Saturday, 16 April 2016

Spring Tour

It is that time of year again.

And here is my plan for the "spring tour":

Visits will include:

And I plan to visit OUG-Scotland, but not sure if I have the time to do that by motorcycle.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Next trip plan to Plovdiv

OK, time to publish the plans...

Simple version: I want to visit events in Zlatibor and Plovdiv. In Simplest way, it would mean riding approx This map 

Of course I will also need to work (remotely) during the trip so I have planned a "base" in Zemun (Wifi, good coffee, Friends)

But if time permits I want to ride around a bit... I can dream...

Currently in the stages of preparing.

I'm also researching how to keep track of myself, I  want to :
 - Log and publish route-maps easy + quick (Ramblr)
 - post pictures easily (from phone), but not necessarily via FB.
 - write memories, mostly for my own, but shareable if I want to show someone (This Blog, possiblly also use ADV rider ? )

I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

trip equipment and outfit

What if I just use the old outfit for the long trip this summer ?

The old outfit looks much more serious and experienced.

You see ... I got this Perfect new jacket + pants.

And I'm very happy with them: the new combi is tailor-made by Damen of Breda who supply similar equipment to police and military. The clothes are very comfortable and practical. I  like it!

But it is also very _NEW_ and _Shiny_.
I feel awkward with the super-clean-modern clothes..

Now, I just want to go places, see things and meet people (and taste food, drink coffee).
Here is a hobo trying to run around Europe.

Maybe that is better done using the "experienced" outfit ?

My motorcycle is actually an old-ish, dusty, lightweight, F800ST. It has many scratches on the side-panniers and sometimes a cloud of flies on the windscreen (although I try to clean windscreen and visor every tank-stop).

The old jacket is a scratched Clover.
It looked old-ish, with raffles, worn-velcro-flaps, and deformed pockets.
With that jacket, I mostly wear a Motorcycle-Jeans (with padding and Kevlar lining).
The old outfit was not shiny, but it showed Serious Experience, and didnt look particularly affluent.

The new suit just shouts out: Rich-Guy on Holiday.


Friday, 1 May 2015

Pictures of new outfit

no real post, but need place to put these pictures...

Monday, 20 October 2014

October Trip Pictures Plockenpass

This is the collection of pictures from the trip.

Maps and routes of October road trip

Maps (part 2) from Trip to SIOUG and HrOUG.

This post will hold the maps of the return-trip and a collection of pictures for linking.

The trip from Lubljana to Rovinj was un-eventful except maybe for a chance-meeting with two other speakers when I overtook them (they spotted me), and when I then stopped to take a picture and this car with two strangers stopped next to me.. "Hi! It had to be you on the bike, and taking pictures like that".

I did the trip to Rovinj one day earlier and with no detours to go in front of the expected bad weather and that turned out to be the right decision: it rained a lot the next days.

The return trip from Rovinj to home was more of a tourist-ride. Here are the maps.

18Oct: over plockenpass
(I had forgotten to switch on google-tracks, so first part is missing, but Autostradas from Rovinj to Koper and from Trieste to Telmezzo are not that interesting anyway)

The details of the nicest parts:

Then on 19Oct, first straight West with lots of road-works between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. Then a bit of touristing between Karlsruhe and Pirmasens, and a detour to Luxembourg to save 2 euros on fuel (with another bad detour for road-works). The final ride to visit Spa was nice as always, but quite busy on Sunday afternoon.
The part from Spa to The Hague is unrecorded, but was annoying because of... roadworks, accidents and detours.

Overview of 19Oct

Detail for Pirmasens

Details for Belgium (the road via Burg Reuland was closed, hence the funny drop-down.

next, I'll put up some pictures.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

trip to SIOUG

The trip to Sioug was uneventful, but very nice.

First day, Friday, was used for some catch-up in the ardennes, and since the weather was good, I rode the bike till dark and ended up near Kaiserslautern.

Second day: Made good time (speed) in the morning crossing Germany (took the road with the least Baustelle) and got to Austria by lunchtime. Immediately into Austria, I went off the boooring Autobahn. Then I spotted a lot of other motorcycles and decided to see where they came from. I had time and I didnt care as long as I could more or less follow my plans and end up near Villach for the night.

Afterwards, I discovered that the adhoc detour had taken me close to Gross Glockner: I could have gone over it... But my plan included St Johan, Radstad, Tamsweg, and when I saw an arrow "St Johan", I followed it.

No problems: the Unter- and Obertaurn, followed by Tamsweg and the Thuracher hohe were Worth the trip. Good Riding.

Ended up in Villach in the last daylight, where the wifi at mcdonalds was not sufficiently reliable to find a hotel or Gasthaus. I rode into some villages and found one anyway.

Note: google-tracks crashed on a dead-battery-phone and never recovered the route. I used google-maps to re-draw my routes.

Third day: on a tip from, I took roads 85, 82 and 210 to enter Slovenia. Beautiful!
I crossed the mountains at 10:00 on Sunday morning, and when I came down into Slovenia I could already see it would become quite busy with Sunday-motorcycle riders (polished bikes, shiny outfits, undisciplined-group-riding... )

Since I was early, I wanted to take a detour around Ziri for more nice roads. But a set of dark clouds moving in over mountains in the west made me return to Lubljana for my hotel. In the end, it didnt rain, but when I got to the hotel in the early afternoon I fell asleep after a quick shower. Tired but Happy.

This is the reason I do the job: To allow me to ride my motorcycle...

Work to Live,

Live to Ride, 

and then Ride to work...

Here are the routes.

First two days: just go.

Details of detour in Austria, see how close I got to Gross Glockner ?

Third day: scenic routes to Lubljana.

and the detail: how to cross into Slovenia...


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