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Fatman-Overlands’ Latest Recruits

Alert as always!

Fatman-Overland has recruited another two members!

The Princess Twiglet

The Princess Twiglet

Twiglet North will be replacing the sadly deceased Sarge (who gave his life (or at least his stuffing) for us in the DRC) to undertake guarding duties. She also brings other skills to her new role such as: Licking, Tail-wagging, Rolling over and begging to be rubbed (also useful in tripping people up) and general staring at things.

She admits to being new at this “travelling” thing but has already been to Wales (which was wet and cold) where she was introduced to the fun of living in a tent which she took to like a duck to water, to Holland where she managed to gatecrash a wedding and France where she was able to truly appreciate the many finer things in life!

She also says that if any of our readers see us anywhere she would love a stroke (and also a treat!) ๐Ÿ™‚

The second new team member is Delta ‘Da D-Man’ North who is joiningย us as our new customer liaison officer. The skills he brings are the sad cocker spaniel eyes, semi-lethal tail wags and the almost unmatched ability to trail water all over the place after drinking it. Like his ‘sister’ Twiglet he has been to France where he managed to see the sea for the first time and declared it ‘slightly too salty’ for his taste! He is looking forward to tasting lots of water in lots of exotic places and then depositing it wherever it might be needed.

Da D-Man

Da D-Man

Enjoy the adventure people!

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Europe 2009: Mile 2559

26th April 2009

Bikes everywhere

Bikes everywhere

A short day again. Just a quick hop across to the Schwarzwald (Black forest) which is where some of Isabel’s ancestors came from. After another good breakfast at the hotel overlooking the lake we set off. We had decided to head for the town of Titisee for no other reason than it has a silly name (hey I grew up on Carry-On movies ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Again the roads were good and, this time, full of bikes enjoying the good weather. On the way we came across a cafe full of bikes. Naturally we sopped for a coffee and a gaze at all the bikes. Most were German (naturally) with some Swiss and French and two British (us). There was also a Honda Blackbird complete with a sidecar for two – cool! When they left there were four people on board – who says you need a car?

Bikers changing rooms

Bikers changing rooms. Titisee

After our wander we were back on the road. After some more good roads we arrived at the town and parked up in a large car park. Not only did this have a separate area for motorbikes it also had a changing room (with lockable lockers – price 1 euro refundable) for bikers. I like a country where bikers are not treated as 3rd class citizens. Having deposited our helmets, jackets, camelbaks etc. we headed off to the part of the town on the lake (i.e. the actual “Titisee”). This is very touristy (but then again that is what we are ๐Ÿ™‚ ) selling generally the same stuff – quartz cuckoo clocks etc – but a nice little wander anyway.

Pork Knuckle and Potato Salad

Dish of the day - Good grief!

For lunch we went to one of the restaurants that were dotted about. Isabel had sauerbraten and spetzle (a dish her mother made) and I had the dish of the day – Pork knuckle and potato salad -very nice and very big! After that we did a boat tour of the lake (I’m surprised that the boat didn’t sink after that large lunch!) which was quite pleasant. After that we did a bit more touristy wandering looking at all the shops.

Camping Bankenhof, Schwarzwald, Germany

Camping Bankenhof, Schwarzwald, Germany

Then it was back to the bikes to look for a campsite. We intend spending some time (about three days) in the Schwarzwald so we will be able to have a base and ride out without the luggage for a change which will be nice. We would have liked one on the lakeside but the road to them wasn’t really suitable for bikes so we chose one in amongst the trees instead.

Tent and Bikes and Trees, Schwarzwald, Germany

Tent and Bikes and Trees, Schwarzwald, Germany

Didn’t check the road in the campsite (which was loose gravel) nor the fact that we had to park the bikes up on a grass slope ๐Ÿ™ – Oh well we managed it. Anyway we found a nice pitch away from the caravans and mobile homes and up went the tent in quick time.

All in all this is a very nice campsite with friendly owners and good facilities so we awarded it

4 sarges out of 5

Isabel and beers

Isabel and beers

After getting the tent up we went off to get a beer at the campsite bar/restaurant since it had been a very hot day. We also got some bread and groceries from the onsite shop. We then made dinner back at the tent, played some cards and went to bed hoping that the bikes didn’t fall over in the night!

Lessons Learnt:

  • Germany has good facilities for bikers
  • Being tourists sometimes isn’t a bad thing
Mr Teddy all ready for bed

Mr Teddy all ready for bed

Adrian & Isabel

& Mr Teddy

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