There are so many stories about the wine county in Lower Austria. Wima decided to add another one. How? Naturally with a bike tour, what else? As abbreviations are hipp, we called our tour the WDD. Wtf? It stands for Wima Duke Duett (or Wine County, Duke Duett) and therefore fits perfect. There are 3 Duke 390 within Wima Austria, so we should consider to organise a WDT (Wima Duke Triple) as soon as possible too!
Why to the wine county? As we travel without consuming alcohol during our rides (not afterwards, thats quite a different thing!), the target of our trip might be slightly strange, but as Nina – our new prospect – lives in the northern part of Vienna, and I do know this area from my Enduro trips, a tour to the north was a logic consequence. Our ride started on friday, afternoon, at the northern border of Vienna and led us through the lovely parts of the Kreuttal (herbs valley) and over the tangled roads of the Leiser mountains directly to the gallows hill in Wildenduernbach (Lower Austrias most beautiful wine celler assembly!) After a short stop – no, not for drinking – we proceeded further to Laa/Thaya where we paused to relish the ice-cream and the beautiful view at the main place with the majors house.
Refreshed we started south again, via – naturally – KTM distributer Kaudela in Unterstinkenbrunn, then further on to Stronsdorf, Nursch, Maisbirbaum, Niederhollabrunn to Korneuburg, where our ways parted.
The whole ride carried us through the soft hills of the wine county, between fields of pumpkins, sun flowers and corn, and, yes, some wine yards, too. Additional refreshment, despite the weather wasn’t hot at all, came from sections through forrests, which were already relatively cold. Summed up, a very nice tour-mix. The weather was even more astouning, as with my start in the afternoon, there where some irritating black clouds down in the south, but my rain app was right, not even a drop up in the north of lower austria.
As we had choosen mostly minor roads we hadn’t much traffic with other cars or bikes so we could choose our pace and our stops freely. Whith this conditions Nina was able to keep the pace very well, despite the fact, that she didn’t know the area (and roads) at all. 4 hours pleasant ride, well done!
After the arrival at the Rally and me returning from Hungary, I tried as much as possible to keep updated on news and events, as well as pictures from the Rally. Thanks to my kind Wima friends, and WhatsApp 😉 From this perspective, I will try to write this report, despite my absence. (Naturally approved by our whole week participants)
Monday was registration and get to know, get in touch day. The first, and only one, weak spot of this week surfaced at the breakfast buffet: coffee was a rare and precious good for the whole time. But fortunately, Elsbeth, our Swiss friend, managed to put a smile on our faces, thanks to her own-brewed coffee that she kindly offered to us.
During the day, all participants arrived and settled down on the camping ground and bungalows, and then registered with the “Wima Office” on site. As a gift all received a full bag with T-Shirt, chain spray, visor cleaning fluid, folders about Esztergom and Hungary and 2 small sacks of paprika powder – spicy) The weather was hot, so the swimming pool was well used to get some refreshment. In the meantime Lily and Birgit arrived with their van, and erected their tipi in the gap of our tent circle, so now our camp was fully established. Anneliese was staying in the bungalows as accommodation. Heidi, Manuela and Simone, our German “Wima-Austria branch” also arrived and pitched their tents in one of the many german corners of the camping ground.
In the evening hours, we were all invited to the welcome dinner, and our experience showed that Hungarians are real gourmets and gourmands as well. The food was really good and the portions available were huge.
But our Hungarian colleagues know what’s necessary to compensate the food. The evenening and the night ended with music and disco sound. J
Tuesday Naturally, we woke up late, but an irresistible smell wandered over the camp site. It was like wood coal and barbecue and so we were attracted by the smell and ended up around this huge Ox roast- Jep, this week will not be the best for vegetarians 😉
But, there is another kind of distraction. The tree within our tent circle seemeds to host a million Mealy bugs. And now, unfortunately, they decided to leave the tree and enter our tents. They were all over the luggage, in every gap, brrrr.
We fought back with insecticide and this helped a lot, but still they were falling. :-/
The afternoon was well spent with the pool and party, and so the night was a little bit longer then the last one.
Wednesday Its Rally day! Over the night it rained heavily. Our bikes’ side stands had sunk into the soft ground and were falling over. Berti’s bike even droppped on to her tent, but it could have been worse with her lying at that spot and rain poored into the tent, and her boots were now filled up to the top. No big damage to the bikes though, only one mirror on Berti’s bike was bent, but still worked. After this adventurous night the rally started in the morning and some clouds were still in the sky, so we went prepared for the worst. But, the day got quite a pleasant twist. The rally was carefully prepared and so we get to know the surroundings of Esztergom.
The rally ended at the local HQ of the Hungarian Police (Rendörség). As a remembrance to killed motorcycle riders , Wima representatives placed a wreath at the site.
After the ceremony we headed back to camp where we recovered from the challenges of the rally, because the evening challenge is quite as tough. The prison band gives a live concert at the main tent and the vibes are hot and high. They even treated their music instruments in a really bad manner. 😉 And so, this evening ended, for some of us, really late too.
Thursday In the morning, it was quite the same situation as yesterday. The clouds were thick, but it’s only raining occasionally and feeble. So we started for our parade to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. As our parade was under the auspices of the breast cancer prevention organisation, we all carried a pink ribbon. One Hungarian tv station was also present and they are interviewed Claudia Fehrer (our international president) and Emese Melicher (The national Hungarian president) Report from 21:05 minutes
Guarded by a really impressive police escort the large column of motorbikes set in motion and we headed to Budapest. Our police colleagues did a very good job in guiding us through half of Budapest until we arrived to a central square, where the campaigns donations were handed over to the responsible Hungarian representatives. After the ceremony we headed back to Esztergom, always surrounded by Hungarian police officers on bikes. I think, the Budapest car drivers will remember this day with some horror 😉
We were back at the camp in the late afternoon, and so we tried to get some food and something to drink.
In the evening there was the Wima president’s dinner for the national Wima presidents, where they discuss national and international issues, which are more or less strictly confidential, so we cannot post them here in public. 😉
The dinner was followed with the occasional night pleasure: Disco, and as always the night is too short .
Friday Budapest, wait weren’t we there yesterday? Kind of, but as we were surrounded by so many police bikes, we hadn’t the possibility to check out the city, itself. 😉 So we crammed together in a few busses to Budapest, there we got a lot of information from the guide, shortly afterward we were transferred to a boat on the river Danube, to visit the riverside as well. And, afterwards back into the bus for further rounds through Budapest. It was hot and there was no time to consume some drinks, or to eat a snack, so we were really glad when we arrived back in the camp in the late afternoon to revive our spirits.
I had arrived in the meantime and already got aquainted with the Mealy bugs and their accompanying earwigs 😉 and I tested the pool, as it was a hot day.
As the others arrived late, there was not enough time to freshen up and pretty ourselves. All others do had the same problem, as nobody was at the main tent. So we easily sat at our favourite table (as far as possible away from the loudspeakers) once again.
Then the whole ceremony started, all the official announcements, the thanks to our hosts (Wima Hungary) and the introduction video from Wima Estonia for the Rally 2017 in Jäneda (pronounced Joohnada, or so 😉 ) is shown.
This all lasted a long time, and we were really hungry now.
Finally Emese announced that the buffet is open and the queue started to grow.
But, as always, there was enough for all of us and we got fed more than enough. The selection was fabulous And it all tasted excellent!
Luckily the disco started and we were glad to do some moves, after all the sitting in the bus and the heavy food load J
A colourful sun set finished the day as night fells in.
It fitted very well to the melancholic mood we were all in, as a wonderful, inspiring and entertaining week was now over, and we will have to wait a year, to meet again.
Due our early departure in the morning we went to bed early. At midnight we all had finished our bed time routine. Good night Anneliese, sleep well Su, Good night Birgit, sleep well Chris, Good night Berti, Good night Renate, sleep well Michaela, Good night Lily, …… :-0
Saturday Ouch, rain started to poor down during the night. It started with a harmonic rhythm, but now it was heavy rain and the dark clouds to the north were not looking promising. Nevertheless we enjoy our last breakfast, then all paniers are packed up, and the wet tents are folded and mounted on the bikes to.
Birgit and Lily are the fastest, no wonder, as the can use the whole space of their bus. They kindly offer to take the bigger parts with them. And soon after they are leaving the camp.
They are followed by Su, Michaela, Berti and Renate, this group is heading back to Vienna
They are facing heavy rain and strong wind, as all Wima groups heading north. Thank gods, they all arrived safely.
Anneliese was still waiting for her partner and so did I too, as I will join them on the first part of their holiday journey. Finally, at 12 pm, Michi arrived at the camp (Border controls and weather were really bad) and so we start into the west in direction to Szombathely. Anneliese will then proceed further to Slovenia for Holidays, I to the Pannonia Race Circuit for my first race training – as it seems, I cannot get enough of riding!!!! This tour is quite uncomfortable too, 12° temperature, heavy rain and strong side winds are accompanying us over 5 hours the whole way. We are glad as the we approach our tragets. In Jánosháza we parted and proceed on the final section of our day’s trip. Finally, we arrive wet but without any harm at ourdesignated targets. But that is quite another story 😉
Such, or similar, was my big question, as I heart the first time from the WIMA Rally in one of our winter meetings.
Wima Rally? Yes, once a year all WIMA clubs worldwide, gather together at one location somewhere at this globe and celebrate, talk and ride their (rented) motorbikes.
And, this year our hungarian WIMA Collegues honoured us with their invitation to Esztergom for the Rally 2016.
As the distance between Vienna and Esztergom, especially via highway, is only an 2 1/2 hour drive, something different has to be found. Driving through the hungarian puszta isn’t chilling, too, so?
Finally the hungarian prime minister helped us with his temporary closure of the border to hungary, thus meaning, that a direct border crossing wasn’t recommended at all, so we decided to enter Hungary via Slovakia. And, fortunately so we found the perfect alternative route: We started in Aspern (the site of the one and only victory of the austrian army
over Napoleons army, crossing the danube), at 10 am
Then we went up NorthEast to the Slovakian Border at Angern/March, where we used the ferry to cross the river to Slovakia.
from there we rode to Malacky and further on into the little Charpathian Mountains (Maly Karpaty) –
quite similar to our Kalte Kuchl– a famous motorbike meeting and show-off point in Austria.
from there via Senec to Galanta.
Unfortunately my Smartphone overheated during the long drive in the hot and sunny weather, so the screen blackened, and the backup map wasn’t quite clear at one point, so we endend in the middle of nowhere close to the little danube (Maly Dunaj)
A really nice and pleasant place, but unfortunately only with a rowboat the right way. But, with our bikes, we had to head back for a short period and then circle to the right side in direction to Galanta.
After Galanta we headed south, along the Waag river to Komarno at the Danube. Now we had to decide, which side we would choose for our further approach to Esztergom. Should we stay on the slovakian side and cross the danube at Sturovo? Or should we cross the danube and head to Esztergom along the danube, or over the hills via Tata, Bajna and Tat?
We decided for the hungarian side, and so we crossed the bridge to hungary to Komarom, no border controls, as expected 😉
As all of us where more or less dehydrated (despite constant drinking water) we decided for the assumed easier way along the danube. But unfortunately, village after village, a lot of sunday tourist car drivers, made the last 35km to Esztergom an unpleasant and boring ride.
Approx. 6 hours riding time was calculated, finally -with some interruptions – 8 hours driving was the result.
My camel back had helped, and so we started to assemble our austrian camp, after the first welcome rounds.
As Lily and Birgit will arrive tomorrow with their transporter van and the big tipi , we decided to make kind of a circle with our tents, below some shady trees.
I did errect my tent too, despite the fact that I will have to drive back in an hour, or so, to vienna, as I had changed my job only a week ago and therfore lost all my vacation for the time beeing . :-/
But I’ll be back – on friday afternoon – for sure.
At 8:30 pm I started the engine again, and headed to Tatabanya, the closest highway driveway, I found a pleasant, challenging road with no traffic, so I arrived at the highway only half an our later, and from there headed back to vienna into the black night.
unsurprisingly, there was a queue at the border of 2,5km, but, as I had left my paniers at the tent, it was easy to sneak frough the cloumns and cross the border without to much time lost.
Finally, at 10:45pm I arrived at Vienna. Tired after a 13,5 hours tour, and 11 hours ride, but looking forward to friday.! 😉
Breakfast at 8:00, sharp, at the terrace. From the terrace there is a beautiful view over Arnfels to the border hills of slovenia and in direction to the Weinstrasse.
Is there something better, then brakfast on a sunny terrace? A huge buffet is arranged, the local delicacies are arranged in an artisan way and mixed with international known goodies, like Styria Maki, pastry of zander and trout, pumpkin-orange marmelade, etc… it was amazing stuff, the chef prepared for us. 🙂
Minute for minute the other girls arrive to the breakfast table and do join us in tackling the buffet. Together with some coffee, the spirits are awaken again. After this early brunch, i doubt, that lunch will be necessary ;-)Even better, more time to ride!
After a view rounds between buffet and table, we are well prepared to start our ride again. Only 30min later we put the paniers back on the bikes and roll them out of the garage.
Its a pleasant warm air, and we enjoy our ride to Leutschach, where we do a tank stop again and then head on to the South Styria Wine Street.
The narrow road bends multiple times through picturesque hills, on top some wine growing estates, sourrounded by vineyards. The road follows the border between austria and Slovenia, so sometimes we are in AUstria, then we are in SLovenia, but that doesn’t matter here, we only follow the bended road, uphill and downhil, mesmerised by the beautiful view. As the street is very narrow, I do not want to travel there with a car, as the road isn’t a one way road. So other approaching cars would be difficult o handle, but no problem with the bike 🙂
Naturally we stop at some point to, only to absorb the view over the hills into slovenia.
And on we go, along the border, sometime meeting some army guys patrolling there, but no stranded fugitive is seen so we head on unmolested.
At Spielfeld we enter the Grazer Becken, but there is not much to say: _________________________________ Its really flat, so only recommended to cross, to regain higher ground again, as it starts after Bad Radkersburg. ,
So, we do our first regular stop in the shadow of some forrest trees. The coffee has to be replaced with some water as we enter the next wine street on our way, the Südburgenländische Weinstraße and the sun is still burning from the sky.
Its quite similar to the Styrian part, but not so overcrowded with tourists, as it seems. Everything is smaller and cheaper, then in the southern part.
We pick the narrow roads there to and we were not disappointed at all, the tires, not really used yesterday due to the rain, do have the chance to show us their limits now, but I must say, that with our yesterdays experience in the rain, the confidence into our tyres have mounted from rain to rain, so our threshold has been lowered substantially 😉
After some time, we drive down to the Raab river valley a more flat area, where the first clouds appear on the sky, heading out of Hungary towards our planned route. As there are some gaps we still try to avoid the rain and head on, but short after we are forced under a huge chestnut tree, where we, again, chnage back to our rain gear. Right in time, as suddenly water is poured down on us, like it was poured out of a bucket.
It last only for a short period, so we arrive at Güssing, with ist prominent High Castle ruin admist the city again with only cloudy sky.
Still, we ride along the hungarian border to the north, the wavy area, with wide rounded curves invites us to probe our tires a little bit more, and short, plain rain do not harm us anymore in our pleasure.
We arrive at Rechnitz shortly afterward, it is situated at the foot of the Gschriebnstein, where we hold for a tankstop and a little refreshment, before we start our climb up the mountain. We remove our rain gear too, as it would hinder us in movement along the following kilometers, so we can solely concentrate on the track to come.
And, despite the fact, that Burgenland highest mountain is only 860m in highed, the following track is a beautiful carved road up and downhill, and the speedlimit of 80km/h isn’t a problem at all, it fits very well with the available bends. 😉
As it seems, only minutes, the track end on the other side of the mountain at Lockenhaus, where another interesting target awaits us:The castle? The Knights meal? Köszeg (Güns) with the picturesc old city center?
But, no, only some fleshly things, we cherish.
A small parking lot, dedicated for motorbikes, close to the entrance of the main placen right in viewing distance o the backery and ice shop, stops our furtehr advance.
And, as it seems we are not alone. Its a meeting place for bikers from Hungary, as well as Styria, Lower AUstria and the Burgenland, even from Vienna there are some bikes.
I had planed to use the stop for a short visit of my new (future) dog in Köszeg, but our stay will be relatively short, as in our general driving direction first clouds are massing again.
So we head back to our bike after some cool bowls of ice and proceed further on in direction to Kirchschlag. But, after the first hill, the rain, again, breaks totally loose. It was surprising, we had to take shelter outside a mortuary, under the broad roof we quickly put our rain gear again. As fast as the rain had come it also disappeared and cheased completely after a few kilometers. At Kirchschlag we again, head into the mountains, a small road along the ridge gives us a beautiful view over the countryside, and the well build tarmac – as it seems from EU funding – is a nice complimentary for our bikes.
Much to fast we arrive at Forchtenstein an, the speed limit along the narrow winding road is resonably set, so again an interesting experience.
JFrom here to Eisenstadt, the track isn’t beautiful at all, straight roads, and often flat, no big surprise at all. At Eisenstadt we say our farewells, as closing in to Vienna, we expect that our small group will be torn apart within the long car columns heading back to the capital.
We no ride over the Leitha Gebirge in direction to Stotzing, a road section named one of the deadliest roads for motorbikers in Austria in 2009.as ebenfalls sehr schön ausgebaut ist, but, without car traffic it would be less dangerous. 😉
SO, last section: Via Stotzing, Ebreichsdorf, Laxenburg, Wr. Neudorf back to Vienna. This part of our Journey was really uneventful, so we can really skip this part completely. As expected we loose sight of each other within the cars, but thats not a big trouble, as we will meet again, already on tuesday at our monthly WIMA Meeting 🙂
For now, the story of our weekend trip is over. It has been a beautiful experience to ride with the girls, and even the test of our rain gear resulted in a positive aspect! 🙂
PS: Short after, i was driving with my car to Köszeg, but thats a quite different story.
a long, long time ago, there was the idea to went for a season start ride with the friends in WIMA As always, when the council of WIMA meets, there were different considerations and opinions to consider. When does the motorbike season start? In March, in May? Or, as some of the participants cooly reminded: “Never, there is no interruption” so, at least the präsident rose and enounounced with a loud voice: “May it is, and we declare the first weekend as the date for the ride. So be prepared” she said, and the decision was made. And yet, only one month later it was quite clear, that the scheduled date will not fit with other business needs, so the discussion did start again, and so they discussed happily ever after……. *snip*
Thank god, I woke up from this “nightmare”, right in time 😉 We do discuss a lot of things and do have a lot of chit-chat during our WIMA meetings , but, if the matter is about tours, there is no hesitation to find a decission, so easily an alternate date was found. The first Juni weekend it was, no sooner said then done:
5 happily female riders announced their participation with the tour. And target and slogan of the ride was very easily decided, too : wine, woman and song -> So, it was obvious:
After short condsiderations we presented the following route to the south and back to the north
<- To the south and to the north ->
The planned route through the mountains spans over approx. 400 km, so an early start was announced, to have the time to enjoy the day with other things then riding.
oh, lamentation and bitter weeping were oll over the land *snip* , we simply did rise a little bit earlier. 😉
So, we all met at an fitting meeting point in the south of Vienna, perfect for the start of our ride. All had come, in best mood and competent – as we are – we mustered the new Duke in our midst.
The sun shone with all her might already in this early (9 Uhr) hour and so we did start our engines and Ladies: Let’s ride!
First our route went along the Gupoldskirchner wine hills (Slogan!!) and then we left for the mountains in direction to Gloggnitz through the outer alps.
A short tankstop close to Pernitz to prepare for the ride through the further mountains.
The first curves and kilometers were already behind us, as we arrived at Gloggnitz.
What happend then, you want to know?
Heaven opened and WATER poured out of the sky! *snip*
Not only drops, water. Just in time, there was a tank stop and we changed into our rain gear We looked like the 5 dwarfs *snip* in our colorful rain gear and now, well prepared, we mustered all our strenght and headed into the mountains between Semmering and Wechsel.
It was not the first time, that the water tried to spill our bikes from the road with all his might, but our heroines were true and unafraid and so they rode *snip* on.
Arriving at Birkfeld, still in the rain, we decided to enter an inn to get some rest and food.
After a meager meal, our princesses were not willing to proceed their wet and ghastly ride *snip* , but a long way and mountains were still in front of them, and even much more important: Curves!, so we started the engines once again and headed back in the rainy mountains.
We crossed the Mur river valley at Deutschfeistritz, only to disappear in the mountains again. And they haven’t been seen anymore…. *snip*
But no, the rain, much more stronger then the last time, tried to frighten our small party, but still some miracle was on the way. Admist all this rain, on a small hill, there was a church with a wedding party, beautifully clad in traditional garb, and the hill was in the bright sun, Saint Pangrazen was the place, and as it seems the Saint was pleased by our slow pass by, so the rain started to chease shortly after we passed and the sun did shine, again.
Now we could see the beautiful countryside, and the stud of Piber invited us for a short break along the road to regain some strenght and to drink something too.
We were not shure, if we should ditch our rain gear, as the sun was shining hot from above, but a short view to the sky showed us, it would be better to keep it on. And we were not disappointed 😉
The next section, over the Pack pass, was a beautiful ride along a very bended road, up and down, it was an real fun to get chased by the BMW, and the
bad Sheriff, in his high castle *snip* was unlucky to have his radar gun aligned in the wrong direction. I wonder, haven’t our engines been loud enough??
Full of joy we proceeded down to Carinthina, in direction to Frantschach, were we turned left to climb the mountain to Deutschlandsberg.
We thought of mountain pastures, cows, some abondoned chairlifts, etc.. instead we found: Heavy rain, hail and fog all at once. The temperature dropped down to 9° C, I was really happy to have my handles heated.
The funny part was, that at the lunch break, we discussed the conditions we already had during our trip, and I told them: “Beside of hail, everything we had already“. In my opinion, the recollection of this short episode brought a smile to our lips, it was simply ridiculous!
After this icy kilometers, some snow remnants left and right from the road, we arrived at Deutschlandsberg, and as nothing had even happened the sun was there back again.
We used the sun to get dry on our shortcut to our overnight stay in Krast, the restaurant and hotel Restaurant Moosmann was our final target for the day. We were tired from the long (8 hours on the bike, overall) ride through storm and ice *snip*
Despite this, we relished the wonderful meal, personally prepared by the chef himself (a former motorbiker himself).
With a beautiful view from the bed room , along tomorrow’s track we went to bed.
Maybe you have wondered about the different colors along the tracks (you can enlarge them, as the pictures, with a click) there is only a small hint:
Its not a speed-, elevation- or direction indicator, but you will find it in my story everywhere. 😉
Who knows the right answer? Maybe the price is The Wishing-Table? Or the The Gold-Ass, or, at least The Cudgel in the Sack? *snip*
Offers ladies day, basic and perfection trainings had all of them, already, as a bonus, ladies day training covers the reerection of a fallen bike, otherwise its the same as the basic training, only with women at site. Perfection is a slightly enhanced training, should be possible or all of us to cover it too. trial is interesting, as it is more chalenging as it would look from the first view. But it is really exhausting to stay on the bike and needs alot of concentration too.
The tarmac isn’t better then out on the street, so its a bit more challeging in the small corner, but, hell, where do you get the possible to rush a white mice (Nick for the Austrian Motorbike Police Forces) 😉
Öamtc Does offer more then one type of training, they are all with costs, members receive reductions up to 30,- €) Tarmac is perfect, the Go Kart Track superb, a good chance to reduce the bank sensor a little bit 😉