Bikes, bitumen & Alps......:-)))
22.05.2014 - 23.05.2014 29 °C
A long day ahead today with lots of Autobahn to Fussen where the famous Newschwanstein castle is located. (original not the Disney one) The day started with massive GPS problems as well as another continental continental breakfast and as the day heated up again it was a little frustrating but it got sorted in the end. It really isn’t all that much fun blasting along Autobahns so at the first fuel stop a small group of us decided to go the back way. Knowing how good the roads are through the countryside I jumped on board. It was great to get off the Autobahn and we ploughed through Germany and countless villages to finish along the Romantischestrasse and arrive fairly late at our destination. It was amazing day stunning scenery, great people and good roads. We arrived so late that the kitchens in the village were shut so we grabbed a cab and headed into Fussen itself to look for some dinner. Another town with a beautiful altstadt where we found a very authentic German restaurant; the clue being the very large steins on the tables outside. Oh but the food…..I won’t bang on about this but to say one of the best German meals ever…..roasted pork hock, sauerkraut & knodel. Sharing the meal and the night with my ride buddies from the day we had a LOT of laughs and it went on to much later in the night……….! 558km’s & 29deg it was a warm one, no wonder those steins tasted so good
This morning we walked up to the castle Newschwannstein, built by King Ludwig ll. As you can imagine this castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney, is heavily touristic but with excellent German efficiency you don’t notice the crowds and the tour was as if no one else was there. The good thing about tours is the history and even though the castle now brings wealth to the region it and some of the other grand plans of Ludwig bankrupted Bayern. He was eventually approached by the good burgers declaring that he was unfit to rule, read insane and mysteriously drowned with his doctor some days later……….more German efficiency???
We left around 12 midday for a reasonably long ride to Heiligenblut and ride the famous Grossglockner Aplenstrasse. The day started reasonably well until someone failed to mark a corner which left Drew and I to find our own way; with map in hand we avoided the Autobahn taking the A, B, & C roads and did three mountain passes, Fernpass, Gerlospass and the Grossglockner for the day. It was more than amazing it, epic comes to mind and it was great to be reminded how beautiful and awe inspiring the Alps are. It took us all day with a mixture of weather but we arrived late at our destination the Berggasthof Wallackhaus located at around 2400m in the alps, snow everywhere and the temperature dropping to single digits from today’s high of 25deg. 335k’s of dream riding, pork steak with wild mushroom sauce and spaetzle….does it get much better than this?