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Old 11-29-2012, 03:29 AM   #1036
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Sounds like a great time so far Noah, video was excellent cheers Christophe.

Question, what brand is the helmet that the first guy in the vid is wearing?

Safe travels!
Damnit. Now I have to watch the video again


This one? This is an Icon. Christophe... we called him Robocop
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:47 AM   #1037
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Pictures along the way.

I have been getting pictures on facebook and in the email from people I have randomly met along the way.


On the Italian/French boarder from a guy named Friedrich.


In northern Italy. You should see the girl behind the camera.


Working on the moto in western Portugal wine country last week.


My ex 690.. the 2010. Peter Bookey (the guy I rode around Ireland with) has cleaned her up nicely and given her a new look. No more snow camo.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:19 AM   #1038
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Anna left the east cost a few weeks ago and she is riding solo to AK on this Yamerha before she takes a real job. Look for a ride report from her soon!
You might remember this post From this spring in the Yukon. Well, Anna has her ride report up now. Its pretty great so check it out.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831213
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:25 AM   #1039
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Damnit. Now I have to watch the video again


This one? This is an Icon. Christophe... we called him Robocop
Yeah, thats the one. Badass helmet, robocop definitely suits :p
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:18 AM   #1040
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hey man how ya doin? i'm just catching up on the RR...between you, Keith and Christophe you've nailed the Morocco trip

Was great riding with ya hopefully if all works out we can ride the 'stans to Magadan together...we've decided we're gonna ride west to east now via Georgia so could meet you around there. russian lessons have begun in earnest...but you'll be fluent by then especially if you bed down with one of the locals
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:26 AM   #1041
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Nice. You have more pictures from Portugal?
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:48 PM   #1042
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WRC Espainia and Mi Couplianos!

Nov. 8 Manvilla Spain to Manzanares Spain. 478 km.
I was still riding with Craig and Adam from Morocco. The other guys were still in Morocco because the weather wouldn't let the Ferries cross. We lucked out and were on the last ferry the night before. Craig needed to get his Triumph running right and I desperately needed to change the oil in the KTM. Malaga just so happened to have a KTM shop and a Triumph shop. By 1:00 we were back on the road heading north. We made it to Manzanares about the time it started to get dark.


Oil change on the sidewalk outside this KTM shop.


KTM makes peddle bikes also.



Nov. 9 Manzanares to Vinebre Spain. 553 km.
I split up with Craig and Adam and went east toward Barcelona. Long day. Just trying to cover ground to get to the WRC rally. November 9 was the first day of 3 for the rally. It was the only day with dirt stages so I missed those unfortunately. 21 Euro for a small private room and a garage for the moto at a hostel in Vinebre. They even had great food and cervesa.

Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 WRC Rally Espainia
I was up with the sun to get on the bike and get to a good viewpoint. Having a moto means you can take tracks to the side if the rally that most people cant. Saves you from walking a long distance. Thorough prior planning is necessary and will save you lots of time getting to a good vantage point. I took 1600 photos. About 50 of them were good enough to post.

Here are a few of them. For the whole album (55 total) go here






Chris Patterson checking out my KTM. Apparently he has a 640adv. He is Petter Solberg's codriver and we chatted for a while about Morocco and Dakar.


WRC champions for the pas 7? years...









Nov. 12 Vinebre Spain to Asson France. 337 km
Before Morocco I left all my camping stuff and warm cloths at Keith's house. So after leaving the rally I went north back into France. On the Spanish side of the Pyrenees mountains it was warm and sunny. When I went through the tunnel to the French side there was snow on the ground. It was a cold ride to Kieth's house without my warm under layers.


Neat rock layers.






On the Spanish side. Looks cold up there.


French side





Nov. 13. Asson France
Took all day to share photos with Kieth and try to get caught up on blogs and such

Nov. 14 Asson France to Comillas Spain. 432 km
Nice sunny day. I left Keith's house and did motorway most of the way to Comillas Spain. About 1/2 way to Vigo Spain. I wanted to make it to Vigo for my birthday.

Nov. 15 Comillas to Vigo. 521km
My 29th Birthday! First one out of the US. I had a nice ride to Vigo along the northern coast and through some mountains in northern Spain. I like traveling in Spain because I can speak (some) Spanish. I made it into Vigo just before the sun went down. There was a huge protest for the banks in the streets. It was very loud and crazy. I found some good live music that night at a local bar.


Snow









Nov. 16, 17 Vigo Spain.
I spent the weekend celebrating my birthday. I met some good people and had some good times. I don't like to bring my camera out when I "tie one on". Unfortunately thats about all I did in Vigo. I also got a hair cut.







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Old 12-01-2012, 10:29 PM   #1043
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Hey Noah, nice pics mate. We'll have to catch up if ya ever come down under; New Zealand is a perfect fit for 690 adventuring!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:33 PM   #1044
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Happy Belated, Noah.

Sounds like it's one you'll always remember.

(well, IF you can remember the actual night, that is).

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:25 AM   #1045
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Awesome!!

Awesome RR! I found it a couple of days ago but i'm now up to date! You've really inspired me to take my Katoom out for a longer spin. I'm thinking either Morocco or maybe Iceland this summer! Keep those pictures coming and good luck!
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #1046
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Great fecking adventure Noah! Like many, makes me want to quit my job and take off on two wheels. Keep it up!
Do it! I'm pretty glad I did. (and thanks fr the props)
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:41 PM   #1047
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Happy Belated, Noah.

Sounds like it's one you'll always remember.

(well, IF you can remember the actual night, that is).

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Thanks Cord. I remember the important stuff.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:47 PM   #1048
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....sent you a PM on a possible world war 2 off road mountain route in the alps you might be interested in if the weather is right
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:55 PM   #1049
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Surprised we've not met.......had i seen this sooner you could have stayed with us in England,
would have saved you 50GBP,you were only a few mile away on your way past Stamford.
Then Morocco,you arrived a couple of days before i.Was nice to see my home of Scotland,
sorry it's been a 'pants' summer(why i was working in England!).
To other ADV'rs.......where the front end of my Arizona based DR650 came from,a Honda
FMX650.......


Hope the rest of your trip goes without trouble!
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:34 PM   #1050
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Portugal and Spain (again)




I didn't go very far south in Portugal.

Nov. 18. Vigo Spain to Porto, Portugal 191 km
After the birthday weekend I am feeling like I need to start moving again. I had no idea where in Portugal to go, How far south, how much time, where I would stay.. I just went. Leaving Vigo I stopped at a cafe and had some coffee and Empanadas for breakfast. The lady who owned the shop was great to talk to but she wouldn't let me take a picture. She was in her fifties and kept showing me a picture of her self in her twenties. My Spanish is not very good but I think she was saying if she was in her 20s she wanted to come with. I stayed next to the ocean some then climbed on some secondary roads into the hills. By the afternoon I was crossing the river into Portugal and by the evening I was in Porto. I found a hostel near the center of town. I made friends with Frederico who had a bar across the street from the hostel. I only wanted a cup of coffee but he kept giving me beers. So after a handful of beers later with him and his friends he had to go. So I went to eat with a French guy who was a traveling DJ and another Portuguese bar owner. We all had francesinha and way to much wine. Francesinha is a rich sandwich (ham, cheese, chirizo, and roast beef) smothered in sauce like gravy. It was good and you should try it. I think there were to many flavors though.


Looking north toward Vigo


Some guys were using the wind from the ocean to hover in the hang gliders.




Not sure what this place was... but it looked neat.






Frederico and the Frenchman.


I don't remember what this alcohol was called. but it it was good. and the container was pretty cool.





Nov. 19. Porto to Peso da Régua, Portugal 165 km
The night before, Frederico said I should go to the family farm in eastern Portugal where his brother lives. This was the new plan. I saw the town quickly on the way out and I now realize I need to spend more time in Porto. The people were amazing. The food was good and cheap, so was the alcohol. I rode east along the Rio Douro and found some great trail on the south side of the river. I wasn't lost but I came out on small landing strip.. not really in the plan. A dude in his 20s was flying a model airplane and we had a good chat. His dog would chase the plane until it could not even run anymore. Days are really getting short now. If I don't get an early start I am always riding in shadows. When the sun goes behind the mountains it gets very cold. I stayed the night in Peso da Régua in a hotel.


The main square


Some authorities didn't like that I parked there.








They look like toys?




Ahhh.. dirt. Low road or high?




Washouts. My favorite.




Can you tell I am by myself again? Picture of my bike with out me on it






Everyone and their mother were burning brush.





Nov. 20. Peso da Régua to Almedra 173 km
I found some more great roads on the way to Almedra. Twisty dirt/rock/mud tracks in the vineyards. I found it amazing that the leaves of the vineyards change color also. It seems I have been in fall colors since Poland. I arrived at the farm in the evening and met my new friends. The plan was to stay for one night and go further south but I ended up staying a lot longer. No regrets.






Looks like it should get good soon...


Yup.






After following a dirt 2 track along a ridge-line I came to this castle which was overlooking a small town.


A view from the other side


This guy.


Joanna and Vera with fresh fungi.


Me, Joanna, Diogo, Pedro and Alex

Nov. 21 and 22
There were 5 people at the farm when I got there. Diogo ( Frederico's brother), Vera (Diogo's girlfriend), Alex (a freind with a WR250), Joana (Vera's friend from Lisbon) and Pedro (traveling one man band from Spain). We spent the days exploring on motos, exploring by foot, or picking almonds. I worked on the KTM, fixed some stuff on their land rover and installed some outlets in their house. In the evenings we would all eat together then play music and drink wine until the late hours of the night. I think it is easy to see why it was hard to leave.




This was a very old grain mill. The water rand down this shoot to turn the wheels.












Quick and nimble!








I think this one really captured the moment.










Breaking fresh almond shells with rocks.








Exploring the next day.






These are bricks in a wall. It doesn't take long for nature to do its thing.




An old bread oven.








My turn



We went out to eat that night. It was amazing.

My diner. Some sort of traditional sausage. Yum yum.









Nov. 23 Almedra, Portogal to near Soria, Spain. 469 km
In the morning we said our "good byes" and they all signed Portugal on the moto. I then went back to the river on the dirt track that Alex and I had riding the day before except I continued into Spain. Once in Spain I put on some kms. I wanted to get on the ferry to Corsica on the evening of the 25th out of Marceilles France. During the summer there is a ferry from Barcelona Spain but all the info on the internet said it wasn't running. I stayed the night at a Hostel near Soria Spain. I met some guys there that were pretty excited about my trip. Since I didn't have Spain on my moto yet, I let on of them sign it. Early to bed after some cafeteria food at the hostel.






yeah.. bagpipes on my departure!...







Nov. 24 Solia to Figures, Spain. 531km
Up early and motorway for most of the day. Coming into a small town in North-eastern Spain, a police officer waved me over to the side of the road so I pulled over and stopped. He started yelling at me in Spanish that I can't stand on the bike. I made the mistake of saying "Porque no?" that lit him up further. After getting no where trying to explain that standing on a moto when you come into town is the way I stretch out.. I apologized in Spanish and he let me go on my way. Obviously he did not ride a moto. That night I found a hotel in Figures with a locked garage. To bed early again.


Hotel sunset view

Nov. 25 Figures Spain to Marceille, France. 381 km
I got on motorway early and I arrived in Marceilles around 3 in the afternoon. The Ferry was at 7 so I had time to get some Kebab in the town. I was pretty paranoid in Marceilles so I didn't venture out of eyesight from the moto. Waiting for the boat I met some nice people who were going to tour Corsica for a week on their Honda. I slept pretty good on the boat ride there except for the people in my cabin insisted on keeping the heat on. I was sweating my @$$ off and I didn't sleep very good. I tried to explain that they could use more blankets to keep warm, but I am sweating laying on the bed so we should turn the heat off. But they weren't having it. Pricks. Anyway, I did finally get some shuteye and woke up in Corsica the next morning to a beautiful sunrise.


Lone moto waiting for the ferry.


Those who own a honda.



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