Yet another smaller adventure topic

Discussion in 'Street and Performance Bikes' started by alvaro84, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    The second day started adventurously... the shape and softness of Teresa's rear tire was more than suspicious... Rode her to the next gas station and diagnosed the reason for the flat tire. And had to find a way to repair it on the 1st of May which was also Sunday :D Finally we could get a spray at the local ÖAMTC, and it worked very well. Now we could go to Leoben to visit our other interest: the Justice Center of Leoben.

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    Just imagine a school looking like this... it's creepy enough for a prison :D

    The Leoben view:

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    The town isn't beautiful at all, but at least it's among nice hills.

    On the way back we filled up the bikes (Teresa's average became 2.98l/100km between low fuel lights, it had clearly improved since I found the battery contact problem... Ciliegia was at 3.01l/100km) then headed back to Hungary. Of course the rain catched us, then we catched the rain, some hail, a storm in Hungary, and some more rain.

    We stopped for a few minutes after the hail, because the view was truly breathtaking from above, clouds were floating in the valleys below us:

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    We had another stop to eat at Mad Mex (Vép, Hungary), a very good Mexican restaurant.
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    Yup, it doesn't make sense without knowing this video:

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    I don't know the averages from the way back as the low fuel light hasn't come out yet, but it may not be that good: we took many main roads just riding at the speed limit, with no particular tricks and we got pretty much rain too (and some strong wind around the border). Could coast while descending the mountains, but that didn't take too long.
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  2. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Mass Psychology Exercise

    It surely wasn't a regular trip of ours. This time we rode through the Eastern part of Austria with a caravan of 17+ motorcycles and I surely couldn't do my best, I even got pretty exhausted mentally, but I can say that I've learned much.

    I did not take any pictures on the way there. We crossed the Bakony again, which is one of my favourite parts of our country, but this time we did so in pouring rain all the way so I was preoccupied with being soaked and cold. The forecast and present radar picture denied the slightest possibility of rain so we left our rain suits at home. It was a bad idea - we got more than a hundred kilometers of it :p

    Before arriving the pension I though I won't go anywhere that day, just stay inside and dry myself. But it turned out otherwise. At least I could dry my riding pants and jacket in the wind. My boots were hopeless, they stayed wet through the whole weekend.

    But the first day's program turned out very nice, so I had no regrets in the end. We saw a lamp museum, with strange contraptions, like this one:

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    This is a Russian lamp, which was used in very remote locations, and they cleverly packed a lot of functions in it. It was not just a lamp, but water boiler for their tea and on the top of it, it had a Peltier generator inside, to power the radio :D

    I hope I can get a picture somewhere of the "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer" matchbox which could be used to light the 2nd world war era kerosene lamp, because I couldn't get a picture of it :eek:

    We had a look at the lake Fertő (Neusiedler See in German) from both the Hungarian and the Austrian side, we crossed the border the place where the iron fence was first broken in 1989.

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    (Boat houses on the Hungarian side)

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    (The view of the lake near a stone mine in Austria)

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    (And the view of a different direction from the same hilltop)

    The next day we started on the Hungarian side again (and tanked the bikes - it was enough for everyone, except for a bike with 5-liter tank), at Kőszeg:

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    A Brasilian guy joined our ride, with a bike covered with military green leather:

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    And we crossed the border again near the town and met the first castle, Lockenhaus (Léka):

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    The next leg was when I touched the bottom. I felt I couldn't smooth out the idiotic accordion motion of the caravan, I used the brakes many times, and I was mentally exhausted. I felt that my science failed me. shiNIN's wise words brought me the Zen here and I became much better. Seriously. From that point I didn't care about the formation, it could care about itself :D

    Anyway, the castle of Güssing and the view:

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    (And a few Porsche cars in the courtyard)

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    We had lunch too, which could also help a bit :D

    The next castle we visited was Stadtschlaining (Városszalónak), what I've already seen (but shiNIN hasn't):

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    (HUGE flower bush)

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    (Glass bottles as the symbol of peace)

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    (Camouflage :D)

    We didn't have much time here so I couldn't get down the castle trench, just like last time (we were chased by the rain clouds back then). We went on to our last appointed destination, Bernstein (Borostyánkő = amber stone), where the noble serpentin, "Jade of Austria" was mined. They had a mining themed museum full of minerals and crystals there, I couldn't help taking more pictures than the whole day before.

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    (Die Sonne / The Sun; A sculpture at the entrance)

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    (Opal)

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    (Mine elevator)

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    (And mine trains; they can carry much more stone than the dogs(!) they used in the medieval times)

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    And the evening sky after we came back to Hungary:

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    And the numbers: my two tanks with Teresa were 2.82l/100km and 2.74l/100km | 83.34mpgUS and 85.75mpgUS.
     
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Thanks Alvaro, that was very enjoyable. A peltier lamp, those crazy russians !

    The youtube link has been taken down..
     
  4. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Fantastic photos as usual! :thumbs_up:
     
  5. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Thanks guys - I don't have too many photos about our next tour - the 4th 48-hour run in Hungary.

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    All of them have been thematic so far, this one was about the hills (I wouldn't really call mountains anything in Hungary, since Trianon, 1920) of our country - we rode as close to all the highest peaks of every area as possible on paved roads.

    We started in the Southwest part of Hungary, so we visited a friend who lives very close to the start. The village is called Hosszúhetény and it became the first stop of the run too, being the closest to the highest peak of Mecsek.

    This was the place I had some time to take a few pictures on our hike the day before the start.

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    We spent the night in the village then filled the tanks at the gas station closest to the start. I also took pictures about the odometers, and these, like most of the other pictures, are purely documentary.

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    To tell the truth, I still don't know how can I take pictures during riding, if I don't want to waste

    a.) fuel (if I see something I have to brake to stop there and not much later from where it'd take several minutes to walk back in a hot riders' outfit)
    b.) time (of which we didn't have too much)

    The trip was a challenge, I wanted to try my stamina and navigation skills. I turned the wrong way a few times, it wasn't surprising. What was - that how few and small mistakes I made compared to many others in the same run :D

    So here come the few I took for the pictures themselves:

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    But we've seen many beautiful places in this tiny country, where we absolutely have to go back. We've trodden a lot of fantastic roads and incredibly bad ones too. I've learned a lot, or it may not be the best word, but I've surely improved at a lot of things.

    About being the best at fuel economy - well, all the others who wrote about the run, wrote numbers from worlds apart. Except for shiNIN, who beat me in the end. All her tanks were a little better than my ones, except for the last one, which was worse because of the strong wind and the hurry of the last day. Which proved to be the trickiest part, with the worst, narrow bumpy roads, one of them I don't want to see anymore, even in my nightmares: the road is one lane "wide", it's full of huge potholes, gravel, broken twigs and surprise sharp turns... it's outright dangerous.

    The numbers for the trip itself are (they're different to the log in Teresa's case due to the fill-to-fill method I used instead of the usual light-to-light one):

    Ciliegia:

    12.45l for 462.5km - 2.69l/100km = 87.379 US MPG
    13.11l for 489.8km - 2.68l/100km = 87.878 US MPG
    12.47l for 455.3km - 2.74l/100km = 85.88 US MPG
    4.83l for 158.3km - 3.05l/100km = 77.115 US MPG (estimated - somewhat better than the tank finished next day)
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    42.86l for 1565.9km = 2.737l/100km = 85.93 US MPG

    Teresa (in Ciliegia-kilometers too, the difference is roughly 1.4%):

    12.62l for 458.3(464.7)km = 2.75(2.72)l/100km = 85.41(86.60) US MPG
    13.29l for 482.7(489.8)km = 2.75(2.71)l/100km = 85.43(86.68) US MPG
    12.65l for 449.4(455.7)km = 2.81(2.77)l/100km = 83.56(84.73) US MPG
    4.60l for 155.6(157.8)km = 2.96(2.92)l/100km = 79.56 (80.68) US MPG (estimated - same as the tank finished next day)
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    43.16l for 1546(1568)km = 2.79(2.753) = 84.25(85.45) US MPG

    (Tired of math)
     
  6. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Alvaro, you have an admirable eye for photography -- I'm glad you share!! I'm also glad you made it through that trip in one piece. I'm very impressed by the mileage you and shiNIN put out in those circumstances, too! :thumbs_up:
     
  7. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Our next trip was a 2-up one to visit the Japanese Picnic at Nagyvárad|Oradea (which is now in Romania). It was 2-up because of the long, boring, ugly Road 4 through the huge, flat plains of the Eastern half of Hungary. On the way back we found a nicer route, through the same huge, flat plains - but smaller, less busy roads.

    On the way we stopped at Hajdúböszörmény to do some paperwork. There's a statue group (Táncoló Hajdúk ~ Dancing Hajdú Soldiers by Kiss István) right where we stopped:

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    Then we headed to Nagyvárad|Oradea through Debrecen. Getting through the border isn't complicated, though it's still much slower to show your identity card to the officers than just rolling through the deserted crossing point - I hope Romania joins the Schengen pact soon enough (before the Great Collapse, I mean :D)...

    Nagyvárad itself is somewhat ruined, somewhat under construction, it shows the lingering signs of the Ceausescu era, and the not-so-lingering signs of globalization. It was hard to find special local treats (we always have to try the local food should we go anywhere), the goods in the shops are almost the same what we're used to.

    Non-edible speciality:

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    An Orthodox church that (being quite big) has to be built for a hundred years (it's a religious regulation - at least our guide said so), so they build it very slowly :D

    Buildings and parks in and around the castle (which was closed for the evening):

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    City scape from a hill called "Gomba" (Mushroom):

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    And a very tipical, half renovated building (yes, the city center is full of these palaces):

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    And this is where the event took place:

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    ...well, we went down to a cellar here, all the 30 of us :D

    The river Körös:

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    (On the file names: the name 'Kurisu' is a pun on the river's Romanian name, she's in the anime series Steins;Gate and definitely isn't (a) River.)

    A TRAP, I mean a full grown manhole cover - it would be a large one, even in Hungary:

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    And the square around:

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    And some fun - cosplay photography:

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    And a lecture on chopstick usage for the newcomers (we're pro with chopsticks anyway :D):

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    It was HER idea to invite people from Hungary :D

    And she found lodging for us - we spent two nights in the flat of a very hospitable local family, free of charge.

    The numbers: there was a HUGE wind on the way there which literally ruined both tanks: the average for them was some 3.25l/100km ~ 72.3 US mpg - even though the way back was much better...
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2012
  8. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Wow. Have you ever thought of selling some of your photos? Quite a few would look fantastic as a large format print.
     
  9. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    I've taken some more pictures on the Bakony lake hike last Saturday. We only took a short "lap" of it (it had 3 different "laps" with different routes, one could do them all if they wanted), it was enough in the hottest summer, in a mere break of the 14th Árok Party. I haven't taken any photos at the SIDRip Alliance concert, so all I link here will be about the Bakony forest and its little, hidden lakes :)

    Some of the photos are shiNIN's.

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    The frog was really tiny, probably less than half of an inch. And the hike itself was ~15.1km / 9.4mi, with 464m / 1522ft climb.

    And the bikes were... well, carrying us to the start and back to the party. I think it'll be typical for us in the near future, going to a nearby village or forest stop, then taking a hike. We moved to a beautiful part of this little country, so we really should take advantage of the place.

    Edit. Oh, and a link to some SIDRip Alliance live:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEFh-lR5D5s&feature=related

    This is from their 2010 and 2011 concerts at the same place, because I haven't found anything from this year yet. They're a yearly sight there anyway as they mostly play retro game music :)
     
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  10. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Tatra Quick Visit

    (part one)

    So we had a short and 'low cost' trip to the High Tatras, to see the (probably) closest 'proper mountains'.

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    The plan was to travel through preferably small and twisty roads, and definitely NO motorways (they're no fun, even though they are free for motorcycles in Slovakia). Thanks to the range of our bikes we could just 'skip' Slovakia in the hope of the cheaper Polish gas. This was our first trip to a non-neighbouring country (to Hungary, I mean), though we really hadn't seen much of Poland, except for some nice mountain roads and tourist-infested towns and villages. We entirely crossed Slovakia, though.

    First day's target was Tatranská Lomnica, below the Lomnic Peak (2634m/8643ft). As we couldn't book a room cheap enough 2 days before the trip, we brought a tent with us too. It was a nice little challenge to place it so it wouldn't deteriorate Teresa's aerodynamics even more (I'm bad shaped enough sitting in the saddle :D). In the light of the tank averages it wasn't a huge fail.

    The Hungarian leg of this route was familiar to us, even a bit of Slovakia (until we finished our breakfast in front of a store in Sahy), and there are nice roads in this first leg too (like the Slovak road 564). I took the first picture of the trip here:

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    Hungarian headline, with Chinese text. And this all in Slovakia. The next few were made after a short detour through a narrow and quite bad road (patches of gravel were scattered around) trhough Zajezová:

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    On the way back we took a few next to Víglaská Huta - Kalinka too:

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    We can thank this detour to the Slovak military - a road I wanted to ride through was closed with a barrier, and a guard house. In the guard house I could phone with someone who knew Hungarian (English didn't prove useful there). What the map shows: a village in there, with all the roads leading to it closed - was true. It looked so nonsense I didn't even believe it, but that someone in the phone confirmed it.

    The next leg (after a bit of road 50) is a nice treat for the bikers. Though it's hard to stop anywhere to take pictures, the road 529 itself is great, it's full of nice curves and the pavement is good on most of this stretch. It runs mostly in the forest, but sometimes you can see the valleys below, and even a small lake.

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    Then the treat continued, after a town called Brezno (the photos were taken next to the town).

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    The next 'wave' were the Low Tatras: the nicely meandering Road 72 crossed the mountains at a 1232m/4042ft high pass, making miles of FAS possible after the climb (I still prefer gliding to engine braking until it's too hard on the brakes). The new dropout bearing passed the test. The scenery from the pass:

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    And the north side, on the way back (it was really beautiful):

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  11. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    The next mountains were the High Tatras themselves. The peaks are all crammed in a small area and the mountains have a very distinct, steep edge. Approaching them, as they pierced the clouds, felt similar to seeing a really, really big monster in a dream. I mean, they felt high. They even dwarfed the Necrogiant in Painkiller.

    The road 538 needed hairpin bends to get up to the line of mountain villages at 800-1300m, then the road 537 runs through them all, with cute, mild bends. The villages' names are poems in themselves, like Tatranské Zruby, Vysoké Tatry Dolny' / Stary' / Horny' Smokovec or Vysoké Tatry Tatranská Lomnica. It was a game to guess whether we were inside one of them. The signs marking their beginning were spartan, when you saw "some (long and incomprehensible) black Slovak text on plain white background", you had better slow down, that had may been a village you just had entered.

    After setting up the tent we went on a stroll back to the village. The campsite was outside, a few kilometers south from the main street, and a bit more from the cable car station. A very nice trail connected it to the village:

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    We tried some local food too, cabbage soup, Pyrogs with Bryndza (Slovak sheep milk cheese), steamed dumplings and Zlaty Bazant beer.

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    (Steamed dumpling, one of the foods I think to have the funniest names - in Hungarian, at least: it sounds like it was made of steam :D)

    On the way back we ran into a HUGE deer in the darkness, inside the village.

    Needless to say, I took a lot of pictures of the mountains, the Lomnicky Stít (and the Slavkovsky Stít, I guess), in the evening, in the morning, wide angle, normal, and close-ups (up to 300mm, great tool for scenery :D)

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    After setting up the tent we went on a stroll back to the village. The campsite was outside, a few kilometers south from the main street, and a bit more from the cable car station. A very nice trail connected it to the village:

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    We tried some local food too, cabbage soup, Pyrogs with Bryndza (Slovak sheep milk cheese), steamed dumplings and Zlaty Bazant beer.

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    (Steamed dumpling, one of the foods I think to have the funniest names - in Hungarian, at least: it sounds like it was made of steam :D)

    On the way back we ran into a HUGE deer in the darkness, inside the village.

    First day was 376km/233.6mi according to google maps. The bikes will never agree, even with each other, so let it rest :D
     
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  12. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Second day

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    Our plan was to ride around the High Tatras (there is no road that would cross the central, steep and rocky area). Teresa's low fuel light had been on since the top of the Low Tatras (it came on at 387km/240.5mi), so I was a bit (not too much) worried not knowing the exact distance to overcome, but I trusted my calculations. Zakopane was quite close, after all.

    So we got round the mountains from the South and East, now I know where we should have stopped (yes, it's still a huge problem for me to reconciliate riding and photography :eek:), and reached the Polish border.

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    For some reason cars were queuing there, thankfully not in our direction... and when the queue ended we found a parking spot next to the serpentine road (practically a gazebo). It was full, of course; good that the bikes are so small.

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    Zakopane, our 'target' was awful. It might be a nice place, but it was crowded, teeming with tourists, showing the face of a busy city (while it's not a big town, really). Here we finally found a fuel station and filled up the bikes - it turned out that Teresa still had a lot of fuel to go (and Ciliegia had even more, not having 80km of commute and city trips back in Hungary).

    The main sight in Zakopane and the neighbouring tourist villages was the local architecture, the tricksy houses that sometimes consisted of many floors and full roof. I don't know how they're insulated, but I'm quite sure they need it, winters can be cold up there. Even the parking attendant's booth was built in this style.

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    We stayed in Poland till Chocholów, took a little detour to a side street to eat a bit (we got food in a store where we were totally amused by the Polish texts - it's even more entertaining than Slovak village names :D) and get our first sheep. It has the name 'Zakopane' embroidered on its side. The second we bought on the Slovak side, it has the name 'Vysoké Tatry'. They are our Shanghai and Hourai, in a sense (Touhou hint here, please ignore :D).

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    Next place I found really beautiful was the West road of the High Tatras. It has the number 584 if anyone would like to find it. It leads among fields and less steep hills, then goes up to ~1100m/3600ft again, and is just as twisty as any such road there. Of course I missed the parking place on the top, so here are a few pics from 'down':

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    And on the way back to the campsite:

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    Tanks finished this day were:
    Ciliegia: 424.7km (263.9mi), 11.91l (3.146 gal): 2.8l/100km (83.875 US MPG)
    Teresa: 509.1km (316.34mi), 14.04l (3.709 gal): 2.76l/100km (85.29 US MPG)



    Third day

    The way home, almost the same route as forst day. We took a few more pics (many of the above were really shot this day). Road 537 on the South side of the mountains:

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    And the most mountains I could cover with a single shot, before the blue haze covered them:

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    The weather was hot when we left the mountains, especially when we arrived to Hungary in the afternoon. We haven't fueled the bikes again until the station closest to home.

    The finishing tanks were:

    Ciliegia: 521.2km (323.86mi), 13.78l (3.64 gal): 2.64l/100km (88.97 US MPG) (shiNIN's personal record so far)
    Teresa: 517.2km (321.37mi), 13.45l (3.553 gal): 2.6l/100km (90.45 US MPG) (my personal record with these tires :eyebrow:)
     
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  13. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Another great photo tour! I would really like to take one of your trips.
     
  14. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Wow. Thank you so much for posting these!!
     
  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    That's beautiful , Alvaro. Reminds me very much of Northern Illinois.
     
  16. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    wow, I love the land, it is just great. Nice and green with hills, mountains, pastor land and forests. Must be great to go riding in that beauty.

    I usually check in on this site at work so I don't get to see the photos but I had to check these out at home. I'm glad I did and glad that you shared these with us.
     
  17. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Today we took a pretty short trip nearby. To the 'other' 'mountain range' (quotes again because even its highest peak is <500m/1600ft) so close I could see it from my window if we had the attic now :D

    We ran from the noise of the building works, and our first stop was a little offroad near Csákberény. It's a nice place, though the grass on the hills is dry now, like the weather during the last month. These hills are the feet of Vértes, with some rocks:

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    And the compulsory bike picture, I liked the setting (shiNIN and her bike are also - barely - visible) :)

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    The next stop was the bauxite mining museum at Gánt. Strip-mining as well as shafts were used to exploit the ore, and I found the Martian scenery of the mining pit far more interesting than the museum itself.

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    At the entrance:

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    And finally a tiny artificial waterfall from the town of Mór:

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    The whole trip wasn't much more than 100km | 60mi so we didn't have to fuel up the bikes - so no numbers yet.
     
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  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Alvaro84:

    Just so many fantastic shots and oh how do I wish I was along for any of your adventures. Makes mine feel like a walk in the desert by comparison to your walk in a beautiful park thanks to the excellent photographs.

    What kind of camera are you using to capture all of these images anyway?

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  19. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    Ha-ha, the mine itself actually looked like a desert - except for the poplars and pine trees growing out of the bauxite field here and there :D

    The camera is my good (well, it has developed a few quirks during the years) old Canon EOS 20D, the lens this time was a 28mm prime, nothing else. I forgot to bring anything else with me, but it did just fine :) It's a frequently recommended practice to go with one prime, and try to see through that eye anyway. It's pretty much a normal lens on an APS-C camera, it's like 45mm on full frame. And it's good in poor lighting thanks to its f/1.8 'speed' (not that we lacked light yesterday :D)

    Other times I use an old (non-IS) 18-55 kit lens which I dislike (but can't afford a better normal zoom now), and a 100/2.8 macro and a 300/4 L IS too, which are really good. I know, I could buy the best normal zoom out of that stove pipe, but I don't feel like parting with it...

    I mostly shoot RAW, so the colors are Lightroom products. But, as shiNIN pointed out last evening, these colors are different and definitely bleaker than they really were. I may have to work a bit more on the pictures. I'm quite disappointed because I'll have to do the spot removal again, last sensor cleaning proved absolutely unsuccessful and I've shot a lot of pictures with a narrow aperture setting (up to f/14) yesterday - there was plenty of light and I generally wanted large depth of field.

    Edit: and I did so. Now they're in a bit better shape, erm, color. The dunes had to be more reddish (I mean less orange) too.
     
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  20. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    OK, we had a Hyosung meet at Bogács, Hungary last weekend. Normally it's not too adventurous, but we carefully planned routes (actually two, slightly different routes through different hills/mountains, call them as you like) to mostly avoid national roads and especially avoid Budapest and its bypass expressway. One way became ~313 and 318km, according to google maps. Had fuel ups on the way back, Teresa's FE was 2.72l/100km | 86.39mpgUS, Ciliegia's tank is uncertain, the station in the Mátra showed a suspiciously high amount of fuel. She simply can't drink 10 percent more than Teresa, when rode by shiNIN on the same route, in the same pace.

    So we naturally went through Slovakia, with stopping to eat funny Slovakian stuff, and many twisty and/or bad quality roads through the mountain ranges Pilis, Cserhát, Mátra.

    Karancs (the highest peak of Cserhát), what we saw in the 48-hour run, in a big hurry, now took pictures of it:

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    View down from the side of Mátra (the highest mountain range of Hungary):

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    The peaks of Börzsöny (in Hungary), as seen from Slovakia:

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    And the river Danube at Esztergom:

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    Here we were sitting almost under the bridge that leads to Slovakia.

    On Saturday we went to another meet too (in the nearby town of Mezőkövesd), with a procession of tractors and veteran vehicles, and an exhibition of... well, contraptions.

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    Used equipment: only one lens, my 28/1.8 USM.

    Other program, recommended to anyone visiting Bogács or Mezőkövesd: great bathes built on hot springs. It was niiiice Saturday afternoon to soak a bit in the warm water...

    Oh, and frying fish and cooking Goulash (f/1.8 comes handy in the dark ;)):

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    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012

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