March 16, 2014

Ice Cream and Snow seem unlikely Companions, however...

How could we say no to a friend of ours who was looking for a play date involving two Vespas and one vintage Lambretta (1963). We met with F. in the village, fuelled up, and discussed the route. The vintage aficionado was a bit shy of the mountains, because he feared that the salt, used to keep the roads clear off snow, could harm the immaculate condition of his little steed. (Yeah, that or maybe lack of power...?)
So we did, what one does to comply with the needs and demands of a diva, and meandered through the valley of the Kinzig river instead. And while I was riding in the sweeper position I always had the distinctive aroma of a two-stroke in my nose.
In the village of Wolfach we found a nice bakery/cafe for a coffee break, and Roland had his first ice cream of the season while sitting outside, a big bowl of strawberry ice cream with whipped cream.

Going further on from Wolfach meant hill climbing in three directions, hence we decided to part ways after the break, and continued our journey though the Black Forest, since Roland wanted to tick off one specific item on his bucket list: Click HERE for more about the source of the Danube.
In quest for further photo ops Roland had taken up the pole position again to make sure we would stop on cue. There was an old covered bridge (a former train track turned bicycle path) we had passed many times before, and the old gallows of Triberg, which I had already visited last summer.

Countless twists and turns took us higher and higher into the mountains. And suddenly we found ourselves on 1100m (3,600 ft), and... surrounded by snow. We were so much in spring mode that we had totally forgotten all about the white stuff. Fortunately the roads were clear and passable for our little steeds.
Now what...?
Again we had a fantastic little road trip with five hours in fresh air, countless twists, and a total of hundred miles of scooter bliss. Here's to our next outing.

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Eiskrem und Schnee... passt das zusammen?
Als uns Rollerfreund F. zwecks Sonntagsausflug anrief, konnten wir schlecht nein sagen, besonders, weil er heute mit seiner bezaubernden 63er Lambretta unterwegs war. Als wir die Route besprachen, war F. besorgt, dass das Salz auf den Straßen seiner Diva schaden könnte, und so beschlossen wir, an der Kinzig entlang zu rollern. Roland übernahm die Führung, der Lammy-Reiter die Mittelposition, und so durfte ich mir während des Ausflugs die so unverwechselbaren Zweitaktdämpfe durch die Nase ziehen. In Wolfach machten wir Kaffeepause und so kam Roland zu seinem ersten Eis der Saison, mit Erdbeeren und Sahne.
Da es nach Wolfach zu drei Seiten nur noch bergauf ging, entschied sich F. für die Rückkehr, während wir uns auf den kurvenreichen Anstieg machten. Roland ging wieder auf Pole Position, denn er wollte unbedingt zur Donauquelle. Dabei nahm er auf dem Weg dahin auch noch einige Fotostopps mit. Wir waren so im frühlingshaften Kurvenrausch, dass wir gar nicht mit bekamen, dass es nicht nur kälter, sondern auch weiß... wie Schnee... wurde. Zum Glück waren die Straßen geräumt und unsere Vespas hielten die Spur ohne Probleme. Insgesamt war es eine tolle kleine Tour, mit fünf Stunden an der frischen Luft und über hundertfünfzig Roller-Kilometern auf dem Tacho. Was will man mehr von einem Sonntagsausflug?

20 comments:

  1. There's a lot of tubing on the front of that Lambretta. Kind of like you see on all of the modern dual sport bikes. I really like the covered bridge, is the entrance really at an angle to the axis of the bridge?

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    1. The angle was likely caused by the photographer's position, Richard. Covered bridges are rare in this neck of the wood, and we were excited to see one.

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  2. Irgendwie inspiriert Lammy zu Erdbeereis mit Sahne :)

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    1. Das liegt am Italienischen Flair...

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  3. I really like that covered bridge, too! Beautiful day out and so glad you got to find a patch of winter finally... ;^)

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    1. Hey, Martha. It's not that we were looking for winter, it kind of found us.

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  4. Such great scenery! Love your pictures.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, fellow scooterist.

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  5. Nothing wrong with ice cream in cold weather, it is like drinking hot coffee in summer. Roland is looking quite pleased too.

    And you got to see a covered bridge too, yay!

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    1. Roland was in ice cream heaven. He just loves it. The covered bridge was a bonus.

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  6. Sonja, everytime I see pics of your new home it makes me want to travel to where you live and just ride!

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    1. Dar, the opportunity to ride these roads makes my sojourn bearable ;-)

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  7. I like photo #2. Friend F. and Sonja, the classic Lambretta between 2 Italians. Oh, that green doesn't take away one bit from those bright colors.

    I'd have done ice cream too, no doubt about it.

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    1. Coop, the colour composition is lovely isn't it? Especially with the green in it...

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  8. Sonja:

    I like ice cream too. I used to have a Lambretta GP200 SiL and I know what you mean about having to smell the 2-stroke smoke. I don't think it's lack of power, but rather Lack of Braking. You step on the brake pedal and then cross your fingers that you can stop

    I can't help but be drawn to those Gallows. We were in the Montana state Penn and they had a real gallows there which was actually "used". Some people saw it for their last time. We were lucky to see it and leave . . .

    bob
    A weekend photographer or Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. Bob, now that you're mentioning it, you are correct, the brakes on this vehicle were terrible.

      The gallows hadn't been used for a while now, but it is still horrible to think that people died here such a gruesome death.

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  9. Nice vintage scoot though your friend looked quite tall in relation to it....did he fit OK?

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    1. Hell, no Dom! F. didn't fit at all on the Lambretta, he practically folds himself together because he really likes the style (He is a scooter fan and has also a Vespa GTS 300 and a Suzuki Burgman 650 in his stable).

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