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Old 10-08-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Wicked VIA MEDITERRA - The journey around the Med on a HP2

Hi everyone,
I've been quite for a very long time, sorry for that (in case somebody remembers). Anyway, back on the screen I'd like to share a trip with you that led me 9 months around the Mediterranean Sea. The route went over 3 continents, through 21 countries and had put 40.000kms on the mile-o-meter of the HP2.



I'd like to tell the story on a daily base. Not really a diary but with a tight chronology. I hope you enjoy.

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Old 10-08-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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There are some teasers to give you a little impression about the coming up stories from around the Mediterranean:

























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Old 10-08-2012, 10:34 AM   #3
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... and some more.





















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Old 10-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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So far for the preview.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:22 PM   #5
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At least I will stay pinned to this thread! Fantastic pictures, man!
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:08 PM   #6
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Will you publish a photo book? Outstanding pics, as expected
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:15 AM   #7
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Ciao Girogio,
si certo :-) It's in the vendors section as the movie, too. Unfortunately not in italiano but english-german.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=12227554

A dopo!

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #8
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Before we set of I'd like to introduce you to the bike and the route.



The bike is a BMW HP2 with standard framework and suspension. There are some gadgets on it like the additional tank (one left one right where assume an original tank). That means there are 3 reservoirs for fuel including the original one adding up to 33 liters. That should allow a range of about 600-700kms.

Unfortunately it is not my bike but it was (fortunately) given to me for that ride from a tiny aftermarket company in the German Black Forest. As you may imagine I still feel very privileged and thankful for that.

Ok now, lets have a look at the planned route:




As the starting point I've choosen Marseilles in France because it's with more than 2000 years the countries oldest city. Furthermore it was founded as a trading port by ancient greek tradesmen. From Marseilles the route was supposed to go anticlockwise to North-Africa and the Middle East as I was starting in spring and was trying to avoid the brain-evaporating heat of the African Summer there. But, what I didn't know at the planning stage, exactly that was about to happen ....

Two corners would be causing problems:
1. The border between Morocco and Algeria is closed for ages. I will try to do a little ferry-ping-pong Spain-Morocco-Spain-Algeria to solve the problem.

2. Israel. You shouldn't put a wheel on that country. If you do, neither Lebanon, Syria nor - in the other direction - Libya will let you enter. The plan is circuumnavigate Israel via Jordan.


Anyway, the final route that I did was this:



40.000 kms instead of the planned 22.000kms, 28 ferry crossings instead of 3 and uncountable moments I'd never expect to happen.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:15 AM   #9
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Aha! The Lumenmeister is back

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:26 AM   #10
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wow, stunning pics on a lot of times dreamt journey around the Mediterranean sea, what is not easy

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Old 10-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #11
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #12
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What camera do you use for taking that kind a pictures?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #13
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Hi zenithlt,
I carried two Canon DSLRs (20D, 30D) and a G9 for snapshots. Later on the journey the sensor of the 20D went mad and I could get 40D as a nice substitute. Lenses were 3.5 10-22mm, 2.8 17-55mm, 2.8 70-200mm and 1.8 85mm for portraits.

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:47 PM   #14
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Die Bilder bis jetzt sind ja schon mal Saugeil!
Und die Videovorschau....da hat sich mal jemand richtig Mühe gemacht!!

Go on...iam looking forward for more
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:51 PM   #15
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WOW !!! Beautiful photography
Thanks for sharing it all!
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