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Wanna ride in Yurop, man
#1
Waitin for visa on the 12th, May and keep my fingers crossed.
Starting in Olomouc, Czech Republic almost in midnight, then pedalling south to and west up to Sumava virgin forest, over Austrian border to Passau to Munchen, and taking Romanische strasse from Augsburg to Verona. Lake Garda in Italy and maybe another lake round trip are also on the blueprint.
From campsite to campsite, with possible roughing it in Alps Passes.
If I survive, I'll post here a pic or two.
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#2
Have a safe trip.
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#3
Thankz.
Via Claudia Augusta, the Ancient Roman Road must be pretty safe since the Roman Empire is gone.
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#4
Good luck, and take a lot of pictures, ok?

You will enjoy Italy. Italians are the neatest people in Europe. Crazy and lovin' every minute of it. S6
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#5
Green,

Is this with a large group of bikers?
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#6
Quote:Good luck, and take a lot of pictures, ok?
Okay, I'll try my best. I have read about Italians first hand at crazyguyonabike.com, they are nice.

Quote:Is this with a large group of bikers?
Only me. Not sure if I can do the whole trip alone.
It'll be clear in Czechia would I cross the Alps by bike. Springs are pretty cold there. Maybe a bus is a safer choice.
Good physical shape also plays into the whole thing.
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#7
pedalling? you won't go with a pushbike, will you? watch the speed limits in italy and france, or your vacation fund is in serious danger. turn the headlights on when you approach the czech border in daylight, they are in the habit to fine you right there.
"You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." Dick Cheney
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quadrat Wrote:pedalling? you won't go with a pushbike, will you? watch the speed limits in italy and france, or your vacation fund is in serious danger. turn the headlights on when you approach the czech border in daylight, they are in the habit to fine you right there.

Last time I went through Italy, there Was No speed limit. The only limit was on the size of the bug, and the number of notes on the horn. Wink1
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#9
Hi there!
I am back and surprised that the trip went so (unexpectedly) smooth.
Never payed attention to speed limits, most of time was on a bike path.
My worst experience was the weather. It was very cold, windy and rainy from the first day, getting better to the end of the second week. Thus I visited only Czech Republic, tired of hailstorms and showers, took a night bus to sunny Italy and relaxed for a while making next week a trip around Garda lake then south to Mantova and east to Verona. The Alps covered in clouds only amazed me when I saw them in Austrian Innsbruck at safe distance with American schoolgirl sleeping next to my seat in shorts and slippers. S6
The Americans were on a sport trip or something.
I landed in Bolzano which is in the north, a two-language city as sometimes I was answered rather in German, than Italian. Looking for a bike path I rode into a highway and was hailed in German to move from there to highway. I waved my hand pretending ignorance. However I got the drift, strained myself and finally found a way close to Adige river, a green water flowing in the valley surrounded by mountains thousand meters high.

To be continued... the computer changes hands.
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#10
Send us some photos of your trip.
Jefferson: I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
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#11
My first days in Chesko (aka Checkia aka Czech Republic)

at the border of Poland and Belarus, the change of wheelpairs.
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/8999/...wheels.jpg
Krumlov Castle. (in a very deteoriorating condition)
http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/1502/...vzamek.jpg
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/1732/...zamek2.jpg
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/1727/krumlovzamek3.jpg

Snails:
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/8518/...tessen.jpg
At the caves:
http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/1526/cliffq.jpg
Village New Year Tree:
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/9133/...wyeard.jpg
Lada car:
http://img532.imageshack.us/img532/1364/...ndabus.jpg
Food:
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/4716/gulash.jpg
Left-wing guard calling to vote (in every taxophone):
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/9977/subotka.jpg
Shternberg Castle debris of 13th century. (I have a hunch the majority of the noble establishment came to Czechia from Austria)
http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8081/...debris.jpg
Military region. (Do not enter). I did enter and found a CIA secret prison.
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/7186/...region.jpg
Konski spad rift and my bike
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/1061/...mybike.jpg

south of Moravia. Austerlitz Battle."War and Peace".
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4240/...battle.jpg

In a town X.
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/329/s...utiful.jpg
to be continued..
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#12
Nice stuff. That must have been a very rewarding trip.
Jefferson: I place economy among the first and important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
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#13
yes, it was nice waste of time. S1

Grave of the World. Austerlitz battleplace.
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/6193/...fpeace.jpg

Bohemia. Town Ceski Krumlov.
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/9595/budejovice.jpg

Mikulov, a town at Austrian border.
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/2061/mikulov1.jpg
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/4791/mikulov2.jpg
http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/2435/...dbikes.jpg
A war monument to Soviet/Russian warriors died for liberation of Czechoslovakia from nazism.
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/5751/warmonument.jpg
Town in Moravia.
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/9826/...antown.jpg
He rode too fast...
http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/9155/...vefast.jpg
One of my campsites.
http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/1904/refuge.jpg
church at the lake
http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5189/vodnidilolake.jpg
grey ppl go to work
http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/7865/astonefamily.jpg
Such crosses stand at crossroads, brims of fields and forests to protect the area or please the skies like ancient roman gods. Thousands of crucifixions all over the country.
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/3110/crossroads1.jpg

Italy:

Following the Romans
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/4803/viaclaudia.jpg
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/9242/bikeroute.jpg

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/3381/gardaview.jpg
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Green Wrote:Town in Moravia.
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/9826/...antown.jpg

Home of the world's best hops.

Quote:http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/9155/...vefast.jpg
He rode too fast.......

Or perhaps not fast enough?
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Quote:Home of the world's best hops.
Very typical of all old Czech towns. Cobbled center, a church or/and plague column. One or two-strore houses around, then socialist districts and industrial zone. Asfalt dominate.

Quote:Or perhaps not fast enough?
The Czechs don't drive fast and they do respect bikers. Italians are not so meticulous about the rules.
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Green Wrote:
Quote:Home of the world's best hops.
Very typical of all old Czech towns. Cobbled center, a church or/and plague column. One or two-strore houses around, then socialist districts and industrial zone. Asfalt dominate.

Quote:Or perhaps not fast enough?
The Czechs don't drive fast and they do respect bikers. Italians are not so meticulous about the rules.

Italians are crazy,........and love every minute of it. Wink1
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#17
More of Italia:

This girl came to me when I started to throw bananas into the water.
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/8049/swanlake.jpg
Then another girl came into my lap.
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/2633/sw...terfly.jpg
Gargnano
http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/5992/gargnano.jpg
Dom
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/1103/domc.jpg
Green waters of the river.
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/3170/greenwaters.jpg
Giro d'Italia= Annual bicycle tour.
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/3539/beersp.jpg
Peschiera, southmost town of Garda Lake.
http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5638/peschiera.jpg
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5233/peschiera2.jpg

Here on the 7 of February, 1879 a man called .... fell down from the rock to the sorrow of his family. He was only 35 and left 5 children and wife. His co-villagers and family put this plaque to the rock in his memory.
http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/3301/plaquev.jpg
Sanctuary
http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/4552/sanctuaryc.jpg
Going to Mantova.
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/6596/tomantova.jpg
Mantova Railway station
http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/1537/ra...tation.jpg
Verona
http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/5338/veronau.jpg
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