Belgrade, Serbia

I left Baja early (ish) morning and headed south to meet Marko in Belgrade. According to the map it was only a three hour ride, but it was getting hotter and hotter which always slows things down a bit. Passing through the border was really easy, present passport, passport stamped, passport returned and away. Apart from the border station there is nothing to indicate any change, the landscape is the same, flat and the roads are still straight and long.

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Hungary

I could tell I was in Hungary, firstly because the roads consisted of a kilometre or so of dead straight sections connected by right angle bends, and secondly because of the average drivers compulsion to overtake anything in front of them.

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Austria

I left Garmisch Partenkirchen early on the Monday morning. I wasn’t the last to leave the Motorrad Days site, but not far off. The tearing down of the site itself was well underway and the town was a different place without the continuous hum of BMW after BMW passing through. It was actually quite a peaceful place.

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Not your normal road hazard

There are a lot of hazards on the roads, deer, X5 drivers but I didn’t expect a sinkhole. Didn’t see anything when I got there.

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Two things to remember

There are two things to remember when arriving in France and heading east through Belgium.

  1. Services on Belgium highways do not have ATM machines.

  2. All the restrooms require €0.70 to use.

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Trans Euro Trail

Trans Euro Trail

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Final Stats

Just to finish off here are some final stats:

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That’s all folks

Switzerland was really the last part of the trip, the plan now was to just get back to the UK as soon as possible. So far I had tried to stay off toll roads, but the quickest way back was the Swiss and French autoroutes. It was past midnight when I reached France, and I hadn’t booked anywhere to stay for the night and as I also wanted to get an early start in the morning it didn’t really seem worth it.

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Some People Never Learn

You would think that after losing my CamelBak at the start of thus trip nearly two months earlier I would make sure that all my luggage was secured to the back of the bike. But, oh no. I was riding around Lake Laguna in Switzerland checking the sites and taking pictures, my boots were (or so I thought) wedged in between my luggage on the back. It was a built up area with lots of traffic so I was not going fast.

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Returning through Italy

I returned back to Italy the same as I arrived, via catamaran. Reached Pozzallo early Monday morning after an early start. Last night was spent in a McDonald’s until about 03:00 then hanging around a closed pavement cafe until I could board the ferry at about 05:30. I didn’t want to hang around too long so only planned a couple of stops in Italy. First was at Pompeii, where I booked in at a campsite opposite the ruins.

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