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Friday, August 4, 2017 | Pierre Baumgärtner / Malcolm Brunelli | Europe

Day 1: Erding to Rothenburg

The first riding day has come!!!!

After all the informations, the food and the rain of the previous day we are ready to hit the road!

After a short brefieng, in which we obviously talked about beer =), we started our bikes! 

We start getting confident with the bikes and roll on backside roads thourgh plenty of hop fields.

We finally had our coffee stop in the lovely Wolznach...yep Leroy, it is difficult to pronounce even for german speaker!

After passing many little typical german villages we finally got some more rain before reaching Eichstätt for our lunch stop!!! Really big portions, but very tasty =)

We got very lucky also in the early afternoon...the rain remaind with us for some time...

But after taking a coffee, we really needed that cause the lunch got us a bit sleepy =), we managed to see the Roman Limes in Germany which was the guarded border, with castles and walls build to prevent agression by the Germans back in the centuries...

Our riding style became a bit faster since we really didn't want to miss the nightwatch tour in the lovely city of Rothenburg!

We luckily made it on time, and after dinner we heard a lot of stories about the city from a very funny nightwatch guard!

Welcome Dinner !!!! , everybody arrived safely in Erding 15 guests from the U.S.& Bahrain and 11 bikes are ready to roll. It has been rainy in the last few days however the forecast is looking good for the coming adventure, and therefore everybody is enthusiastic and ready to start.
The group is ready to start in front of our hotel in Erding!
Our really funny nightwatcher
Germany is know for the sweets!!!
Rothenburg...just beautiful!
Is that maybe an old Edelweiss van?????

Day 2 ; Rothenburg to Heidelberg

After an exciting evening with a tour through Rothenburg we were very lucky, since it stopped raining and we had sunshine and perfect conditions in the morning to kick off.

Today we have the tour full of of Castles and monastry. we will see the Langenburg Castle, the Schoental Monastry, and in the afternoon the Hirschhorn Castle and of course the big castle in Heidelberg

Everybody is excited to take off ......and so lets go.....

Brian in front of the Langenburg Castle...
Jim, Brian and Wendy enjoying the scenery
as well as Basem, khaled and Jeremiah
Julie, Gary, Dianne and Mike
we were lucky that we could participate an execise of a chorus, which will have a concert very soon in the monastry of Schoental. This monastry is owned by the Benedicts.
Beatuful baroque style insde the Schoental Monastry. The Monstry was founded in the 11th century by the Cistercians Monks.
Malcolm presented his Picknick........ which was highly appreciated by evrybody
everybody was hungry and thirsty after the nice riding through the Bavarian / Franken/ Hohenlohe countryside.
and we had a birthday !!! Amy received a nice cake some flowers and a card with all the best wihes of everybody...... what a suprise
Arrival in the Heidelberg Hotel, the owner was welcoming us with Champagne, lemonjuce and wáter and gave us some more information of this exquisite Hotel.... Even Mark Twain was sleeping here and one couple from the group is getting the same room...... what an honor.....

Day 3: Heidelberg to Ribeauville

Today we do leave Heidelberg in Germany, going through the northern part of the Black Forest and will arrive in Riebeauville in France. The Weather is perfect.... so lets ride the upcoming curves...   

First Coffee Stop and guess what...... the famous Black Forest Cherry Cake... is a must even if it was at 10:30 am.... Mark enjoys it obvisiouly.

Homemade Cakes and Pralinees.......difficult to choose....

This summer is the "Landesgartenschau" the flower Exhibition in Bad Herrenalb and we could listen some typical German Blasmusik....

Group Picture at the Mummelsee in the Black Forest

Mummelsee Hot Spot for Bikers all over the southern Part of Germany... here with custmized Harley...

and customized Rider..

Arrived in beautiful Ribeauville.....

Day 4: Restday Ribeauville

Riders coming back from the Restday loop.....

Picknick Time........

Day 5: Ribeauille to Schaffhausen

The day after the restday!!!

Today the route is very promising...not a long distance, around 110 miles, but a lot of nice curves and views!

We started from Ribeauville and soon we passed the river Rhine, which is also the border between France and Germany.

After some boring traffic we finally entered the southern part of the Black Forest...the curves are coming!

The road was nice and we rode smoothly til the Hexenlochmuehle (Witchholemill), a very nice place to rest and to eat some local specialities like the Black Forest cake (was it better than the previous one?) and some local ham!

On the way and at the mill we saw a lot of old picturesque tractors!

Everybody was satisfied so we mouved on towards Titisee and Schluchtsee where we had a very much needed rest! The lake was beautiful and we all felt relaxed!

We left this magnificent piece of nature and after some curves we finally passed the border with Switzerland...another country on our list!!!!

We reached the hotel pretty soon cause at night we had the unique chance to watch the fireworks over the Rhinefalls!

It has been a great day!

The group riding towards Germany...backroads is the way!
What a beautiful view in Germany
Hexenlochmuehle....the witchholemill!!!!
Everybody was looking at those pieces of history =)
Nick at the Schluchtsee...the youngest, the fastest and the most tired?
almost a group picture!!!!
Famous Rhinefall in Schaffhausen the biggest waterfall in Europe-

Day 6: Schaffhausen to Warth

Basem and "Ms" Khaled looking forward to the Fireworks in Schaffhausen
Mark having real fun .....
So does Gary.....
Dianne, Gary and Jim have found their place.
as well as Wendy and Brian.... and waiting to get dark and on 21:45 the Fireworks started......
We weare really lucky as we arrived just in time to see the "fire on the rocks" fireworks.... This happens once a year to celebrate the Swiss National day on August 1st.
entering into the Swiss alps...... the famous "Heidi" land.....
Lunchstop at the Schwaegialp.....and of course discussiions about the other bikes which are there
such as this one .... a real Swiss Cowboy with his "horse"
or this Easy Rider guy....
still 32 º Celsius and a welcome stop at a nice Lake in the Austrian Alps to get some cold drinks and
some shade....

Day 7: Warth to Erding

The last riding day has come!

In the morning everybody is excited but also sad!

We started our day in the beautiful Warth and arrived in Erding, where we started our tour a week ago!

Leaving the hotel we had our last taste of alpine curves and the morning begun really good.

We smoothly went through the magnificent Lech Valley til we reached the Plansee....gorgeous place for a coffee break!

Before lunch we reached the Linderhof Castle, a magnificent little castle build by King Ludwig the second...a mad king with a special love for the french monarchy! We all were amazed and schocked by the details!!!!

We also had lunch around the castle and after that we slowly went on towards Erding...

The german Autobahn is on our way and some of the guys had the possibility to try ther bikes out!!!!

We finally had Erding in sight when we stopped for a drink brake in Aying...the air is thin and very hot!


Our last dinner togheter has been great, we talked about our memories and everybody feels good!

A magic tour guys!!!!


See you soon,

Malcolm and Pierre

Almost everybody is ready to start!
Castle Linderhof
Brian, Mark and Nick waiting for the guided tour to begin.
Mike...for sure a 1% =)
Mark in Aying
Mark in Aying
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Leroy Anderson
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 02:33

We had such a GREAT TIME on this tour! Thank you again to our outstanding tour guides Pierre and Malcom!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 06:53

Hi Leroy,
thank you so much, the pleasure was on our side. It was really great riding with you guys... Cheers and hope to see you soon somewhere.... Saludos Malcom & Pierre
Perry Cogburn
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 00:04

Enjoy! I am part of a group from Colorado riding this tour this fall. Please do not drink all of the beer or eat all of the Black Forest cake - save us some!
Dianne Miller
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 13:01

I'm so excited for you Peggy! We are having a blast, I don't want it to end!
Pierre Baumgärtner
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 17:52

Hi Perry,
we are trying hard, but I am pretty sure there will be enough left over.... You will enjoy the tour ,Cheers, Pierre & Malcolm


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