A Good Start and Our Second Police Encounter
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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But, back in Kieselbronn... Last night Felix found yet another problem with Nina. A small metal part, a sprung metal C clip that acts as a retaining ring (Felix says it’s the same as the function of a wedding ring) that stops a splined section of the drive shaft separating from a flexible joint that transfers power from the gear box the final drive - thereby making Nina go forward - was too worn down
We woke up at seven thirty to say goodbye and see Philip off to school and Felix set about fixing Nina. Some time around midday Nina was back in one piece, a replacement ring made from a scrap of wire Harald pulled out of the basement in place of the old worn down one. It was not a perfect solution but it would get us going again. We packed up, waved goodbye and were on the road.
It was beautiful riding. ‘Navi’ was navigating rather poorly for most of the ride, getting lost at the most critical times but it turned out for the best most of the time, we took some wrong turns and ‘navi’s’ ‘recalculating route’ lead us down some beautiful, beautiful ways, one in particular was through a nature reserve and then out onto small winding country roads
We stopped for Felix to have a break and for dinner, by a river just out of a little village somewhere northwest of Hannover. We had been riding for around six hours with only a few small stops for fuel and to enjoy the delicious sandwiches Ute made for our trip. Felix retuned Nina because the new accelerator cables were still stretching, making her run a little uneven. I cooked a really good dinner, some pasta and a sauce with the fresh capsicums and tomatoes Ute packed in our lunch, some tomato pesto we still had from the farmers market in Munich, some cabana from Hilde (she forgot to give it to us when we visited so Harald brought it to us this morning) and some paprika for a little spice. I miss cooking regularly and love the chances I get when we’re travelling to come up with something from the odds and ends in Nina’s boot.
When we were about to leave and Felix was doing just a little more tuning, a friendly Russian man and his son who were out fishing, came to see what we were doing, concerned we were having trouble because of all the revving. He seemed to know bikes well and was even familiar with Urals. Felix had a friendly chat with him and he had a look at Nina, before wishing us a good trip and going back to fishing
As we started riding again the sun was setting and the sky was so beautiful, so many colours and so rich. After dark there was not that much more to see, we passed many things but with the only light a motorbike headlight it all went a little under-appreciated. I was so afraid we would hit a deer and fortunately we didn’t.
Maybe an hour after dark, it was quite cold so Felix decided he would pull into the next rest stop to put more clothes on. The next rest stop signed was just after a corner so we couldn’t really see it until we had committed to pulling in. As we came around the corner, indicating to turn into the stop, we saw it was very brightly lit by about five big floodlights and about twenty policemen in bullet-proof vests standing around. It seemed Felix had volunteered us for a police control search. Thankfully we weren't hiding anyone in the boot today. As we pulled in they flocked around and Felix tried to ask them if it was still ok for us to stop here as they were using this stop as a control point. We were all very confused for a while, muddled up German the main reason, but soon enough they understood we just wanted to put some warmer clothes on and we understood it was fine to stop here, they were only interested in checking trucks
So as Felix dug around and got into ‘Puff Daddy’ (my down jacket), he chatted with the police - who were all standing around watching - about where we had been and where we were going and all that stuff. Then feeling bold, as they all seemed pretty friendly, Felix joked, ‘I hope your night is not too long... but then, maybe it should be after what Germany did to Australia in the Football World Cup.’ One of the policemen answered ‘Vorsicht’, which means be careful, like your on thin ice, or you have been warned. But he said it with a smile and the others all laughed loudly so I think it was all ok. We drove away chuckling as to what an odd and funny incident it had been, very happy our second encounter with police control points was not at all frightening like the last. So now I am going to go to sleep, before we wake up at about four AM to start riding again.