Oktoberfest

The ride is officially over. After breakfast, tearful good byes and promises to stay in touch with the other riders, most of the riders were shuttled to the airport for their flights home. John and I were taking the overnight train to Paris so we had the day to kill. We managed to convince Rob …

Back to where it all began

Friday morning, under questionable skies, we left Zuoz, Switzerland rode back into Italy and onto our final destination of Imst, Austria. It was kind of sunny and kind of not. Our route took us along the Adige River. The Adige River is the second longest river in Italy at 410 kilometers (250 miles) in length …

BMW motorbike outruns a Maserati

Today our route took us from Trento, Italy to Zuoz, Switzerland through miles of apple orchards, a few vineyards and over six passes; two of which were significant. Passo di Gavia at 2,621 meters is the third highest pass in Europe. Passo del Stevio at 2,757 meters is the second highest pass in Europe. Actually, …

Fried baloney

The photographers had packed up and gone away. It was no longer a Chamber of Commerce weather. High clouds had moved in. It was still a glorious day for riding. I was excited as the route was taking us within detour range of a restaurant I went to 10 years ago and have had fond …

This is why I came to Europe

My friend Suzan describes days like the past two as “Chamber of Commerce days”. Those days where photographers take full advantage of the stunning weather to photograph locales at there best. Couple the Chamber of Commerce days with magical roads and you have shear perfection. This is why I came to Europe: to ride a …

Dental insects

This morning was a “free day” which meant we were free to do whatever we wished. Sleeping in was high on the priority list. Unfortunately, being Sunday, the church located next to our hotel had a different idea. The bell ringing started at 7:00 AM and continued every 15 minutes. Clearly the thought being, if …

The road to Steyr

Friday morning we left Prague under cloudy skies and the ever-present threat of rain. Given the almost complete failure of my rain gear, John and I decided to find a motorbike retailer and do some shopping for new gear. Location determined, we headed off to find only a few items for sale. Evidently, motorbiking is …

Czech please

Sunbeams were streaming through the bedroom windows this morning. Could it be? Would I feel the warming glow of sun and not the needle stings of rain today? It was going to be a good day. I joined our group of motorbike riders outside the hotel entrance and we walked to the Prague Segway Tour …

It’s wet. Plain and simple

This morning I laid in bed listening to the rain softly fall on the courtyard outside of my open hotel windows. Is there anything more soothing than listening to rain softly falling? If your plan for the day is to stay indoors and put up some pots of jam or sit in front of a …

The road to Bamberg

I kept trying to figure out what the noise was outside of my hotel room that woke me from a sound sleep. It sounded like small firecrackers continually exploding. It turned out to be raindrops pelting the windows. Hmmmmm. This isn’t boding well for the ride just a few short hours away. I fell back …