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    Danke schön Herr Roberto.
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    'Not all who wander are lost.' - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring







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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    And then on to Winklern and the B106 taking me East.

    Traffic is sparse, almost zero. The road flows through the valleys. I wind on a little and briskly run through the beautifully typical Austrian Valleys as the sun drops down and darkness takes over. It is quite a stunning ride. I have some chilled music on and everything just works. The bike purrs, the lines are good, every overtake comes along and goes in seamless fashion, just drifiting along, bothering nobody, passing and floating away into the distance. A totally memorable ride and one I shall remember.
    Strange

    It did the same run a few weeks ago and had the same experience

    Maybe it's a chill effect after doing the pass and then having a quiet, flowing, scenic road and knowing you have a good destination not far away.

    ...and

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooperman View Post
    Strange

    It did the same run a few weeks ago and had the same experience

    Maybe it's a chill effect after doing the pass and then having a quiet, flowing, scenic road and knowing you have a good destination not far away.
    You know what, you may very well be right there

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    Malta to Karlobag

    I forgot to post the picture of the Gasthof Hochalmspitze Guard Cat, so here's a wrong righted.



    Last night we chatted a bit about local roads and ways to go. Interesting information is gleaned. I already have a very soft spot for Slovenia so Speed Bunning today is going to be a very tall order, in fact I'd probably written it off before turning the key first thing. Getting as far South will become having a good run down to the Austria, nipping through Italy to the Slovenian border and then another good run through Slovenia itself. Croatia? Well, it will arrive when it arrives.



    Breakfast at the hotel was plentiful and hearty. Cue the re emergence of a personal Austria-Germany tradition of a ham, egg and cheese roll.



    I bid goodbye to John and the crew. I can pose for a mandatory departure picture. Thanks, John.



    A beautiful morning. This is what strikes my eye as typical Austria.



    A trundle down a little lane towards Mittesee. Hardly a speedy start but most pleasant.



    I mentioned Mindfulness in one of the earlier posts. A bit more on that. I've come to terms with since chucking in work last year that I've been having a problem with daydreaming. It might sound odd but let me explain. Back when I was working my mind seemed to naturally queue up a list of things that I needed to do and it was always completely occupied what with one thing and another. A sort of joyless being busy. There's a term for it but I can't think of it what it is. It'll come back to me later. Anyway, that's been replaced by what I would consider by some clarity of thought, but with it comes the non-required package of a fair amount of other noise.
    Thankfully, touch wood it doesn't seem to affect my riding, that operates normally using another part of my brain.
    A good example of said noise was today whilst making my way south- "I wonder if you can get episodes of Fingerbobs on DVD?"
    "Yofi lifts a finger, and a mouse is theerrre.." I sing to myself.
    And then I miss a scheduled turn from the Zumo. See what I mean?

    A fill up before the Slovenian border. Petrol in Austria I believe is cheaper than Slovenia (certainly cheaper than Germany and Italy) so a take away is the order of the day. There's some Harley Davidson rally going on not far away and area here is mobbed with them. At the petrol station there's a couple parked, two chaps from Norway and we have a quick chat. Pleasant.

    Score several points for that crash hat..



    ..Lose twice as many for sporting side-lace-up leather jeans (No photo).

    I should also mention that today my Sargeant seat has well and truly shuffled off this moto coil. The last couple of days things have gotten increasingly worse and it comes to something when you're in pain after forty five minutes. So in the meantime I've deployed my cardy to improvise which sort of helps a touch and I've sent a distress call out to GSer land here to see what the eggheads can come up with. I'm sure we'll come back to that later.



    On with the story. Back at the Petrol Station a huge swarm of cruisers emerge, loud pipes and all, and I mean loud. I make a quick exit, I'm not one for all that Captain Cannonball stuff. I have an old triumph at home with a semi loud exhaust on it and when I ride it in towns I get a case of mild embarrassment.

    I had some road miff this morning. I don’t do road rage these days. I get road miffed. 'Road Miffed' is a much milder and nicer form of annoyance and it is in itself a rare beast these days. I was following a transit in a town on the brief run through Italy when a crazy woman on an Austrian registered cruiser barrelled past and cut in on me- and then did the same to the Transit. Now that wasn't particularly nice was it. Exiting the town I headed past the van and then up to said silly sod who was attempting to wrestle her lardy machine around twisty bits with predictably limited success. I shot past and gave a one handed 'what the feck?' gesture leaving her to deal with Luigi, the whiteaa vana mana in his Transit. That I would wager would have been interesting. What on earth was going on there?

    Let me get it on the record that I have absolutely nothing agaist Harley Davidson or the people that ride them for that matter. A few years ago I got taken by a sporty number, I believe it was an XR1200 but I found out during the wooing process that petrol could only be administered by the thimble and it had a tank range that could only get you to the bottom of your driveway. So that went out of the window. Shame, because I really liked it.

    Anyway.

    Up in the hills there are a lot of Cruiser folks, I presume arriving or leaving this event, or having jolly ride outs, some riding badly and appearing taking up most of the road.



    American metal: Coming to the middle of a road near you (in all fairness not these particular chaps, mind).



    I thought I might get a coffee nipping across Italy, but I didn't, I sort of got focused on the road with one thing and another. But I get an excellent one just fifty yards over the border in Slovenia in a lovely little spot with a view out to the Mangart Peak.

    Italy just a stones throw away.



    Nice part of the world, this.



    The mixed grill is very tempting... but it just isn't nibbles o'clock yet.



    I chat with a chap from Slovakia in his sporty Honda. This is his holiday car he explains, it only goes on trips to fine roads. Spoilt little Honda indeed.



    We compare stickers. He keeps some under the bonnet.



    Back to the road and off I trot down into deepest Slovenia. I love the place. Leafy, green, beautiful. Motoring through the trees and shade. Rivers with stunning turquoise waters. Great roads, not always the flattest or fastest by any means but real GS country and a real treat. Not been? Go. You won't be disappointed.

    I have completely abandoned Speed bunning as I'd thought. It's just too nice- the riding is just too good to waste on Motorways, not that there are any near me at this point unless I want to be pickpocketed in suburban Trieste on an Autopista.

    Lunch just outside Most na Soca. Pizza is on the menu; what I get is ham and cheese on toast. It can't spoil my afternoon though. What a view.



    Early afternoon continues pressing South with great riding.

    Not far from Croatia now, but no time to laze about you know.



    Ah. Croatia. Here we are. Crossing the border takes no time at all.



    Border crossed and now time to change up some currency for a spot of pocket money. The stone faced bint on the other side of the glass didn't even raise a smile when I tried to exchange my 100 trillion note. Face like a bulldog chewing on a wasp. One of these days I'm going to get a smile out of one of these people.

    No rate of exchange. No smile.



    Outside I have a pleasant chat with a German couple on a GS before heading off South. They tell me of their recent dismount attempt gone bad and a trip to the ground. He seems a bit dismayed as the bike is new. Don't worry, we've all been there at one time or another. I'm reminded of my brother attempting to dismount in a Belgian service station by leaping up and off like some grand national winning jockey sending me keeling over like a proper lemon.

    Well, Hello Hrvatska.



    For a few quid payable by card you can zip down on the Motorway to Rijeka. As you approach the city you're greeted by a view of the Adriatic for the first time and it’s a fine sight. Cue next step of the journey.

    I join with the Adriatic highway south of Rijeka. Riding is bitty; traffic in plentiful supply with a bit more thrown in. I've been here a few times now and it always seems the same. As the KM's knock on though, and courtesy of some long roadworks where I can get to the front then I'm away and the evening ride becomes quite fantastic.

    Its 7.30pm now; the sun is dropping down over the Islands.

    Arty picture attempt.



    Further stop for a view over the Adriatic.



    Wow. Just wow.

    And then the Dalmatian Coast road beckons once again. Yes, there it goes, round and up, down and round, repeat and again.



    And then another glorious ride. I'm sorry to go on- but there have been a few gems in the last days and I've been terribly lucky. The road sweeps and winds around the rocky coast. No traffic at all now. The sun retires behind my back, the mirrors become two pink discs reflecting the sunset as I sweep on into the gloom.

    I roll into Karlobag in darkness at around 9pm I think. I've stayed at the Hotel Velniac before and the familiarity is welcome. It's friendly- the chap welcomes me and I'm given the same room as last time. Simple, straightforward and the place is nothing fancy but good value.



    Dinner is taken, pasta with Tuna from a very pleasant young lady and not forgetting today's Beer of the day, Karlovacko.


    Apologies if you didn't get the Fingerbobs reference by the way. I'm guessing you're waaaay to young, and let's face it that has to be a good thing, right?


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    Another great instalment. I wish I was there. It's raining here.

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    A wet Autumnal evening here in Balby ....

    But you're making it a pleasant one Rob

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    Top quality, keep it coming.

    Beats a rainy evening in Blighty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
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    I forgot to post the picture of the Gasthof Hochalmspitze Guard Cat, so here's a wrong righted.




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    A good example of said noise was today whilst making my way south- "I wonder if you can get episodes of Fingerbobs on DVD?"
    "Yofi lifts a finger, and a mouse is theerrre.." I sing to myself.
    And then I miss a scheduled turn from the Zumo. See what I mean?


    Worth Ł12 right there!

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    Oh it is so good to see you back in the saddle with your fine and detailed reports . Brings a joy to my boring working day (or nightshift)

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