Motorcycle trip to Czech Republic 2011
Five friends on 5 different motorcycles wanna to go for a little trip. After we had been last year in Norway it was time for a change. In Norway we talked already a little bit about were we going in 2011 and there we talked already abou the Czech Republic with its beautiful high mountains in northern and the Bohemia in the south of the country. So after sending some email around it was so obvious it was the Czech Republic this year. The day before we left we kept an eye on the weather, unfortunately that did not look to good. A lot off bad weather would come down from Scandinavia and we did not like to drive for a long time through the rain so the Czech Republic would still be the destination but to avoid the rain we first drove south. So we end up after the first day riding in the Black Forest in Germany, where its also great for driving around with a motorcycle, now I hear you think "The Black Forest is very out of the route." That is true but we all hate to ride in the rain, that we like it more to go around. So that evening enjoying a few beers, we discussed the route for the next day, there were some ideas discussed direction as Lake Balaton in Hungary and then upwards towards the Czech Republic, or through Austria to Lake Garda in Italy, and then back through Austria towards the Czech Republic. The next day we went after a good breakfast on our way and after a full day of driving we finally arrive in Bardolino. You guessed it, Bardolino is a place at Lake Garda in Italy. It was so nice weather over here and we heard that in the Czech Republic it still was raining, that we decided to stay one day more at Lake Garda, so on day three of our trip we drove around Lake Garda. It took a whole day because one of us had problems with his bike, he got a little overheated because the engine thermostat was not working properly. After a few stops to refill his radiator, this was because its engine coolant was all spit out. So we took a direct wire from the battery to the fins on the radiator to let it the fins run all the time when he start his engine, this was a good solution, after we did this the engine did not suffer from overheating anymore. Unfortunately we were overheated because it was that day around 36 degrees and then a motorcycle suit is hot, but safety comes first. When coming back at the campsite it took us 30 seconds to get all in the lake Garda with a nice bottle of Limoncello. After we cool down in the lake, the engine get some new coolant and after that we went out to eat something. The next day we went back into Austria and end up that evening at a campsite in Salzburg. After three days of nice weather we had to go one time through the bad weather, which unfortunately we get 3 times in our heads. Because we did not like to ride through the rain we searched for a campsite and soon we came to Panorama Camping Stadtblick in Salzburg. This camping is definitely just worth mentioning because the plumbing is so great here and they have a nice terrace and a small restaurant where you can eat very goodl, so remember this if you are looking for a camping site near Salzburg. After a strange breakfast, which was a sandwich with applestrudel and coffee, we went on our way. The Czech Republic was not far anymore, after a one day drive we arrived at Camping Kolodeje, this year the camping is run by a friend of my brother. So this was a good starting position for our next day ride towards Prague and knowing that your belongings are safe at the camping. On day six Prague was our goal and one of us had a other destiny found he necessarily wanted to see. This was in the city Kutna Hora which is about 70 km from Prague. After the TomTom have set wrong were we closer to Kutna Hora than to Prague, so the plans were changed again and we went to Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Church of Bones in Kutna Hora. How do I describe this church with what you find inside, it's scary or horrible, or cool art. It's at least different and special that so many skeletons (about 40,000) are stacked and processed in some kind of art that include a chandelier, candlestick and a family crest. It is impossible to explain you just have to see for yourselves, at least there is someone over here have been very creative. After this different church we went to Prague where we finally have been only 2 hours and only eat something on a boat which is converted as a restaurant and is situated on the river Vltava (Moldua in German) in the middle of Prague. What have we seen in Prague, actually nothing, but we found it all a smelly city with all that traffic. Back at the campsite we had a pleasant evening with the manager who had made a campfire, and there we have some beers that tasted very good , a nice Budweiser Budvar. It was time to go back home so the bikes were pointed in the direction of the Netherlands. Because at a previous trip, we knew a good campsite near Fulda so we decided to look again, unfortunately we did not found this, but we found another one that really got us even better inside. The owner gave us a spot next to the indoor pool which we could use if we wanted. That was something we liked very much, so the next morning straight from the tent into the pool and after a shower we were ready for another day on the bike for the last 500 km home. We ended this week with a nice quickly organized barbecue. So we are ready for a next ride, but where to and how long we have to look.
On our way in Germany taking gasoline and a cup of coffee. Our spot on a camping in the Black Forrest in Germany. The tents are standing so we can take a beer and talk about the route for the next day. Somewhere in Austria were we enjoying the view. The 5 bikes on the place from the picture before. The sign on the Penserjochpass on the way to Italy. Our place on the camping on 100 meters of lake Garda. The campingsite in Bardolino next to lake Garda. Breakdown of one motorcycle, coolant came out. My old Honda CBR 1000 F on lake Garda. A beautiful statue in the small harbour. What a beautifull place to live on lake Garda. What can we do to fix this. Where are those guys looking at, must be interesting. Okay, I understand, A Italian beauty in white bikini. Taking lunch, Tortolini, Spagheti, Panini and much nice food. Good arrangement, Nice parking spots for motorcycles and scooters. Another nice harbour. When you buy limocello take the real stuff and not the creamy shitt, thats for gays. The bike is fixed, leaving Garda lake water out and putting coolant in. 2 guys fixed the motor, the other 3 taking a view beers. Time to cool off in the lake. On our way back to Austria on the highway. You are getting grazy off all those tolbooths in Italy. Breakfast on the camping in Salzburg. Time to put on some raingear. On the Campingsite Kolodeje in Czech Republic. Looking for the right way to go in the Czech Republic. This is the church Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora. What must you think about this. This was the artist off this all, he was ask to do this by a rich family from the area. Definitely a different chandelier. A family crest also made of bones. This is the river Vltava who runs through Prague. In Pragua it was time for lunch. Glad that the helmet was closed. Good advise to take a small house. At night at the campfire offcourse with a beer. Another nice village in the Czech Republic. On our way back home we camp on this camping in Germany. This village has a very nice squire You can always get a good piece off meat in Germany. Our privat pool we good use on this campingsite. Everything is pakked for our ride home.
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