August 25, 2006 GMT
Scandinavia,Germany

We left Baju, Hungary on 12 /8 /06 having enjoyed the swimming pool facilities at the hotel and meals, including drinks for 13 GBP.

IT cafes charge by the minute but the total for one hour is 83 pence .

The country is less austere than Rumania but , talking to a German girl (who had relocated from Berlin many years ago) she said that there is still a Communist style of running the country. There are Call girls blatantly standing at the cross roads or in laybvs. One of the road signs all the way through this area forbids horse and cart to go on bigger roads and tanks are restricted to 70 KPH.


The stalks are encouraged to nest on the telegraph poles with a grid placed on top for them to make their nest.

There are few places to pull off on the road but the surfaces here are reasonably good.
We had a wet ride through to Austria after a cursory glance at the passports. Through Neusiedler and Passon where there are many vines growing in flat countryside with soft rolling hills in the distance.
Hotels range from 25- 40 GbP and petrol 1GBP per litre.

This part of the trip has been more difficult without reference available to the LOnely Planets book.

Through Germany we followed the course of the Danube till swinging inland; The B roads are exellent and fir trees abound. There are numerous Wind farms lazily turning but for us it was very windy at times and maximum speed was 50 mph. There appear to be diversions everywhere for road repairs at EEC expense.

You can see the old Look out posts that boreded East and West Germany; There are areas with lots of deserted houses and shops and then you come to the beautiful city of Lubeck with its tall spires and houses with pointed roofs . Sometimes the tiles on the roof will cover all the house- presumably for extra protection in the winter.

There are miles and miles of flat straight roads with farms of Roe deer on the side.

17th and crossed border into denmark; there was no border control, just the sign saying you were in Denmark. Changed money to Kroner , petrol is just under 1GBP;
There are cyclists everywhere and they have their own cycle path to the side of the road ,which quite often is wider than the pavement. The cycles have all types of adaptions- prams on the front or back, tandems ,trailors or waist high peddles. How they find their own bike beats me when there are hundreds parked together.
So to odense and Copenhagen, which was well expensive at hotel room 100 GBP per night and beer 5GGP .

We poked our nose into Malmo, Sweden and had a cup of coffee(just to sat we had been there ); You go over 2 bridges 23 and 20 K in length. these you pay for (10 and 26 GBP ).

21 st and back through Gluckstadt and Barwinkhil Germany, through Holland which was totally flat and boring with HGVs on every road. It was here that there was the worst diesel spill of the trip which went on for miles.

We are now in Dinant, Belgium having a few days off. We were tired and needed a rest-- and it still rains !

Total miles 17810

Posted by Dee Masters at August 25, 2006 09:51 AM GMT
 



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