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Praha: 2018-05-11 12:30
A new record after returning: 360km in one run.I truly cannot say this was intentional: just wanted to roll through the middle-southern part of the Őrség, then on the southern shore of Lake Balaton.
Had the second abroad visit too, on the 8th left to Slovenia from Felsőszölnök, then turning back to Hungary at the Čepinci-Kétvölgy border. Later on the 9th pure nostalgy on Siófok - but with a Wiener schnitzel as lunch.
The quickest wisdoms of the current trip:
- general traveller recommendation: if upon morning you only have to mount the bags, the phone and the camera - then everything will be more comfortable and the departure shall be stress-less; see the northernmost direction ride, where equipment fouls came into light only in the very last moment
- riding the highway is highly boring: one may imagine on a motorbike it isn't - but it indeed is. Knowing this, this current tour reaching Szentgotthárd from Budapest through lesser priority but excellent quality roads through Veszprém and Ajka, happened nearly in a blink of a second.
- you should keep the full protection raincover with yourself, but with foreseeing+luck it may be unnecessary; when you can put a waterproof layer into the jacket and pants + of course you still pack the gloves and boots protection. According to the weather forecast, this was the most likely rainy tour so far, but finally I got only a very light shower, even only in my street clothes and walking between Apátistvánfalva and Orfalu.
- crossing the border from Felsőszölnök and taking the corners in the smaller Slovenian villages: it's a real joy. Hills are up and down, beautiful scenery, you look up and down and see the curves, the fields and houses on the next hill ahead. Sunshine is a plus, the clouds providing contrast are also.
- like I said, trust your instincts: when you get back to Budapest from Siófok, and had an uncertainStill enough petrol until Budapestthought and still not stop at the petrol station at the edge of the city == don't be surprised if after the morning Őrség and Zala ride you see the emptying petrol tank warning light - right on the M7 highway when taking someone over. Your luck, the exit to Gárdony is right at your nose, the closest station there is only 8km far.My mundane logic so far has not seen any viability in resetting the trip counter after each refill.
It'll give you a relatively useful, and possible distance with full tank only, if the two travels are mirrorlike.
If you pull the throttle more on one travel, if you do more mountain ascents, if you stop in a traffic jam in a city - then it'll give you more or less distances than you'd expect.
Of course, you can calculate averages, but I myself also support the simple complete refill after about each 200kms.
- later checking the GPS logs, the refill between Lenti and Gárdony calculates 237km, which is completely goodOne can easily calculate the minus 13km difference between the southernmost tour about 250km and current one: there I practically rode on plain roads + highway, here were more ascents and descents and takeovers.
- Murphy's Biker Insect Rule I: after cleaning and hitting the road, fist-sized bugs always explode on your helmet visor in the first 5-10 seconds. But of course: right at the spot where the eyes focus.
- Murphy's Biker Insect Rule II: dark coloured bugs always hit the bright parts of the gear, bright/yellow/green insects and their remains always the dark parts.
- Murphy's Biker Insect Rule III: there's no most hidden, micro or nanometer wide, difficultmost hole or entrance on the gear where a bug couldn't smear itself apart