Motorcycle world trip from Russia through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic


 
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Although this e-mail did not contain much information, it made me particularly happy: the biggest motorcycle tour operator once again invited me to come to Austria. Come over here on Thursday. We have to discuss something.
 
Said and done. The almost 300 km long journey over I puzzled, what it may be. After all, two years had passed since the last invitation.
 
On the spot, I learned that there is an urgent need for someone with travel experience who will bring back a motorcycle from Russia and at the same time step in as a tour guide for a customer.
 

 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
I was very happy that they had thought of me. Yeah, that's what I like to do.
 
For the whole planning of the trip to Russia and the visa procurement I was given 7 days. Just as long as for the 2700 km journey through 8 countries. advertising
 

 
Had I known that, then of course I would have brought my passport and everything else to Austria.
 
However, the first day went by, to go home in the pouring rain, to pack and to jet again to Austria. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
In the office you bought the invitation that was necessary for Russia for me.
 
Afterwards I drove to Munich filled in visa application, letter of invitation, confirmation of insurance from ADAC, new passport photos, a copy of my employment contract as proof of the willingness to return and many other notes.
 
Here, after numerous phone calls, I had an appointment to submit my visa application to an agency. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
At the agency they sent me away right away. The insurance confirmation must be in Russian and the passport photo should not be the same as in the two-year-old passport. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
So I'm flying all over Munich to get the necessary documents.
 
Afterwards I accepted my express request for 102.- Euro.
 
Three days later, I was allowed to pick up my passport again. It contained a 15 days valid tourist Russia visa.
 
The next morning we took the S-Bahn to the airport. As always, the security staff was mobbing around and I had to put up with stupid remarks about my hiking-ready steel toe shoes. As always, it's a friendly smile and the A word think. A few hours later I landed in Moscow.
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I was not picked up at the airport as agreed, but changed money and drove by train for 470 rubles for an hour in the city center.
 
From the train windows I could admire monotonous skyscrapers in a drab, Soviet architectural style.
 
Downtown, I was looking for one of the famous escalators that took you deep down to the metro.
 
For 50 rubles we went to the red square. To see this I do this job. Who knows when I will come to Moscow again?
 
In the middle of the red square stands the church with the famous onion domes.
 
It is the magnet for tourists from all over the world, who walked around here by bus.
 
Direk on the red square was next to other historic buildings and a sumptuous shopping center with public toilets and fountains.
 
Here you can go shopping if you have time. However, I had no time.
 
I shouldered my light luggage (I was not allowed to bring much, as the bike was already overloaded with the customer's luggage, so I settled for a tent without mattress, a comfortable rain jacket without protectors was used as a sleeping bag substitute) and set off on foot to the hotel of the tour group.
 
The guided tour group was on the way through China to Bangkok with a support vehicle and some tour guides and had stopped in Moscow for a stopover.
 
I saved the hotel, spent the night in the escort vehicle, and promptly received my two sheep in the morning, which I was to bring back to Munich.
 
Both were over 70 years old. Reiner (name changed) from Argentina had rented a Harley Davidson Electra Glide 103 V2 High Output, which was too heavy for him with a dry weight of 411 kg. He no longer dared to drive her back.
 
Olaf from Canada was actually quite satisfied with his rented BMW. He wants to drive with her so only a few miles: 1, 2, 3. Since I work according to my contract to the customer only to say positive about the products used by Cooperations contract, (what the tour guide drives and carries must be good ), I praised the color of his BMW. He did not dare to travel alone because of a fear of defects anyway. That's why I was there now and had the phone number from the ADAC.
 
Quickly I strapped my bag in the back seat of the Harley and wanted to start. At least that was my plan.
 
However, I did not even get the box from the side stand. Old Swede the thing is really hard.
 
So a new try and ooooops do not drop to the other side.
 
With the key I unlocked the gear lever. Then the key was no longer needed. Keyless ride. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
The on-board computer went up, the ABS lamp was flashing and the radio started to play at full volume. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
On the road again. Well that fits like a fist on the eye. Reiner tried to explain how to ride a motorcycle. I should not break the key or start with a gear and should always refuel the ignition when refueling, otherwise the battery would break. I thought my part, nodded friendly and did not point out to the customer who deserves his buns riding a motorcycle. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
Meanwhile, the taxi for Reiner had arrived. Instead of as planned as my passenger, he wanted to drive all the luggage in a taxi 700 km to the Russian border to export the Harley again. As long as the vehicle was in his passport, it was not possible for him to fly home from Moscow. The already booked flight had to expire. Money does not matter to him, as he repeatedly emphasized. Instead of trading down the taxi driver, he even offered him a bonus for the long drive.
 
The 2000 euro security deposit, which he had to deposit when entering the 32,140-euro Harley at the Russian customs, he actually did not care.
 
Having more money than experience, he had simply chosen to hire the most expensive motorcycle with a great name as a novice driver instead of buying a used Yamaha Virago 535 for a fraction of the price, which would have made it much easier , He did not even know that Yamaha also builds motorcycles.
 
We managed the entire pretty monotonous route from Moscow to the border in just one day. On the way there were always petrol stations, where you pay in advance and then only allowed to refuel (after that you get if you did not pay attention to usually less change), small shops and wells, from which you could draw water.
 
The only change came in the form of great Russian music from the Harley radio and the on-board computer, which kept entertaining me with paranoid American warnings.
 
Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. You have to accept that every time you start again on the touchscreen, otherwise you can not even adjust the radio. Also, that objects in the rearview mirror can be closer than they appear, must be specially printed on American vehicles. It's blatant what kind of target these vehicles are built for. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria
 
The departure from Russia lasted an hour and was correct and without any attempts at corruption. First we had to queue for the passport, then for the export of the two motorcycles. Only when Reiner wanted to drive the Harley himself, the police checked again, if someone who drives so shaky, really has a driver's license. He had. He had bought his driver's license four years ago in Brazil, as he told himself, without ever having taken a driving lesson, let alone taking an exam.
 
Entry into the EU was complicated. Unfriendly officials sent us from A to B and back and ransacked all our luggage in search of cigarettes. Ridiculous 2 packs per person were allowed. The purest kindergarten.
 
Eventually, however, this gypsy was overcome and we were looking for a fancy hotel in Latvia, 30 kilometers beyond the border. Many people have just moved away and left their house to decay. Why should one also work here, if you do nothing in the social systems of stupid Germans without passport as a non-deportable asylum seeker or as EU citizen with a sham industry gets more money see Frontal21 from 06.09.2016 and SpiegelTV? Even the refugees forcibly assigned by Merkel economic migrants have moved away again. So you are not concerned with security, as German politics would like to make us know. They want to tap as much money in Germany as possible. (interesting article). No wonder that the British and the Swiss want to close their borders. After all, their citizens were asked.
 
The politicians are always talking about wanting to fight the causes of flight, they would just have to cancel only wage increases, asylum, housing subsidies and especially child support. If Germany is no longer equated with the same amount of free money, that's what it's all about, and nobody wants to flee to Germany anymore. Originally Posted by FAZ.net "The wealth gap creates a pull." Thousands of "refugees" risk death in search of a better life, those who get through [...] start a cash flow, their results are visible and talked about . " It is bad for uneducated people only if they grow more children than they can feed. There are already too many people on earth see climate change and (interesting article).
 
The next morning Reiner was picked up again by a taxi that took him 200 km to Riga, from where he flew home. Olaf and I went together to Lithuania. On the way, I planned where it went small detours off the highway to see something of the country.
 
Unfortunately we had too much time pressure to enjoy the journey.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria In just one day we drove through Latvia and Lithuania to Poland.
 
Then I organized a fancy hotel with restaurant for Olaf and opened my tent next to the motorcycles.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria We were lucky with the weather, made good progress and did not have to pay tolls for the bikes on the whole route.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria In Warsaw we had lunch and in the evening we reached Krakow.
 
Here Olaf wanted to take a rest day to see something of his parents' home.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria I organized a chic apartment with secure underground parking for the bikes and had to smile.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria Since somebody rents a Harley Davidson for about 200 Euros per day, somebody pays them to drive them and now we rent a parking space for the motorbike instead of just buying a cheap 1000 Euro bike for the journey on the road park and resell after the trip for the same price. As fast as some get the money out, most people can not earn it.
 
At Wikipedia I quickly acquire the necessary knowledge about Krakow.
 
Then I made the city guide in a country where I have never been before.
 
Contrary to popular belief, Poland is anything but a poor country with lots of stolen cars.
 
As in Latvia and Lithuania, there were huge European cities in Poland, far too many cars and expensive hotels and restaurants.
 
That did not bother my customer.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria He fulfilled all his wishes and I made an effort to make everything right for him.
 
Afterwards, I was looking for a free place to camp outside the city. I did not want to waste the 30 euros the company gave me per night.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria Meanwhile, I had gotten used to the enormous weight of the Harley and was even able to drive off-road with it.
 
At night I got visit from a herd of wild boar. I behaved calmly not to scare away and enjoyed this natural spectacle.
 
It is such moments that I love to travel.
 
At the supermarket, I refilled my supplies. Then I loaded my customer's motorcycle, returned his hotel key and took him to Slovakia.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria In the united Europe, all borders were open. We could just drive through.
 
No official made life unnecessarily difficult for us or tried to cash it off somehow.
 
Slovakia welcomed us with a beautiful landscape that resembled the Black Forest.
 
We drove through big forests and followed a nice winding road to the west towards the Czech Republic.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria Both countries had split up a few years ago, but were now joined by an open border in Europe.
 
While we had to change money for Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic, the euro was accepted as a means of payment in Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Germany and Austria.
 
As time was short, we brave on the highway to Prague.
 
Luckily there were many red lights in Prague, so I could see some of the city and even shoot some photos.
 
The castle high above the river? Click: Got it.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria The famous bridge? Been there & took the photo. We went on.
 
At twilight I looked again for a fancy hotel for Olaf, dragged his luggage to the room, accompanied him to the restaurant and then opened my tent on courtesy of the car park.
 
Wild boars or other natural spectacles did not exist here. Instead, it started to rain.
 
Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria Unfortunately, the rain did not stop the next day, but accompanied us to Munich and on to Innsbruck.
 
In Munich we met Reiner again, who invited us to his chic villa in Grünewald.
 
His holiday home that is empty most of the year.
 
With him we drove to the Harley dealer the next morning and returned the motorbike.
 
The dealer examined the machine very closely. A tiny scratch and the 2000 euro deductible would have been gone.
 
I was completely happy when I was able to switch back to my light, slim, 700-euro Honda Transalp, which had been waiting for me over time. Travel from Moscow via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany to Austria With her, lifting from the side stand is not a feat, and small scratches do not necessarily mean financial ruin. However, I will not be paid for driving my own machine to Austria either. That's why I hope soon for new orders and I'm curious to see where they will lead me ;-) All statements without guarantee. All actions are fictitious. Similarities to real existing events are purely coincidental. Weiter gehts auf der nächsten Seite.

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