I found a few pictures which I forgot to put into one of my previous posts, so here they come.
|@Leo – eating vegan wok. Serena having fun with the girls :)|
|Staying overnite at Bad Pyrmont at my way north. The old people in their electric wheelchairs had a “hot” driving style ;) Amazing that obviously it is so warm there (also in winter) that they can grow palm trees.|
It was Monday the 23th of Sep. and it was time to hit the road. My bike was good to go, Skippy did make her black-belt and we both had a good rest in Neumünster. First we went to Hamburg St. Pauli. Whereas a typical tourist goes there for all kinds of amusement, we went there (again) to visit a vegan shop
which had plenty of goodies and some more dog food :)
|Vegan shop in St. Pauli, Hamburg|
We rode via the Teutoburger Wald (there we had our first Sauna since we left Finland – felt great!) to Kalkar near the Dutch border to get my rear-shock fixed. As this did not work out (even though I rode to Netherlands to visit the manufacturer), we continued towards east, got a little lost in “Thüringer Wald”, rode across Rennsteig
and spent two nights in Ziegenrück.
|Somewhere along the road, '89 feels like ages ago...|
|Nice walks around Ziegenrück... |
|... the village (rather densely built)|
|And then we found a place called PASKA (this means in Finnish “shit”, für unsere Deutschen Leser: Paska bedeutet in Finnisch “Scheisse”). That made our day and we had a good laugh :D|
On a positive note, due to this criss-cross riding through Germany, I got to know it much better than at the time I lived there :D
We continued towards Czech ...
|The Czech way: buy more then 25l of petrol and get a beer for free ;) (No chance this could happen in Finland!)|
|Colorful village center|
... where we had booked a cabin on the lake.
|Welcome gift: 1.5l beer|
|Beautiful lake view|
|Lyra explored what is there to sniff :D|
|And fantastic sunsets|
|Romantic open fire place (also the only heating device in the cottage)|
|In the morning: 0C outside, only +10C inside and no more firewood, so Wolfi did make more firewood|
|In the meantime, Skippy took care of our monsters and trimmed their feet and faces. Cleaning after a walk was much easier now.|
|Slightly frozen at the morning of departure (-2C at 9 o'clock in the morning)|
Then we made our way through Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia.
|Outskirts of Bratislava - nice park where we walked our girls|
|Skippy blending into the environment :D|
|Strange bumps - like asphalt boiled once...|
|Vegan sushi at the Osaka Sushi Bar nearby the hotel...|
|... and a delicious dessert. We were totally full after this fantastic menu!|
|"Horny Bar" in Slovakia - Really??? ;)|
Since we left Neumünster, we had mostly good weather – cool and sunshine. The trees along the road were shining in their autumn colors – a stunning view.
|Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary|
|Having a break besides the road (looked like a dump side). A horse carriage came by to see our bikes (or the trash?). It felt misplaced to pull out the camera and take a picture.|
|Pippi Longstocking's house in Siofok for sale :)|
|Siofok, Balangton - Clearly off-season - all shops were closed|
|Cool looking trees in a park in Siofok|
|Skippy enjoying the morning sun in Mako.|
|What a criss-cross (fat red line) through middle-Europe :D|
One topic occupied us for several weeks: do we go to Romania or not? We spent the night in Mako, only a few kilometres away from the Romanian border and the hotel in Romania was already booked. Skippy will tell more in the next post...
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