All I can say is what a trip. We experienced a dizzying myriad of culture, flavor and hospitality. Too much to drink, not enough to eat. There wasn’t much middle ground to speak of, either full throttle rock star partying or nesting on a dark bus traveling through the night. Our hosts/babysitters were Chris Patsch and Verena Bossman-Walchebauer and right from the beginning, they had there hands full. Filmer Martin Potocnik and Writer Joel Muzzey came along for the ride along with The Drunken Masters and shared the ride with Forum Team Manager Kevin Keller and Pro Team Riders: Alek Ostreng, Andreas Wiig, Daniel Ek, Mario Kaeppeli, Stevie Bell and Pat Moore.
Forum TM starting things off right, directly after the world premiere in Huntington Beach, CA
The boys having a good laugh at Keller after checking in at LAX
Pat Moore, International traveler man of mystery
Our plane to Germany
what Nic looks like after being released from the drunk tank...the booze is wearing off.
You gotta have your "neck" pillow for the 10 plus hour flights
Daniel making the rounds in the cabin, visiting Nic and me.
Sunset out the dirty window
Frankfurt Airport, if you travel to Europe, you will end up here
Camel Smoking rooms...This really sums up smoking
Nic catching a quick bite to eat at the gate before Munich. They love the sausage over there.
Stop 1: Munich, Germany
After flying from Los Angeles, California to Frankfurt, Germany, we boarded the “Vacation” tour bus and headed straight for Munich, Germany to attend Oktoberfest. The real deal. You don’t just get into Oktoberfest, reservations have to be made 8 months out, so we were all privileged to just show up and have a table reserved in the tent. Drunk in a tent with all your homies eating chicken and being served liters of beer was all time, Ask Pat Moore. He gets MVP of the night for running away from the festival to downtown Munich black out drunk. haha, good times. My advice to Verena, oh, he’ll be o.k., he’ll catch up with us in Innsbruck.
What a welcome! Chris and Verana showing off their Bavarian flare. (Photo: Keller)
This is where the whole thing falls apart. Notice the beers in hand at the airport.
OG bus crew leaving the airport for Oktoberfest!
Andreas Wiig pre-season training, chain slack lining
these guys get bored quickly
Nic Sauvé, Alek Ostreng, Andreas Wiig & Stevie Bell
Sami Tuoriniemi getting his portrait on
Kevin showing he actually shares lot in common with Mario Kaeppeli
laying eyes on the Oktoberfest fairground
Pat, Chris and Nic taking it all in, a gorgeous day in Munich
Making our way through the drunken crowd.
The Bräurosl Beer tent is where we partied. It has a capacity of 6220 people inside alone.
You need to have the right bracelet to get into the tent, security is tight.
When this guy saw Pat Moore, he pretty much tripped out and then he saw the BIG GUY
Verena was the tour "Mom", here she makes sure that Alek's hair is out of his face
Alek got his hair did
The servers were impressive, 9 liters of beer in heavy glass mugs would be tough for Andreas
......and the beer was fantastic!
Pat sandwiched between 2 liters of Hacker Pschorr
During Oktoberfest over 550,000 chickens get roasted to perfection
This all night, over and over and over...good times!
temptation floated through the tent all night, Kevin makes eye contact
outside smoking and bathroom line
Daniel getting down with the locals
This is the man that made the night happen. It can take up to 8 months to get a reservation at one of the big beer tents. Thank you soooo much!
The camera was getting passed around at this point, Photo: Stevie Bell
Pat performing "Bishop's Knife Trick" from the movie Aliens. Always a good idea at this stage.
There's something about this Bavarian style on the ladies
The BIG GUY was happy with festive atmosphere and the tent size
Pat deep in the spirit of the night doing his patented hands up dance
Nic capturing the moment
Once judgment went out the window, the titty twisting came in
Alek getting ganged up on by everybody
Like a bunch of chickens with our heads cut off
Pat Moore on the table hands up!
Alek, Pat and Andreas and then...
...Andreas elbows Verena in the face...sad face, I'm surprised she wasn't laid out
Frankfurt to Munich for Oktoberfest - 407 km
Up Next: Munich, Germany to Feldkirch, Austria