Recently got back from a little European holiday. Thanks to a friend I met through this very forum, I was very thankful get an opportunity to do a loop across Europe on a CB500X, kitted up with panniers, windshield and a few other good bits. Been a few weeks since I got back but here's a summary of my experience:
Link to a little album of pics
from the trip, including route map.
: 8 – Hungary(2x), Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany(2x), France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria
Days camping in a tent
: 32 Total, 23 longest consecutive
Most beautiful places
: Bern, Rothenberg ob der Tauber, St. Gallen, Annecy, Lyon, Dole
Most memorable place
: Budapest, Where The Journey Began And Finished
Least memorable place
: Trier, Germany - Forgetting their heritage
Places I wish I'd had more time in
: Nancy, Lyon, The caves region of South France, Grenoble, Frankfurt
Places I thought, "I could living here"
: Lyon, Grenoble, Graz
Places that surprised
: Dole, France and St. Gallen, Switzerland
: Camping Insel Bamberg - On The River With Amazing Amenities
: Caravan Petrakova - Basically in the backyard of a bitter old lady
Most impressive buildings inside
: Margravial Opera House (Bamberg), Abbey of Saint Gallen, The Notre Dame Basilica of Fourvičre (Lyon), Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Salzburg Cathedral
Most impressive structures outside
: Hungary Parliament Building, Neuschwanstein Castle, Church of our Lady Before Týnčná Hlava (Prague), St Stephen's Cathedral (Vienna), Karlskirche (Vienna)
: White water rafting in the Verdon Gorge, France
: Finding a rear tyre leak and having to pump it up with a small bicycle pump in the middle of a 40C day so I could get to the nearest servo 20km away before it went flat again; then do slow loops of that place in the heat getting the tyre slime to take effect.
Most fun road
: Grand Canyon of Verdon, France
Most thankful of
: My friend for allowing the use of his motorbike to make this trip possible.