I hadn't planned to go, as is usual with most of my journey so far, but at the last minute I thought well, what the hell, get out of the tent and all that, may as well go.
Ad, the owner of LBS Sidecars in Elsendorp where I'm staying until my sidecar is built, was going with his brother and some friends, so since Monday was a holiday in Europe I figured I may as well go also. All told, it was only a 500km/300 ml ride for us, so it wouldn't put a big hole in my wallet since I'm still in shock from my first European gas tank fill up on the bike.
My first European gas tank fill up came in at .......wait for it .......***drum roll*** ......$110 !!. I know, $110 to fill a gas tank on a motorcycle, I mean really?. Granted, I do have the extra large tank on the bike, 11.5 gls, the stock tank was an 8 gl, but it too would still be in the region of $80 to fill up. But $110 just dam near gave me a stroke right there at the gas station, I mean my trip nearly ended before it had even begun. I knew the price of gas before I got to Europe, but it's one thing to know about it, and another thing altogether to actually shell out the cash for $10 a gallon gas.
Europeans have been living with high gas prices for a long time now, I honestly don't know how they manage to keep paying what are considered exorbitant prices for fuel, but it seems to be a problem that is worsening, no relief in sight, and with the summer holiday season coming up, it will probably go up to $12 a gallon.
But, mustn't grumble, eh?. Things could be worse and all that, stiff upper lip, jolly good, as you were.
So, the route from Elsendorp in Holland to Ballenstedt in Germany:
View Larger Map
Ok, Geography class over, next period, the Super Rally.
So, having decided to go Friday morning to the H-D Super Rally, I'm packing my bike as Ad is packing his Harley Davidson V-Rod Sidecar, and he looks at me and points to my back wheel...........I have a flat.
Ok, we can change out the tire. But then he asks if I want to be the monkey in the sidecar ( passenger ), easier on my wallet as we can split the gas, AND more importantly, I can take pictures while he rides, or in a sidecar you drive, not ride.
Great idea, so that's what we did, we both went in the V-Rod. That doesn't sound right, does it?.
Two grown men, one V-Rod.........The V-Rod Tales, coming soon to the Adult section of your local video store.
Please leave any comments or questions here on go to my FaceBook page and say hi.