Erzbergrodeo arrival day

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At 2 pm I started loading the transporter, a long list of 165 items were at my packing list.

Everything had to be stowed secure and right in place, the first challenge for the days to come.

At approx 3:30 I was ready to fetch Junior from school and up we went to the highway.

On the way there we filled our canisters and the tank of the transporter, and bought some food and something to drink too.

And up we went…

After a few construction sites along the road ,and 200 km later, we arrived at Eisenerz at 7pm.
Big advantage of the late arrival, we hadn’t to queue at the cash counter,
disadvantage: IMG_20160526_080822704Only a few spaces left within the familiy paddock??

IMG_20160526_080633449_HDR We managed to cuddle between some italian and German transporters and tents and started building our camp.

Unpacking the transporter and the tent, we did have an unpleasant surprise: there are no side sheets with the tent, as it seems we did left them at home?!! OMG!!

A telephone call home verified the fact, the sheets are still at home. My older boy will bring them to us within the next 2 hours, how kind of him!
In the meantime we did prepare the bottom of the tent and then head for the registration desk and the technical check of our bike. Only 4 minutes before closure (at 8 pm) we managed to finally finish this procedure.

So we return to our “tent”, thus reminding us on the mediocre state its still in.

A short check with junior reveals, it still will last approx. 1 1/2 hour until he arrives. So we proceed with our preparation of the inner tent.
Finally a call from junior arrives, he had left the highway.  We did  start our machines to drive to the city border of Eisenerz to meet him there.

I fix the head light on the EXC so we can be on the way even in the dark, but the next unpleasant surprise: Without license plate there is no allowance to leave the camp after 8 pm, wtf?! We had some discussion with the security guy, but he wasn’t willing to give in. So we returned the bikes to the tent and started our walk the hill up and down to Eisenerz.
There we finally met with junior.
As he and we haven’t eaten yet, we enter the Eisenerzer Stüberl for a meal of Wiener Schnitzel and Gulasch, which wasn’t to bad at all.

After this, Junior brought us back to the back entrance of the Rodeo site, which provides us with a shorter way back. Still, the sheets are heavy and I am glad to be back at our tent. As it is 11:30 pm now, we silently start to finish our tent, then do some cat wash, and went to sleep.  At 1:30 am Junior sends an SMS that he had arrived back home safely.
The night is fresh but relatively silent, so we fall asleep fast and unspoiled.

Not a common thing here, as we know: IMG_20160530_093049

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