Sunday  Dateicon  18.08.2013  Tigericon  466km Total:4514km

We wake up to the sound of Luis Armstrongs "It's a wonderful world" in the loudspeakers in the cabin at 6.15AM.
Stena wants people out of the cabins 1.5 hours before arrival for cleaning so we get ready, pack up and hit the restaurant for one last breakfast buffet.

We get back to the cabin after a sturdy breakfast and it looks just as we left it so I guess the cleaning was just bamboozle to get people to buy an expensive breakfast but  a man's got to eat.

But at least this means we get an early start and we get off the ferry at 8.
Immediately we're met by grey skies and shitty weather, I'm freezing my ass off and I'm mumbling something about warm welcome home and the twilight of the vacation in my helmet.
After about 40kms the first droplets of rain hit the visor and the Bear who's in the lead now we're back in familiar geography turn of and once stopped says some bullshit about the freshness in the air and all the scents of nature and at least it's not cold while I'm suiting up in all the clothes I have in the pack and decide I'll never become so god damn patriotic that I'll start to enjoy the cold and the rain.

We soldier on and actually manage to avoid the rain for the most part and get the dish of the day at the golden arches in Mariestad.
Unfortunately the rain has caught up when we're ready to ride on and the floodgates of heaven has really swung wide open.

But as a whole we've had crazy luck with the weather during this whole trip, during the three weeks we've been abroad we've had perhaps three hours of rain total.
But mother nature sure is making up for it now.
Since I don't remember suffering from incontinence my we crotch must mean I need a new pair of rain pants.
It can't be completely ruled out that it's capillary effect via my leg-fur from my shoes who by now are so full of water I can feel it shifting back and forth when breaking.

The Bear has by now started to feel the scent of his hide so he's passing traffic like it's standing still on the #26 road.
Those who managed to catch a glimpse of the green menace must have thought it was a lost jet-ski with panniers.

This was our third year straight at the Wacken festival at it's starting to feel a bit homely.
It's pretty much a fenced in looney bin so there's always some strange things going on but the crazies always raise the bar for what's to be considered normal.
Men in both mankinis and bikinis got normal even the first year and after seeing a guy with deer-antlers with Christmas lights as a hat you just don't get very surprised by anything.
But when four guys threw off all their clothes, got up on a table and started a hoedown I must admit I raised an eyebrow, that was new.
Even the bands are starting to come back again so the decision to skip the festival next year feels right even though I know I'll miss these crazies.

Autozug was a great idea even though I slept like shit on the train, transiting through all of Germany on the Autobahn really isn't very inspirational riding.

Most people I've spoken to about this trip seems to be very interested in Venice, people seem to have a very romanticised view of that city and can definitely see why.
I really think you should go but make a weekend out of it, you don't need any longer to fully explore the sights and the city and without a doubt this was the most expensive destination of the trip.

Something I was really impressed by on this trip was how easy it was making ourselves understood in the former eastern states, they've really picked up English fast.

All in all it was a great trip, we planned it well so the tempo was manageable.
Even though I always wish I could have stayed one more day everywhere there are a couple of destinations that stand out and that's Budapest where we stayed two nights and Ljubljana were we unfortunately only stayed one night.
I'd really like to go back there some day and spend a bit more time.


The trip in numbers (converted to EUR).

Total mileage   4514km
Longest distance travelled in a day   680km
     
Total fuel consumption   221 litre
Total cost of fuel   €343
Average fuel consumption   0.49l/10km
Cheapest petrol Polen €1.27/l
Most expensive petrol Italien €1.91/l
     
Total cost of accommodation   €788
Most expensive accommodation Carlton Venedig, Italien €156/night
Cheapest accommodation Saffron Bratislava, Slovenien €69/night
Average cost  

€39/night

 

Other costs (converted to EUR).

Bridge fee Öresund bridge €24
     
Autozug Hamburg Altona - Bolzano, Motorcycle + birth in a four birth cabin €159
     
Ferry Rödby - Puttgarden €52
     
Vignette Slovenia €7
Vignette Hungary €5
     
Tolls Italy €31
Tolls Poland €6.55