Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Time to get on the bikes! The 5-country trip begins.

Excitement was high as we met for breakfast:  we’re getting on the road today! We packed up from the Hotel Concorde in Munich, and loaded on a bus for a visit to the BMW museum, followed by a trip up the Olympic tower. The tower itself is 950' to the very top, but we only took the elevator to the viewing platform at 630'. It was a fun morning, but everyone was ready to pick up their bike and start riding.

The trip started in Lenggriss 38 miles south of Munich, in the foothills of the Alps. Our home for the night was the Lenggrisser Hof, a beautiful, traditional Bavarian hotel complete with flowers hanging over window boxes.

 Martin BMW provided a range of motorcycles to fit single riders and 4 other couples riding two-up. We’re on a R1200GS, 400cc bigger than our bike at home.

After everyone picked up the bikes, we headed out for a 2-hour shakedown ride toward Hinterriss on narrow rural roads through the mountains. What looked like wide gravel plains dotted with isolated, stunted trees were actually river beds that are swollen with spring run-off, but this time of year contain only a trickle of water. Watch today's video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SKalWtGi9M We had a small taste of the mountainous roads to come this week, and we’re ready for more!

Tomorrow we head into Austria!

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