March 19, 2019

Slipping Into Slovenia

Friday 15th was a holiday day (Assumption) in Vienna and so the day was spent quietly in the garden with some of Briquettes work friends whilst having a BBQ and us sorting out our kit in readiness for leaving tomorrow. We have had such an enjoyable time here in Vienna – it will be strange to leave and be just the two of us again – and strange to be…
August 13, 2003

Chuffing Clutched

13-08-2003 Today was a day of anticipation waiting for bike parts to arrive from both BMW and Touratech. The first call to come was from BMW, which meant that the parts had arrived and we needed to collect the parts from the other side of Vienna. Whilst out to collect these parts Robert confirmed that the Touratech ceramic clutch had arrived! We were now set for the big clutch-changing day…
August 09, 2003

Touratech The Palace and Mozart

Saturday and Sunday came and went in the company of good friends and with temperatures hitting the high 90’s all we could do was eat, sleep and drink! Monday rolled round and by 10 am we were back at Roberts checking e-mails and catching up with our diary. At 11am his 56k router whirred and blinked into life and delivered the e-mailed response from Touratech we'd been waiting for. We…
August 08, 2003

Delicious curves to Chocolate Nirvana

Apart from seeing friends there was a more urgent need to stop in Vienna – with 42 thousand miles on the clock the big red GS had decided it wasn’t getting enough attention and a new clutch was needed. Mission control was set up in Roberts lounge where our hunt for parts and a workshop commenced. Robert was commissioned as our new PR manager as he spent the morning singing…
August 06, 2003

Austria - Sweet Vienna

With 11 countries under our belt we were off to our 12th and excited to reconnect with friends in Austria. For those of you who have read our earlier diary and remember we had met up with two biking Austrians, Christian and Arno during our stay in Kirkenes, Norway, (re-read here). Well, Christian had offered us use of his garden area when we reached His home city of Vienna. It…
August 05, 2003

The Heart of Budapest

04-08-2003 After our unladen mountain excursion in Slovakia, the bikes once again felt heavy as we waved goodbye to Victor and made the push toward Budapest. The imaginatively named R2 road, that lead us to the city had been pretty but uneventful. On the outskirts of this legendary city our excitement grew. “Budapest, Budapest,” I blurted to Lisa over the Autocomm’s. It strange but as Brit’s we’ve been hearing the…
August 03, 2003

Slovakia - riding the mountains

The day did not start early, but what a start it was. Bleary eyed we gingerly poked our heads out of the tent only to have our eyes massaged by the most stunning of views; to our surprise (we had arrived in pitch black) luscious green mountains on all sides cradled our campsite in Martin, a beautiful area in Slovakia.After unpacking the remains of our gear, we got our bearings.…
August 01, 2003

Czech Republic - Slovakia- in a day?

I remember the Czechoslovakia as it used to be, before. 10-years previously, in 1993, it (to quote wikipedia) 'peacefully dissolved' and became the independent states of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Czechoslovakia was one of the many countries in Europe that I (Lisa) had ridden through as a teenager and driven through with my family when we lived in Germany in the mid 1960's.For us, time was passing…
July 31, 2003

Poland - Auschwitz and Birkenau

Today was an unforgettable day. Today was the day we had decided to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau.Our trip from its inception is about trying to understand the World we live in. The atrocities that happened here, Lisa and I will never understand, but visiting will ensure we never forget!As we drove to Oswiecim both of us were a little apprehensive – this is not the type of day you say…
July 30, 2003

Poland - visiting Krakow

With the bikes easily packed we said our farewells to Diego, again trying to convey our true appreciation. We were back on the road heading to Krakow down the E67.We easily found camping but, after finding the attitude of the management at ‘Camping Korona’ we quickly decided that it was not worth paying £8 a night and so moved on. A little while later we arrived at ‘Camping 171 Krakow’.…

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