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Old 22-10-2009, 07:05 PM   #36
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Down the valley it’s a quick tack east across the Gerlos Pass…not much of a pass really, but nice nonetheless. Another E4/A$7 toll per bike.





The view across to the well-known Krimml Water Falls. Sadly we haven’t got the time for a proper look (which apparently involves a coach-trip etc etc)…the look from the distance has to do.









There’s plenty of other things ahead if we want to make it into Austria’s “Deep- South” today.
A couple on a RoadKing shows up….looks like they’ve got that badging right.



Mittersill…Zell am See…things flow smoothly.







Sky wants to show us the “Milestone #1” of the Grossglockner Road, but roadworks put a stop to that.


It’s up the GG then, one of the classics of the whole Alps region.
Tootling and pissfarting-around is OVER, the hammer comes down.
Just about traffic-free, the E16/A$28 toll is worth every penny!!
This time Dave’s ready and makes the GS12 earn its rental-$$. The big-12 disappears….

















Around the top…the views are thrilling, if even mostly obscured by clouds.










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Old 22-10-2009, 07:13 PM   #37
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Yes…they’re a Biker-friendly mob here!!










Heh?? There are even various maps on display, suggesting great bike-loops





Dave…hoisting our own flag







Now….THAT ONE’S doing it TOUGH!!



Display of some of the motorcycling history of the Grossglockner….as a RACETRACK!!









Down the other side towards Heiligenblut…and the turnoff to the Franz Josefs Heights and Pasterze-Glacier







Let it sing, baby!!









The Pasterze-Glacier….what a shock to see it for real….and realize how much of it has thawed away.
Thinking back 40odd years….the little Glacier-Lift from the carpark actually ended on the ice….nowadays call it the Rubble-Express, as it ends in a huge rubble-field of where the glacier used to be. Even more disturbing are the obvious changes after only 2 years.
Global warming has a lot to answer for…











The amount of mint-looking Africa Twins is astounding…but then, they were sold here until only a couple of years ago. Outright irritating are the numbers of GS12s….it REALLY looks like BMW had a “Buy one, get 2 free” campaign running for the last few years.

And, of course, they’re just like 4WDs in urban Oz….out of a 1000 perhaps 5 will ever see an extended roadworks-section, maybe 3 of them a couple of “dirty weekends in the bush”.

All of them look like they came off the showroom floor this morning.





We’re a bit strapped for time now…but it’s hard to leave the heights, the endless vistas and peaks behind.
It just does something to you….

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Old 22-10-2009, 07:30 PM   #38
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Winklern, across the Iselsberg Gap and south-east to Oberdrauburg…another tack south-east across the Gailberg Saddle, which proves a nice little surprise.
More twisties, YEEEHA!!



With the sun warming the back, the run parallel to the Austrian-Italian border up the Gail Valley towards Villach gives some space for other thoughts.





The bikes are doing fine…and so are we. We’re all starting to get used to the steeds…Moike is still a bit hesitant, riding something completely new after 20odd years of riding his R100RS….

We’re damn lucky with the weather so far….and Sky has been a surprise, punting that cruiser up and down those mountains like there is no tomorrow.

Also integrating seamlessly into the on-the-road dynamics of the group.
Skip,….get off the cruisers! Stop dreaming of a new 1100/1400 Intruder. You’re riding that bike like a sporty…just get one then.

This driving-on-the-right thing is really no problem at all….so far, so good.
The shadows are getting long….and we’ve still got to find our way through the maze of roads around Villach.

A longing glance at the turn-off to Troepolach…the mountains are clear… wouldn’t a run up the Nassfeld be great? Right NOW?



Tim punches the destination into the GPS and gets us through Villach just fine…then up some country roads, turning off here and there. Things are getting narrower and narrower, until we finish up in someone’s drive way, the other choice was some track disappearing into the woods.

A short, heated exchange… the maps come out and it’s onto the next main road, which gets us to the target 10 mins later, all’s good.
…and straight into the open arms of Hans and Elisabeth (from Vienna, 4hrs away) and Michael (castle-of-teck, on his way home from a holiday).



The small Gasthof is bursting at the seams with the need of 8 beds and 10 hungry mouths to feed.

What can I say??
I really didn’t believe that it would all come together!!

Hans and Elisabeth….after nearly 3 years on the forums it was unbelievable to finally meet up (and we’ll do so again in NZ in a couple of years!!).

Michael…THE man with THE Strom!! The only DL1000 WITH ABS on this planet!!

Again, a real pleasure to finally meet face-to-face…. even though it was far too short!! See you in Oz one of those days, you’ve gotta promise me that!

Sky….well….we were lucky enough to have a little more time together….and many, many thanks for all the efforts that everyone made to meet us there!!!
You're champions, all of you !!


Another BIG THANKS has to go to the couple that runs the Gasthof Mariandl
Gasthof Mariandl, Keutschach, Tel./Fax: +43/(0)4273/2880
http://tinyurl.com/l25gd2


I’m sure they didn’t see it coming.

A bunch of Aussies and mates who just took over the place within minutes, running an hour or 2 late for dinner, not enough beds (initially) and general chaos from the kitchen to the 2.floor.

Then Hans pulls one out of the hat!! ….the topic we’d been egging each other on about for the least 2 years…



Dumbfounded!



I KNOW WHAT THIS IS !!!!



AND IT IS!! A TRUE and GENUINE Vienna Sachertorte from the Royal Confectionery !!
In its wooden box, decorated with an (edible) pic of a Strom carving the bends….talk about tears in your eyes, mate.



Hans!!...you’ve outdone yourself!



Let the festivities begin





MORE!!


Dave and his breadrolls….but that’s another story



Bloody oath, I do!!
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Old 22-10-2009, 09:33 PM   #39
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great , great, great !!!!!!!can't wait for more. mum
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Old 22-10-2009, 09:57 PM   #40
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O-O-OHHH....
Great pics, great comments!

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