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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Afternoon With The Tigger - Wutachschlucht & Touratech

So with the weather being so nice, I decided to take myself out for a ride up in the Black Forest and onto Touratech to look at the crash bars for the Tiger 800XC.

The ride started with me wanting to collect my Garmin GPS ...
... which was still fitted in the Patrol ...
... which was currently at the Nissan garage ...
... in Tiegen ...
... where he was having a large service done!

So I had to leave the office early (NOT a problem ;-) to ride out to Tiegen to get my GPS before the garage closed for lunch. Upon fitting the Garmin into the Tigger, I powered up ...
Battery flat!
Bugger ...
No power cable!!
Bugger, Bugger ...
Only Google Maps on my Mobile phone!!!
Bugger, Bugger, Bugger ...

Oh well - so, it was going to be a ride with lots of little stops to find out where I wasn't!?
So from the Nissan garage it's a lovely ride up the Witznau Schlucht into the Black Forest.

These pictures are taken just up stream from Witznau on the L157, in the Schlucht.
It's a fantastic road to ride - provided there isn't a lot of on-coming traffic!!!

I cut across some field roads to bring me to Bonndorf im Schwarzwald and then onto the Wutachmühle just north of Ewattingen...

... before turning right (East) towards Blumberg,
and onto the Gasthof-Pension Scheffellinde at Achdorf near Blumberg for lunch.

With recommendation from Hans, I took menu #2 with salad and an alcohol free beer
(I was riding my bike!)

It was fantastic!

Just what a growing man needs!!!

From there it was a bit of cross country roads and onto Touratech at Niedereschach.

Well I didn't get to see their Tiger all fitted out with their gear, as it was having some work done on it. But this is what it would have looked like...
Actually, I had gone to see their tank protection crash bar! But NO!
Anyway - I did get myself a power cable for the Garmin, so I had power to find my way home - and a RAM handlebar mount, for something I yet have to think of ;-)

While at Touratech I met a Spaniard who wanted to know the way to a bicycle shop somewhere just outside of Villingen. He had been to Touratech to "buy some boy toys" for him - now he needed to go to a bicycle shop to "get some girl toys" things for his wife?!?
I think what he meant was that he had bought some motorbike things for him (boy toys), and now he needed to get some bicycle things (girl toys) for his wife!?
All this in a mixture of English, Spanish, Italian and German... :-D

Well rather than give him directions that would have been something along the lines of:
"First left, second right - onto roundabout, third exit - second right - forth left - traffic lights left - forth right..."
I just entered the address into my GPS and took him there!
That's what life's all about - meeting people and helping people!

.... you know, when I think about the day I can remember certain things, such as the Wutachmuhle - restaurant - car at traffic lights - dead animal on road - etc. BUT the fact is, I can remember EVERYBODY I had a conversation with! Where they were from - where they were going - what they had done - what they recommended...

I remember hearing or reading somewhere, that what 'makes' a road-trip isn't where you go,
but the people you meet!
So true.

On the way back I crossed Hans's car parked off to the side of the raod - so I took my time to walk down to the Wutach to try and find him doing some fly fishing.

The Wutachschlucht really is a special place. Very beautiful and full of nature.

From there it was time to head off back home....

Fantastic day!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Triumph Scrambler

I simply can not get the love for this motorcycle out of my head!

It's a Triumph 'Scrambler'.
The one above is a TR6 ridden by Steve McQueen in the 1964 International Six Day Trials.

It reminds me of day gone by when I used to 'muck-around' on scramblers in the fields around Billingley.
I like how it looks so retro - yet still modern! The Scrambler of today is fuel injected and has all the other mod-cons too! Yet it still looks like it's from the days of the 1950's / 60's.

Of course there are then special editions of the modern Scrambler,
such as the one prepared for the 'Mission Impossible 3' film:

And a cool stripped down version:

Anyways - were I to get one - then it'd have to have a simple paint scheme...
Something like this :-)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Engel Rheinheim

After the Besenbeiz we went onto the Engle just over the boarder in Rheinheim for (more) food and beer....

Mmmm.... Very nice!

Besenbeiz - AGAIN

After the Amphitheater Anna wanted to go back to the Besenbeiz to actually see the place in good weather - and not like we had it a couple of days before!

The food was excellent - again :-)

And you were given an outerspace thing that started to flash away when your food was ready to collect!!!!

We were joined by Febi and Bea - so we stayed rather a loooooong time :-D

Amphitheather Hüntwangen

So to round off the weekend Anna & I went to look at the Amphitheatre near Hüntwagen, Eglisau.

It's a modern Amphitheatre but a nice one!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Eating Out - Mexican

Anna & I tried a new restaurant in Tiegen. One Anna had always seen when we drive into the town.

I must say, it was a wonderful place.

At first we had to wait for a free table... but that didn't stop us having a drink or five!
Then it was food time....

First something to nibble on:

Mixed starters:

Main dish:

We were too hungry and it was too nice to photograph!

All in all, a great night!

Bad Zurzach's Village Fest

The weather was horrible! I just managed to make one picture before the heavens opened up...

Friday, 26 August 2011

RAT Pack91 Grill Event 2011

Friday evening and time to meet up with the RAT Pack91 once again.
Unfortunately the weather had turned from good to VERY bad in the evening - so the 'Grill Event' had to be held indoors.... :-(
But we managed to have the Apéro outside!

The organizer - Ivo - had really chosen a GREAT place this time!

It was up at a place called Lindenhof next to Buchberg. The farm called itself 'Besenbeiz'.

A great time was had - and the food was excellent!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

More Beer & Pizza At Zurzi Imbiss

One down, many to go.....

Pizza Gorgonzola on its way :-)
Maybe beer number 3 beforehand?!?

All this 'coz of a shit day at the office!

Wold Gold - Blonde Beer

Finally t'woz time to drink the Wold Gold that I was given on the Thunder to Bled tour from Mat.

And how WONDERFUL it is!

Mmmm.... I'll have to get myself some of this when I'm next in the UK!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

It's HOT...

Just come out of our section meeting.
It was STUPIDLY hot in the room!

Scheduled in the afternoon, just after lunch!
Not a good idea!

So here's my notes from the meeting :)

One Pussy Is Never Enough.....

Two is always better than one!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Do You Like Pussy?

There's nothing better in the morning than an ice cold Pussy!?

AND it has 100% natural ingredients!

I can't believe the marketing people chose that name....!

Or maybe they did for THAT exact reason...

Well, whatever - I now know that I officially like cold Pussy in the mornings.