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Best of Europe 1603

Friday, July 15, 2016 | Claudia Wenhart / Björn | Europe

Day 7 - A lot of rain and back to Erding

Before we could get on the bikes today, we first had to fix a flat tire on one of the bikes. Thanks to the help of the hotel owner the bike was ready to go again after ten minutes.When we headed out of the garage the rain was already pouring down and it did not stop until we reached castle Neuschwanstein. We did a coffee stop there and bought some nice souvenirs, before we went on to castle Linderhof. As the weather was still bad, we decided to take the guided tour in the castle. After that we all just wanted to get back to the hotel in Erding.

What a great tour..... it is already over and everybody was so happy, that we hopefully see you next year together again for another good trip.
Thanks to everybody for a great time, good rides and wonderful moments!!!
Paula and Dane enjoyed their honeymoon a lot with our group
Gerardo and Ana
Charly and Dane
David and Björn
Max and Alberto
The beautiful garden of Castle Linderhof, another of King Ludwig's castels.... he really lived here
Plansee near Castle Linderhof
... unfortunately a really rainy day
The fairy tale King Ludwig built Neuschwanstein.... hier it is
Last briefing in the lobby of Hotel Jägeralpe
Alberto starting in the rain.

Day 6 - Schaffhausen to Warth

Another great riding day is waiting for us. Our route today: in direction west to lake Constance and then directly into the Swiss Alps. Our spot for lunch is Säntis at Schwägalpe. A great spot to take the Cablecar up to have a good view over six countries, but unfortunately today it was rainy and foggy. We went a very short piece through Liechtenstein - where all the money is parked .

A small tiny road, nearly a one way lane brought us up to Furkajoch for another coffee stop. Hochtannbergpass - nice wide roads built on spectacular stilts was the last pass to get to Jägeralpe in Warth. A hotel on top of the mountain with the cow bells ringing.

Congratulation Charly!!!!
Best of Europe is his 10th tour, thank you for traveling with us and the confidence in our Company. Always fun with you on a tour and hopefully a lot more!!!!
.... discussing the last day
... and we got snow
... Jeremy is having fun in the snow....
Ana and Gerardo
... dinner at Jägeralpe, everybody was happy with his Schnitzel
... father and son
... on the way to Warth
Spectacular road construction
... at Hochtannbergpass
... unfortunately no chance to go up the Säntis with the cable car
... coffee stop in a Motorcycle shop, David is having fun
Max and Charly enjoying their coffee
Jeremy with his new gloves.... what happend with the old ones????
Lake Constance
Max starting from Schaffhausen
Dane on his F800 R
Ana and Gerardo
Alberto....happy with his Ducati Multistrada
Paula always having fun with her Diavel
David ready to start
Dane... making fun like a racer

Day 5 - Ribeauville to Schaffhausen

Today we left France to go back into the Black Forest. Already in the morning we had to put our rain gear on, before we went up to the mountain top called "Kandel", which is the highest in the middle part of Black Forest. We continued to Rothaus and had lunch at the local brewery. After some very nice roads we got to the border of Switzerland and made our last stop for the day at the Rhinefall, one of the largest waterfalls in Europe.

... everybody arrived safe at the Hotel in Schaffhausen.... and what a surprise, Björn was waiting with original "Rothaus" boot beer for us..... because at lunchtime we weren't allowed to get one
David and Daniel
Our group in front of Rheinfall
Charly in front of the Rheinfall
Gerardo and Ana in front of Rheinfall
Gerardo and Ana
Alberto and the deer
... unfortenately no picnic today at Schluchsee, because of the rain, but a great lunch at Rothaus
Hexenlochmühle.... "Mill of the withchole" - nice coffeespot to taste once again Black Forest cherry cake and to buy cuckoo-clocks
Max, Dane, Jeremy and Alberto in front of Hexenlochmühle
leaving Ribeauville - in the morning it did not rain
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Edelweiss decoration in the hotel in Schaffhausen

Restday Ribeauvillé

Today we slept a little bit longer and started on the bikes at 10 o'clock. We took some very nice backroads and stopped at the Haute Köningsbourg. From there we enjoyed over the river Rhine valley.

We continued on perfect roads to Col de Bonhomme were we ate yummy homemade cakes. Col de la Schlucht, Col de Wettstein, Col du Calvaiere, Col de Fréland and Col de Bagenelles provided perfect riding.

When we were back in the hotel we enjoyed the towncenter of Ribeauvillé

Our group in front of Haute Königsbourg
...sign of Haute Königsbourg
Max and Claudia at the great view spot Haute Königsbourg
Coffee stop at Col de Bonhomme
Jeremy likes his Cappucino
Paula is happy again with her Ducati Diavel
... yummy homemade cakes
Paula and Dane at Col de la Schlucht

Day 3 - Through the Black Forest to Ribeauvillé

Perfect weather again, but almost too hot with 90 Fahrenheit. Everybody was ready to leave the hotel but our Ducati Diavel decided to take a rest in the van today.... . So we unloaded the spare bike and started 20 minutes later once again.. The first part on the Autobahn brought us to Ettlingen, where we went into the Black forest. Björn's hometown Bad Herrenalp was our first coffee spot today. Again yummy pastries .... a good strenghtening for the twisties which were waiting for us. At Mummelsee  - one of seven glacial lakes in the Black Forest at 3.400 ft.- we had lunch and headed on into Rhine level land. We crossed the river Rhine and arrived in France. Ribeauvillé is waiting for us for the next two days.

.... no comment....
Morning coffee in Björn's hometown
... another beautiful spot for a nice stop
... crossing the "border" Rhine river to France
... back in the Hotel in Ribeauvillé - Björn
... Alberto
... a really narrow alley to the hotel - Dane
... always happy Ana and Gerardo
The fiddler, emblem of the city Ribeauvillé
Ribeauvillé is situated on the "Route des Vins" between vineyards an mountains.
Traditional old houses
... also small and narrow ones
Dinner in Ribeauvillé... Claudia and Jeremy

Day 2 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Heidelberg

The weather gods were smiling upon us ,another great riding day in the sun and a yummy picnic at a nice spot at the Jagst river was on our program today. In the morning we stopped at the monastery Schöntal, what a nice spot for taking pictures and having a morning coffee. The pastries are once more fabulous.

Futher on, Claudia was waiting with a almost "ready" picnic with different salds, melon, cheese and ham.

The afternoon brought us through the Odenwald to the little village Hirschhorn and than to Heidelberg, our destination for tonight.

And now everybody went to to city Heidelberg to see the castle and is looking forward to the fireworks in the evening.

Charly, Jeremy and Max at the coffee stop in Schöntal
.... monastery Schöntal
... a nice picnic spot at Möckmühl
Daniel, Dane and Claudia
... what a great spot for a picnic
Paula and Dane having fun on the see-saw.
Great view from castle Hirschhorn
Dane is having fun!!!
David at castle Hirschhorn
... Alberto like a statue
Claudia and Björn ....preparing the next riding day

First riding day from Erding to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Perfect weather, sun and happy clients, exited to get their bikes out of the garage. 9.00 o'clock in the morning we headed out of Erding in direction to Au in der Hallertau. Famous region for hop producing - hop is used for producing beer. We had lunch in Eichstätt - a small university city. We visited the cathedral and stopped for a foto of Willibaldsburg. Further on through the beautifull Altmühl valley we finally ended up in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well preserved famous medieval old town. A typical German dinner and the night watchman tour already waited for us.

... our tour start
Anna, Paula, Dane, Gerardo enjoying their Cappuccino
Charly, Max and Alberto
A typical bavarian May pole
Market square in Eichstätt
Ana and Gerardo in front of Willibaldsburg in Eichstätt
... a great line-up
... Arrival in Rotheburg ob der Tauber
Björn and Charly were happy with their "Schäufele" - knuckle of pork
....a medieval old house
The group, right before the tour of the night watchman

Briefing in Erding

Our briefing

What a great and sunny day to start our tour "Best of Europe". Everybody arrived safely in our start hotel in Erding where we met for the briefing and handover of the motorcycles. The next 8 days we will tour through Europe - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Heidelberg, Ribeauvillé, Schaffhausen and Warth. Clients from all over the world, America, Australia and Guatemala are joining us. We had a great dinner in the garden of Hotel Henry with very good food and typical bavarian wheat beer "Erdinger Weissbier" from the local brewery.

Paula and Daniel
Gerardo and Ana - happy with their GS
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Michelle Irvine
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 22:42

Hi Charlie and Claudia,

Looks like another amazing trip! Hope to see you both next year!!
Happy Riding
Claudia Wenhart
Monday, July 11, 2016 at 08:59

Dear Michelle,
thank you for your message, I'm happy to hear from you. Yeah the trip and the weather is great. We are all having a lot of fun.
Charly told me, that you perhaps come together on tour next year. I'm looking forward to see you again.
Kind regards from Ribeauvillé
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 14:57

Glad to see you enjoying your trip! Great pictures.
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 22:36

Hallo Claudia & Björn and hello Charly,

ich wünsch euch beiden eine tolle Tour und viel Spaß!

What a nice surprise to find you riding again here in Europe, Charly Enjoy the tour and the rides!

A big hello from home
Claudia Wenhart
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 18:17

Hallo Angela,
schön von Dir zu hören, uns geht's gut and Chary is having fun!!!!
Liebe Grüße
Claudia & Björn
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 12:29

Viel Spass Claudi! Das Wetter ist perfekt.... Nur schade, dass Deine Tour nicht etwas näher in die Zentralschweiz geht. Sonst wäre ich auf ein Bier vorbeigekommen.
Claudia Wenhart
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 22:03

Hallo Gaby,
ja schade, aber vielleicht bei einer der nächsten Touren.
Bis hoffentlich bald
Liebe Grüße aus Rothenburg ob der Tauber


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