Friday, April 10, 2015

Cruising to Europe with Spock

Obviously when I booked the overnight pasage from Hull to Rotterdam some months ago I could not predict that winter weather and gales would prevail.  Luckily (used advisedly) the worst of the sleet and driving rain with 50mph north westerly winds encountered on the Woodhead pass petered out on the east of the Pennine hills.  All that remained were biting winds and sunny weather. And the circuit to the electrically heated gloves failed.

A few days before....

How to secure a luggage pack containing essentail gluten free products to Spock - some very useful hooks purchased some years ago and found languishing in my oddments box.

Meet Spock......

Born in Thailand with promise to ergo-fit Mr and Mrs, a Kawasaki Vulcan S waits for the Pride of Hull.
Meet Rowan, an Ozzy on his way to Galipolli with his Tiger  to attend the 100 year commemorations.
Your proverbial on-board selfie
Your proverbial cabin selfie of sorts
The next morning and now firmly on the continent one proceded from scenic Rotterdam at a stately pace due to the breaking in restrictions of 4000rpm:  Never mind holding up the trucks - I don't want to end up with a "broken down" motorcycle after 1000km as the Kawasaki owner's manual points out on page 70. 

This stock picture resembles Rotterdam, located across half of Holland, a mostly desolate country with virtually no motorway service areas but with people displaying themselves in their front rooms ("allegedly").
After some hours at 4000rpm I divert through Venlo by mistake (taking in the sites and roadworks, diversions etc.) and eventually end up in Germany where I hold up traffic on the A61 until Koblenz.

I arrive at Bad Ems - my hands are too cold to operate my camera but suffice it to say the final leg of the journey to Wiesbaden through the Taunus and river valleys was beautiful and memorable.
On arrival in Wiesbaden I unload the cargo of gluten free products and muse that in 100km I can go at 6000rpm.
Hot Tip:  Always keep your hybrid Gernings electric gloves charged up especially when the onboard wiring harness has failed  - there is normally a socket available somewhere or other in a German service area. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Yeti Reaches the Summit

I have acquired a new car.  Same Pub 'tho.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FuzzyGalore's Voices of Moto Bloggers Challenge

I offer Anglo Ottoman Greek soup slurping with added bonus of cameralady Mrs Nikos dulcet tones:


Friday, January 16, 2015

It was the best of rides, it was the worst of rides, but we arrived well in the end.

This is about the last leg of our journey last September and takes us from Delphi, around the Gulf of Corinth, over the Corinth canal and into Arcadia.

Leaving Delphi in front of a camper van - very popular with Austrians in these parts.

Chairman Steve leads the Oxford BMW club contingent to the next historic site - we say goodbye at this point for our personal scenic tour

We amble through the mountains and pause at the ski resort of Arakova.

Outside Arakova we stop for refreshments at a film set from a Hitchcock remake - the service for souvlaki and salad is so slow that we consume 3 rounds of  cafe frappe and lemonade waiting...

...this place has seen better days and staff

The wash room is expansive

The kettle is boiled

The map subsequently blew off as we got lost at Thebes

A journey around the Gulf of Corinth through gorgeous pine forests

A view towards Loutraki and the Corinth canal

Eventually the road started to hug the coast

Rain down south!  This is the way we are heading...

An abandoned road side cafe-creperie without human life

Corinth canal: Vertical panorama - my first

We always stop in the best tradition of bus travellers at the Corinth canal service area (accessed from the old national road). 
We were treated to a spectacular thunderstorm and with some miles remaining to go I was anxious about the mountain road at night...

On the road again dashing for Arcadia on the lovely new Tripolis motorway

 The final leg of the journey past Argos and Astros and upto the village was performed at night on wet roads - somehow I made it.

Arrival at the Eagle's Nest  - riding boots drying.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year Anti Resolution

I don't intend to go organised camping again in 2015 or ever.

Been there, done it, here is the proof:-

In July 2014 we trialed the cheap Tipi in a friend's garden near Hamburg.
Despite instructions written in serbo-croat and help from 2 ladies, I achieved an erection

A momentary sleep

Mrs N knows a comfortable hammock when she sees one

On disassembly the Tipi top would not collapse down and fit in the bag..

So we both discovered

 After a successful night of no sleep in a garden, the ladies decided it would be a good idea to go to the seaside and do it for real.

Here we are happy campers on the Baltic sea coast

Surrounded by serious campers it would appear.
Languishing only a 500m trek from the pitched tipi, this is the brick built s**t house.

The Baltic sea and I'm about to be rescued by Viking raiders with any luck.

Delphi Panoramic Day

A nice feature this and on a better camera it would be "Großartig", the panoramic capture mode on my Panasonic camera works seamlessly although sharp focus goes awry from time to time..

At breakfast at the Amalia hotel I capture panoramically and skillfully without detection a British couple sitting silently over breakfast fiddling with their respective multimedia devices.

We visted the site of ancient Delphi first thing after breakfast to arrive before the coach trips and the heat of the day.  This is walking up the Via Sacra near the Temple of Apollo. 

Unfortunately it's such a long time since the visit last september I have clean forgotten what I had photographed. This explamis it all WIKIPEDIA rather nicely.

View down the Delphi valley

The stadium
The Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena Pronoia (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόνοια, "Athena of forethought") is a circular building that was constructed between 380 and 360 BC. It consisted of 20 Doric columns arranged with an exterior diameter of 14.76 meters, with 10 Corinthian columns in the interior.
The Tholos is located approximately a half a mile (800 m) from the main ruins at Delphi. Three of the Doric columns have been restored, making it the most popular site at Delphi for tourists to take photographs. Vitruvius (vii, introduction) notes Theodorus of Samos as the architect of the Round Building which is at Delphi.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seasonal Message

All the very best to you all from the team at Nikos World!

Seasons greetings and an amazing 2015!

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