Holidays

28. May – 1st June

After we arrived at Campground Rafa 52 in Osrodek we set up our tent and used the new bought camping stow for the first time. We had some Polish Borsz instant noodles. Poland seems to be a instant soup and biscuit nation – the supermarkets are full of all kinds of flavors. Looking for standard Tempo tissues on the other hand- hopeless.

We called it an early night and got up the next day woken up by the sun – that would have never happened at home 😉 We managed to get a surprisingly delicious coffee in the Taverna and relaxed at the lake, went for a swim and just chilled out. Not having a daily routine on the trip, doesn’t mean every day it’s like holiday. This day was, for sure.

By the way: how lucky we are! We haven’t seen a single raindrop since we started two weeks ago. We definitely expect it to be continued like that the next 24 weeks 😉

The next morning we went for another 200km ride to Bydgoszcz where we headed to a hidden camp at a river Brda deep in the forest. Very natural location, almost nobody there. Our camp-set-up-routine is quite good already, so we did and had again another pasta. Salt should be on our shopping list…

Daniel went to get some beer while in the meantime Willi from Bavaria arrived who is riding a bicycle from Berlin to Vilnius. We had a beer all together. He really appreciated the drink and the company. Being on the road alone for almost 10 days he seems to be happy for the chat. So were we. Have a safe ride Willi!

We booked an apartment in Gdańsk (Danzig) where we stayed for two nights. Very adventurous driving through woods and fields, on cobblestones and sand roads. I don’t have to mention that we prefer empty and more remote routes to enjoy riding on our way to our destinations. That worked out very well that day until we reached the city. Stop and Go everywhere and the heat on the bike without the chilly breeze is hard to stand and made us sweat immediately. The happier we were once we arrived.

We recharged all electronic devices, recharged our bodies, recharged our nutrients with some good food again after all these pastas. An early run to the beautiful beach of the Baltic Sea also quietened our conscience and sightseeing in the old town put some more miles to our account. Gdańsk is beautiful and worth a weekend trip from Hamburg.

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Looking back, moving on…

May 25th – 27th

3 nights in Katowice

It was an interesting ride to Katowice in Poland, the 3rd country during our trip so far. The roads were quite nice, some nice curvy passages through smaller mountains and many little towns

We drove more than 340km that day. Very tired we were looking forward to our place to sleep in Siemianowice Śląskie, close to Katowice.

Special thanks to Mats, Tomasz and Patrycja who offered us to stay in their very nice apartment!

The first night we just went to sleep early, as we had planned to visit the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau which are located about 40km outside of Katowice the next morning. Surely we know about the gruesome history of Nazi-Deutschland but visiting the two museums gave another perspective and visualization of what has happened.

It was a day to think and recap.

Coming home we didn’t feel like doing anything more that day.

The next day we did some maintenance work on our bikes and went to buy another few things like a camping stow and camera equipment. By now we are pretty well equipped! Remark for myself: we still don’t have a towel to dry the dishes.

After having a small lunch we went to Katowice by tram and enjoyed our first polish beer at the central plaza! So cold, so good!

As it was Saturday, the day of the champions league final we strolled through the city to find a nice bar to watch the game in the evening. We succeeded and went to have a typical polish dinner at a local restaurant. So tasty these Pirogies!

Thereafter we went for a walk through the city and back to the boom-bar where in the meantime about 100 Liverpool supporters had lined up, cheering and drinking beer! We stayed here to watch the game and have a couple of drinks! Unfortunately the wrong team won… that’s just a personal opinion.

We managed to get the last tram back to Siemianowice Slaskie and started today to go in direction Łódź in central Poland. After about 200 we found a very nice campground at a lake and might stay a couple of nights to get some sun and to relax. Holidays …

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Dresden to Špindlerův Mlýn

May 22nd – 24th

We had a fun filled 3 days stay in Dresden – thanks again to Intigam – and left in the early morning to go to Špindlerův Mlýn in Czech Republic.

However as the Teneré respective Daniel wasn’t 100% satisfied with the set-up of the air box and the current air filters he decided to pass by a dealership for motorbike parts in Dresden first. Unfortunately the needed filter wasn’t on stock. About 10 calls later we learnt that all over Sachsen there is no filter available.

We parked our bikes next to the car workshop Autoservice Petters in Dresden when the owner passed by to have a chat…

He offered, knowing about the issue of the missing air filters that we can use his workshop. Another two hours later Daniel made customised lids for the two existing filters made from metal from a BMW M3 – yeah!

Another hour later these were fitted in the Teneré, tested and approved. The bike is running smooth again and we finally left Dresden at around 2 in the afternoon.

Nice roads in the Elbsandsteingebirge, from Bad Schandau to the Czech border and in the Riesengebirge we arrived in Špindlerův Mlýn around 8 at night. No campground, no hotel, no hostel where open anymore but luckily we met Mathy who offered us his room while he moved to a friends place. Lucky us.

The next day we planned to go to the river head of the Elbe river. The weather forecast wasn’t the best – and it was true. Thunder and rain showed up, right when we arrived the base of the mountain Medvedin to hike to the Pramen Labe, the spring of the Elbe.

Stubborn, as we wanted to see the river head we bought a lift card to go further up and to hike the last 6,5km… but the rain got stronger and should stay until 1pm. After having a short stop on top of the mountain we decided to hike anyways. After around 1,5hrs we arrived almost without any rain at the spring! Lucky again.

Nice to see the first milestone of our trip, we had a small lunch and were back on the motorbikes another 3 hours later. Tired but happy we booked another night over here in a small hotel and will start a 336km journey tomorrow to Katowice/Poland where we will stay for a few days!

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Tour kicked off well

May 17th to 21th – Hamburg to Dresden

Months of preparation are behind of us and finally we started our roadie in Hamburg-Poppenbüttel!

What a feeling! Finally on the road again, finally travelling again, excited for the adventures still to come!

Our first stop was Geesthacht were we had a nice Backfisch, sitting at a nice place next to the Elbe river. Our starting point for the first part of our trip as we are heading to the source of the Elbe river at the Czech/Polish border.

Next stop was in Tangermünde where we set up our brand new touring tent for the first time at campground next to a lake with hundreds of frogs… quite a loud night though.

A bit tired we drove on beautiful roads through the forests and many little towns in the North-Eastern part of Germany to Leipzig where we visited the city a bit, bought some equipment we forgot and after a nice Czech beer we had a good sleep in a cool Airbnb in central Leipzig.

Since two days we are in cosy Freital next to Dresden. It was a nice and smooth ride on beautiful windy roads on a couple of smaller mountains, always with Elbe river next to us. Passing through picturesque Meissen, famous for its Porzelan manufacturing and old houses.

In Freital we were very welcomed by our good friend Intigam who lets us sleep in his caravan and showed us around in his hometown. After visiting Dresden, having good food and watched the DFB cup final, the next day we had a nice open air party:

Good people around, nice music, fantastic weather and many drinks!

Today it’s time to chill out, exploring the city of Dresden a bit more and just relax before we are driving to Spindlermühle in Czech Republic, the place where the Elbe source is located.

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Rambazamba – Danke!

Vielen Dank an Euch alle die ihr trotz kurzfristiger Verlegung zu einem super Chill/Grill/Drink Rambazamba im Unnapark bei herrlichem Sonnenschein und einer lauen Frühlingsnacht beigetragen habt!

Alle die, die dieses Mal nicht dabei sein konnten…. nächsten Sommer gibts eine Wiederholung.

Ohne Grund, einfach weil es Laune gemacht hat!

Tuning

Our bikes are good to go. Sure.

But wouldn’t it be nice to have some comfort during the trip? And add some safety features? And last but not least to have some knowledge about your bike?

The Tenerè is a well equipped bike already however additional light, heated grips, a USB hub for mobile and the new navigation have been mounted four weeks ago. A new chain, some minor fixings and the TÜV certification have also been made in a garage, due to time issues. Some additional storage options will finalise the works on the Tenere and make it ready for the road.

The parts for the BMW have already arrived and mounted right away. Higher windshield, hand guards, crash bars, navigation and additional light make the BMW complete.