again to do it in perfect weather too. I did cross into Belgium, and I did contemplate going to see the American war memorial at Bastogne, but I'd been before, and I was having so much fun on the bends, that I just wanted to carry on. I'm thinking of doing Bastogne again next year, so I'd be able to give it the respect that it deserves, rather than just a flying visit. Well it was back to the hotel for another great meal, and to pack up ready for my trip to Glemseck.
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    Day Five
    Well after a great breakfast off I trundled to my next hotel https://www.xn--schloss-hfingen-htb.com/ Well another great ride to the hotel, I managed to clock up 225 miles via some spectacular scenery again today. Upon getting there the owner said I could park on the pavement right next to the hotel entrance. This hotel had bags of character, and you had an all you can eat dinner for 15 Euros, which I didn't think was too bad, so I decided to demolish as much as I could, that included all drinks, and afters too. Well I managed it OK.
    Back in the room to sort out what's coming with me to Glemseck. Then off to bed.

    Day Six
    Well after filling up with rolls, bacon, and lots of other goodies it was off to Glemseck It's only about 5 miles away, so it didn't take too long to get there. The weather was looking good too, but there was a warning that things might get interesting in the afternoon. Rain gear packed and carried, and off I went on the walk about that is Glemseck. Bikes of all shapes and sizes and colours too. It always amazes me the imagination that people have to customise their bikes in the way that they do. Well after spending a long time walking around I decided to have a sit down under some trees, and the sky looked rather black too. Then all hell broke loose, the rain came down in bucket loads, and it didn't stop for at least 40 mins or so. Fortunately being under a tree I was shielded from most of it, but I did put my wetsuit on to ensure I wasn't walking around like a wet chamois leather afterwoods. Well when the monsoon stopped Here's a link to all the bike pictures I took https://1drv.ms/u/s!AmrbwTK9NX3xg8R62L4uiqPCNDhWPQ?e=ZvoTp8 I didn't think that it was as busy as the previous 3 times I'd been before, maybe it was something to do with the economic climate that we're all in at the moment. Anyway, after another great day, I'm off back to the hotel to pack for my trip south tomorrow .

    Day Seven
    Heading to Ulm this morning, now as some of you will know this is where Erwin Rommel was forced to commit suicde in order to save his family. So I decided to see the exact spot where he committed suicide. Then afterwards go and see his grave, then the house he lived in. The ride there was great again, I'd made a conscious decision to avoid all motorways, they invariably get blocked up, as the Germans do like their speed which can result in carnage on the motorways. The access to the suicde area is blocked off, so you can't get a car down there, oh the joys of being on a bike, no problem there then. Down the country lane till you come to see the place on your right. Then it's off to his resting place, then to the house. When I got to the house, it was shut, but then I read the sign saying that it was open in 35 min's Result or what. Well a very nice lady turned up and took me on a tour of the house, it's a very expensive tour 3 euros Wow.
    It's not an extensive tour, but it goes through the various owners from when it was first built up to its arguably most famous occupant Rommel. They said that the house doesn't get many visitors anymore. After about an hour or so I made my way to the next hotel which was the best hotel I stayed in, out of the whole trip https://www.allgaeuer-panoramahotel.de/index.html This hotel cost £53 a night including breakfast. The room was out of this world, as was the view from the balcony. I thought I'd been put in the Kings suite. DSC08354.JPG

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    Part two to follow
     
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    #9 Bikerman, Sep 14, 2022
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    Part two
    Some more pics of Rommel's grave and house.
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    Day Eight
    Well I sadly had to leave this fantastic hotel and make my way south to start my German Alpine Road route. Wasn't such a long ride today, only 122 miles, which left more time to go even slower on the country lanes, most days I'd be lucky if I saw 50 mph, I don't see the point in belting round at warp speed all the time, when you have such fantastic scenery to enjoy. That's not to say I didn't have a spell or two at some spirited speeds.
    Well the next hotel came https://klosterbraeu-schlehdorf.de/ The room was rather small, and by the time I'd got my boxes upstairs, there wasn't a lot of room to move around, but that aside it was clean and they let me park my bike in their courtyard. The evening was spent walking around the area, and having a go at my German.

    Day Nine
    Well it had to happen sooner or later, I woke up to torrential rain, bugger it, well by the time I'd had breakfast the monsoon had slowed to light rain, by about 11oclock, the sun came out and I never looked back, it was boiling hot. The roads and scenery to my next hotel https://www.alpina-hotels.de/brennerbascht/ was again just jaw dropping gorgeous. I had a meal in the restaurant next to the hotel, when a lot of people turned up in what I presumed was the local dress, and started to play music, folk music for the most part, but then some tunes that I knew too. It was brilliant, the weather that evening was warm, and the place was packed. What a great way to end a perfect day.
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    Day Ten
    Well this morning I was off to do the Rossfield Panorama Road,https://www.rossfeldpanoramastrasse.de/en/ It's only 5 Euros to do it. Sadly it was a bit overcast, but it's still worth doing. As the morning wore on the sun again came out in all its glory, I was making my way to Berchtesgaden, the plan was to see the Berghof, and if the Bunkeranlage Obersalzberg was open, sadly it wasn't. I'd been down to see the bunkers way back in the 80's. It's under renovation, and won't be open till 2023. Oh well never mind. Lets go and see where Hitlers house once stood, so after leaving the bike at the Eagles nest bike park, it's off for a walk in the woods. It's not long before you come across the remains of a very large bunker the Koksbunker https://www.landmarkscout.com/the-c...unnel-on-the-obersalzberg-in-bavaria-germany/
    so after a few pictures it's off to fine what remais of Adolf's house. Well in reality nothing remains, only a supporting south facing wall that was there to underpin the foundation for the lunatics house. I must admit the view from his house was rather good. Anyway the temperature was now 27 degrees, and being in full leathers was getting a bit warm, so back to the bike to set off again around some fantastic roads and back to my hotel.
    Another meal in the restaurant, and another band turning up to provide us all with a free musical concert, and as the night before a great time was had by all.
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    Day Eleven
    This morning it rained again, but as before at 11.00 the rain stopped and the sun came out again. The route was taking a bit longer than I anticipated so I took the motorway, and sure enough no sooner had I got on the motorway when the 4 way flashers started to light up everything in front of me. A few cars had decided to kiss each other at high speed. Anyway 267 miles later I arrived at my next hotel https://www.gasthof-linden.de/en/ this was a nice place, right out in the sticks and a nice village too. The hotel was about 150 yrs up the road, I guess it was the annex. I parked my bike in the garage, and went back for some grub.
    It was then I found out that the Queen had died. Whether you're for or against the monarchy, you have to admit that the lady had more integrity and dignity than any politician will ever have.

    Day Twelve
    Well sadly rain again today, but to be fair it was on and off, which isn't too much to moan about for my next ride to this hotel https://sonnenlay.de/ I was here for the next 3 nights and it was a brilliant hotel, the first thing the lady said to me before I even saw my room was, park your bike undercover over by the window so it wouldn't get wet. Well the room was great, and I had a small balcony too. Over the next two days I did some fantastic routes north and south of this hotel. I rode around the vineyards, and again the weather was great. I was very lucky on this trip with the weather.
    My final day was a blast to the ferry port at the Hook of Holland. All told the bike did 2816
    Here's a link to all the pictures I took.
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    Excellent stuff, lots of familiar sites. Good you had a great time. Brilliant narrative, too! Cheers for posting!
     
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    Brilliant ride report @Bikerman loving your story board and pictures. Ride safe mate :)
     
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    Brilliant ride report @Bikerman loving your story board and pictures. Ride safe mate :)
     
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    Hope your holidays going well too. y115.gif y115.gif
     
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    Great report and pics! Some cracking and unusual bikes in your link :cool:
     
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    @Bikerman: Thank you so much for your great trip report. It was very interesting and amusing to read ;)
     
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    Great read and some good links. The bike show was great, with some really inspiring builds. One of them led me to
    https://www.siggnaturebikes.com/
    Check out the cool builds and theyoutube link on the radial engined moped with a built in propeller to keep the engine cool - Maybe do some moped building?
    Who then led me off to taking a look at this bunch and their Triumph engined ice thing...
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AndisFunktionspunk
     
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    What a brilliant ride report, @Bikerman! I’m a little late to the party as I’ve been off on some adventures of my own. But what a terrific adventure you had. :) I loved all the great photos and commentary. I especially loved the bike photos. :heart_eyes: There were some incredibly interesting and unique bikes among all those you saw and photographed. Thanks for sharing with us all about your trip. Glad you had a great time! :grinning:
     
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    Cheers Sandi. y115.gif y115.gif
     
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