Travel Through Germany on a
By Peter & Kay Forwood
Germany on a Harley
(5/8/11 - 6/8/11)
Distance 411 km (596594 km to 597005 km)
This is part of the seventeenth section of our
around the world trip.
Coming from the Netherlands
visit to Germany
5/8/11 It was 4pm when we finally arrived at Bernd and
Patti's in Hammer, Germany. We have visited them at their new home
before but it was a more special time now. It was to be Bernd's 70th
birthday in a couple of weeks and since we were leaving Europe,
possibly for the last time, we wanted to personally wish him all the
best for the future. Bernd has, what is believed to be the largest
collection of motorcycle travel books in the world, about 1300 dating
from 1910, and has catalogued them on his web page. He also keeps, and updates
continually, the world's largest
history of international motorcycle travels, summaries of trips to
all continents, from 1890 through till today, a passion and life's
work. Time is running out for us in Europe, just a few days left, and
this our last visit with friends. As always Bernd and Patti looked
after us welcomingly and enthusiastically with Patti cooking some
lovely wholesome meals. Discussion, as always with Bernd, was lively.
His research on early motorcycle travellers occupying much of his thoughts,
as a great deal of its history is already a generation removed and
documents are with children and grandchildren, often more concerned
with their own lives, than that of a long dead relative.
6/8/11 A relaxed breakfast, Patti and us researching Eco houses on the
internet, possibilities for our block of land, and discussions with
Bernd of his and Patti's plannings for a motorcycle trip to South
America, a continent not yet visited by them. Another decent riding day
towards Calais, 350km, where by mid afternoon we were entrenched in our
Formula 1 hotel in Dunkirk.
7/8/11 The last of the Euro spent on petrol we left mainland Europe and
caught the ferry to Dover early morning.
Move with us to the United Kingdom