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#2020-08 Honeymoon: Norwegen, Lofoten, Nordkap, Finnland, Baltikum, Dänemark, Sylt

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HONEYMOON

We were just married and had the first time four weeks of holiday ahead. All borders were opened which were perfect conditions regarding our plans. Only some trips to England, Ireland, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad weren’t possible because of Covid 19.

Before we started our Honeymoon tour, Dieter’s new bike needed a Service for 1000km. That meant that our first stop on Sunday after our wedding in the Fichtengebirge was „BMW Martin“ in the Allgaeu. On Monday after the Service we went home (Esslingen am Neckar) for packing our luggage. Already in the evening we started our trip to the ferry that connects Kiel and Oslo.

Renata couldn’t resist wearing her bridal veil every day of our Honeymoon travel. Of course it had to get washed every evening because it was coverd with dirt and dust.

General:

There are already a huge amount of travel reports about Nordkap biking trips existing. In our report we are therefore going to focus more on HOW we traveled and less on aspects like sightseeing.

But if you are interested you can see a list of all top highlights and sightseeings below.

Highlithgts / Stations:

Norway: Hallingskarvet Nationalpark, Trollstigen, Lofoten, Atlantic Ocean Road, Rambergstranda, North Cape

Finland: Lapland, Weihnachtsmanndorf („village of santa“), east route along the Russian Border, Kuusamo, Helsinki

Estonia: Tallinn, Pärnu

Lithuania: Hill of Crosses, Trakai

Denmark/Germany: Lakolk Beach Romo, Vejers Beach, Ferry to Sylt

Poland:  Misdroy Beach Poland, Danzig

Ferry Kiel - Oslo

This ferry really suprised us in a positive way. It had a nice style, was clean and offered everthing you can wish for a nice crossing.

To start our honeymoon travel we decided to have dinner in the ocean restaurant with a panoramic view.

Nevertheless next time we would definetely prefer to eat in the „Grand Buffet Restaurant“. Their selection of fish and seafood is legendary.

Route/ Daily Targets / Accomodation

Since we arrived in Oslo. we started driving without any daily targets. We stopped if we liked something and we continued driving as long as possible and as long as we had fun. Most of the times we were on the road until the late evening.

Usually we started looking for accomodations around 7 or 8pm. In Norway finding a place to stay was really difficult, because most hotels wouldn’t cost less than 100 to 120 €. Moreover the coverage and density of hotels on booking.com was very low. If we didn’t find a hotel we would go to the camping grounds with its legendary Norwegian „Hyttekos“.

We booked these huts in all kind of variants: from very spartanic ones without heater, with a bunk bed and without water to little „houses“ with everything you can wish for. These were experiences that really had to be made in Norway.

Furthermore we like to remember the „Sorreisa Hotel“. It was once again late at night and we were outside in the pouring rain. Our spontanous stop at this Hotel turned out as a unforgetable experience. The Hotel owner grew up in Sorreisa. Then he left to discover the world. He finally decided to fullfill his childhood dream and bought the outdated Hotel which he has always passed by on his way to school.

It also turned out that he is a passionate biker and beer connoisseurs. Our beer rarely tasted as well as it did that evening. He even made sure that the kitchen was opened again so we could eat great food while having conversations about patrol for hours.

Thanks a lot, it will be a pleasure to meet you once again ! These are exactly the moments we enjoy so much.

Foood

In general food and supplies are more expensive in Scandinavia than in Germany. Due to the rural areas there is only a small density of restaurants. You need to pay about 20-25€ per Person. Even a beer was really expensive and costed about 10€. Moreover there wasn’t an option to buy alcohol after 8pm. If we forgot to buy food for the day it sometimes happened that we had to go to bed with an empty stomach.

Gas Stations

Added to that finding gas stations was difficult too, because of the spaciousness. If we had fuel for about 100km left, we should start looking for gas stations. One time Renata’s tank went empty and we had to draw some fuel off the „Adventure“ J.

Mentality / Human

Considering their mentality Norwegians are rather quite and reserved. But once the ice was broken we got to know them as very uncomplicated and openminded people.

Anyway, between bikers the ice is in general thinner and we immediately got into conversations. A lot of this people have been following us on Facebook and Instagram ever since.

On our way through Scandinavia, there were only a few of foreign bike travellers. Many seemed to be discouraged due to Covid 19. We on the other hand didn’t see a high risk because we were constantly outside while keeping distance and sticking to the rules. During our whole journey, almost all people followed the current rules.

Last 1000km to Nordkap

We read in some reports that the last 1000km to the North Cape should be „boring“. But we experienced the exact opposite. The interplay of nature, the spaciousness and the great streets meant sheer driving pleasure to us.

At midnight we visited the Nordkap again. We will never forget the „burning“ sky. During this drive we met two Norwegian boys who were on their way to the Nordkap with their mopeds and extremely reduced equipment. Of course we had to stop them in order to chat with them for a while.

It ends were it starts

We ended our tour after 13700km at the exact spot where we started. Our bikes got their well earned service at „BMW Martin“ in Lenggries: a complete cleaning and new „Heidenau“ tyres. Again we’d like to thank „BMW Martin“ for the support and for saving our wedding journey (that’s another story which you can find in a separate report named „Crash in the Südschwarzwald“)

Resume:

The North Cape is by now a common destination of many bike travellers. The scandinavian rough, oftentimes untouched nature is really extraordinary. At times water and countryside are the only things you would see for hours. Once you adapted to the speed limits and entered the „deceleration“ it’s a pure joy in a unique world.

Do it !

–  Lisa Eltschkner, –  many lovely thanks for your great support in translation J – 

#2020-07 Our Biker Marriage in Fichtelgebirge

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OUR SPECIAL DAY

Our special day had to be a biker wedding. After doing some research we discovered Bad Berneck in the Fichtelgebirge. Here you can find a registrar who is so much into bikes that he became a registrar specialising on biker weddings – of course we had to take a look at this.

Impressed from the first moment:

We were impressed since the first moment: after we have finished our wonderful weekend trip trough the Franconian Switzerland and the Fichtelgebirge we met our future registrar Andreas Voit – of course we made an appointment with our bikes in the city park of Bad Berneck. We immediately fell in love with the park’s fabulous ambience. We did another drive with Andreas trough the Fichtelgebirge and afterwards he and his wife invited us to some coffee and cake. Therefore it’s not suprising that we „booked“ this location including the registrar.

Timing:

Initially our honeymoon trip and North Cape journey was planned for May, but we had to cancel this plan due to Covid 19. For a long time it was’nt sure if our dream about travelling in 2020 will be realized. When we rescheduled our trip to the end of July we found the perfekt timeslot. We got a permit to our wedding with 100 guests. Of course we had to comply with the hygiene concept.

Thanks to Andreas,  we futhermore got the permission to drive into the park with 50 bikers.

Added to that all borders to Norwegian, Finland and the Baltic States were open.

Our dream almost failed:

But about one week before the wedding our dream almost fell through: we had a crash in the south of the black forest!

A Belgian driver didn’t pay attention to the traffic and drove within the right curve infront of us. Dieter crashed into the „A-Säule“ and dashed over the car. His bike was a totally damaged.

Dieter on the other side was lucky. He only had some bruises and sprains (read more about that story in the chapter „Crash in the Südschwarzwald“). „BMW Martin“ saved our biker wedding by building a new R1250ADV Rallye Dakar Martin Edition within a few days.

Let´s start:

It started on July, 24: we drove to „BMW Martin“ in Schongau and picked up the newly builded and painted Rallye Dakar special Martin Edition which got constructed with a lot of overtime.

At this point we’d like to give once again credits to Georg and Patrick Martin and their team for this great job. Now we could finally drive to the Fichtelgebirge. The programm for that day (it was one day before the wedding) was to shoot the wedding pictures in the park and in the Evening there was a reunion with friends.

Our special day:

Our special day: on Saturday, July 25., the remaining guests arrived – most of them with their bikes. The city park was filled with life.

The romantic wedding ceremony with our families and friends in the colonnade of the park was unforgettable. Love and petrol was in the air – and finally we were lawfully married. Of course it couldn’t lack a bike parade and an ensuing party.

The weather was wonderful when we drove to the paddock „Taste of Speed“ in Warmensteinach (http://www.tasteofspeed.de/). While enjoying the beautiful sunlight we were welcomed with cool drinks and chili con carne. After everyone was reinforced and got to know eachother by many petrol conversations, another tour through the Fichtelgebirge followed.

Here we’d like to thank Ralph Schoebel and the entire team of the paddock „Taste of Speed“! In the evening we let the day pass in familial athmomesphere and with closest friends.

Resumee:

We really enjoyed our special day (in “our World”)and are thankful that we made acquaintance and friends within such a short time of organisation. We were also especially happy that friendships developed among our guests. We truly recommend Bad Berneck and Andreas Voit as well as „Taste of Speed“ if you consider having a biker wedding. 

–  Lisa Eltschkner, –  many lovely thanks for your great support in translation J – 

#2020-02 Croatia, Montenegro

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Snow, Sun, Rain, Bura

 

 

 

 

 

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FULL OF FACETS

Full of facets: after some mild weeks in January we planned to go to Montenegro during a long weekend in February. Finally we could enjoy the sun and the pleasant temperature in wintertime while driving along the rarely used coast road from Croatia to Montenegro.

But exactly in the evening of our departure there was a low pressure area. We somehow had to cross the Alps – and this with a 100% chance of snow. Should we stay or should we go?

Crossing the Alps with snow

Of course we would do it,  „We will cross the Alps somehow. And maybe we are lucky and it will be cold but there won’t be any snow“ – that’s what we thought.

However it turned out exactly as the weather report predicted. Close to the border of Slovenia it began to snow massively. We could barely see our hand in front of our faces. Within a short amount of time the street was coverd with snow. We rarely made it to the next rest area. First of all we drank some coffee and we waited for the snow-clearers. Then we drove directly behind them.

That way we made it into the deeper regions of Slovenia. Through rain and cold we arrived in Istria

The beloved coastal road of Croatia

Since Rijkae we were blessed with sunshine and temperatures around 15 degree. A phantastic drive along the beloved coast road of Croatia was infront of us. Especially the coast road section between Senj (Zengg) and Starigrad was incredibly marvellous.

The quite new road surface with its good grip as well as the panorama along the coast road was really great. This road section is a must do for every biker.

Then we made a mandatory visit at the biker café in Split. We continued our tour by driving through the old town of Dubrovnik until we reached the bay in Montenegro.

We spent the night in the „Conte Hotel & Restaurant“ with its rustic atmosphere that we chose spontaneously while passing by in the darkness. We were greated cordially and got some great food despite the late hour.

Escape from Bura

Escape from the Bura: these are the downwinds in the coastal regions of Croatia and Montenegro. They reach wind speed up to 250km/h. Bura got predicted but we didn’t want to miss our return along the coast road. As usual we started without any daily goal but we wanted to make the most distance towards Istria.

After about 800 adventurous kilometres and driving on the coast road in the moonlight we arrived in Rijeka at 10pm. We spontaneously booked a room and we had to go to bed being hungry.

It’s neiter the first nor the last time this will happen. The next day started rainy and we had to cross the Alps. But first we had to meet a „fan“ of us and drink a morning coffee. After we made a new friend we hit the road to Slovenia. A long drive in the pouring rain was infront of us. It was also very cold with just about 0 degree.

Cool and soaked in Slovenia

Cool and soaked we arrived Slovenia and searched for warmth as well as food. Again we found new biker friends in the „Rondo Pizzeria Grill Pub“. We were welcomed kindly and got some great food in combination with petrol conversations. With refilled energy we could finish the final hours of our journey home.

Resumee:

It was a trip full of flavour. We like to rememember that experiences. At any time we would repeat it.

–  Lisa Eltschkner, –  many lovely thanks for your great support in translation J

#2019-06 Balkan 13 Days, 13 Countries

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DEU, AUT, SVN, HRV, BIH, MNE, ALB, MKD, GRC, BGR, ROU, SRB, ITA

POWER ADVENTURE TOUR

Germany – Austria – Slovenia – Croatia – Bosnia – Montenegro – Albania – Macedonia – Greek – Bulgaria – Romania – Serbia – Italy

Grossglockner – Vrisic Pass – Timmelsjoch

At that time we just got our new 1250 GS for about four weeks.

We were open for new adventures! Our original plan was to drive to Macedonia. Arriving there we wanted to decide spontaneously where to go next. In the end it developed into a detour to Greek with two days at the beach oft he Ägäis. We went to Bulgaria, did a short sightseeing in Sofia and continued driving through Romania to Belgrad where we met Serbian bikerfriends.

Bikerfriends – a big family

Our bikerfriends are like one big family to us: throughout our trips we like to get in touch with local biker clubs. That’s where we have always been welcomed with open arms (Split, Dubrovnik, Serbien, Belgrad…)

Resumee:

This tour is really multifaceted: mountains, lakes, sea, coast road, nature, a lot of offroad parts in Albania and Macedonia, getting chased by dogs, great hospitality, delicious food and cheap accommodations.

Added to that we definetely had an adventage because Renata is a native Croatian. Due to her language skills we could establish many new contacts.

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