Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Monday, 29 August 2016
|Wrapped up against the cold and wet|
Saturday morning and Lilka had made a huge breakfast.
We ate that and then got ready and set off for the bus stop up the road.
We had agreed that when we came back we would take Lilka, Jarek and Tomas to dinner and maybe a little wine tasting at Pavlov.
The authorities put on free buses from the city centre to the circuit every ten to fifteen minutes and we got lucky.
Within ten minutes we were in the circuit and looking for viewing area C.
In the end we found the tunnel and then the long walk to C. It was pretty packed by the time we got there but we found a square where we could set up camp for the day.
The weather was really hot. I was glad I had liberally covered myself in Factor 50.
Without a camera the photos I took came out pretty shitty or a bit distant.
After qualifying we trudged back to the buses and were lucky enough to get the next one out and back in the house in ten minutes.
We needed a wash'n'brush up before going out. Lilka had made a gulash soup and we had a bowl before getting ready.
We all bundled into Jarek's car and headed out to Brno first and then to a restaurant. I had ribs. See pic!
We spent a little too long on Brno but Neill got to see something of the city.
Before we could react Jarek was up and paid the bill. We had to have a plan.
From the restaurant we headed south to Pavlov. The journey extended by roadworks. We flew past the old town hall where I thought we were going. It's where Claire and I went with them in 2011. Instead we stopped outside a new looking building called Venuse.
We had a wine tasting. In the cellar were 65 different wines from the local villages sorted by village, then from dry to sweet.
I managed 23 before I gave up. Each time drink at most a half inch in the glass. Neill was way ahead in the 30's. We decided that to get a chance to pay we would buy Lilka's favourite wines and then give them to her on Monday before we left.
I had already brought two bottles of English wine from the Chapel Down Vineyard in Kent. It was locked in a pannier and wrapped in bubble wrap and a travel blanket.
At least that plan worked.
We got back pretty late and went straight to bed.
Tomorrow is race day
3. Tag begann mit einem Frühstück im Hotelrestaurant.
After the night we had it was an earlyish start. I don't have much of appetite in the morning but did manage a roll or two. Neill managed more. I do like a coffee though. The machine made it to my liking. Luckily.
Today's opening visits were planned by Neill.
Firstly the Nazi Congress Hall -
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_party_rally_grounds - and then around to the Zeppelin Field.
I did have my photo on the stage where Adolf addressed the masses at the Rallies, but unlike the guy in front of me, I didn't make any hand gestures.....
The last Nazi stop was to the Burger King that is housed in the old power station. Check out the photos and see if you can see where the eagle was!
From here the route was to the autobahn across the border into the Czech Republic as far as Plzen. Then off there to avoid the motorway road works nearer Prague and along the D1 to Brno.
The idea was to use Silnice (S) 20 and the S23 for most of its length to Brno, or at least to my friend Lilka's house in Popuvky.
The first stop was Pisek for a petrol stop. I had planned a stop a little further on but instead we went to an adjacent McDonald's as they have free WiFi.
We didn't have lunch, well a McFlurry and a drink.
The roads in ČR were very good and put those in Kent to shame. Smooth tarmac perfect for motorcycling.
There were many trucks and overtaking was a study in concentration and speed. Some of the Czech drivers have a more death or glory system of overtaking and it seems to have worked successfully for most.
The plan was to arrive at Telč - a UNESCO site - and meet Jíři and Tomas in the square and after coffee ride to Popuvky.
More to follow.
From Heidelberg we headed along the Castles Route. As before most were very difficult to see or stop at.
The TomTom route took us to Rothenburg an der Tauber. Here we took a small detour to see if we could get some scenic pix.
We arrived at a gatehouse with some one way system that looked like chaos would ensue in England but the locals managed it seemlessly.
We took some photos before we got back on the road to our second overnight stop in the B&B Hotel in the city centre.
The hotel was easy enough to find right outside the city walls.
We were able to park in back of the hotel.
Once washed and dressed we set off in search of a beer and some nosh.
This proved more difficult than expected as the kiosks seemed to do food but not beer. Times must have changed. Once we got a beer it was then too late for the sausage stands. Seems they shut up around 8pm!
After some walking we found a bar with ouside seating. We opted to eat in. Once we had ordered our schnitzels and beers Neill noticed that there weren't many women clientele, there was one. And some of the blokes were very close and cuddly. Didn't affect the food or beer.
Back at the hotel and on WiFi we Googled it. Confirming it was a gay bar. Another experience in life.
Sunday, 28 August 2016
After a pretty good night's kip and breakfast, we set off southwards towards Heidelberg and the Castles Route.
To describe it as a nightmare might be too extreme but the roads were packed and we made hardly any progress. In hindsight the autobahn for the first leg would have been better.
The stop in Heidelburg found us parked on the side of the Neckar river a few hundred yards from the scenc bridge. We walked up into the university square and into a kind of rec building where we bought an ice cream. Here the Burg or castle is high up overlooking the town.
They have a funicular to get to it. We gave that a miss and expended a few megabytes on some pix of it (poor) and some other scenic bits.
Scenic, like the bridge and the weird sculpture!
I also saw they had a branch of Claire's favourite shop - Käthe Wohlfahrt. Didn't go in just took a pic.
Next stop Rothenburg an der Tauber......
Friday, 26 August 2016
I was up early and shuffled the cars about to get the Rocket out of the garage.
I had fitted the Saddlemen bag the night before and ut was just a matter of popping my sponge bag in one of the pockets.
A quick top up of petrol in Hythe and I was at the Shuttle terminal in time to meet Neill who was already there.
After picking up the Czech cash from Travelex we were off. Almost a miracle in that the train was almost on time leaving.
The ride to the first overnight near Frankfurt would be a mile crunching motorway trip.
Neill had planned the route pretty extensively including petrol stops. Off motorway where possible where they are cheaper.
We finally arrived at the hotel about 1730 and checked in.
The NH Frankfurt Airport West as it says is near the airport and also pretty much next to a railway line. Incredibly, the hotel was pretty soundproofed.
Once we changed we needed to get out for something to eat and a beer or two.
The hotel is in a small town called Raunheim. The first few places were shut and we walked further along to find a beer. The first being very well received.
A further walk revealed a restaurant where we could eat and have a beer. Perfect.